Toronto–Mum­bai get closer

The city’s travel trade couldn’t be more ex­cited about Air Canada’s Mum­bai-Toronto-Mum­bai di­rect non-stop ser­vice, which launched re­cently. This is what they had to say.

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This is a land­mark event. Fly­ing di­rectly to Toronto will be a high­light for the hol­i­day­mak­ers to Canada. Noth­ing could boost the traf­fic fig­ures more than this – both ways. Trav­ellers from Mum­bai to Toronto could also fly to Van­cou­ver post Oc­to­ber and fly back from Van­cou­ver to Delhi and then back to Mum­bai. Canada is still a vir­gin des­ti­na­tion for the In­dia mar­ket and Air Canada was not in the Mum­bai mar­ket for a long time. With this flight, In­dia and spe­cially the western re­gion stand to ben­e­fit. I now hope for a Mum­bai-to-Van­cou­ver flight so that reach­ing the Cana­dian Rockies, Banff and sur­round­ing ar­eas be­comes eas­ier.

This is won­der­ful news and with this new ca­pac­ity, we re­ally see our busi­ness grow for both in­bound and out­bound. It is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to tap into the leisure seg­ment that comes in all the way from Canada as well as for the trav­ellers go­ing from Mum­bai to Toronto and on­wards. We wish all the best to Air Canada. Canada has an in­ter­est­ing mix of eth­nic In­di­ans and Cana­di­ans and we hope to tap into this mix to ex­plore both In­di­ans vis­it­ing the coun­try for the first time as well as In­di­ans who have moved to Canada, as well as Cana­di­ans who want to ex­plore the beauty of In­dia.

This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity not just for Air Canada but also for tourism and for busi­ness be­tween In­dia and Canada. The more air­lifts and con­nec­tiv­ity we have out of In­dia, the bet­ter it is for ev­ery­one con­cerned. It will ben­e­fit our econ­omy and im­prove ties with Canada and help strengthen our friend­ship. When­ever there is a di­rect flight, there is au­to­mat­i­cally a vast clien­tele, the FIT as well as the busi­ness trav­ellers, even high-end groups and families that love di­rect flights. The Cana­dian Tourism Board has been very ac­tive in In­dia for many years now and do­ing a suc­cess­ful job and this is a re­flec­tion of that hard work.

I am very ex­cited about this new Mum­bai-Toronto di­rect flight. Not only will this save a lot of time of the pas­sen­gers but Air Canada is also a pre­ferred air­line for the high-end clien­tele that we cater to. I par­tic­u­larly like Air Canada as an air­line and I am sure it will meet the ex­pec­ta­tion of the lux­ury clien­tele. As a des­ti­na­tion, Canada will ben­e­fit from this new flight as In­dian trav­ellers will not have to de­pend on con­nect­ing flights.

Man­jula Go­dia Owner Varun World­wide Va­ca­tions

Su­nil Bi­jlani Found­ing Part­ner & CEO Va­ca­tion World

Karan Anand Head - Re­la­tion­ships

Louis D'Souza

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