An Airbus A319 preparing to land at Vancouver International Airport. Air Canada has announced seasonal non-stop service from Nanaimo to Toronto that will be operated using an Airbus A319. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

An Airbus A319 preparing to land at Vancouver International Airport. Air Canada has announced seasonal non-stop service from Nanaimo to Toronto that will be operated using an Airbus A319. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

Air Canada announces non-stop seasonal service from Nanaimo to Toronto

Weekly service to Toronto begins in June

Residents of the Harbour City will soon be able to fly directly to Canada’s largest city.

Air Canada has announced seasonal four-times weekly, non-stop service from Nanaimo to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport beginning June 21 and ending Oct. 08, 2018. The airline also announced non-stop seasonal service from Victoria to Montreal and Kamloops to Toronto.

The new route will be operated by Air Canada Rouge, a low-cost subsidiary of Air Canada, and will be served by a 136-seat Airbus A319 configured with premium economy and economy seating.

Flights will occur on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight from Nanaimo will depart at 12:15 p.m. while the flight to Nanaimo departs Toronto at 9:30 a.m.

Mike Hooper, the Nanaimo Airport president and chief executive officer, said Air Canada’s announcement is delightful, adding that the airport has never had regularly scheduled jet aircraft service before.

“We’ve hosted [Boeing] 737’s on site before as charters but this is the first time we’re going to have scheduled jet service to anywhere in Canada,” he said.

Angela Mah, spokesperson for Air Canada, said tickets for flights on the new route are available for purchase. She said the decision to begin non-stop service to Toronto is due to increasing demand for flights to Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.

“It gives Canadians and everybody else the opportunity to get to Nanaimo with basically one flight less during the summer,” Mah said. “It’s great for tourism in the Nanaimo area and it’s something we believe there is good demand for.”

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is Canada’s busiest airport and has non-stop flights to destinations around the world including Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Mah said the Nanaimo-Toronto route will benefit mid-Island travellers looking to connect onwards to cities in Atlantic Canada, eastern United States and beyond.

“It gives people a more convenient option to get there,” she said.

Air Canada’s announcement comes less than two months after WestJet announced year-round non-stop service from Nanaimo to Vancouver.


nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook or follow Nicholas Pescod on Twitter

Just Posted

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station burned to the ground after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
The Co-op gas station at Whiskey Creek is burning after a camper van burst into flames just before 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Exploding camper van torches Highway 4 gas station between Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni

Highway traffic blocked after Whiskey Creek gas station erupts into flames

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in South Island parkland

These birds don’t often touch down on their way between northern B.C. and Mexico

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Most Read