Air Canada has announced that the airline will expand its presence in Athens in time for peak summer season 2019 with the addition of two weekly flights to Toronto and two weekly flights to Montreal.
The new flights are in addition to the airline’s existing seasonal scheduled flights from Athens to Toronto (April 1 to November 17) and Montreal (April 6 to October 26), which operate on a daily basis.
The additional services will be operated by the airline’s leisure airline, Air Canada Rouge, from June 24 until September 24.
Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday in Athens, the airline’s representatives underlined that Air Canada’s steady presence in Greece peaked in 2018, when its numbers were “extremely good”.
Last year, from April to November, Canada’s flag carrier flew 684 flights to and from Athens and transported some 175,000 passengers, boosting its capacity to 92 percent in the Greek market.
According to data, Air Canada’s market share from Greece to Canada is 74 percent, while the airline is the third preferred by the Greeks for travel to/from destinations in the United States.
Building on Air Canada’s current success in the Greek market, the new flights in Athens solidify the airline’s presence in the summer leisure market.
Commenting on the new flights during the press conference, the airline’s regional sales manager for Greece, Stefano Casaregola, said Air Canada this year was increasing its capacity in the Greek market by some 20 percent with the addition of the four weekly flights.
Casaregola added that Air Canada sees its course in the Greek market going in the right direction. “So we will continue to add capacity, we will continue to extend our seasonality and hopefully soon we will be able to fly year round,” he said, referring to the Athens-Toronto route.