Air Canada has unveiled details of its planned Sydney to Vancouver schedule in response to the Canadian Government’s announcement that it will reopen international borders from 7 September.

The loosening of restrictions enables international travellers to fly to Canada who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the Canadian Government, including Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca at least 14 days prior to departure and who meet specific entry requirements to enter Canada for non-essential travel.

“As travel restrictions ease across the globe, we are committed to rebuild our international network and continue as a global carrier connecting the world with Canada,” said Air Canada General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Vic Naughton.

“Our flights from Sydney to Vancouver conveniently connect to our flights across Canada and the U.S. at our Vancouver hub. With our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, Air Canada has your health and safety as its top priority. We know people are excited to travel, and we look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.”

“With Australians eager to travel again to Canada, we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends.”

Air Canada is offering four flights per week on a 300-seat B777-200LR featuring a choice of three cabins of service: Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.

The announced return coincided with a new agreement with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program whereby Velocity members will be able to earn points and Status Credits on eligible services between Australia and Canada and beyond with both carriers’ domestic networks.

Ahead of its return, the carrier has also introduced a new ‘Book with Confidence’ refund policy, which offers the option of a full refund to the point of purchase, an Air Canada voucher or Aeroplan points if the airline cancels or reschedules a flight by three hours or more. The new policy is applicable to all tickets purchased in all cabin classes.

All customers are provided with individual care kits which contain antiseptic wipes, face covering and hand sanitiser. Air Canada’s onboard services have resumed and will gradually feature new meals inspired by a panel of celebrated Canadian chefs on international flights departing Canada.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management