30 September 2021
Canada is now open to UK residents for the first time since March 2020, provided travellers are fully vaccinated. And as of 4th October, Canada is on the UK’s ‘clear for travel’ list (merging previous green and amber lists), meaning you don’t have to take a pre-departure Covid test before coming home or quarantine once you are back.
With its origins going back to 1937, Air Canada is the country’s largest airline and one of the 20 biggest in the world. Named the Best Airline in North America by the independent UK research firm Skytrax in 2019, it also has one of the youngest and most efficient fleets of any global carrier.
In order to ensure that you’re prepared to travel when it’s time to fly with Air Canada, follow these three simple steps:
Economy Class flights with Air Canada include complimentary wines, spirits and meals, personal touchscreen TVs loaded with hundreds of hours of first-rate entertainment, in-seat power for laptops and a USB port for charging.
Premium Economy Class brings added comfort in a dedicated cabin, with larger seats with more recline and extra legroom, plus an upgraded meal service, enhanced amenities and priority airport services.
Air Canada Signature Class (formerly known as International Business Class) redefines luxury travel with its state-of-the art amenities, sumptuous cuisine and unparalleled service. Cabins feature Executive or Classic Pods with lumbar support and massage functions, converting into fully flat bed more than 2m in length. You can also expect a a seamless airport experience thanks to dedicated check-in counters, fast-track security, lounge access, exclusive boarding lanes, priority baggage-handling and more.
Air Canada has Maple Leaf Lounges in 16 airports across Canada, the USA and Europe including London Heathrow, offering complimentary WiFi, digital and print newspapers and magazines, and complimentary food and drink from live cooking stations, including newly created dishes by chef David Hawksworth.
Air Canada currently flies from London Heathrow to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, with Halifax resuming in Spring 2022. In addition, non-stop summer seasonal services from Edinburgh and Manchester to Toronto. As well as being gateways to other destinations in Canada, these are all exciting, ever-evolving cities in their own right.
Alberta’s cosmopolitan Calgary is most famous for the July rodeo and festival reflecting local western culture. Halifax, the provincial capital of Nova Scotia, has a fascinating maritime history as an Atlantic trading port. French-speaking Montreal boasts the charming cobblestoned French colonial Old Town to discover, while the Ontario capital Toronto blends a lakeside setting and an array of green spaces and outdoor activities with dynamic metropolitan life. Lastly, Vancouver is a lively, ethnically diverse seaport in British Columbia regularly rating among the world’s ‘most liveable’ cities. Surrounded by mountains and a jump-off point for skiing in world-renowned Whistler, it has thriving art, theatre and music scenes.
Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge operate from a single state-of-the-art terminal at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), and passengers travelling between destinations in the USA and Europe, including the UK, can complete US Customs and Immigration formalities in Toronto, thanks to the effortless Canada Border Services Agency Service. This will save them time when they reach their final destination in the USA because their arrival is treated as a domestic flight.
*Images taken prior to Covid regulations/face coverings are now mandatory on all Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Canada Rouge flights.
To book your Air Canada flights, contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.