Air Canada will operate the first-ever non-stop flights from Dublin to Vancouver, beginning next summer.
The seasonal route will fly three times weekly in each direction, from June 10 to October 8.
Today’s announcement is being welcomed by the many thousands of Irish people who have made Vancouver and its surrounding areas their new home. There have been several calls for direct flights to be made available in recent years as the Irish-born population has grown.
The direct flights from Dublin to Vancouver will depart at 3:05pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and will land at 8:35am.
The reverse journey will depart at 11:35am on the same days, and will arrive in Vancouver at 1:35pm.
The journey time of around 10 hours compares with current itineraries of 16 hours or even longer, depending on layover durations.
“More than 30,000 people currently travel between Dublin and Vancouver on indirect air services, and we’re sure that the number of people travelling between the two cities will increase significantly with the advent of this new direct route,” Dublin Airport’s Managing Director, Vincent Harrison, explained.
“Vancouver will be Dublin Airport’s fifth destination in Canada, as the airport already offers services to Toronto, St John’s Newfoundland, Montreal, and Halifax, Nova Scotia,” he added.
The new routes will be operated by Air Canada’s leisure brand, Air Canada rouge, which has operated a Dublin-Toronto service since May 2004.