Canada’s flag carrier Air Canada has announced a seasonal route to Dublin from its Vancouver hub for next summer. The new flights will be the only non-stop flights between the Irish capital and Canada’s west coast.  

The Irish route is part of Air Canada’s “strategic expansion of its Vancouver hub” and follows recent announcements of new routes to Brisbane, Australia; double daily flights to London Heathrow; and new trans-border routes to Chicago, San Jose and San Diego.

Vancouver-Dublin will be operated by Air Canada’s ‘leisure airline’, Air Canada rouge. From June 10, 2016, flights will depart three-times weekly – on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with two classes on board, premium and economy, will be deployed on the route

“Air Canada continues to strategically grow its international network at YVR with the only non-stop flights to Dublin during the peak summer period. This route is a great, convenient option for Western Canadians travelling to visit the vibrant Emerald Isle with its rich literary history, arts, world-class golf and dramatic landscapes. It will also be equally appealing for our customers from Ireland flying non-stop to visit and experience the spectacular attractions Vancouver and British Columbia offer,” said Benjamin Smith, Air Canada President, Passenger Airlines.

Flight AC1940 will depart from Vancouver at 15.05 and arrive in Dublin at 08.35 the following day. In the opposite direction, flight AC1941 will take off from Dublin at 11.35, landing in Vancouver at 13.35.

Next summer, Air Canada will also be launching new routes to London Gatwick, Prague, Budapest and Glasgow from Toronto.