Air Canada to massively boost capacity to India in Winter 2024

Canada, with a large Indian diaspora, is always interested in adding more capacity to India. From the Indian end, Air India operates flights on Delhi to Toronto and Delhi to Vancouver routes, and from the Canadian end, Air Canada is the designated carrier.

Air Canada Significantly Expands Service to India for Winter 2024-25

Air Canada today announced the expansion of its international network to India, adding 40% more seat capacity beginning late October for the Winter 2024-25 season. Highlights of the carrier’s new services include the only non-stop flights from Canada to India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and improved service from Western Canada to Delhi with the introduction of new seasonal daily flights over London Heathrow and daily flights from Montreal to Delhi. Air Canada will operate 25 weekly flights to India, the most comprehensive offering of any carrier between Canada and India.

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On this occasion, Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President of Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada, said,

India is an important market for Air Canada, reflecting longstanding and growing family and trade ties between our two countries. We are thrilled to expand our network to Mumbai and Delhi by building additional scale at our hubs in time for Diwali festivities this fall. With new non-stop flights from Toronto to Mumbai, the addition of new flights to Delhi from Western Canada via London Heathrow, together with the unparalleled connectivity from our robust North American network, we are solidifying Air Canada as the leading airline offering the most travel options between Canada and India. We look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.

Air Canada will operate 25 weekly flights representing 7,400 seats each week from Canada to India this winter, comprising up to 11 weekly flights from Toronto to Delhi and Mumbai, daily flights from Montreal to Delhi and daily flights to Delhi from Western Canada via London Heathrow.

Here are all the additional flights for the Winter Schedule to be operated by Air Canada:

  • Toronto-Mumbai-Toronto to operate 4x weekly:
    • The only non-stop flight from Canada to Mumbai, linking two of the largest cities in both countries
    • Flights will be operated with Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, equipped with Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy, or Economy class service.

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  • Calgary-London Heathrow-Delhi to operate daily:
    • Flights will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft featuring Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy class.
    • The schedule has been optimised for Air Canada’s daily Vancouver-London Heathrow flights to connect in London to/from Delhi.

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Air Canada has pursued a massive expansion in India over the coming months, launching two new routes of Toronto – Mumbai and vice versa, and Calgary – London Heathrow – Delhi and vice versa in the coming winter schedule 2024. The airline will offer 25 weekly flights representing 7,400 seats each week from Canada to India this winter.

What do you make of this massive expansion of Air Canada into India?

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  1. This brings back memories of the Jet Airways scissor hub at Brussels … but with a much more premium intermediate point at LHR.

  2. Hmmm, interesting.

    I see two options that open up beyond the obvious IND-CAN routings.

    One, LHR-DEL should be a fifth-freedom flight. Hence, there will be further capacity direct, and the ME3 will have to price that route even more aggressively to get market share.
    Two, AC becomes an even more viable option for 1-stop connections to tier-2 destinations in USA. Travelers going to places like Portland, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Denver, Cleveland, Detroit … can get viable routing using AC 1-stop.

    Wish AC all the best as they can now challenge AI, UA duopoly on that circuit too!

  3. Is it necessary for an Indian passport holder to get Canada transit visa if he travelling from India to USA on AC?

  4. Love the growth, but confused about what is changing?
    So the major change is swapping LHR-BOM for LHR-DEL?

    YYZ will still have DEL direct? and what’s the significance of YYC announcement? Wasn’t it always able to connect to DEL via YVR, YUL or YYZ?

    What does the complete AC schedule look for India now?

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