Air Canada increases service to YOW by almost 60% over last year – Ottawa Business Journal


Air Canada announced Friday it is increasing its service to Ottawa with up to 30 additional weekly flights for the winter season compared to last year; non-stop flights to Calgary and Winnipeg extended to year-round; additional capacity added to Quebec, Halifax and Vancouver; and more flights to Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Cancun and Punta Cana for winter 2024

“Ottawa is an important part of Air Canada’s network and, in response to demand, we are growing our capacity to our nation’s capital city by almost 60 per cent compared to 2023,” said Mark Galardo, executive vice-president, revenue and network planning, at Air Canada. 

Air Canada’s joint venture partner United Airlines is also increasing Ottawa capacity this winter with additional frequency each day to Chicago and to Washington-Dulles. In total, the combined Air Canada and United Airlines U.S. schedule from Ottawa will offer (excluding services to Florida):

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  • Ottawa to Chicago (three times daily)
  • Ottawa to New York-Newark (three times daily)
  • Ottawa to Washington-Dulles (three times daily)
  • Ottawa to Washington-Reagan (once daily)

“This is great news for Ottawa’s economy and recognizes the importance and vibrancy of the Ottawa market on the world stage. It’s particularly welcome news for the tourism industry, for business owners and for Ottawa residents travelling to destinations throughout North America,” said Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe.

President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism Michael Crockatt agreed, saying Air Canada’s decision to increase flight capacity to Ottawa is a significant development for the city.

“This enhancement will make it easier for Canadian and American visitors to access Ottawa, supporting growth for business events, sport hosting, tour operators, and leisure visitation. It is incredibly encouraging to see the confidence that Air Canada has in our destination and we look forward to welcoming even more travellers to experience all that Ottawa has to offer,” Crockatt said.

Joel Tkach, vice-president, business development and marketing with the Ottawa International Airport Authority, said this move reinforces Air Canada’s presence at YOW.

“Timely and strategic, these flights cater to the needs of Ottawa-Gatineau residents as they jet off to their favourite destinations or welcome visitors from afar,” he said.


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