AUSTIN (KXAN) — Next stop, Vancouver.
Air Canada will now have nonstop flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Vancouver, British Columbia, starting June 1, airport officials announced Tuesday.
Four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Boeing 737 Max planes will take travelers to and from the airports. Vancouver International Airport is especially important for business travelers who take trans-Pacific flights. It offers more nonstop flights to China than any other airport in North America or European airport, officials said.
All flights leave Austin at 3:45 p.m. CT and arrive in Vancouver at 6:18 p.m. PT. The return flights from Vancouver take off at 8:40 a.m. PT and arrive at 2:55 p.m. CT in Austin.
More than 70,000 passengers flew out of Austin on Air Canada in 2019. Flights were suspended in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed again in October.
“We’re thrilled to see their investment in our community with a new destination that leisure and business travelers will love,” Jacqueline Yaft, the airport’s CEO, said. “AUS is dedicated to bringing our community closer to the people and cities outside of Austin, and adding new international destinations such as Vancouver is a large part of our commitment to Austinites and Central Texas travelers.”
Tickets can be bought through AirCanada.com and the airline’s smartphone app.
Vancouver is just the latest new international route offered from AUS. American Airlines announced last week it would begin nonstop service to Cozumel, Mexico, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, beginning in June.
Lufthansa will resume its Austin-Frankfurt route in April, two years after COVID-19 forced the suspension of the route.