Air Canada has unveiled its most far-reaching summer schedule expansions ever with its first route to Africa and the addition of four major European cities to its global network.
The new Air Canada rouge service to Casablanca, Morocco, means Air Canada will be one of only a dozen airlines in the world that serve six continents.
“Our Montreal-Casablanca flight will also be the only service to North Africa by a North American carrier and our aim is to transform this new route into a year-round operation. Our new, nonstop Air Canada rouge routes to Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Glasgow from Toronto Pearson are equally important as we continue to build out our network from our global gateway hub with more international destinations. The European services will be complemented by our Star Alliance partners, giving customers an even wider choice of travel options,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
All the new services will be operated by Air Canada rouge, Air Canada’s leisure carrier. All flights will be flown using a 280-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins. Customers will have the ability to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles. Seats are now available for purchase. To promote these new nonstop routes, Air Canada is offering a special introductory fare starting at $869 roundtrip, all-in for travel before July 2016.
Toronto-Prague: service begins May 29, 2016 with flight AC1922 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 16:55 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Prague at 7:20 the next day. Return flight AC1923 departs Prague at 9:30 and arrives in Toronto 12:40 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on Sept. 29, 2016.
Montreal-Casablanca: service begins June 3, 2016 with flight AC1936 and operates four times weekly, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals. Departs Montreal at 21:40 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Casablanca at 10:00 the next day. Return flight AC1937 departs Casablanca at 11:55 and arrives in Montreal at 14:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on Oct. 17, 2016.
Toronto-Budapest: service begins June 10, 2016 with flight AC1910 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 22:35 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Budapest 13:35 the next day. Return flight AC1911 departs Budapest at 15:05 and arrives in Toronto at 18:45 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Service ends for the season on Oct. 15, 2016.
Toronto-Glasgow: service begins June 13, 2016 with flight AC1938 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 18:55 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arriving in Glasgow at 6:40 the next day. Return flight AC1939 departs Glasgow at 8:25 and arrives in Toronto 10:50 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Service ends for the season on Sept. 25, 2016.
Toronto-Warsaw: service begins June 16, 2016 with flight AC1926 and operates three times weekly. Departs Toronto at 18:30 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, arriving in Warsaw at 9:30 the next day. Return flight AC1927 departs Warsaw at 11:00 and arrives Toronto 14:50 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Service ends for the season on Sept. 30, 2016.
Nobody wants to think about getting sick on vacations.
Travel health is about prevention and common sense.
Let's talk about 3 things:
The other day I spoke with Nadine who is a nurse at the International Travel Centre Over on Ludlow Street. She says to make sure your routine immunizations are up to date.
These include tetanus, diphtheria and for some measles. Let's not forget about the
measles outbreak in Disneyland earlier this year. Some immunizations require a booster dose, for example tetanus should be updated every 10 years.
Then depending on your destination, you may need travel-related vaccinations. The most common one is Hepatitis A and B. If you are travelling once or twice a year to Mexico, Cuba and Dominican it is a good idea to get this. You may have heard it called Twin rx. It consists of 3 doses. 1st dose, followed by 2nd dose 1 month later and then the 3rd dose six months after
Like the passport office, the International Travel Centre gets busy at this time of year. So not a bad idea to get a hold of Nadine and her team for a consultation.
#2: prepare your own first aid kit for dealing with common issues like headaches, allergies, blisters and travellers diarrhea.
It is not always easy to find the common medication that you use here at home. A personal example is Benadryl. Couldn't find this in Mexico anywhere. I bought some similar that the pharmacist recommended .. But there is that comfort level when we are familiar with the product.
In my First Aid kit I always have Peppermint Oil for headaches, motion sickness, nausea and Diarrhea. I also have Tiger Balm for headaches, sore muscles and those nasty mosquito bites. I never leave home without Grapefruit Seed Extract (comes in tablets or liquids). I find this helps with any little bugs you might have picked up from foods or drinks. And of Course - common sense items such as Hand Sanitizer, Bug Repellent and Sunscreen.
#3 Never leave home without out of country medical insurance and if you have it. Use it. If you get sick in destination with a tummy bug of some kind go to the Doctor there. They know their bugs and they have treatments for those bugs.
Ixtapa Travel Staff