Summer 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting time for Air Canada and United Airlines, as they announced plans to increase their transborder flights and add two new routes. With the goal of strengthening their already close relationship, the two carriers are set to offer over 260 daily flights along with shuttle-style hourly services between major hubs.
- Air Canada and United Airlines will increase their transborder schedule capacity by 20% compared to summer 2022, with over 260 daily departures.
- Two new routes will be added: a United-operated flight between Washington-Dulles and Calgary, and an Air Canada-operated service between Washington-Dulles and Vancouver.
- The carriers will offer shuttle-style hourly services between Toronto (YYZ) – Chicago (ORD), Toronto (YYZ) – New York/Newark (EWR), and Vancouver (YVR) – San Francisco (SFO).
- Air Canada and United Airlines will also offer nine daily flights between Vancouver and New York/Newark, Houston, and Chicago, and seven flights daily between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
One of the most interesting points in the announcement is the new services from Washington Dulles to Vancouver and Calgary. While it’s unclear why the carriers are offering direct services from Vancouver and Calgary to Washington Dulles, other than for onward connections, the move may be a retaliatory move by United to defend its ‘home turf’ at Dulles. Increased connectivity between Vancouver and Los Angeles makes sense, as it caters to both film industry-related travel and general tourism. Additionally, the plan to connect Calgary and Houston with an additional daily flight might also be justified, as the two cities are large hubs for oil and gas industries.
What’s Next for Air Canada and United Airlines?
Air Canada and United Airlines will continue to enhance their cooperation, optimizing flights to improve connectivity at both Air Canada and United’s hubs and line stations. As summer 2023 approaches, travelers can look forward to more options for transborder flights between the US and Canada.
Get ready for an exciting summer 2023 as Air Canada and United Airlines announce two new transborder routes and increased capacity with over 260 daily flights. Discover more about the new shuttle-style hourly services and how the two carriers plan to optimize connections at their hubs. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to travel more easily between the US and Canada.