Air Canada’s direct flights from Montreal and Toronto to Athens and Barcelona between June 3, 2010, and October 18, 2010

Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 18:56 by Jose Philip

Air Canada, the flag-carrier airline of Canada, has announced that it will operate direct, seasonal flights between Montreal and Athens; between Montreal and Barcelona; between Toronto and Athens; and between Toronto and Barcelona from June 3, 2010, to October 18, 2010.

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The flights for the summer season of 2010 will be operated with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, having 244 seats and with the option of “enhanced seating comfort and legroom in the forward cabin,” Air Canada, the biggest airline in Canada, said in a statement.

Air Canada said its non-stop flights to Athens, the capita of Greece, will be timed to offer passengers “convenient connections” to the airline’s extensive network in North America through its hubs in Montreal and Toronto to and from Quebec City, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and  Boston.

In Athens, connecting flights will be available with Aegean Airlines, Air Canada’s future partner in Star Alliance, to and from Thessaloniki in Greece and other Greek islands, including Rhodes, Heraklion and Mykonos.

Air Canada said it will operate services to Athens 6 days a week (subject to government’s approval) – 3 times a week from Toronto, and 3 times a week from Montreal.

Air Canada said in the statement that its direct services to Barcelona in Spain, too, would be so timed as to give passengers easy connections to Air Canada’s North American network via its hubs in Toronto and Montreal to and from Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec City, Edmonton, Calgary, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

In Barcelona, passengers will get connecting flights with Spain-based Spanair (Air Canada’s partner in Star Alliance) to and from the Spanish cities of Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Sevilla, and Alicante.

Air Canada will operate 6 flights a week to Barcelona (subject to government’s approval) – 3 times a week from Toronto, and 3 times a week from Montreal.

On the flights to Barcelona, too, Air Canada said it would use the 244-seat Boeing 767-300ER planes.

In the statement, the airline said its Air Canada Vacations holiday packages would be available directly from Air Canada Vacations either at the website or by contacting travel agents in Canada.

Air Canada, based in Montreal, operates scheduled and charter services for passengers and cargo to over 170 destinations in 5 continents. The airline said it is the 13th biggest commercial carrier in the world, serving 33 million passengers annually.