Air Canada set to resume Montreal to London service in August

Jul 8, 2021

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Air Canada is ramping up its international service by resuming a number of routes to European countries. Topping the list is the return of flights between Montreal and London.

From 3 August, Canada’s flagship airline will resume regular service between Montreal-Trudeau International (YUL) and London Heathrow (LHR), offering three flights per week on an Airbus 330-300 jet. In September, it will offer Montreal to London flight options four times per week.

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“Canadians are eager to travel again, and we are ready to reunite customers with their families and friends,” said Air Canada Senior VP Mark Galardo in a press release. “With vaccination rates globally increasing and our industry-leading CleanCare+ bio-safety protocols, Air Canada has your health and safety as its top priority.”

The carrier is restarting 17 global routes this summer. In addition to the Montreal to London service, that includes the following routes:

  • Toronto to Vienna, from 21 July
  • Montreal to Geneva, from 22 July
  • Calgary to Frankfurt, from 1 August
  • Toronto to Dublin, from 1 August
  • Montreal to Tel Aviv, from 1 August
  • Toronto to Paris, from 2 August
  • Toronto to Zurich, from 3 August

Certain routes that were never disrupted by the pandemic, such as Vancouver to London, are seeing extra flights added as the airline adjusts its schedule to accommodate increasing demand for travel.

We took a quick peek at flight availability for the flight from London to Montreal and found prices to hover around the £500 level throughout August and September in economy.

Related: How to earn elite status on Air Canada without flying

Air Canada offers four tiers within economy, and the best value seems to be the standard option. Even though it cost $75 more than basic — the lowest option — your first checked bag is free. Considering the airline charges $70 for checking a bag if you book a basic ticket, it’s basically a wash. Of course, if you’re strictly a carry-on bag type of traveller, then basic may be the better option for you.

Air Canada’s current refund policy, which was changed following much criticism for not offering refunds for cancelled flights due to COVID-related issues, means that should a flight be cancelled or rescheduled by more than three hours, customers get a full refund, a travel voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus.

Keep in mind that Canada still isn’t an option for U.K. travellers. The country is also on the U.K.’s amber list, which requires a 10-day quarantine on return.

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