Air Canada has announced that it will be operating new non-stop services from Shannon to Toronto and from Dublin to Montreal starting in June of next year.
The two routes are to be part of a major expansion of Air Canada's operations in Ireland and will be facilitated by a Boeing 737 Max 8, offering both business and economy seats, reports the Irish Independent.
Commenting on the announcement, Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison, said: "With 13% of the Canadian population claiming Irish ancestry, I have no doubt that Montreal will be a popular destination for both Irish and Canadian holiday-makers."
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Shannon Group CEO Matthew Thomas echoed Harrison's enthusiasm, stating: "Securing this direct Canadian service for Shannon has been one of our top priorities for some time now."
Meanwhile, Canada's Federal Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne, asserted: "Today's announcement is crucial in continuing and growing our political and economic partnership with Ireland."
Both routes will run four times weekly upon their launch next summer, with booking being available from 19 September.