Air Canada Rouge adds Quito route
By Wings Staff
Air Canada Rouge announced non-stop flights between Toronto and Quito are to begin in December of this year, making it the first non-stop carrier connecting Ecuador and Canada. The airline will use a Boeing 767-300 wide cabin aircraft to cover the route with three weekly frequencies initially.
By Wings Staff
“Connectivity is essential for tourists to fall in love with the country ‘of the four worlds,’” said Ecuadorian Tourism Minister, Rosi Prado de Holguin. “Besides, our objective is to have tourism as the third source of non-petroleum income in our country and, as such, each day we work to promote Ecuador all over the world.”
Quito International Airport explains this new route comes after negotiations began with the airline three years ago, based on substantial joint efforts by the central Government, the Municipality of Quito and Corporación Quiport.
“This new flight will be a catalyst that will strengthen the ties between Ecuador and Canada and, besides, will provide better travel options to tourists and students, thereby improving commercial exchange. We congratulate Air Canada and the Quito International Airport for this important success,” said Sylvie Bédard, Canadian Ambassador to Ecuador.
With flights to more than 70 destinations throughout the world, Air Canada Rouge holds 53 aircraft and 2,000 employees and has served more than 25 million customers since it was launched five years ago.
“Air Canada is expanding its presence in South America as part of its international growth strategy from our global hub in Toronto. Quito, as Ecuador’s capital city, is a major market for tourism and cargo, and Ecuador has an important number of Canadian citizens residing in the country who will benefit from this convenient non-stop flight,” said Mark Galardo, Air Canada Routes Planning Vice President.