Air Canada welcomed a group of about 180 travel trade executives and VIPs to an in-person event in downtown Toronto last night (May 5) to mark the industry’s return to travel, as well as to celebrate travel agent appreciation month.
Hosted by Air Canada’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Lucie Guillemette the event provide an opportunity for the travel trade executives to meet, network and learn where Air Canada is headed in the future.
Guillemette told the crowd that there are “no words to express how pleased we are to welcome you here tonight – we’ve missed you.”
She said the event was about celebrating the ‘return to travel’ and provide an opportunity for the airline to thank its partners for their determination and commend them for their efforts over the past two years.
Said Guillemette: “It was not easy.”
In the last two years, Guillemette told her audience that even in the ‘worst times,” Air Canada never lost sight of “our future” and “we never lost hope.”
She also told the crowd of travel industry VIPs that Air Canada has affirmed that it “intends to rise higher than ever before and put the customer at the centre of everything we do.”
For the summer of 2022, Guillemette said that Air Canada will be at 80% of the capacity it operated in 2019. Currently, it is serving 51 Canadian cities; close to 50 U.S. transborder cities; and 40 international destinations.
All in all, the evening was a celebration as both Air Canada and its partners look ahead to the brighter skies of the recovery.
Seen here during the event, from l to r, are Chippy Jegathesan, Chief Executive Officer of Voyzant and Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Air Canada.