Air Canada celebrated its inaugural flight to Bangkok from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) late last week.
Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President – Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada, said: “We are thrilled to launch Air Canada’s first non-stop service to Southeast Asia and the only non-stop flights between North America and Thailand. Bangkok is also one of the most visited destinations globally, and we have optimized connections to and from our trans-pacific hub at YVR to give customers convenient travel options to explore this exciting city renowned for its history, cuisine and culture, or to conduct international business trade.”
Galardo continued: “This new service from YVR is another step in our ambition to develop this hub into one of the most important trans-pacific gateways in North America. We look forward to welcoming our customers onboard.”
Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra observed: “Improving access between countries is crucial to a successful Canadian aviation sector. These flights will allow more travellers to get to their destinations and will promote growth and prosperity for both Canadian and Thailand’s travel industries.”
Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “We are thrilled that Air Canada continues to grow its transpacific hub at YVR with the introduction of their new route to Bangkok — the only direct service from North America to Thailand.”
Vrooman continued: “This new service will provide passengers with incredible tourism options and a broad range of business opportunities in the region. And here in British Columbia this new route will generate $2.8 million in tourism spend and $1.5 million in GDP.”
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