Air Canada, Canada’s flag carrier and largest airline, in a trade circular on Tuesday, announced the temporary suspension of nonstop flights between Vancouver and Delhi during the winter 2022 and summer 2023 seasons.
It should be noted that the airline has suspended all direct flights between Vancouver and Delhi due to a variety of factors, rendering the route temporarily ‘unviable’ beginning Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
Air Canada has now extended the suspension, and direct flights between Vancouver and Delhi will no longer be available during the winter 2022 and summer 2023 seasons.
Reasons for Suspension?
According to Air Canada, the route is operationally constrained due to extended flying times, a required re-fueling stop due to the current flight paths taken to go around Russian and Ukraine airspace, and additional crew resource requirements to facilitate the routing complexities, all of which result in the route being commercially unviable at present.
Full Refund For Affected Customers
The airline said that a full refund or an alternative flight rebooking if one is available, will be provided to affected passengers on Air Canada’s nonstop flights between Vancouver and Delhi.
If you purchased your ticket directly from Air Canada (aircanada.com website, Air Canada’s contact centres), you will receive information from Air Canada directly about your travel options.
If you purchased your ticket directly from a travel agency or an online travel website, please contact them directly for your travel options.
Air Canada continues to operate up to 10 weekly flights
Air Canada remains committed to the Indian market. Air Canada continues to operate up to 10 weekly flights between Canada and Delhi from its gateways in Toronto (daily) and Montreal (three times weekly) as these routes utilize different flight paths, and seven weekly flights between Toronto and Mumbai.
Air Canada monitors global situations very closely and may reinstate its Vancouver-Delhi route earlier if conditions permit.