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Air Canada Returns To Brisbane

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Air Canada is planning a comeback to Brisbane as well as a considerable increase in service to Sydney.

The North American carrier, on the other hand, will not return to Auckland until mid-November, and then only three times a week.

The news comes after COVID limits and border requirements were recently lifted in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Vancouver–Sydney flights will rise to daily service on May 1, and a four-times-weekly service to Brisbane will start on July 1.

Flights between British Columbia and the North Island city, on the other hand, will not resume until November 10th, and then only on a three-times-weekly basis.

Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s senior vice president, said the company was speeding up the restoration of its Australian and New Zealand services in response to “pent-up traffic” between the three nations. For the flights, the airline will use its fleet of 298-seat 787-9 Dreamliners.

Pre-departure tests are no longer required for Australians and New Zealanders traveling to Canada, as the government removed the requirement this week.

The news comes only days after New Zealand declared that its international border restrictions would be relaxed.

From 11.59 p.m. on April 12, fully vaccinated Australians will be allowed entry, and visitors will not be required to isolate. Qantas and Jetstar said they would increase daily return flights across the Tasman within hours of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s statement.

The national carrier and its subsidiary will fly 30 round-trip flights per week on five routes, up from the two that were previously available.

On its Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft, Qantas will fly daily from Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney to Auckland and Sydney to Christchurch.

Jetstar, meanwhile, will operate three weekly flights on Airbus A320 planes from the Gold Coast to Auckland.

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