Non-stop Toronto flight returns this summer

1 June 2023

All the tourism attractions and business opportunities in Toronto will soon only be hours away from Nanaimo once again.

Air Canada Rouge will resume its seasonal direct flight from Nanaimo Airport (YCD) to the nation’s biggest city this summer. Flights are scheduled to depart Friday mornings starting on June 23.

The non-stop route makes it convenient for residents to vacation or do business in eastern Canada and the rest of the world, thanks to easy connections. It also helps create tourism and trade opportunities for the Island by bringing in thousands of visitors over the summer.

Travellers will also have more choice of flights to Vancouver in the coming weeks. Air Canada will add another departure to its summer schedule.

Family-friendly attractions in Toronto

Toronto’s many family-friendly attractions include the CN Tower, the Blue Jays professional baseball team, and the Canadian National Exhibition summer fair.

Travellers can also check out the Royal Ontario Museum, the biggest museum of world cultures and natural history in Canada. There’s also Casa Loma, the only full-sized castle in North America.

A 120-seat Airbus 319 airliner will make the flight from Nanaimo to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in about 4.5 hours.

Connections to global destinations

The most central airport connecting the Island to the world will give residents access to Canada’s main air travel hubs this summer. Between them, Air Canada and WestJet will offer service to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. As a result, catching a morning flight from Nanaimo can land you in many global destinations that same day. Book flights.

Convenient and safe air travel is one of the many ways YCD contributes to the Island lifestyle. YCD operations also provide a significant boost to the regional economy.


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