Air Canada and Aer Lingus have announced a new interline agreement, the first step in a closer relationship between the two carriers.
With immediate effect the interline agreement allows customers to purchase single tickets on connecting services with the two airlines, and avail of through baggage check-in.
In a statement Air Canada said the move is “a preliminary step toward a full codesharing relationship expected to be finalised next year”.
Commenting on the news Gary Cross, General Manager Europe, Middle East, Africa and India at Air Canada, said that the interline agreement would “complement our Dublin-Toronto seasonal service to make it easy to fly year-round between Ireland and Canada via convenient connections through London Heathrow”.
He added that the carriers “intend to follow through with other measures to enhance the experience for customers travelling between Ireland and Canada, including a full code share relationship with Aer Lingus beginning next year, the planned relocation of both carriers to Terminal 2 at Heathrow to facilitate connections and following that the introduction of year-round flights between Ireland and Canada”.
Air Canada currently flies between Dublin and Toronto during the summer season (with flights stopping on October 14), and offers year-round services from London Heathrow.
Report by Mark Caswell