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Air Canada to offer direct flights to Hawaii from Vancouver starting in September

Air Canada says it will offer non-stop options to Hawaii from Vancouver as early as September 2021 to cities such as Honolulu and Maui. Photo: Waikiki beach / Getty Images

Air Canada says it will offer non-stop options to a couple of Hawaiian cities from Vancouver as early as September. 

Canada's largest airline will also launch other non-stop options from Canada to Hawaii this winter, including the first Montreal-Honolulu and Toronto-Maui services.

These new flights complement the airline's long-standing services from Calgary and Vancouver to the Hawaiian Islands and will enable convenient connections across Canada as well as from Europe. 

"We are seeing strong demand in the sun markets this winter with people in Canada and around the world looking ahead to holiday travel. As we finalize our schedule to position Air Canada's leadership in leisure travel this winter, we have added new non-stop flights to Hawaii from Montreal and Toronto in addition to our flights from Calgary and Vancouver, making it more convenient than ever for Canadians across the country to experience the Hawaiian Islands," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. 

"From Europe, customers will be able to easily connect to our Hawaii flights from our Montreal and Toronto gateways. We know people will be excited to travel this winter, and we look forward to welcoming our customers on board."

Air Canada's new Hawaii flights from Montreal and Toronto feature a choice of three cabins of service, including the airline's premium travel experiences and Air Canada Signature Class featuring lie-flat Executive Pods. Seats are available for sale now for next winter. 

Air Canada's new refund policy also offers customers options for refunds: an Air Canada Travel Voucher or equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65 per cent bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours, is applicable to all tickets purchased.

The first flight from Vancouver to Maui is set to depart Sept. 10, 2021 at 6 p.m.; the first flight to Honolulu is scheduled for Sept. 14, 2021 at 2:05 p.m. 

vancouver-to-hawaii-air-canada-flights.jpgPhoto via Air Canada

72 per cent of Canadians say 'vaccine passports' will make travel, large events safe

While flights may be offered to Hawaii in September, Canada may require travellers to provide vaccination passports or certificates upon entry. 

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada may require international travellers to show proof of vaccination, too. In fact, Canada may even require American citizens to carry vaccine passports regardless of whether the United States will require Canadians to do so. 

And it appears the majority of Canadians agree with the government's stance on vaccine passports for entry to the country.

A new Ipsos poll finds that nearly eight in ten (78%) Canadians agree (56% strongly/21% somewhat) that all travellers entering the country should be required to have a vaccine passport. 

Report authors note that "the strength of support is explained by the fact that a strong majority of Canadians think vaccine passports will boost public safety."

With a file from the Canadian Press.