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December 2, 2015

Air Canada’s rouge takes off in PEI

Extra capacity good news for Island air travellers and tourism industry

Air Canada announced today that its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge™, will begin flying non-stop, twice daily between Charlottetown and Toronto during the summer travel season.

Air Canada rouge will replace the current Air Canada Express service, between May 2nd and October 23rd, 2015, putting more seat capacity on the Charlottetown – Toronto route for the busy spring and summer season.

Charlottetown Airport Authority CEO Doug Newson says that introducing the Air Canada rouge service with Airbus 319 aircraft will increase Air Canada seat capacity between Charlottetown and Toronto this summer by 35%.

"All indicators tell us that the demand is there from both Islanders and visitors for more seat capacity,” says Newson. "We’ve always stressed the convenience factor travelling to and from Charlottetown and Toronto and seat availability is such an important part of that.”

Air Canada rouge flights to Toronto will depart Charlottetown at 0600 and 1230 hours (6:00 am and 12:30 pm). Flights from Toronto to Charlottetown will depart at 0850 and 2055 hours (8:50 am and 8:55 pm).

"This new Air Canada rouge service announcement is very encouraging as it comes at an important time for the Island’s tourism industry,” said Economic Development and Tourism Minister, Heath MacDonald. "Prince Edward Island is just coming off a record-setting tourism year and Charlottetown Airport is playing a bigger role in that as visitors are increasingly choosing to come PEI by air. We are pleased to have more seats from one of PEI’s top travel markets.”

"Air Canada has served Prince Edward Island for several decades,” says Newson. "And we thank them for continuing to be open to schedule enhancements and strategic growth options that benefit Islanders and the thousands of business and leisure visitors who travel to our beautiful province every year. It has a considerable impact on our Island economy.”