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Air Canada customers connecting to the U.S. through Toronto now benefit from fully-automated baggage handling

March 26, 2013

Streamlined connections strengthen Toronto as preferred routing for U.S.

MONTREAL, March 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada is becoming an even
more attractive option for travellers connecting to the U.S. due to a
simplified baggage handling process at its Toronto Lester B. Pearson
International Airport hub. The new system sends checked baggage to
connecting flights so connecting customers no longer have to retrieve
their checked bags for U.S. customs inspection.

“Air Canada’s Toronto Pearson hub is already recognized as a North
American gateway and this simplified baggage process makes it even more
attractive. It strengthens Toronto’s position as a preferred routing by
making transit through Pearson easier for customers who are
increasingly choosing to travel our international network because it
offers some of the best elapsed travel times between the U.S. and other
global centres in Europe and Asia,” said Ben Smith, Executive Vice
President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada. “Air Canada has
earned Skytrax ratings as North America’s Best International Airline
and its only Four Star international network carrier. These
accomplishments, combined with other attributes such as dedicated
Transborder and International Maple Leaf Lounges at Pearson featuring
concierge service, our lie flat Executive First suites on board our
wide-body fleet, and now this new Toronto baggage process, are all
reasons why Air Canada is the best option for travel to and from North

Air Canada at Toronto Pearson

Air Canada has been developing its Toronto Pearson hub as an
international connection point for travellers between the U.S. and
international destinations. The number of Air Canada international
passengers connecting through Toronto Pearson has increased by more
than 160 per cent since 2009. Air Canada operates up to 355 departures
each day from Pearson to 124 destinations with approximately 50 per
cent of its customers making connections through Toronto. On peak days,
more than 62,000 Air Canada customers arrive and depart from Toronto
Pearson. Air Canada, along with its Air Canada Express regional
affiliates, offers up to 148 scheduled flights each day to 51 U.S.
destinations from its hub in Toronto.

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline
serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada’s flag
carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in 2012
served close to 35 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled
passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 55 destinations in
the United States and 64 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia,
Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air Canada is a
founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air
transportation network serving 1,329 destinations in 194 countries. 
Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier
recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of
priority travel services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive
Class, complementing their membership in Aeroplan, Canada’s premier
loyalty program, which provides numerous ways to earn and redeem
Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and retail partners. For more
information on Air Canada visit aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.


Source: PR Newswire