Ever since gulf based airlines have become the choice for luxury inclined passengers, U.S. based carriers have been miffed. However, they now have to deal with tough completion from someone very near home. Air Canada, which is has been in action for around 80 years now, is gaining traction from its American and global customer base.
Air Canada aims to have three major Canadian hubs that can function as transit points for international travellers who are flying to Europe and Asia. Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver could very well be a transit point instead of New York or Los Angeles, according to recent reports.
In an interview to a major news organisation, Ben Smith, Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines said. “Every time an American flies up on us they go ‘Oh my God, you’re the best kept secret. How did we not know about this?”
Air Canada has been gaining prominence ever since it has begun work on its international dealings and company turnaround. The carrier’s seating capacity has increased in addition to the number of routes it is now tackling and its ambition is unstopped. The company is launching services to new routes by including smaller cities in its schedule. This helps the carrier tap into markets it has not forayed upon and could help in furthering the agenda in making Canada a transit spot for international travellers from smaller cities.
The expansion brings with it many challenges however in the growing global travel scenario it is not unanticipated for businesses to find the need to have people travel more than ever. Having a transit pit stop in Canada ensures the carrier can run long haul flights and touch locations that have previously been difficult to reach from Canada. The nonstop flights are a great way to bring in passengers who don’t want to spend time at two transit airports before reaching their destination.
Having a transit hub airport ensures the planes are not empty. Connectivity is increased multi fold when passengers from across northern America begin to use Canadian airports as their transit point instead of faraway airport. With this, they feel like they are almost near home, some experts said.
The changes are not without risks. American airline names are not ready to lose out their regular customers to anyone and are aimed at increasing passenger retention with frequent flier incentives and customer loyalty initiatives. Longer haul flights mean customers should be willing to pay a premium for the time saved which can mean tickets can become pricier. However as new jet setters are lured into choosing the airline the airline can be expected to make waves.
Naysayers have their own version with some saying that the pace of growth cannot be sustained over the years and will eventually slow. Some other experts also fear curbs from other transatlantic airlines that are in a joint venture with Air Canada. However for now it seems like all is going well at Air Canada and will continue to do so in the near future.