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Air Canada explores new routes to India, may start more direct flights

On Saturday, Air Canada launched three weekly non-stop flights between Toronto and Mumbai

Aneesh Phadnis 

Air Canada
Air Canada flight. File photo

is evaluating new direct routes to as it aims to grow its presence in the fast-growing market.

On Saturday, launched four weekly non-stop flights between Toronto and Mumbai. It also flies non-stop between Toronto and Delhi as well as Vancouver-Delhi.

"We are evaluating new routes to and are in discussions with airports. There are lot of growth opportunities," said Duncan Bureau, vice president (global sales),

Bureau said has no plans for an equity investment in Air but will look to expand commercial partnership. The two airlines are members of Star Alliance and have a code share pact.

"We have grown from no flights two years ago to direct services to Delhi and Mumbai. We are very happy with the results and will look at growing our frequencies too," he said.

"Air Canada's new service to Mumbai is significant and signals confidence in Indian market. We have had 30 per cent increase in India-Canada trade and Canadian investment in has grown by $ 15 billion. The new service to Mumbai gives further opportunity to grow business and cargo traffic," said Nadir Patel, Canada's high commissioner to

The airline flies Boeing 787-9 aircraft on its routes.

Over 1.1 million passengers flew between and Canada in FY 2017 and has a market share of over 15 per cent on the routes-highest among all airlines. is the only airline to fly non-stop between the two countries.

"Currently passengers from transiting to US from Canada require a transit visa and we are requesting the government to relax the requirement," Bureau said. carries passengers to New York, Boston and even tier-II cities in the US and a visa waiver could help increase the traffic.

First Published: Tue, July 04 2017. 10:16 IST