Air Canada signs Irish accord, creates new jobs


The Canadian airline has signed an interline agreement with Aer Lingus to complement its existing Toronto-Dublin service and provide greater connections between Ireland and Canada.

Air Canada and Aer Lingus have code sharing plans to be finalised next year, according to Canada Newswire.

“We intend to follow through with other measures to enhance the experience for customers travelling between Canada and Ireland, including a full code share relationship with Aer Lingus beginning next year,” Air Canada vice president network planning Marcel Forget said.

Both airlines plan to relocate to Terminal 2 at Heathrow to facilitate connections and introduce year-round flights between Canada and Ireland.

The agreement allows customers to use both carriers’ check-in kiosks, through-check their baggage to its final destination and enjoy the ease of a single electronic ticket.

The airline also announced it will employ more than 900 new staff over the course of the next twelve months.

“Air Canada is undertaking a selective hiring process over the next 12 months in order to seize new commercial opportunities, enhance customer service and renew our workforce,” Air Canada chief executive and president Calin Rovinescu said.

“At a time when youth unemployment is nearly 15 per cent in Canada, we are pleased to offer exciting career opportunities that will especially appeal to young people.”

Air Canada will also create 200 new positions as part of the launch for its new low cost carrier, due 2013.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
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