Air Canada Announces New Routes To JFK And Sacramento International Airport

On Friday, December 8th, Air Canada announced that it would expand its flight offerings to the US for this upcoming summer. It will launch three new routes to the US in the first half of next year in preparation for the busy summer travel months. In March, it plans to launch two routes to New York, and a few months later, it will launch a new route to California.

New York services

Air Canada has announced that on March 26th, it will launch a route connecting New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) with Canada’s Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The airline plans to launch a twice-daily service between JFK and YYZ. The YUL and JFK route will be flown once daily. The flights will be operated by Air Canada’s regional operator Jazz Air, and will be flown on a 76-seat Embraer E175 regional jet fitted with business and economy classes.


Air Canada Embraer E175 on ramp at New York Airport

Photo: Getty Images

These offerings will further expand the airline’s presence in the New York air transit market. The Canadian flag carrier is currently the international airline with the largest presence in the passenger air transit market in the New York Metropolitan area. The airline services all three major New York airports from six Canadian cities. Air Canada currently offers 3,500 seats across 39 daily flights between New York and its northern neighbor.






New York JFK 12:45

Montréal 2:20 p.m



Montréal 18:25

New York JFK 8:00 p.m



New York JFK 10:00

Toronto 11:45



Toronto 11:00

New York JFK 12:36



New York JFK 13:25

Toronto 3:10 p.m



Toronto 8:30 p.m

New York JFK 22:06


Sacramento’s newest offering

On June 1st, Air Canada will launch a route connecting YYZ with California’s Sacramento International Airport (SMF). The year-round route will offer flights four times per week. The flights will be carried out on the airline’s young and efficient Airbus A220 aircraft. These 137-seat aircraft also feature business and economy class seating.

Air Canada Airbus A220

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying




Days of the week


Toronto 6:30 p.m

Sacramento 20:55

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday


Sacramento 09:25

Toronto 5:15 p.m

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Summer 2023

Next summer Air Canada will offer over 400 daily flights to the US across 95 routes to 47 destinations. This translates to thousands of passengers being flown to and from the US every day. Air Canada plans to expand its network into the US next year as it introduces not only new routes but also reintroduces old ones and heavily increases flight frequency. The airline is optimistic about its future presence in the US air transit market as it anticipates higher demand for passenger air travel in the coming years than ever.

Air Canada’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management, Mark Galardo, stated the following concerning the company’s US operation plans for next year,

“Air Canada is very pleased to offer customers the most choice of any carrier flying to the US for Summer 2023, where we will operate more than 400 daily flights on 95 routes to 47 destinations. We are getting an early start with new routes to JFK from both Toronto and Montreal beginning March 26, and Toronto-Sacramento in June.As well, we will restore previously suspended routes and increase frequencies on existing routes as we rebuild our transborder schedule.

“Our US summer schedule, which will complement our recently announced Canadian and international summer schedules, is designed to maximize connectivity within our network and offer the most seats on the most flights to the most destinations. Strengthened by our Transborder Joint Business Agreement with United Airlines , our schedule will also be attractive for sixth freedom global travelers flying internationally and strengthen our hub airports with more connection traffic.”

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  • Air Canada Airbus A320-211 C-GQCA

    IATA/ICAO code: AC/ACA

    Airline type: Full service carrier

    Stroke(s): Calgary International Airport, Montreal–Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport

    Year Founded: 1967

    Alliance: Star Alliance

    CEO: Michael Rousseau

    Country: Canada

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    Toronto Pearson International Airport


    Country: Canada

    CEO: Deborah Flint

    Passenger Count : 13,300,000 (2020)

    Runways : 05/23 – 3,389m (11,119ft) | 06L/24R – 2,956m (9,698ft) | 06R/24L – 2,743m (8,999ft) | 15L/33R – 3,368m (11,050ft) | 15R/33L – 2,770 m (9,088ft)

    Terminals: Terminal 1 | Terminal 3

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    New York JFK Airport


    Country: United States

    CEO: Rick Cotton (Executive Director of Port Authority of NY and NJ)

    Passenger Count : 16,630,642 (2020)

    Runways : 4L/22R – 3,682m (12,079 ft) |4R/22L – 2,560m (8,400 ft) |13L/31R – 3,048m (10,000 ft) |13R/31L – 4,423m (14,511 ft)

    Terminals: Terminal 1 | Terminal 2 | Terminal 4 | Terminal 5 | Terminal 7 | Terminal 8

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