Air Canada, Lufthansa Improve Routes to Europe from Ottawa
New Service is scheduled to start next spring
by Lark Gould
Air Canada is upgrading its non-stop flights between Ottawa and London-Heathrow with daily service on its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Beginning next spring, customers traveling between Ottawa and London-Heathrow will have the option to fly in Air Canada's Signature cabin, featuring fully lie-flat suites, as well as the added choice of a Premium Economy cabin.
The 255-seat Boeing 787-8, configured in three cabins of service, will be dedicated year-round to the route beginning March 29, 2020. It will replace a 211-seat Boeing 767-300ER with two cabins of service. Meanwhile, Air Canada is suspending its summer seasonal, Ottawa-Frankfurt service. The last flight on this route will be operated on October 24, 2019.
Customers travelling to Europe from Ottawa next summer will have an additional option to fly to Frankfurt on a new seasonal service provided by Star Alliance partner Lufthansa, which will begin operating on May 16th, 2020 and end October 24, 2020.
Lufthansa will be servicing the Canadian capital with summer seasonal flights to Frankfurt on an Airbus A340-300 offering a seat configuration of 30 Business Class seats, 28 Premium Economy Class Seats and 221 Economy Class seats. The flight will operate five times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. LH 473 will depart Ottawa at 5:50 pm and arrive the following day at Lufthansa's Frankfurt hub at 7:15 am. The return flight from Frankfurt – LH 472 – will depart at 1:45 pm and arrive back in Ottawa at 4:05 pm. (All times are local)
Frankfurt, Germany's most international city, offers a rich culture and history, with a population of about 5.6 million. The Frankfurt Rhine-Main metropolitan region is one of Europe's leading economic centers and a popular travel destination that easily connects to other destinations and key cities in Europe.
As Germany's fifth largest city, Frankfurt is the nation's financial powerhouse -- home to the German Central Bank and the European Central bank, which manages the euro, -- and is also the gateway to Germany's robust hi-tech scene.