- This Monday, December 9, Air Canada Rouge commenced nonstop operations between Toronto and Quito with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Departing from Quito International Airport, Air Canada Rouge launched three weekly nonstop flights with a Boeing 767-300 wide cabin aircraft from Toronto Pearson International Airport. The arrival of the Canadian airline is the result of joint efforts of Corporación Quiport, the Ecuadorian Government and the Municipality of Quito, which have committed themselves to increasing connectivity in the country.
The duration of the new nonstop flight is six hours and 35 minutes, directly connecting travelers from both countries; and throughout Air Canada’s international destinations from their Toronto based hub.
A strengthened relationship between Ecuador and Canada responds to the interest of Ecuadorians in Canada as a destination for tourism, education and business and will support the growing interest among Canadian tourists about Quito. It will also bring the Ecuadorian community residing in Canada closer to their home country.
"We are delighted with this new route that will connect another South American capital with our hub in Toronto. We have worked hard and are very proud to be the first Canadian airline to cover the Quito-Toronto route, thus bringing both countries closer together, strengthening trade and tourism, and increasing opportunities for hundreds of students,” said Alfredo Babún, Air Canada Regional Manager for Andean Countries.
Ecuadorian Tourism Minister, Rosi Prado de Holguín welcomed Air Canada Rouge, “which arrives in Ecuador to shorten the distance between these two countries and facilitate the arrival of Canadian tourists who are eager to enjoy the warmth and beauty of our ‘four worlds’.”
“Quito Airport is ready to welcome all Canadian and international tourists,” said Andrew O’Brian, President and Director General of Corporación Quiport, operator of the Quito International Airport, who also explained that Canada is not only a new destination, but also a new market with much potential. He also noted that Quito is a tourist destination with great potential for Canadian travelers who are eager to visit different places and see different customs. In this sense, Ecuador has much to offer in cultural and historical tourism, adventure and nature, besides its amazing beaches.
According to Sandro Ruiz, General Manager of Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Servicios Aeroportuarios (EPMSA), “this great step towards connectivity confirms that progress has been made in tourism in the country and the city as a result of joint hard work. And the Municipality of Quito is honored to welcome this airline as part of the city’s productive development process”.
Finally, Sylvie Bédard, Canadian Ambassador to Ecuador, said that “it was great to board the plane yesterday night in Toronto and arrive in Quito today in the early morning! This new route is, without a doubt, a milestone that will bring our countries and our people together in trade, tourism, education and investment. Air Canada Rouge has shortened the distance and is offering an excellent option for businesspeople, students, tourists and products to reach both countries. I wish to congratulate Air Canada, the Quito airport and Quiport, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ecuadorian Embassy for the great joint efforts that have turned this project into a reality.”