Air Canada launches new route from Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand

From the end of 2022, during the winter season, Vancouver will have a new direct flight to Southeast Asia, which will reach Thailand’s capital.

Air Canada announced this week that it will operate a new route between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). This will be the flagship’s first non-stop service to Southeast Asia, a route that did not exist before the pandemic.

The flights will be frequent, departing four times a week each way with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

From and including 1 December 2022, flights from YVR at 23:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and arrive at BKK two days later at 05.55.

For the return trip from BKK, from and including 4 December, the planes will depart at 8.30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and land at YVR at 06.35 the same day.

Bangkok skyline and Golden Grand Palace. (Shutterstock)

The YVR-BKK route is currently only expected to run on a seasonal basis until mid-April 2023, but it is within the possibility that the airline may reconsider this based on the service’s performance.

“We are very excited to launch our first non-stop service to Southeast Asia this winter, the only one in between North America and Thailand, “he said Mark GalardoSenior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management for Air Canada, in a statement.

«For further convenience, our Bangkok flights will be connected to our extensive domestic and cross-border network, giving customers extra seamlessness and choice when traveling. “

The connections between YVR and Southeast Asia have been greatly strengthened recently, following the implementation of Singapore Airlines’ route to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). Singapore Airlines launched its YVR route in late 2021, originally on a seasonal basis, but early this year they decided to continue operating the route until at least the end of October 2022, and fly three times a week. Singapore Airlines is expected to make a decision later this summer on whether to extend the YVR route further.

Air Canada restarts previous Trans-Pacific services

In addition to launching the new BKK route, Air Canada has indicated that it will restart several pre-pandemic routes later this year.

The YVR route to Delhi, India will resume on October 1, 2022, with three weekly flights, and a technical stop in Dublin, Ireland for departure.

Air Canada’s seasonal route from YVR to Auckland, New Zealand will also start again on November 10 with three departures weekly. This will increase to five departures weekly between December 2022 and March 2023.

The frequencies to Australia will also increase late this year; Air Canada will increase the frequency of the YVR route to Brisbane to five times weekly in December 2022, while the YVR route to Sydney will increase to 10 times weekly for December 2022 and January 2023.

YVR Airport New flights 2020-2022

  • May 2, 2020: Istanbul, Turkey (IST) – Turkish Airlines, 3 times a week
  • December 2, 2021: Singapore (SIN) – Singapore Airlines, 3 times a week
  • May 1, 2022: Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ) – Air Canada, 5 times a week
  • May 16, 2022: Kelowna, BC (YLW) – Flair Airlines, 3 times a week
  • May 17, 2022: San Francisco, California (SFO) – Flair Airlines, 3 times a week
  • May 2, 2022: Quebec City, Quebec – Air Canada Rouge, 3 times a week (summer season)
  • June 1, 2022: Austin, Texas – Air Canada, 4 times a week
  • June 15, 2022: Minneapolis, Minnesota (MSP) – Sun Country Airlines, 2 times weekly (seasonal summer)
  • June 9, 2022: New York City (JFK) – JetBlue, daily
  • December 1, 2022: Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) – Air Canada, 4 times a week (seasonal winter)