Air Canada offers free layovers to promote visits to Toronto

aircanadalogoAir Canada is offering free Toronto stopovers of up to one week on flights booked between the U.S. and Europe or Asia with the goal of positioning Toronto Pearson International Airport as a global hub.

This special offer, developed with the support of Tourism Toronto, is designed to encourage U.S. originating international customers to take advantage of their connection to experience Canada’s largest city.

“As Air Canada’s global hub, Toronto Pearson is quickly growing in popularity as the most efficient connecting point for U.S. originating travelers to Europe or Asia. But in addition to being extremely convenient for transiting international travelers, Toronto makes an ideal city getaway and for those who have the time, as there is a tremendous amount to see and do in one of the world’s most multicultural and vibrant cities. This is why we are pleased to offer our U.S. originating customers flying on international connections with an opportunity to stop over in Toronto for up to a week at no extra cost to their Air Canada ticket so that they can explore and enjoy its diverse attractions,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, at Air Canada.

“International travelers are always looking for added value and exciting destinations and this offer provides both. It’s the perfect way to spend some time exploring Toronto – for the first time or the tenth time – without any additional airfare,” said Andrew Weir, Chief Marketing Officer of Tourism Toronto.
Air Canada’s extended stopover offer is available to U.S. originating international customers connecting through Toronto while traveling from more than 50 U.S. cities to Europe or Asia and can be applied to either the outbound or inbound portion of the trip.

Customers can stay up to one week in Toronto for the same price as a usual roundtrip ticket – without any additional fees for an interrupted journey. The offer is valid for flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Express or Air Canada rouge.

The promotion is similar to one developed by Icelandair, which offers free stopovers in Reykjavik on all transatlantic flights