In addition to its new Bangkok service, Air Canada also announced it would serve Mumbai, India. But rather than fly nonstop from Toronto, the flight will stop in London in each direction, offering a cool new Fifth Freedom route.
Air Canada Adds Fifth Freedom Flight Between London And Mumbai
With the utilization of Russian airspace still off-limits and unlikely to open in the months ahead, Air Canada will operate its Toronto (YYZ) – Mumbai (BOM) service via London Heathrow (LHR). London is a major airport for Star Alliance, Air Canada has a beautiful lounge there, and demand for traffic between the United Kingdom and India is strong.
Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management explained:
“We are also excited to return to Mumbai, India’s largest city and an important financial, commercial, and entertainment hub, complementing our 13 weekly flights from Canada to Delhi. Our Mumbai services are scheduled to operate with a stop in London Heathrow, offering connectivity to more than a dozen Air Canada and Star Alliance partner United Airlines flights between North America and London, as well as additional options for travel between the UK and India. The India market remains very important to Air Canada, and we are committed to resuming our currently paused non-stop services on Toronto–Mumbai and Vancouver–Delhi when circumstances allow.”
The new service will utilize a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring:
- 30 Signature (Business) Class suites
- 21 Premium Economy seats
- 247 Economy Class seats
The route will operate daily according to the following schedule:
- departs Toronto (YYZ) 8:30PM – arrives London (LHR) 8:30AM+1
- departs London (LHR) 11:10AM – arrives Mumbai (BOM) 1:40AM+2
- departs Mumbai (BOM) 4:50AM – arrives London (LHR) 9:20AM
- departs London (LHR) 12:00PM – arrives Toronto (YYZ) 2:55PM
Eastbound service begins on October 29, 2022 while westbound service begins on October 31, 2022.
Although the Fifth Freedom flights are not yet for sale, and Air Canada spokesperson confirmed to Live and Let’s Fly that tickets between London and Mumbai will be sold separately. You can already buy tickets on these new flights between Toronto and Mumbai.
Air Canada is creatively adding a new service to Mumbai with a stop in London, addressing the constraints of the Russian airspace closure. The new daily route will begin in late October. Fifth Freedom flights between London and Mumbai are not yet bookable, but will be soon.
Air Canada once offered Fifth Freedom service from Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) to Santiago, Chile (SCL), but currently does not offer any Fifth Freedom routes.