Air Canada opened two new European routes from its Vancouver (YVR) base this week, bringing to four the number of destination on the continent that mainline flies to from its British Columbia hub, with the Star Alliance member already serving London Heathrow and Frankfurt. On 7 June the airline launched a three times weekly service on a 8,304-kilometre route to Zurich (ZRH). The following day a four times weekly operation on the 7,923-kilometre sector to Paris CDG (CDG) was inaugurated. “I would like to thank Air Canada for their ongoing support of Vancouver and providing our passengers with such exciting bucket-list travel destinations just in time for the busy summer season,” said Anne Murray, VP Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Vancouver Airport. “Both new services further connect Europe and British Columbia, providing new opportunities to grow commercial relations in business, technology, education and tourism.” While both routes are new to Air Canada’s network, they are both already served by other carriers. Edelweiss Air offers four weekly flights between Zurich and Vancouver, while Air France (five times weekly) and Air Transat (twice-weekly) link the Canadian airport to the French capital airport this summer. While Air Canada mainline flies to Frankfurt, Heathrow, Paris CDG and Zurich from Vancouver, it should be noted that Air Canada Rouge links the North American hub to Dublin.