Air Canada launches 'Rouge', a new leisure traveler focused airline - any good deals from Calgary?
You may have heard that Air Canada was planning to start an LCC (low cost carrier) airline that caters to leisure travelers. Well today, they released some info on the name of the new carrier (Rouge), their slogan, and the first sampling of what destinations are available from Calgary, and how much they'll cost.
Really? I could have sworn my French teacher said it meant 'red'...
Google Translate agrees.
But enough about that, let's take a look at what destinations are being offered through Rouge from Calgary...
Looks like we have the following offers from YYC...
Calgary - Athens, Greece $1196
Calgary - Edinburgh, Scotland $1195
Calgary - Venice, Italy $1195
The prices are roundtrip, after taxes, and valid on departure dates between July 1 and the end of October 2013.
My first thought is that is definitely a decent price to Greece from Calgary, especially for peak summer travel. It's certainly cheaper than all other carriers at the moment.
Overall, perhaps nothing too mind blowing in terms of price. But even though many will look at Air Canada's past failures and predict a similar demise, I do hope that they succeed with this new venture. Ultimately, the more competition there is in the marketplace, the better it is for the consumer.
And if AC feels they can compete on routes and offer prices that are similar or lower to their low-cost competitors (ie: Air Transat), well, that's good news for those of us that like to travel.
And it does look like they're trying to offer destinations that are not currently served by low-cost carriers out of Calgary, such as Greece and Venice. Air Transat flys to Amsterdam, the UK, and France out of YYC, but does not offer flights to Greece or Italy. They fly to Scotland, but only to Glasgow, not Edinburgh.
Hopefully this also means more opportunities for a crazy price drop to come around, giving yours truly more to blog about!
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