Affair to boost Glasgow capacity by 30%

In 2011, Canadian Affair, the “pre-eminent choice for tours to Canada,” to quote the company’s website, will increase capacity on routes from Glasgow Airport to three North American destinations. The expansion will add around 10,000 extra seats on flights to Vancouver, Calgary, and the largest city in Canada, Toronto.

While it might sound like a bargain bin paperback, Canadian Affair is a specialist holiday company based in London and Glasgow. The firm has been flying from Scotland’s second city since its inception in 1995, and currently provides more than 60 flights a week from seven UK airports.

Bosses have cited exploding passenger numbers as the impetus for the planned expansion at Glasgow. The operator claims that more UK travellers chose to fly with Canadian Affair in 2010 than in any previous year. “We can’t give out the specific numbers, but this has been a record year for us,” a spokesperson told the Evening Times newspaper

Larger planes will be brought onto Glasgow-Canada routes to facilitate the capacity increase, including the Airbus A330, which can carry almost 300 passengers, and the now-discontinued A110 aircraft, seating 200 people. The planes will be borrowed from Canadian Affair’s parent company, Transat A.T.

The Toronto service will operate five times a week from summer 2011, priced at £278 for a return journey. Calgary and Vancouver will be served with one weekly flight. Tickets for the latter two cities are slightly more expensive than on the Toronto route, coming in at £298 per person.

In addition to flights, Canadian Affair is offering travellers a chance to explore the North American countryside, providing scenic train journeys, food and wine events in British Columbia, and a rather novel activity for British holidaymakers, bear watching.

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