Air Canada Rouge has launched a new nonstop service from Vancouver to Dublin, marking the only nonstop service linking the city and Ireland. The new service will operate three times per week, until October 8.

Tourism Ireland, warmly welcomes the new flight route, which started on June 10. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said “We warmly welcome the new Air Canada rouge service between Vancouver and Dublin, which provides a major boost for both leisure and business tourism from western Canada to the island of Ireland.

“We look forward to working closely with Air Canada rouge to maximize the promotion of this flight. As an island destination, the importance of convenient, direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

Benjamin Smith, president of passenger airlines at Air Canada said “This route offers convenience to Western Canadians travelling to visit and explore the Emerald Isle's rich landscapes, world-class golf and historic sites, as well as to Irish customers visiting the spectacular attractions Vancouver and British Columbia offer.”

President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority, Craig Richmond, added “This new service will connect Vancouver to a country known for its natural beauty, amazing history and rich culture. It will also open new opportunities for European businesses and travelers, connecting them to our world-class city and airport."

The new Vancouver-Dublin service is part of Air Canada's ongoing international expansion this year, following the recent launch of Vancouver-Brisbane, Montreal-Casablanca, Toronto-London Gatwick and Toronto-Prague. This summer, Air Canada will also launch new international services between Toronto-Budapest, Toronto-Warsaw, Toronto-Glasgow, Toronto-Seoul, Montreal-Lyon and later this fall, Vancouver-Delhi. Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between Toronto-Delhi, Toronto-Amsterdam, Toronto-Dubai, Montreal-Venice, Montreal-Mexico City and Vancouver-Osaka.

First direct link from BC city to Ireland will run three times a week until October.Getty Images/iStockphoto