Good news for those seeking a cheap flight abroad. Air Canada is entering the low-cost leisure travel market with the launch of its new Rouge airline. The new airline will begin flying on July 1 from Toronto to Venice, Italy, and Edinburgh, Scotland, two destinations that currently aren’t served by Air Canada. It will also serve Athens from Toronto and Montreal. Air Canada’s existing flights to Cuba, the Dominican Republican, Jamaica and Costa Rica will be flown by the discount carrier from Toronto.
The airline said flights to Venice, Edinburgh and Athens will start at special introductory fares of $963 round-trip, including all taxes, fees, charges and surcharges. Flights to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica will start at $272, one-way, while Cuba is offered starting at $545 round-trip. All the introductory fares, which are available until Dec. 25, are based on Toronto departures.
If you live near either Toronto or Montreal, perhaps Rouge airlines can help you save some serious de l’argent. (My high school French is suddenly paying huge dividends.)
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- In an effort to attract price-conscious booze-cruisers, Royal Caribbean announced that it will begin selling all-you-can-drink beverage packages on its 22 ships early in 2013. Packages are priced between $42 and $55 per guest, per day (depending on the cruise line). Stay thirsty my friends.
- Following months of congressional pressure, the TSA has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to study the health effects of the agency’s X-ray body scanners. The TSA maintains that the scanners are safe and that they emit only a low dose of X-rays equivalent to the radiation a passenger would receive in two minutes of flying at typical cruising altitude. Regardless, don’t you typically seek a second opinion on the safety of these machines before you radiate hundreds of thousands of people with them? This has class action lawsuit written all over it.
- In the period between New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, travel drops off sharply, and cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and rental car agencies offer discounts that can make even the most jaded traveler giggle with glee. Be on the lookout for these post-holiday deals – particularly on Twitter and Facebook.