Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23242 posts, RR: 23 Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
Quoting FlySSC (Reply 3): AF has never served YVR, regular or Charter flights. According to the bilateral agreement France/Canada, AF has no traffic rights for serving the Canadian west coast.
French carriers actually do have rights to YVR under the current Canada-France bilateral, but only on the YVR-PPT route which they have never operated.
Canadian leisure carrier Air Transat has approval for seasonal YVR-CDG and YYC-CDG service from late May through early October this year. Their schedules show a weekly A330-200 YVR-YYC-CDG with a second weekly 332 YVR-CDG nonstop from late June through mid-September.
DYK From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2384 times:
Quoting Misbeehavin (Reply 4): According to the bilateral agreement France/Canada, AF has no traffic rights for serving the Canadian west coast.
Hopefully this will change this year. Canada and the E.U. are working on a new agreement. Not sure if Air France would even be interested in Vancouver once they receive traffic rights into YVR, but maybe it will open the door for Air Tahiti Nui or Corsair?