Romanian-bord Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for 2016, officially announced that the company he runs is expanding its routes as of this summer, adding Bucharest to the list of cities to which it will provide direct round flights, paginiromanesti.ca informs.
Air Canada and Chambre de Commerce Roumaine du Quebec (CCRQ) launched the direct flights from Bucharest to Montreal and Toronto on Wednesday, March 21 at a ceremony held in Montreal.
”This is a great day for the Romanian community in Canada, for both Romania and Air Canada. (…) Many Romanians, when they heard that I am of Romanian origin, asked me when there would be a direct link between Canada and Romania and why it does not exist yet,” Rovinescu stated.
Thus, the non-stop flights to Bucharest, operated by Air Canada Rouge, from Montreal will be available starting June 7, 2018 and from Toronto starting June 9, 2018. According to Calin Rovinescu, the reservations made from Montreal flights are double compared to those made from Toronto. Moreover, Air Canada is the only North American airline flying to Romania.
”A direct flight will help increase tourism and business between the two countries and I am proud to be able to contribute with Air Canada to the development of the Romanian community,” Air Canada official said.
Calin Rovinescu became President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada on April 1, 2009. He is also the chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board, the controlling body of Star Alliance, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association, having served as its chairman in 2014-2015. Romanian-born is also a member of the boards of directors of BCE Inc. and of the Business Council of Canada. In 2015, he was appointed the 14th chancellor of the University of Ottawa.
He left Romania with his family in 1960, when he was five years old, and returned to his native country for the first time only in 2014, at the invitation of the director of Romatsa.