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Air Canada’s new direct service is too pricy for students

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Reported by Bala Yogesh

Langara students say Air Canada’s new direct service from Vancouver to Delhi is a great time-saver but is still too expensive.

Last month, Air Canada launched a new direct service connecting Delhi and Vancouver with thrice-weekly flight service will run until April.

Langara student pays a high price for going back home

Subhpreet Singh, a computer science student, is heading home this winter. But he said it’s still too expensive to use Air Canada. Photo by Bala Yogesh
Subhpreet Singh, a computer science student is using Air Canada to fly back home this winter. Photo by Bala Yogesh

Student Subhpreet Singh, a computer science student, is heading home this winter. But he said it’s still too expensive to use Air Canada.

“The price of that ticket is higher than the one, which I’m going through,” Singh said.
“I booked (the ticket) in Eastern China. The price of my ticket is $755.”

Before the new direct flights were launched, Vancouver passengers had to make one or two stops before reaching Delhi.

Sanchit Sachdeva, another student from India said it’s good for the Indian community to have the direct flight, which passengers can easily access from Vancouver and surrounding areas.

“I think this new flight is good for people, good for international students and anyone who wants to go back home,” Sachdeva said. “It’s a direct flight and they can reach home in shorter time as compared to other flights.”

Direct service provides a fast flight

The direct service takes only 14 hours and 10 minutes. That actually makes it the fastest flight time to Delhi from anywhere on North America’s west coast.

The fastest one stop transit takes 20 hours.

Air Canada said the introductory prices for a return trip is $999,including tax.

Charndeep Singh, who is also from India and studying at Langara, said the fares remain too expensive for international students who have to pay higher tuition fees than local students.

The cheapest one-stop transit found online was at $1,291 including taxes for a China Eastern Airlines Flight. Air Canada flights within that same timeframe of Dec 25-Jan 16 costs $2,619.

Singh said while business travellers may benefit the most from a direct flight, students can’t afford the convenience.

“As a student, I don’t think I will be a hurry to go home in a day as I spend years and years [waiting] to see my parents,” he said.

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Many students can’t afford to fly home for the holidays. Photo by Bala Yogesh.

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