Air Canada has announced that it has new reservation options with European train companies, which allow customers to connect directly from the airports to the four train systems. When purchasing flights, Air Canada customers can easily book rail travel to many destinations in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President of Revenue and Network Planning at Air Canada, He said about this: “We know that intermodal connections improve the travel experience. By offering convenient airport connections to the national train systems of France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, we open the door for customers to reach stations in major cities. In addition, this way we add sustainable travel options in Europe. ”
With this European intermodal initiative, customers can now buy Air Canada flights and book train flights from European airports at the same time. Through the airline’s partnership with Lufthansa Express Rail and new collaborations with AccesRail and WorldTicket, customers can use a simplified booking process to create an itinerary on trains operated by TGV-SNCF Voyageurs in France, Deutsche Bahn in Germany, Swiss Federal Railways, or ÖBB, the national railway of Austria.
Check-in can be done for all parts before the trip, avoiding the need to get a train ticket at the station. Additionally, if there are delays or cancellations at any point, the entire itinerary will be rescheduled.
In France, Air Canada will sell, under codeshare, SNCF Voyageurs tickets. This company connects Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to 22 destinations across France, including Nantes, Bordeaux, Marseille, and Strasbourg. On the side of Germany, the airline will expand its connections with Lufthansa Express Rail, which provides access to up to 24 stations in the Star Alliance intermodal network from Frankfurt Airport. Customers now have the possibility to access more than 5,600 train stations across the country from Frankfurt and Munich. In addition, Air Canada plans to launch a codeshare with German Rail next year.
When it comes to Switzerland, customers flying to Zurich or Geneva on Air Canada can now connect the airport with Swiss Federal Railways trains. From there, they reach 11 stations across Switzerland, including destinations such as Basel and Lucerne. Finally, Austria will have the services of ÖBB available from Vienna Airport to nine stations, including Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.