YVR welcomes Western Canada’s first non-stop service to the United Arab Emirates

Musqueam Territory/Richmond, B.C. (October 27, 2023): Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is celebrating Air Canada’s inaugural flight from Vancouver to Dubai International Airport (DXB). Beginning October 28, Air Canada will fly between YVR and DXB four times per week, marking Western Canada’s first and only non-stop service to the United Arab Emirates.


Dubai is an exciting destination for non-stop service to YVR.  While exciting in its own right, this new Dubai service will also facilitate connections between Vancouver and the region, India and East Africa. I would like to thank Air Canada for their continued investment in YVR as their premier transpacific hub. We are thrilled to welcome this new route and connect Western Canada with the United Arab Emirates for the benefit of our community and the economy that supports it.

Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority

Every new international flight to YVR creates value for British Columbia. Non-stop service to Dubai is estimated to generate $30.4 million for the local economy and as many as 63 full-time operations jobs in the province.

In addition to increased passenger flow and economic opportunities between the two cities, travellers will enjoy greater access to onward global connections available from DXB through Air Canada’s partnership with Emirates. Emirates has its hub in DBX which currently ranks as the busiest airport in the world, when measured by volume of international passenger traffic.

We are very pleased to launch Air Canada’s newest international route connecting Vancouver and Dubai. Not only are both cities two of the top cosmopolitan destinations worldwide renowned for their extraordinary landmarks, rich culture, entertainment and leisure adventures, this route links two global hub airports to offer customers unparalleled travel options and conveniences beyond, whether travelling for leisure, visiting friends and family, or for business. At YVR, our flights have been built to conveniently connect to and from destinations in Alberta, B.C. and the Western USA. In Dubai in cooperation with our codeshare and frequent flyer partner Emirates, a multitude of destinations across the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and East Africa are available.

Mark Galardo, Executive Vice President, Revenue and Network Planning, Air Canada

The service will operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, departing YVR at 9:15 p.m. and arriving to DXB at 12:05 a.m. two days later with a flight time of approximately 15 hours. Passengers on flights to and from Dubai will fly on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with 298 seats.

For further details on this new service and to book, please visit www.aircanada.com.