Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, poutine and Tim Hortons coffee – there are good reasons why Toronto should be on your travel bucket list.
And travelling from the UAE to the Canadian hotspot is about to get so much easier.
Etihad Airways and Emirates are increasing the number of flights to Toronto from August to give us more of a chance to discover the brilliant city.
The number of weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Canada’s largest city will increase from three to five on Etihad’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
And if that wasn’t tempting enough, since June 5 UAE citizens no longer need a visa in advance for short stays to Canada.
Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This development is great news for UAE nationals, for who Canada is an exciting trade, tourism, and cultural partner, and for Canadians, including the thousands residing here in the Emirates.
“The UAE is also Canada’s largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa region, so the extra services are a boost for trade to and from the area, and beyond.”
Etihad's new flights will leave Abu Dhabi at 10.05am and land in Toronto at 4.30pm.
Then the return flight will depart the Canadian city at 10.55pm and land in the UAE capital at 7.40am the next day.
Meanwhile, Emirates will also increase the frequency of its weekly flights from three to five from August 18.
Both airlines cited an increase in demand from tourists and businesses as a key factor in the decision to boost their schedules.