Air Canada and Aer Lingus have announced a new interline agreement - the first step in a closer relationship between the two carriers.
The interline agreement, with takes effect immediately, allows customers to purchase single tickets on connecting services with the two airlines.
Air Canada said the move is “a preliminary step toward a full codesharing relationship expected to be finalised next year”.
Gary Cross, Air Canada’s general manager, said that the interline agreement would “complement our Dublin-Toronto seasonal service to make it easy to fly year-round between Ireland and Canada via convenient connections through Heathrow”.
He added that the other measures would include the “planned relocation of both carriers to Terminal 2 at Heathrow to facilitate connections and following that the introduction of year-round flights between Ireland and Canada”.
Air Canada currently flies between Dublin and Toronto during the summer season until October 14, and offers year-round services from Heathrow.