For Canadians wanting to escape the brutal hold of winter when temperatures can dip as low as minus 22 Fahrenheit throughout the winter and the daily high temperature is usually just a degree or two below freezing. they will now have a quick escape.

And, not just an escape —an escape to sun-soaked Palm Springs.

Air Canada, the country’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports and six continents, has announced it will launch a daily, seasonal fight from Calgary to Palm Springs International Airport, beginning Oct. 18, 2018.

“We are pleased to offer additional convenient travel options to Albertans between Calgary and Palm Springs,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, who noted in a press release that the airline is strategically adding the new route to meet expected demand both locally, and from customers connecting off international flights.
The new Calgary to Palm Springs flight will be onboard Air Canada A320, offering premium and economy cabins.

“Air Canada’s decision to add a daily flight during our 2018 season is outstanding news that will surely bring a boost to our local economy,” said City Manager David H. Ready. “On behalf of the City Council, we would like to thank our tourism partners, including the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism for their ongoing efforts to market the Palm Springs destination to the Airlines.”

The news of new daily, seasonal flights comes on the heels of news released earlier this year that, according to data retrieved from the Airlines, approximately 2,100,072 passengers flew in and out of Palm Springs International Airport in 2017, compared with 1,998,206 the year before, a significant 5.1 percent increase.

During the past decade the City Council has approved more than $40 million in airport improvements that include retail, like two Starbucks locations – along with major capital projects such as the new regional concourse and terminal rejuvenation.