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Air Canada Rouge is Canada's leisure airline, serving predominantly leisure markets within Canada. The airline operates to/from a number of domestic destinations within Canada, key cities within the US, and a number of key cities within Europe. Destinations in Europe include Manchester, Edinburgh, Venice, Athens, Lisbon, Dublin, Nice, Barcelona, Budapest, and Warsaw. Destinations in the Caribbean include Cuba, Jamaica, Curaçao, Haiti, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, and the Dominican Republic.

The airline was launched in December 2012 and began services on July 1, 2013. The airline is part of the Air Canada Leisure Group. All Air Canada Rouge flights are operated with narrow-body Airbus aircraft, offering high-speed Wi-Fi (available for purchase) and a wide choice of Economy and Premium Rouge services.

November 2021 Update: In February 2021, Air Canada Rouge announced that it would be temporarily suspending operations. This was due to a reduction in demand as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the airline resumed flying early September 2021, and is gradually reintroducing more routes.

Looking for flights within Canada?

You can search and book flights within Canada using the search form at the top of the page. Read our full guide to domestic flights within Canada for more travel advice. When you book through Alternative Airlines, you can pay the way you want, including choosing one of our payment plan options. Spread the cost of your flights with Zip, Afterpay, Klarna and Affirm, among other options.

Baggage Policy

As a standard Air Canada Rouge passengers are allowed to bring 1 piece of hand luggage + 1 personal item.

Carry-on Baggage

Regardless of destination, passengers can bring 1 standard piece of hand luggage + 1 personal item. The standard piece must measure 55cm by 23 cm by 40 cm, including wheels/handlers, and must be light enough to store in the overhead bin without assistance. The personal item, measuring 33cm by 16cm by 43cm, must fit under the seat in front of you.

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage allowance will depend on a number of factors, including fare type and route, and will be confirmed during the Alternative Airlines booking process. Additional bags can be added to your booking if required.

Bags that exceed allowance (in number, size and/or weight) will be subject to additional checked baggage charges.

Cabin Classes

Air Canada Rouge officially has 2 cabin classes — Economy Class and Premium Class.

Economy Class

Economy Class Facilities

Entertainment: There is no personal entertainment system. However, passengers can stream the best new releases and top TV shows onto their tablet, smartphone or laptop.

New to 2021: The airline has launched an upgraded streaming entertainment system. Economy passengers no longer need to use an app to stream content, but can now stream hours of television and movies available on a complimentary basis directly to their own personal digital devices.

Economy Class Seating

Economy provides advanced aircraft seating technology with adjustable headrests. Passengers can also pre-book a seat with extra legroom for added comfort.

New to 2021: Air Canada has launched nine new Airbus A321 aircraft, which feature a new contemporary interior design, configured with leather seats and 30-inch seat pitch in the Economy cabin. The new A321 aircraft also offer upgraded personal power options, including USB-C ports and a personal electronic device holder integrated into the back of each seat.

Premium Class

Air Canada Rouge offers two class options, Economy or Premium. Its premium offering is called Premium Rouge.

Premium Class Facilities

Before boarding, breeze through the airport with priority check-in and boarding. Premium Rouge passengers are also entitled to extra baggage allowance. On eligible flights, passengers can relax in the Maple Leaf Lounge, at available airports.

Passengers travelling in the Premium Rouge cabin will be offered a complimentary bar and beverage service. Meals are complimentary on flights over two hours, or a snack is served on flights of shorter duration.

Entertainment: Onboard, Premium Rouge passengers can enjoy Hollywood new releases on a complimentary iPad.

Business Class Seating

Premium Rouge is in an exclusive cabin, with wider seats and more space to stretch.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

Air Canada Rouge offers complimentary entertainment when you connect to its WIFI network. Its entertainment service offers a range of TV shows and films that you can stream on any WIFI enabled personal devices, such as your phone, laptop or mobile. Air Canada Rouge entertainment ranges from brand new releases to the best-known classics and everything in between.


WiFi is available for purchase onboard select North American, Caribbean and international flights.

Device charging: All aircraft are outfitted with power outlets at every Business Class seat and on select Economy Class seats. USB ports for charging are available at every seat.

WiFi fees: A number of pass options can be pre-purchased, or purchased onboard the plane. A one-hour pass starts from $6.50 CAD; a one-way pass is $21.00 CAD

Food & Drink

Requesting a special meal when booking through Alternative Airlines: You can request a special meal easily at the time of booking, by selecting the special meal your require from the drop-down menu when entering your passenger information. If you would like you would like to add a special meal request to your reservation after making your online booking, this can be done by contacting our customer service team.

Meal Options

Meals for Economy passengers: On flights within North America and the Caribbean, a range of high quality light meals and snacks are available for purchase. On flights outside North America, Central America and the Caribbean, enjoy a complimentary hot meals, non-alcoholic beverages and tasty snacks.

Meals for Business passengers: Meals: Enjoy complimentary gourmet hot meals, served on quality dishware accompanied with a selection of wine, spirits, beverages and snacks.

Special Dietary Requirements

Special meals are available in all classes (Economy and Business) on all flights where a meal service is offered. Order your special meal at least 24 hours before the first flight in your itinerary. Special meal options are as follows:

  • Baby meal
  • Bland meal
  • Children's meal
  • Diabetic meal
  • Fruit plate meal
  • Gluten intolerant meal
  • Hindu meal
  • Kosher meal
  • Low-calorie meal
  • Low fat meal
  • Low lactose meal
  • Low salt meal
  • Moslem Meal
  • Vegetarian Asian/Hindu meal
  • Vegetarian Jain meal
  • Vegetarian Vegan Meal
  • Vegetarian meal (lacto-ovo)
  • Vegetarian oriental meal

Drinks & Alcohol

A variety of soft drinks and hot drinks are complimentary. Alcohol is also complimentary for Business passengers; onboard fares will apply for those travelling in Economy who would like to purchase alcohol.


Air Canada Rouge allows passengers to check in online as well as at the airport.

Online Check-in

Passengers can check-in online from 24 hours before departure. Online check-in closes 45 minutes before departure for flights within Canada (20 minutes for flights departing from Toronto’s city airport, YTZ) and 60 minutes before departure for flights between Canada and other countries.

Airport Check-in

Airport self-service kiosk check-in opens 12 hours before departure and closes 45 minutes before departure for flights within Canada (20 minutes for flights departing from Toronto’s city airport, YTZ) and 60 minutes before departure for flights between Canada and other countries.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Air Canada Rouge's frequent flyer programme is called 'Aeroplan'.


Air Canada Rouge offers rewards to frequent flyers through its (Star Alliance affiliate) 'Aeroplan' program. Earn miles when you book flights with Air Canada through Alternative Airlines - it's easy! Simply select 'Aeroplan' as your chosen frequent flyer program and input your personal Aeroplan number. Find out more here.

Airline Alliance

Air Canada Rouge is a member of the Star Alliance.

Star Alliance

Star Alliance is one of the largest airline alliances in the world - you can learn more about the benefits of flying with a Star Alliance airline here. When you fly with a Star Alliance airline, you can have your Aeroplan account credited with the miles from your flight. Earn and redeem miles across the whole Star Alliance network, including Air Canada Rouge!

Special Services

Air Canada Rouge offers a wide range of services tailored to the needs of passengers requiring special assistance, including those travelling with motor, auditory, and visual impairments. The airline should be informed at least 48 hours before departure is any special assistance is required. If you have made a booking with Alternative Airlines, you can contact our customer service to discuss your needs. For more information you can read our guide to requesting special assistance and how Alternative Airlines can help.

Flying with Infants and Children

Children (2-12 years)

Children above 2 will need their own seats. On flights within Canada and the US, the fare is that of an adult’s fare. On international flights, a reduced children’s fare applies (for children between 2 and 12). To ensure you are seated with your child, it is always better to select them when you book your flight.

When checking-in, those with children under 6 can head to the Family Check-in counter (available at Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and for domestic or international flights from Montreal-Trudeau (YUL) and Vancouver International Airport) - kids can also pick up a special fee luggage tag. On flights within North America, an activity book will be provided onboard; on international flights, tote bag filled with goodies will be offered!

One stroller for each child can be checked in for free, plus applicable baggage allowance.

Babies (7 days-2 years)

Infants are below the age of 2. Within Canada, infants can sit on an adults lap for no charge; within the US, only taxes apply; on international flights, the fare is 10% that of an adult’s ticket. If a seat for the infant is preferred, children’s fares apply (see above).

Bassinets can be requested before flying - however, the airline will be unable to confirm availability until the time of the flight's departure.

One stroller for each infant can be checked in for free.


You'll need to let the airline know in advance of travel if you plan on travelling with your cat or dog in either the cabin or in the baggage compartment. If you have made your booking through Alternative Airlines, this can be done by contacting Alternative Airlines’ customer service team. It is recommended that this is done within 24 hours of completing your booking in case amendments need to be made.

Flying with Pets

In the hold: Passengers are welcome to bring a cat or small dog in the cabin, as long as it is small enough to comfortably sit in its carrier under the seat in front. The pet will be classed as your baggage allowance. A charge of $50 USD applies on each one-way flight within Canada/US and $100 USD on other international flights.

In the cabin: Pets are allowed to be flown in the hold, but restrictions apply: max weight is 45 kg/100 lb (pet and kennel combined) and max size is 292 cm (115 in) in linear dimensions. Fees apply: $105 USD on each one-way flight within Canada/US and $270 USD on other international flights.

Flying with Service and Emotional Support Animals

To travel with a dog as an emotional support animal, passengers must advise the airline 48 hour in advance of travel, and provide supporting documentation upon checking-in (which should be done an hour ahead of recommended check-in time).

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Destinations that Air Canada Rouge flies to

Air Canada Rouge flies to a number of domestic and international destinations. Click below to see all the cities and airports that it flies to.

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Hub Airport

Calgary International Airport

Calgary International Airport is the international airport that serves Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Calgary International Airport acts as the hub airport for Air Canada West Jet, WestJet Express, Flair Airlines, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express.

The airport has 4 runaways and can handle nearly 20 million passengers every year. Airlines which fly to and from Calgary International Airport include Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air North, Air Transat, British Airways, Delta Airlines, KLM, Northern Air and many others.

Ways to Pay with Air Canada Rouge

You can choose to pay for your Air Canad Rouge flights using a choice of 40+ different payment methods available at Alternative Airlines. We accept buy now pay later payment methods such as Zip and allow you to pay in CAD. You can also pay with non-Canadian payment methods or currencies, including USD and Euros.

Pay for flights on Air Canada Rouge with Zip

Any Air Canada Rouge flight tickets can be split into 4 interest-free payments over 6 weeks when selecting Zip at the Alternative Airline's checkout. Zip is available for Canadian residents, as well as those who reside in the US, Mexico, and the UK.

Pay for flights in Canadian Dollars

Through Alternative Airlines, you can even choose to pay for flights using Canadian Dollars, along with 160 other currencies. Find out more about how to pay using Canadian Dollars here.


All Air Canada Rouge flights are operated with narrow-body Airbus aircraft, including 20+ Airbus A319-100, 5+ Airbus A320-200, and 14+ Airbus A321-200.

Frequently asked questions

Is Air Canada Rouge currently flying?

Yes, Air Canada Rouge is flying again. In early September 2021 the airline announced that it was taking to the skies again, by operating a reduced route network. The airline had previously suspended operations in February 2021, in line with the Canadian governments travel advice against non-essential travel.

Where does Air Canada Rouge fly?

Pre-COVID, Air Canada Rouge flew to several destinations within Canada, to the US, as well as to destinations in Central America, South America, Asia and Europe, including Belize, Bogota, Prague, London, Osaka, Budapest, Rome, Barcelona and more.

The airline is currently re-introducing flights to destinations in Canada, the US and Central America, including Calgary, Deer Lake, Kelowna, Montréal, Quebec City, Vancouver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, San Diego, Phoenix, the Bahamas, Panama City, Montego Bay, Kingston and more.

What terminal is Air Canada Rouge at Toronto Pearson?

Air Canada Rouge is not based at a specific terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport. Its flights can depart or arrive at any of the terminals at the airport and often change from flight to flight.