Cathy A. Preece / Candice Kimmel
Phone: (212) 956-5900 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate Release
St. Kitts Welcomes Mid-Week Flights
from Toronto by Air Canada
First Ever Tuesday Non-Stop Flights from the Carrier
Complement Existing Saturday Service
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Further expanding on a successful airline-destination partnership, Air Canada will operate a second weekly non-stop flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to St. Kitts on Tuesdays in peak season for the first time in the island’s history, complementing the carrier’s existing non-stop Saturday service.
“I could not be more pleased about the addition of our first ever mid-week flight by Air Canada,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs. “These Tuesday flights provide Canadian visitors and the Diaspora alike with more options to visit the destination during the busiest time of year for leisure travel. The service increase is highly significant for us and demonstrates the carrier’s growing confidence in our tourism product.”
From February 11 through April 14, 2020, Air Canada will operate the flight utilizing a 136-seat Airbus A-319 with 12 Premium Rouge and 124 Economy class seats as follows:
|AC 1730||YYZ 11:20 am||SKB 5:05 pm|
|AC 1731||SKB 5:55 pm||YYZ 10:05 pm|
*Note: Flights are listed in local time and schedules are subject to change.
Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “Following its extension of service to St. Kitts to six months of the year for winter 2018-2019 and the upgauging of the majority of those flights from a 136-seat Airbus A-319 to a 200-seat Airbus A-321 aircraft, Air Canada’s addition of mid-week flying from Toronto for the first time in our history is a huge benefit for us. Allowing more flexibility in travelers’ length of stay, it provides one more buliding block to help us to continue our momentum of strong arrivals growth from Canada that we are achieving through targeted marketing to the affluent traveler in the golf and lifestyle niche markets.”
For the first four months of 2019, air passenger arrivals from Air Canada increased over 60% as compared to the same period in 2018. Air Canada’s new Tuesday flight significantly increases the amount of available seats to carry travelers to the island, thereby reinforcing St. Kitts’ potential air arrivals growth for 2020. This additional service is part of the destination’s specific strategy to further develop its tourism industry by building out airlift from select target gateways with valued air partners to support its expanding hotel product.
“Air Canada’s flights to St. Kitts are very popular with Canadians looking to escape winter to this beautiful destination. This additional flight complements our existing Saturday service from Toronto. Not only does it provide more opportunities for tourists to visit this world renowned Caribbean island destination but also offers flexibility for local residents to visit other destinations in the world from our global hub in Toronto,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.”
Air Canada first began serving St. Kitts non-stop on Fridays in peak season from Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2011 and subsequently shifted to Saturday service. It is the island’s only non-stop scheduled service from Canada. In 2018, service expanded from peak season only to operate for a six-month period starting in November 2018 through the end of April 2019.
From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, Air Canada Rouge has made the world easier to reach by opening some of the most desirable destinations to leisure travelers with non-stop flights from across Canada. It has grown to over 50 aircraft from four, flown over 30 million customers, and added over 40 new destinations to the Air Canada network, including routes not served by any other carriers.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.
About St. Kitts
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are water sports including catamaran sails, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach. For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.
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