New flights of fancy
Canada’s airlines have had a busy week, planning, announcing and starting new routes and services. Here’s the latest:
WestJet: WestJet began flights between Quebec City and Montreal June 15, the airline’s first non-stops flight within the province of Quebec. There are four flights every day on WestJet Encore.
Air Canada: Colombia is calling for Air Canada with new Toronto-Cartagena service set to start Dec. 18 on rouge. The flights will continue until April 9, 2018. With the popularity of the South America nation increasing, the airline will also add an extra flight to its Bogota route bringing winter service to five times a week.
Sunwing: The B of the ABC islands will be a little more accessible to Canadians next winter as Sunwing launches a Sunday flight from Toronto to Bonaire starting Dec. 17, continuing through April 15, 2018. Part of the Dutch Caribbean with Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire is one of the top dive destinations in the world. Accommodation packages are also available. Additionally, Sunwing will introduce flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from Mont-Joli, in the Bas St-Laurent region of Quebec, starting Dec. 21, through to March 22, 2018.
Transat: Two southern hotspots, Tampa, Fla., and Puerto Rico, will boost Air Transat’s winter roster next winter from Toronto, while the airline will also add new flights to Samana (Dominican Republic) from Ottawa and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Other scheduling tweaks from Toronto include earlier season flights to Punta Cana and Cancun; a second weekly flight to Liberia (Costa Rica), Managua (Nicaragua) and Roatan (Honduras); and more flights to Varadero and Holguin (Cuba).
Not to be forgotten, the U.K. and Europe will see more weekly flights to Manchester, Glasgow, and Lisbon, while flights to Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris, Rome and Barcelona will be offered starting in April, 2018.