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Air Canada increasing winter flights to Barbados

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Air Canada increasing winter flights to Barbados
05 July 2016

Barbados is set to receive additional airlift capacity via Air Canada for the 2016-2017 winter season.

This decision was borne out of a meeting held recently between Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, who was accompanied by his executive technical team, and Air Canada President and CEO, Calin Rovinsecu, at the airline’s Canadian headquarters.

This new arrangement speaks to growing in demand for Barbados among Canadian travellers, even in the face of a falling Canadian dollar, which currently stands at CAN $1.00 to US $0.78.

Air Canada’s CEO confirmed they will use their 767-300 Rouge aircraft direct from Toronto (YYZ) to Barbados commencing November 5 through to April 2017.

December 19 will also mark the introduction of a double-daily service on the Toronto-Barbados route utilizing A319 Rouge aircraft with 12 premium seats and 124 in economy. This service will be suspended briefly from January 9 to February 11 but will resume on February 13, 2017 through April 29.

Barbados will also benefit from a seasonal service from Montreal (YUL) on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from December 24 to April 30, 2017. These additional 42 flights, which will equate to 5 712 seats.
During winter 2014/15, Barbados’ airlift capacity via Air Canada stood at 42 543 seats. This rose in winter 2015/16 to 43 369. With the increase for winter 2016/17, Barbados will experience a tremendous 27 per cent increase in airlift from Toronto.

Similarly, there were 49 007 seats out of Montreal during winter 2014/15, 50 235 in winter 2015/16 and an increase of 23 per cent is expected for winter 2016/17.

In November and December of 2015, Air Canada operated varied mainline equipment into Barbados with capacity varying daily between 120 seats, 146 seats and 211 seats. The 767-300 Rouge (280 seats) was originally introduced on January 7, 2016. In the first quarter of 2016 the Canadian market was relatively flat with 30 675 long stay arrivals, a decline of 0.8 per cent.

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