[Antigua] WestJet flights to continue through low season

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[Antigua] WestJet flights to continue through low season

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[Antigua] WestJet flights to continue through low season
Monday, March 4th, 2013.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua

Canadian carrier WestJet Airlines has confirmed it will continue its service from Toronto to Antigua throughout the summer – albeit with fewer flights.

WestJet currently flies every Wednesday and Sunday from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to VC Bird International Airport.

Between May 4 and October 26, it will reduce its flight schedule from twice to once weekly, flying into Antigua every Saturday.

However, the airline will utilise its larger 174-seat Boeing 737-800 series aircraft during the summer months, apart from September, when it will use its smaller 136-seat plane.

WestJet has proved a popular low-cost option between the countries since it began in late October last year.

Tourism Minister John Maginley said, “Greater accessibility to the destination has proven to be beneficial for Canadian travellers, and the market has responded positively.

“Reduced fare options from Canada during the summer is a welcome strategy that will encourage more visitors during the traditionally slower months, and will be advantageous to all stakeholders, as well as events happening on-island during that time.”

In 2012, there was an eight per cent growth in the number of Canadian tourists visiting Antigua & Barbuda by air.

Tourism Authority CEO Colin C James said, “Over the years we have seen the airlift out of the Canadian market increase and with this we have seen a direct correlation with growth from the market, which indicates continued interest in the destination from Canadian travellers; we plan to capitalise on this.”

WestJet’s summer operations will bring an overall additional 4,382 seats to and from Antigua and Toronto, on top of the 7,200 seats the airline brought during the 2012/2013 winter season.

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