Air Canada And Sunwing Airlines Resume Flights to Grenada Following the Pandemic
The Toronto Pearson Airport to Maurice Bishop International Airport flights operated by Air Canada and Sunwing Airlines have resumed, according to the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA). Flights to the Caribbean island are resuming following a suspension earlier this year over COVID-19 cases. Air Canada restricted flights to several Caribbean nations citing the pandemic worries with the rate of infection and access to vaccines in the countries.
Air Canada offers services twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays whereas Sunwing Airlines, a Canadian airline based in Toronto, runs a weekly service every Sunday.
The official welcome ceremonies for both airlines were conducted by Petra Roach, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority, in the VIP Government Lounge at Maurice Bishop International Airport.
Roach stated that “the Canadian market is our 4th largest market with an average length of stay of 12 days. Arrivals from that market were significantly impacted, as Canada was one of the last markets to fully open up for travel. We are pleased that the Canadian government has now relaxed restrictions on non-vaccinated Canadian citizens’ travel. Our team in Canada has been working diligently with travel advisors and tour operators on exciting co-op campaigns and incentive schemes, and feedback from operators indicates that future loads are quite healthy.”
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Dennis Cornwall, the minister for public utilities, civil aviation, and transportation, was present at the event. He said that the resumption of direct service from Canada is crucial as Grenada continues to recover from the pandemic.
Cornwall added, “To effectively meet the present and future travel demand for Grenada, we have taken on a major refurbishment project at the Maurice Bishop International Airport, and travelers can expect to see improvements, which include resurfacing and expansion of the airstrip to facilitate a more spacious landing for aircraft and increasing visibility by adding lighting to the landing point.”
There will be 27,745 seats available from Canada in 2023, a 52% increase from 2019.
With new and returning flights, Grenada has seen an increase in air traffic, and in the upcoming weeks, additional capacity from Europe will be available.