The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), along with tourism stakeholders were on hand at Hewanorra International Airport to welcome Air Canada Rouge flight (1878) on Sunday (Oct. 3) to celebrating the reopening of the Canadian market.
The return of Air Canada signals the reopening of Saint Lucia’s fourth largest international market.
Air Canada discontinued its winter service to Saint Lucia in January 2021 during the third wave of the pandemic. The first flight returns after nine months, following the cancellation of all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean earlier this year in February 2021.
To welcome Air Canada, a delegation led by Tourism Minister Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire, comprised of the Chairman of the (SLTA) Board, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), and President of the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association.
The flight landed at 2:00 p.m. bringing a combined total of 129 returning nationals and visitors to the island.
A commemorative plaque was presented to Captain Christopher Clarke, and crew members who disembarked to greet the delegation. Air Canada’s return service to Toronto (YYZ) departed with 51 passengers and facilitated the exportation of 2,545 pounds of fresh produce to Canada.
In 2019, Saint Lucia welcomed over 40,000 Canadian visitor arrivals to the island.
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority will continue to drive robust, targeted marketing and public relations campaigns in the Canada to drive awareness and increase new routes.
Air Canada will fly nonstop service from Toronto (YYZ) to Saint Lucia (UVF) once-a-week every Sunday, then increasing frequency to (2) weekly flights (Friday & Sunday) from October 31.
The winter schedule will include four weekly flights as of Christmas, December 25 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday).
Saint Lucia is also set to welcome back WestJet and Sunwing in the coming weeks ahead with new nonstop service.
Here's a video capturing Air Canada Rouge's arrival in Saint Lucia! (Courtesy of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority)