Subject to government approval, Air Canada will make weekly flights from Toronto to St. Vincent as part of a six-route expansion for the winter season.
The flights are scheduled to operate from Dec. 14, 2017 to April 12, 2018 and will be operated by Air Canada Rouge, the vacation and leisure airline subsidiary of Air Canada.
The flights will be operated using Airbus A319 aircraft, which seats 136 passengers.
Air Canada has become the first international carrier to announce regularly scheduled flight to St. Vincent since the opening of Argyle International Airport on Feb. 14.
Since the Feb. 21 return leg of chartered flights to commemorate the opening of the airport, Argyle International has not seen any international commercial flights.
“Air Canada is continuing its strategic, global expansion with a diverse range of exciting new non-stop routes this winter to Australia, South America, the Caribbean and the United States,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Smith added: “The addition of the first long-haul, international scheduled service to St. Vincent in the Caribbean, along with the addition of Toronto-Belize, Montreal-Phoenix, Vancouver-Orlando offers new choices for travellers looking to escape Canadian winters, and we also look forward to welcoming Florida residents onboard for convenient access to some of the best skiing in North America.”
Flights are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents, the airline said.
In addition to St. Vincent, the expansion would see Air Canada flying Vancouver-Melbourne, Vancouver-Orlando, Toronto-Belize*, Toronto-St. Vincent*, Montreal-Lima* and Montreal-Phoenix.
The airline said the Belize, Lima and St. Vincent flights are subject to government approval.
Air Canada describes itself as Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.
Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 91 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.