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#523347 - 05/04/17 06:20 AM Air Canada adds new direct flight from Toronto  
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Air Canada announced on Wednesday the continued expansion of its international network with the addition of new routes for the winter season, including Toronto-Belize and Toronto-St. Vincent (subject to government approval).

"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.

"The addition of the first long-haul, international scheduled service to St Vincent in the Caribbean, along with the addition of Toronto-Belize… offers new choices for travellers looking to escape Canadian winters," he concluded.

#527743 - 12/16/17 05:50 AM Re: Air Canada adds new direct flight from Toronto [Re: Marty]  
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Air Canada, Come Een

Travelers can now enjoy another direct flight from Canada to Belize. Air Canada's inaugural flight from Toronto landed at the PGIA this afternoon.

We found out how significant this new carrier will be in increasing airlift from the North American market - which is the breadbasket of the Belize tourism industry.

Jorge Espat, Belize Airport Concession Company
"The introduction of Canada's flagship carrier and the world's eighth largest airline, Air Canada is both remarkable and incredible. Thrill we are to welcome Air Canada to Belize. Today's new weekly non-stop service by Air Canada from Toronto Pierson's International Airport justifies the Belize Airport Concession Company's strategic investment and aims to meet and exceed both domestic and international passenger's expectations."

Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism
"In reality it has taken a few years before this materialized. Any airline that you are courting will take a few years before it materialized. I believe that we started with Air Canada even before WestJet, so it's at least 5 years that we have been there. The important thing is that finally we have them here and we hope that they will stay for many years to come."

Reporter
"What are the possibilities with Air Canada now flying to Belize?"

Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism
"What will happen now is that definitely sure the number of passengers to this destination will increase. Air Canada as you heard from Mr. Jorge Espat is a very large international airline and it has connections in about 190 different countries. So we are looking that some of those passengers will be hearing about Belize and coming over here also. Also our students will have a better opportunity. The business community that have trouble passing through the US, then into Belize will now have an easier communication directly between Canada and Belize. They don't have to go through that Miami stop. A lot of people that want to come to Belize, they are so worried about having to stop or overnighting in Miami. Today we have the opportunity through WestJet and Air Canada that you can come directly to Belize in a very short time and you can enjoy more hours."

The flight will be twice per week. Heredia says that next year they are also looking to seal the deal with a US low cost carrier Jetblue. The end of this year has been quite notable in tourism with the opening of the Hilton brand Mahogany Bay Resort in San Pedro, and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the new airport on San Pedro.

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