Article repost from Caribbean Journal

Canada’s leading airline is launching a pair of new routes to the Caribbean for the upcoming winter season.

Air Canada has announced plans to launch new winter flights from Quebec City to the two most popular destinations in the Caribbean region: Cancun and Punta Cana.

The new service to Cancun, Mexico will run Dec. 21 to April 11, 2020, while the new Punta Cana flights will run from Dec. 22 through April 12, 2020 to the Dominican Republic’s biggest tourism hub.

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The Westin Puntacana resort in Punta Cana.

“We are thrilled to offer residents of Quebec City these non-stop connections to the popular winter getaway destinations of Cancun and Punta Cana,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada. “We are adding these new international leisure routes to meet anticipated demand from the capital of Quebec and offer Quebec City residents easy access to incredible holiday experiences.”

It’s the first major flight expansion for Air Canada since the company announced its exclusive agreement to pursue a combination with Canadian travel giant Transat.

If that transaction is completed, the company said it would “facilitate continued growth and expansion in the highly competitive global leisure travel segment.”

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The Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana.

Air Canada will be operating both flights on 200-seat, all-economy Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321 aircraft.

“We welcome the news that Air Canada has chosen to strengthen its presence in Quebec City by offering international flights from [Quebec City],” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Quebec City’s airport, YQB. “By improving its winter service and adding flights to winter sun destinations, the airline meets the needs and demands of the people of Quebec. This announcement is the result of a great collaboration between Air Canada and YQB.”

It’s the latest new Caribbean service for Air Canada, which most recently announced plans to expand its service to St Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean.

— CJ