(St. John’s, Antigua) July 13, 2017 – The Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, Asot A. Michael, has announced the increase of airlift to the destination from Canada for 2017.
The aircraft size on WestJet’s Toronto to Antigua route has increased from 130 seats to a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 168 seats. The larger aircraft will operate from May 6th – Oct 28th in time for the critical summer season. This increase of airlift supports efforts to improve connectivity from Canada to Antigua for both tourists and the diaspora.
Michael Perkins Westjet Industry and Monetary Affairs Manager indicated, “The flights are performing exceptionally well…we are seeing great outlook for the July and August months, even with the additional capacity. In fact, we are forecasting approximately 1600 additional leg guests (800 round itrips) for the full summer, year over year, which is a remarkable improvement and significant boost to Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism”.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism has also announced further expansion of winter airlift from Canada into Antigua, with the addition of 1 weekly flight each from both Air Canada and Westjet into Antigua. The 2 additional weekly flights will service the busy tourist season from December 2017 to March 2018. Air Canada currently offers 3 flights per week in the winter and Westjet offers 2 flights. With the addition of the 2 flights this complement of 7 flights per week from Canada will provide the highest number of weekly flights from Toronto to the destination in its history of arrivals from Canada.