Travelers with access to one or the other of the two busiest airports (by passenger count) in the Canadian province of Quebec will have additional Caribbean vacation options through Air Canada this coming winter. In addition, Air Canada will fly its first-ever route between Canada and the continent of Africa, starting next month.
Starting December 19, the Cuban resort town of Varadero will be accessible with the Canadian flag carrier, non-stop from both Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA: YUL; ICAO: CYUL) in Montreal and Jean Lesage International Airport (IATA: YQB; ICAO: CYQB) in Quebec City. Each route will operate once a week in each direction, on Sundays. This route will terminate on April 10, next year.
Starting December 20, Air Canada will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Roberts International (IATA: ROB; ICAO: GLRB) in Liberia, each Monday. The airline will fly this route until April 18, next year.
Starting December 23, Canada's largest airline (by every common measure) will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Cozumel International (IATA: CZM; ICAO: MMCZ) on the Mexican island of Cozumel, each Thursday. This route will run until April 14, next year.
Starting December 24, Air Canada will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Abel Santamaria Airport (IATA: SNU; ICAO: MUSC) in Santa Clara, Cuba, each Friday. This route will cease on April 8, next year.
Finally, starting January 8, Air Canada will fly weekly between Trudeau International and Vere Cornwall Bird International (IATA: ANU; ICAO: TAPA) on the Caribbean island of Antigua, each Saturday. This route will be flown by Air Canada until April 9, next year.
Trudeau International was called Dorval International from its establishment in 1941, until 2004.
Air Canada was founded in 1936 as Trans-Canada Airlines. It took its current name in 1965. It acquired poorly-performing Calgary, Alberta-based Canadian Airlines in 2001. Air Canada was voted North America’s “Best Airline” at the 2010 World Airline Awards in Hamburg, Germany. The airline operates a fleet of 202 aircraft (Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer) to 177 destinations on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. It also flies to Sydney, Australia. It operates hubs at Trudeau International, Lester Bowles Pearson International in Toronto (IATA: YYZ; ICAO: CYYZ), Calgary International (IATA: YYC; ICAO: CYYC), and Vancouver International (IATA: YVR; ICAO: CYVR). Edmonton, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the national capital Ottawa, Ontario are focus cities for the airline. Air Canada is a publicly traded company headquartered in Montreal, and traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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