Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Air Canada returns to T&T with first flight on Dec 21

The General Sales Agent for Air Canada is hopeful the Civil Aviation Authority will approve the airline’s return to Trinidad and Tobago ahead of the December 21 inaugural flight from Toronto to Trinidad.

Ronald Lazzari of Lazzari & Sampson said until that approval is given, tickets cannot be sold in T&T. Lazzari & Sampson is the General Sales Agent or official office for Air Canada in T&T.

Tickets are however said to be selling very well in Canada, he told Loop.

It was announced back in May that Air Canada will resume flights to T&T after pulling out of the market in 2008 after 60 years. The resumption was officially launched on Tuesday at Hilton, Trinidad.

Lazzari said the airline will return with Air Canada rouge, a leisure airline which was launched three years ago.

“It is cheaper than normal Air Canada fares,” he said, noting that flights will start at CAD$460 for economy.

Lazzari said the Rouge is a 767 vessel, which is bigger than other vessels out of Piarco.

As such, passengers will be able to check in two bags free instead of one as most airlines now mandate.

Lazzari said the vessel will also be able to accommodate cargo which used to facilitate the trade of goods for the West Indian community in Canada years ago.

“In the olden days, Air Canada used to ship a lot of cargo out of Trinidad, fresh fruits and vegetables. There is a large West Indian market in Canada but I don’t know if there is a market for that cargo now,” he said.

Air Canada rouge will operate twice weekly from Toronto departing at 9:00 am on Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Port-of-Spain at 3:25 pm on flight AC1880.

Return flight AC1881 departs Port-of-Spain at 4:45pm and arrives in Toronto at 9:35pm. Service ends for the season on April 21, 2017.

Air Canada rouge, Air Canada's leisure carrier will operate a 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering a choice of premium and economy cabins.

Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to/from all across Quebec and Eastern Canada, U.S. cities including Boston, Baltimore-Washington, Cleveland, Newark, Las Vegas as well as Delhi and Dubai, a press release said.