Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Airlines to Resume Service Next Winter to St. Maarten and Puerto Rico

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Airlines to Resume Service Next Winter to St. Maarten and Puerto Rico

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Air service to resume after fall hurricanes

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MONTREAL - Canadian airlines are planning to resume service to a couple of hurricane-stricken Caribbean islands next winter amid repairs to key infrastructure.

Air Transat said Tuesday that seasonal flights will return to St. Martin, St. Maarten and San Juan, Puerto Rico from Montreal and Toronto for four months starting just before Christmas.

The Montreal-based airline has flown to the French-Dutch island since 1992, the last few years offering one flight a week from each of the Canadian airports.

The hurricanes that heavily damaged parts of the Caribbean last September forced the cancellation of its plans to launch that new destination a year ago.

"We're coming back now because the infrastructure is back -- airports and everything," Transat spokeswoman Debbie Cabana said in an interview.

Both destinations are embarkation ports for cruise packages. Many of these passengers only purchase flights and stay for a couple of days before cruises, she added.

"When the authorities started building back the airport and everything, we had a team from the product team that went there to make sure that everything was on [par] and that the offer was good for the customers."

Transat took a $5-million hurricane hit in the first quarter and expects another $10 million to $15 million in the second quarter because of changed travel patterns resulting from the storms.

Air Canada says it is monitoring the situation on both islands and is expecting to operate its normal schedule to these seasonal destinations.

Air Transat and Air Canada resumed service to other affected islands where it flies earlier in the last winter season.

Transat's airline operations to Varadero and Holguin resumed a few days after the hurricanes, while service to Santa Clara and Cayo Coco returned in mid-November.

Air Canada said operations resumed across Cuba and to Turks & Caicos in January. …

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