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Canada’s Sunwing to return to Cuba on Oct. 8

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One of the reasons for resuming flights to Cuba is the island nation’s “soaring immunization rates.”

Sunwing, a Canadian leisure airline, will resume service to Cuban beach locations from five Canadian cities this fall, marking the carrier’s return to the Caribbean island nation.

Sunwing began flying to Cuba in 2005, however, the Toronto-based airline discontinued service due of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sunwing highlighted “easing entrance rules and skyrocketing vaccination rates in Cuba, as well as competitive pricing for pre-departure [COVID-19] PCR tests at $30 per person” as reasons for its decision to return to the island.

According to Our World in Data, 38% of Cubans have had full COVID-19 vaccination. This is higher than the global immunization rate of 30.5 percent but far lower than Canada’s full-vaccination rate of 69 percent.

Sunwing will begin weekly service to Varadero (VRA) in Cuba from both Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL) on October 8. (YUL).

The carrier will begin a 1X-weekly service between YYZ and Cayo Coco (CCC) in Cuba on October 9. The all-Boeing 737 operator will begin 1X-weekly service between YUL and CCC on October 16.

Beginning November 2, the carrier will offer 1X-weekly service to VRA from both Calgary (YYC) and Edmonton (YEG) (YEG).

Sunwing previously announced that it will begin flying 1X weekly between Ottawa (YOW) and CCC on November 16.

“Cuba has been an important part of our operations since our first flight from Toronto to Varadero in 2005 “Andrew Dawson, Sunwing’s president of tour operations, stated.

“Since then, our Cuba program has expanded and it has become one of our most popular locations during the last decade.

Varadero and Cayo Coco, both resort towns, offer tranquil beach sites and hidden tourist areas for a relaxing vacation away from the hustle and bustle of larger cities.”

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