First flight to Cuba from Pearson Airport in Mississauga for low-cost airline

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Published January 12, 2023 at 10:09 am

Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop airlines took its first passengers from Pearson Airport in Mississauga to Cuba yesterday morning (Jan. 11).

The Calgary-based airline marked its inaugural service from Pearson to Varadero, Cuba with a flight that left at 9:10 a.m. and arrived in the Caribbean nation at 12:50 p.m.

“As Canada’s favourite sun and fun ultra-low-cost carrier, we are thrilled to celebrate our launch into Cuba,” said Bob Cummings, president of Swoop. “Varadero is widely known as a Canadian favourite for affordable beach vacations.”

“We are thrilled to have Swoop flying to Cuba; it means additional air lift to our country and a growth opportunity to the destination. There is a large part of the market that like to explore Cuba on their own and now they can take advantage of these affordable prices and satisfy their travel needs,” added Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto.

Officials with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which runs Pearson, said travellers now have more choice.

“With over two months of winter still remaining, travellers now have more choice for sun destinations” served out of Pearson, said Janik Reigate, GTAA director of strategic customer relationships. “We’re proud to partner with Swoop to help our valued passengers break up the cold and snow with a bit of sun and fun this winter season.”

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