New travel destinations launched at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario

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Published January 5, 2024 at 5:08 pm

New travel routes at Pearson Airport in Mississauga in 2024

Travellers will have numerous additional destination options in the year ahead as Pearson Airport in Mississauga launches a series of new flight routes via various carriers to places both within Canada and abroad.

Officials at Canada’s biggest and busiest airport said via social media on Friday that sunny destinations in Florida and Jamaica are just a couple of the options available to travellers in 2024.

“New year, new route launches,” Pearson officials said in a post to X (formerly Twitter).

The post listed the following domestic and international routes added this year by various airlines:

  • Fort Myers, Florida — Lynx Air
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories — Air Canada
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — Saudia (formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines)
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica — Canada Jetlines
  • Bonaire, Netherlands — WestJet
  • Miami, Florida — Porter Airlines
  • Fort-de-France, Martinique — Air Canada
  • Kingston, Jamaica — Flair Airlines
  • Lima, Peru — Air Transat

The new route — or resumed route — to Jeddah marks the first direct flights in five years between Canada and Saudi Arabia.

Pearson Airport officials announced in early December that Saudia (formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines) had launched flights between Pearson and the port city of Jeddah, a modern commercial hub of about 4.7 million people located on the Red Sea.

“Big news,” Pearson officials said on a social media post at the time. “This is the only direct service between Toronto and Saudi Arabia, opening up a world of possibilities throughout the region.”

The Pearson-to-Saudi Arabia flights, scheduled for three times a week, resumed on Dec. 2 after five years of suspended service, according to aviation news outlet Travel Pulse.

Saudi Arabia suspended flights between the two nations following Canadian criticism of its human rights record back in 2018.

Now, though, Saudi Arabia is reportedly looking to expand its tourism economy.

Meanwhile, Pearson travellers looking to get to the second-most populous city in the Western Hemisphere will also benefit in the year ahead, and beyond.

In December, Canadian carrier Air Transat introduced weekly flights year-round from Pearson to Lima, the capital of Peru and also the largest city in the South American nation.

With an estimated population of just over 10 million people (2023 census) — over 11 million, according to worldpopulationreview.com — Lima is the second-most populous city in the Western Hemisphere, behind only Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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