A section of Cayo Coco with that's home to a Melia-branded resort (Photo: WestJet)

Cuba Tourist Board happy with new Air Canada flight to Cayo Coco

A section of Cayo Coco with that's home to a Melia-branded resort (Photo: WestJet)

Cuban tourism authorities have expressed their satisfaction with the launch of Air Canada’s second service to Jardines del Rey Airport on the Cayo Coco islet last weekend.

Following a successful start of flights between Montreal and Cayo Coco, Air Canada Vacations expanded its gateways to the island on September 26, 2020, with an inaugural flight from Toronto.

An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport on March 13, 2019. (Photo: Chris Helgren/Reuters)

“We cannot be happier,” said Lessner Gomez, director of the Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, told Travel Press.

“It shows that Canadians see the advantage of Cuba as a safe destination. Canadians go to Cuba, they love it and they keep going back year after year; this loyal repeat clientele is our greatest strength,” he continued.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Cuban authorities have reopened the country’s tourism industry underpinned by safety protocols.

‘I love Cayo Coco’

The tourist board has indicated that so far it has received positive visitor feedback, citing one such from Patricia Maheux, who recently returned to Canada and shared her experience in a Facebook post.

“It is so beautiful, I love Cayo Coco, I recommend it,” she said.

Describes as a tropical island paradise to the north of central Cuba with white-sand beaches and coral reefs, Cayo Coco is home to several all-inclusive resorts. The cay also boasts lagoons and marshes that are home to birds such as the white ibis as well as a native colony of pink flamingos ranked among the largest in the Americas.

More visitors coming

In response, Gomez pointed out that Cuba has delivered on providing “safety, value and convenience” to visitors.

Travellers disembark from a WestJet aircraft after arriving at Jardines del Rey airport in Cayo Coco, Cuba. (Photo: TripAdvisor)

What’s more, the director expects to see an increase in visitor arrivals to the Spanish-speaking island as all major Canadian tour operators have included Cuba in their fall and winter programmes. By November the Cuba Tourist Board expects to see the genesis of flights into Varadero and other destinations.