Direct flights from the Sault Ste. Marie Airport to Cuba are returning this winter.
The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC) has announced Sunwing Airlines will be flying Saultites directly to Cayo Coco, a tropical island off central Cuba’s northern coastline, offering one weekly flight from Dec. 13, 2022 to April 11, 2023.
The direct flights to Cuba from the Sault will be Sunwing’s first since the COVID-19 pandemic shut the air travel industry down in early 2020.
“We’re excited,” said Terry Bos, SSMADC president and CEO, speaking to SooToday on Friday.
“I think that because people haven’t been able to get away for a couple of winter seasons that there’s going to be some pent up demand and some people looking to get away to a sunny destination.”
“We’re excited to bring that direct option back as opposed to people having to fly some other way to get down there. I know we had some decent demand in the past to different destinations and Cuba always seemed to be one of the popular ones. It seems that Cuba was more popular than the Dominican or Mexico. We’re pretty happy Sunwing chose Cuba to come back with.”
“It’s certainly a positive trend when you bring back the leisure sun destinations. It means that things are starting to return to normal,” Bos said.
Direct flights from the Sault to Cuba have attracted between 4,500 to 5,000 passengers per season, Bos said.
Before the pandemic struck in 2020, direct flights from the Sault to Cuba ran for 12 consecutive seasons.