Transat Bolsters services from Hamilton International Airport.

Monday 5th December 2011

Hamilton International Airport has bolstered its winter schedule with a selection of new flights being marketed by Transat Tours and operated by CanJet. The Canadian tour operator will be offering flights to Varadero and Holguin in Cuba, Cancun in Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

"We are delighted to introduce the new flights and to welcome Transat Tours to Hamilton International," said Karen Medweth, Director of Air Service Development and Marketing for the airport. "The addition of another operator offering winter schedules from Hamilton International demonstrates the airports pledge to develop a route network that best serves the extensive catchment area in the region. There are 2.4 million passengers within a 50 minute drive, 8.4 million within 90 minutes, and we are seeing increased demand for access to a broader range of popular leisure destinations from these residents."

The total number of destinations served by Hamilton International for this winter season now stands at six. For those seeking winter sun, the airport offers flights to the following destinations:

Cuba: • Flights to Holguin marketed by HolaSun Holidays and Transat Tours, operated by CanJet from 24 December 2011, through to 28 April, 2012.

• Flights to Varadero marketed by Hola-Sun Holidays and Transat Tours also operated by CanJet from 24 December 2011 through to 28 April 2012


• Flights to Cancun operated by WestJet from November through to 28 April, 2012. Transat Tours is also marketing flights to Cancun, operated by CanJet from 25 December 2011 through to 29 April 2012

Dominican Republic:

• Flights to Punta Cana operated by WestJet from November 2011 through to 29 April 2012. Transat Tours is also marketing flights to Punta Cana, operated by CanJet from 24 December 2011, through to 21 April 2012


• WestJet began weekly flights to the popular Florida destination in November, and will increase the schedule to twice weekly in February 2012.


• Daily flights to Calgary, also operated by WestJet began in November and will run through to April 2012.

Hamilton offers passengers quick transit times, a quiet terminal and competitive on-site parking. For airlines low congestion and cost-effective tariffs make it an increasingly attractive option for accessing the Southern Ontario area.

About Hamilton International Airport:

Hamilton International Airport sits in a prime location just 52 miles from downtown Toronto and 54 miles from Niagara and the US border, giving it an extensive passenger catchment area and excellent access to Eastern Canada and US networks for cargo distribution.

Significant investment of $163m has been made into the infrastructure at Hamilton International since 1996. Projects have included an extension of Runway 06/24 to 10,000ft to accommodate wide-body aircraft up to 747-400s. CAT II ILS was installed to increase accessibility and reliability in inclement weather and the laying of asphalt overlay on two taxiways to extend their useful lives.

Hamilton International Airport is working in close conjunction with the City of Hamilton to develop a designated area of land - the Airport Employment Growth District (AEGD) - which will provide 830m2 for development of hybrid prestige and light industrial businesses. Anchor tenants are likely to be those that will most benefit from the close proximity to the Airport.

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