New airline lands in BDA
Some good news yesterday for the flagging Bermudian tourism industry as the first WestJet plane landed at Bermuda airport just after 2pm
. Every seat was taken, all 130 of them arriving on the new daily flight from Toronto.
WestJet is a low cost Canadian carrier and has modelled itself on SouthWest
and already the Calgary based company has grown to number two behind the countries flag carrier, Air Canada in just 14 years of existence. Flights are advertised on WestJet's website
one-way to Bermuda for just $99.
Toronto has some close ties with Bermuda and 3,000 Canadians live and work here due to a favourable income tax treaty. However despite a passport not being required until recently only 10% of Bermuda's visitors come from Canada. Hopefully WestJet will improve that and certainly it has reminded me that I need one day to spend some quality time (I've only been once with work) in Toronto.