WESTJET Launches Non-Stop Service To Turks and Caicos

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands – WestJet, Canada’s preferred airline today launched their new non-stop service between Providenciales, Turks & Caicos and Toronto, Canada. The inaugural flight, with approximately 139passengers on board touched down at the Providenciales International Airport at 1:50pm.

A welcome reception hosted by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board was held in the Airport’s VIP Lounge. On hand to welcome the inaugural flight was Permanent Secretary to the Governor’s Office Dr. Kingsley Been; Chairman of the Tourist Board, Dr. High Fulford; Director (Ag) of Tourism Ralph Higgs; President of Air Turks & Caicos Lyndon Gardiner and President of TCHTA Karen Whitt.

Dr. Hugh Fulford in welcoming WestJet to the TCI noted that this arrangement would benefit the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Tourism Board and WestJet. Dr. Fluor stated that he hoped that this business relationship would grow and mushroom into something all parties can be proud of.

He added: “We have realized the positive impact the Canadian market can have on the TCI and we look forward to the benefits now and in the near future.”

Acting Director of Tourism Ralph Higgs, in his brief remarks stated: “We are very pleased that WestJet has chosen the Turks and Caicos Islands. Our friendly people, accommodations and beaches are second to none.”

“We are willing to work to ensure that the TCI benefits from this relationship with WestJet. They can count on us as partners moving forward,” added Higgs.

WestJet’s Vice President of Guest Services, Dale Tinevez called today “a proud day for our company”. He said his company continues to seek out hot spots such as the Turks and Caicos Islands and gave the assurance that Canadians will embrace this destination. Moreover, he added: “We hope to offer year round service in due time”.

Chief Executive Officer Airport Authority, John Smith.

Also on hand to bring remarks was Chief Executive Officer of the Airport Authority John Smith who commented that: “WestJet comes on the brink of our expansion. It is our hope that they will deliver the service we expect. We will do everything in our power to encourage and facilitate a long term relationship.”

WestJet will fly between Toronto and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos three times per week from now until May 1, 2010.

Passengers disembarking WESTJET’s inaugural flight.

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