New Route of the Day – Americas (12 December 2023): WestJet between Toronto YYZ and Bonaire
WestJet on Tuesday 12 December introduced a new winter seasonal service between Toronto YYZ and the island of Bonaire in the Caribbean, which is a special municipality within the Netherlands. The 3,665-kilometre route will be maintained weekly with the 174-seat 737-800 aircraft. It faces no competition. Flights will run until 24 April 2024.
Flight WS2550 departs Toronto YYZ on Tuesdays at 10:10 local time, arriving in Bonaire at 16:25 local time. The inbound service, operating as flight WS2551, takes off from the Caribbean island at 09:00 local time on Wednesdays, touching back down in Canada’s largest city at 13:42 local time.
What they said
Maarten van der Scheer, CEO of Bonaire International Airport, said: “Bonaire has long been looking forward to this direct weekly connection from Toronto by WestJet, and I am convinced that this route will be a great success. The first flight was very well booked, and bookings for the entire season look good. The route was launched after an intensive and good collaboration with the various parties on our island. WestJet offers a very nice product and now offers travellers to fly every Tuesday with a direct non-stop service from Toronto to beautiful Bonaire. Especially in the winter months, I can imagine that visitors from Canada like to soak up the sun and enjoy all the beauty of Bonaire. Bon bini WestJet!”
Miles Mercera, CEO of Tourism Corporation Bonaire, added: “We looked forward with great excitement to the arrival of our guests from Canada, and the much-anticipated day is finally here with the first WestJet flight to Bonaire. Canada remains one of our top 10 markets, and this historic new connection signifies a major step in accommodating the increased desire for tourism on our picturesque island.”
WestJet becomes only Canadian carrier to fly to Bonaire
As part of the Dutch Caribbean, Bonaire is in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao form the ABC islands, 80 kilometres off the coast of Venezuela. Unlike much of the Caribbean region, the ABC islands lie outside Hurricane Alley, making it popular with tourists seeking warm, sunny weather all year round. Bonaire is a popular snorkelling and scuba diving destination because of its multiple shore diving sites and easy access to the island’s fringing reefs.
The island is served by Bonaire Airport, also known as Flamingo Airport. Apart from flights to Amsterdam, operated by KLM and TUIfly Netherlands, the airport also boasts services to several cities in the US, operated by American, Delta and United, as well as the Caribbean.
WestJet becomes the only Canadian airline to serve the island. Previously Sunwing Airlines operated a weekly service between Toronto YYZ and Bonaire from December 2019 until March 2020.
Some 80% of Bonaire’s population are Dutch nationals. The island has a population of just over 24,000 permanent residents.