This spring Air Canada’s leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is taking over eight routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Cancun and Tampa.

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In addition to the 14 routes which Air Canada’s new leisure-airline brand will serve from July 1, Air Canada rouge will add seasonal flights operating from October through March to another 13 sunspot destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Southwestern U.S. for “snowbird” winter-season leisure travelers.

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Copa Airlines is increasing its service between the airline’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport in Panama’s capital Panama City and Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport to four times a week from December 17.

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Subject to government approvals, WestJet will add Antigua, Curaçao and Liberia in Costa Rica as new seasonal destinations, all to be served from Toronto Pearson International Airport; and Manzanillo in Mexico, to be served from Calgary International Airport.

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JetBlue Airways will launch twice-daily nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale from Jamaica’s capital Kingston on April 30, 2012, subject to receipt of government approval.

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