>Airline confident on Sandals tie-up

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>Air Canada is confident its partnership to serve Sandals’ Emerald Bay resort in Exuma will be profitable, despite its packaged vacations representing only 15 per cent of seats to the Bahamas.

Stephen Hector, Sandals’ spokesman, said Air Canada was excited about what the resort chain has been doing to improve the property in Exuma, and decised to create a new route direct from Toronto.

Venice Walkine, director-general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, said Air Canada considered the mechanics and economics of entering into a partnership with Sandals and moved forward with once-a-week direct airlift to the island.

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