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Air Canada launches year-round Sydney to Toronto flight

The JA Douglas McCurdy airport in Sydney will now be offering daily direct flights from Sydney to Toronto all year, officials announced Tuesday.

New daily direct flights breathe new life into Sydney airport, say officials

The Sydney Airport will soon offer direct flights from Sydney to Toronto year round. (CBC)

The JA Douglas McCurdy airport in Sydney will now be offering daily direct flights from Sydney to Toronto year round.

"It's a big milestone in the rebirth and regrowth of our airport," said Doug Peach, chair of the Sydney Airport Authority's board of directors.

Peach said the years of work building business at the airport are starting to pay off and the number of passengers has been growing steadily by about 10 per cent in the past few years.

Air Canada announced the new flights at a business luncheon in Sydney on Tuesday.

For the past several years, Air Canada and WestJet have offered direct flights to and from Toronto, but only during the summer.

Kevin Howlett, the senior vice-president of regional service for Air Canada, said the new flights put Sydney just one direct flight away from much of the world.

"Once you arrive in Toronto you have access to our entire global network. You can go to Asia, you can get to any transporter hub, South America, you can get to Europe," said Howlett.

He believes the Sydney area has more than enough demand to support the additional flights.

"We gradually built the service up here, in Sydney to Pearson, and as we saw the performance on the route improve," said Howlett.

Kevin Howlett is senior vice president of regional service for Air Canada. He was in Sydney to announce new daily year long flights from Sydney to Toronto. (Wendy Martin/CBC)

"Working in conjunction with the Sydney business community and the Sydney Airport Authority to basically promote it, the decision was made to put another frequency in and go on a daily basis."

Peach said many of the people flying to Toronto now are commuting to western Canada for work, but business people and tourists are using the service as well. 

He believes the new year-round direct flights to Toronto will further increase the number of people using the airport and pump even more money into the local economy. 

The new flights begin Dec. 18.