Air Canada's Rouge to add Caribbean and US destinations

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Air Canada's new low-fare subsidiary Rouge will serve a number of additional destinations from the North American winter 2013 season.

New routes include ones from Toronto to Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Huatulco and Puerto Vallarta, which will bring Rouge's total number of destinations to near 30.

In addition, the carrier will fly from Toronto and Montreal to Orlando and Las Vegas, as well as from Toronto to Sarasota.

Rouge also announced that it will fly to the Caribbean destinations of Montego Bay, Grand Exuma, Curacao, La Romana, Grenada and St. Kitts.

The Toronto-Las Vegas and Toronto-Montego Bay flights will be operated on Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, while the other routes will be served using Airbus A319 aircraft.

Rouge, which will begin flying on 1 July, announced the new flights at an event held in a hangar at Toronto Pearson International airport on 25 June.

The additional routes will be in addition to destinations previously announced by the carrier, which include 767 flights to Athens (Greece), Edinburgh, Dublin and Venice. Initial A319 destinations include Kingston, Jamaica; Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samana, Dominican Republic; Cayo Coco, Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero, Cuba; and, Liberia and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Rouge begins service with a fleet of two A319s and two 767-300ERs, but executives say that the fleet will increase to up to 50 aircraft as Air Canada transitions older jets from its mainline fleet to Rouge.