TORONTO — The first Sunwing Airlines flights to the sun since January 2021 took off July 30 from Toronto and Montreal.
The inaugural flights marked Sunwing’s partial return to service amid Canada’s soaring vaccination rates, easing border measures and increasing demand for travel.
Weekly service will initially be offered from Toronto and Montreal, with additional routes expected to follow
“After a long seven months, we’re thrilled to be returning to the skies and bringing our customers back to the tropics,” said Mark Williams, President, Sunwing Airlines. “Our team has been working hard to prepare for our partial return to service and we’re looking forward to making even more vacation dreams come true over the coming months with flights to some of our most popular destinations.”
Sunwing will be operating additional gateways and destinations for the fall and winter season, with departures from numerous other Canadian cities beginning in October 2021.
The company is reporting strong bookings particularly with group bookings, as travellers seek to reconnect with friends and family.
“With vaccination rates continuing to climb nationwide, we’re seeing more pent-up demand for travel as Canadians plan their much-anticipated getaways,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations at Sunwing. “Following more than a year of uncertainty and stress, customers are seeking out the kind of seamless vacation experiences that we provide more than ever before, and we’re already seeing unprecedented bookings for the most popular resorts. We’re looking forward to offering customers frictionless travel every step of the way.”
The resumption of flights follows on the heels of a recent survey commissioned by Sunwing, which uncovered that more than half of Canadians (58%) are interested in returning to travel within the next 12 months, with over two-thirds (68%) expressing a desire to plan an all inclusive vacation. With demand for travel quickly outpacing availability, customers interested in headed south over the next few months should book now to reserve their spot at their preferred resort.
Clients who book by Aug. 9 can take advantage of exclusive last-minute deals including complimentary Price Drop Cash Back of up to $800 per couple, reduced deposits of $100 per person and the flexibility to change or cancel travel plans. There’s also peace of mind thanks to the company’s Safe with Sunwing commitment.