Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program

  • 275 flights weekly to more than 40 destinations
  • Increased flight frequency through fleet optimization

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Air Transat announces its summer 2023 program today, which will feature 275 flights a week to more than 40 destinations at the height of the season. The airline will strengthen its position in Europe, increase the number of connections to the South and the United States as well as enhance its domestic service. The airline will also service over 265 additional destinations through partnerships with other carriers, mainly with its expanding network of codeshare agreements and its exclusive platform connectair by Air Transat.

“This flight program is perfectly in line with our mission, which is to encourage discovery and foster openness, whatever the destination or the reason for traveling,” said Michèle Barre, Vice-President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing, Air Transat. “From an operational standpoint, the more efficient use of our aircraft allows us to increase the frequency of flights and regain a capacity similar to what we had prior to the pandemic.”

Europe… over and over

At the height of the season, the airline will offer 88 direct flights weekly to 19 European destinations from Montreal. Out of Toronto, 73 direct flights a week are scheduled to 15 cities in Europe. Finally, from Quebec City, three weekly direct flights are scheduled to Paris and one to London.

Number of weekly direct flights to Europe*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands34
ATHENS, Greece44
BÂLE-MULHOUSE, Switzerland2
BARCELONA, Spain43
BORDEAUX, France5
BRUSSELS, Belgium3
DUBLIN, Ireland6
FARO, Portugal1
GLASGOW, United Kingdom7
LAMEZIA, Italy1
LISBON, Portugal55
LONDON, United Kingdom7114
LYON, France5
MADRID, Spain4
MALAGA, Spain2
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom6
MARSEILLE, France6
NANTES, France4
NICE, France3
PARIS, France1437
PORTO, Portugal34
ROME, Italy77
TOULOUSE, France5
VENICE, Italy21
ZAGREB, Croatia3
*At the height of the season

United States: Florida and California increasingly accessible

From Montreal, Air Transat will offer a total of 16 direct flights each week to the United States, including four to Fort Lauderdale, three to Orlando, and three each to Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, out of Toronto, seven direct flights will depart every week, including four to Fort Lauderdale and three to Orlando. From Quebec City, the company will again offer one direct weekly flight to Fort Lauderdale.

Number of weekly flights to the United States*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida414
LOS ANGELES, California3
MIAMI, Florida3
ORLANDO, Florida33
SAN FRANCISCO, California3
* At the height of the season

South: greater frequency

In keeping with the desires of Canadian seekers of sand, sun and sea, Air Transat will once again offer a selection of its most popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean departing from Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.

Number of weekly flights to the South*

DestinationFrom
Montreal
From
Quebec City
From
Toronto
CANCUN, Mexico717
CAYO COCO, Cuba31
HOLGUIN, Cuba22
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica11
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic22
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico22
PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic717
SAMANA, Dominican Republic21
SANTA CLARA, Cuba11
VARADERO, Cuba32
* At the height of the season

Domestic flights still popular

Encouraged by consumer response to travel within Canada, Air Transat will continue to offer numerous domestic flights out of Montreal and Toronto next summer.

Number of weekly domestic flights*

City-pairNumberof flights
MONTREAL–CALGARY7
MONTREAL–QUEBEC CITY3
MONTREAL–TORONTO10
MONTREAL–VANCOUVER7
* At the height of the season

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted North America’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international, transborder and Canadian destinations. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX: TRZ). To find out more, visit airtransat.com.

ADM Announces its Financial Results at September 30, 2022

MONTREAL, Nov. 1, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal today announced its consolidated operating results for the period ending September 30, 2022. These results are accompanied by passenger traffic data for YUL, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.

Highlights

  • Passenger traffic at YUL totalled 5.4 million in the third quarter of 2022, up 173.0% compared with 2021, or 89.4% of the traffic in the corresponding period of 2019. Growth was sustained throughout the quarter, reaching 90.9% of 2019 traffic levels in September. Of particular note is the marked recovery in the transborder and international sectors, which reached 92.5% and 93.1% of 2019 traffic levels, respectively, in the third quarter. For the first nine months of 2022, passenger traffic stood at 11.6 million, up 302.6% from 2021.
  • EBITDA (the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, income taxes, depreciation and impairment and share of results of a joint venture, see “Non-GAAP measures” section for more information) was $108.1 million for the quarter under review, an increase of $76.8 million over EBITDA of $31.3 million for the same period in 2021.
    For the year-to-date period ended September 30, 2022, EBITDA was $225.0 million, an increase of $205.2 million over EBITDA of $19.8 million for the first nine months of 2021.
  • Capital investments were $31.3 million in the third quarter of 2022 compared with $13.9 million in the corresponding period of 2021, an increase of $17.4 million, or 126.1%. Capital investments for the period ended September 30, 2022, amounted to $103.7 million ($44.2 million in 2021), an increase of $59.5 million, or 134.8%. For the first nine months of 2022, grants from the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) totalled $41.3 million.

Quote

“The first nine months of the year show results in full growth mode and increasingly close to 2019 indicators thanks to a very strong recovery in aviation activities during the summer. With 5.4 million passengers in the last quarter, YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport has fully resumed its role as a major international air traffic hub. Our organization is even more proud to have obtained the renewal of its 4-Star  certification under Skytrax’s World Airport Star Rating program, which places it among the world’s leading airports. Our industry has faced many challenges over the past few months, and I would like to once again thank the employees of the airport community for their efforts during this difficult period and since the beginning of the year,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM.

Financial results

Consolidated revenues were $199.7 million for the third quarter of 2022, an increase of $115.3 million, or 136.7%, from the same period in 2021. For the first nine months of 2022, revenues were $460.6 million, an increase of $292.9 million, or 174.7%, compared with the same period in 2021. These positive results are the result of the significant recovery in passenger traffic that began at the end of the first quarter of 2022 and continued through the summer season.

Operating expenses for the quarter under review were $56.6 million, an increase of $20.1 million, or 55.0%, over the same quarter in 2021. For the period ended September 30, 2022, operating expenses increased by $47.1 million, or 44.7%, from $105.4 million to $152.5 million. This variance in operating expenses is primarily related to the increase in operational expenses for passenger services due to the sustained recovery of activities since the spring of 2022, and to the decrease in salary subsidies. ADM met the eligibility criteria of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program until March 2022, while it qualified for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program for the entire year 2021.

Transfers to governments (payments in lieu of taxes to municipalities (“PILT”) and rent to Transport Canada) were $35.0 million for the quarter under review, an increase of $18.4 million compared to the previous year, and represent 17.5% of ADM’s revenues (19.6% in 2021). For the first nine months of 2022, these transfers amounted to $83.1 million, an increase of $40.6 million compared to the same period in 2021 and represented 18.0% of ADM’s total revenues (25.3% in 2021).

Depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and right-of-use assets were $40.4 million for the third quarter of 2022, up $0.4 million, or 1.0%, from the same period in 2021. As of September 30, 2022, these expenses were $118.4 million, a decrease of $3.3 million, or 2.7%, from the same period in 2021.

Net financial expense totalled $29.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, down by $3.5 million, or 10.3%, compared with the same period in 2021. Cumulative net financial expenses as at September 30, 2022 totalled $93.2 million compared with $98.7 million for 2021, down by $5.5 million, or 5.6%. This variance is primarily due to the increase in interest income on surplus cash.

For the three months ended September 30, 2022, the excess of revenues over expenses was $37.9 million compared to a deficiency of revenues over expenses of $41.9 million for the same period in 2021, an increase of $79.8 million. As at September 30, 2022, the excess of revenues over expenses was $13.6 million compared to a deficiency of $199.9 million for the same period in 2021.

Financial situation

ADM’s net debt at September 30, 2022 is $2.32 billion compared to $2.45 billion as at December 31, 2021; see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section for more information.

For the years 2021 and 2022, ADM has obtained the consent of the bondholders to amend the Master Trust Indenture, thereby allowing ADM to be temporarily released from its obligations to comply with or satisfy the requirements of certain covenants therein. This waiver was requested due to the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the significant decline in passenger traffic and air movements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-GAAP Measures

ADM sometimes presents financial measures that do not have a meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), referred to as non-GAAP measures. They are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

EBITDA
EBITDA is defined by ADM as the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, income taxes, depreciation and impairment and share in the results of a joint venture. It is used by management as an indicator to evaluate operational performance. EBITDA is meant to provide additional information and is not intended to replace other performance measures prepared under IFRS.

Net debt
Net debt is defined as the difference between the gross balance due on long-term debt, including lease liabilities, and the amount available in cash and cash equivalents as well as the debt service reserve fund.

Key financial measures

 Third Quarter Cumulative to September 30
(in millions of dollars)20222021Variance
(%)
20222021Variance
(%)
Revenues199.784.4136.7460.6167.7174.7
Operating costs56.636.555.0152.5105.444.7
PILT13.08.847.133.927.921.3
Transport Canada rent22.07.8184.149.214.6238.1
Depreciation of property and equipment
and right-of-use assets
40.440.01.0118.4121.7(2.7)
Financial expenses (net)29.933.4(10.3)93.298.7(5.6)
Total expenses161.9126.528.0447.2368.321.4
Excess (deficiency) of revenues over
expenses before share in the results of a
joint venture and income taxes
37.8(42.1)189.813.4(200.6)106.7
Share in the results of a joint venture, net
of taxes
0.20.2(32.3)0.60.8(26.6)
Income taxes(0.1)500.0(0.4)(0.1)271.0
Excess (deficiency) of revenues over
expenses
37.9(41.9)190.413.6(199.9)106.8
EBITDA108.131.3245.5225.019.81,035.4
(in billions of dollars)September 30, 2022December 31,
2021
Variance (%)
Net debt2.322.45(5.5)

Capital investments

The investments at YUL and YMX in 2022 were funded from operations.

 Third Quarter Cumulative to September 30
(in millions of dollars)20222021Variance (%)20222021Variance (%)
 Airport Program
 Work completed16.78.694.961.231.594.8
 ACIP subsidy(15.3)100.0(15.3)100.0
Sub-total airport program1.48.6(83.2)45.931.546.3
 REM Station
 Work completed14.65.3176.542.512.7233.6
 ACIP subsidy(9.8)100.0(26.0)100.0
Subtotal REM Station4.85.3(9.4)16.512.729.2
Total capital investments6.213.9(55.0)62.444.241.3
The % variance in the above tables are calculated with results in thousands.

Passenger traffic

For the third quarter of 2022, traffic at YUL totalled 5.4 million passengers, an increase of 173.0% over the same period in 2021. All three sectors saw an increase in traffic compared to the third quarter of 2021: 272.1% for the international sector, 286.6% for the transborder (US) sector and 74.1% for the domestic sector.

For the quarter under review, passenger traffic at YUL reached 89.4% of the 2019 traffic level: 93.1% international, 92.5% transborder and 82.8% domestic.

Passenger traffic in the first nine months of 2022 represented 74.0% of traffic in the corresponding period of 2019: 76.8% international, 71.3% transborder and 72.1% domestic.

Total passenger traffic *

Aéroports de Montréal
(in thousands)20222021Variance
2022 vs 2021
20192022 as %
of 2019
January606.3215.5+181.4 %1,532.239.6 %
February623.2111.0+461.6 %1,432.643.5 %
March1,012.4109.6+823.6 %1,712.659.1 %
April1,130.5119.0+850.4 %1,567.972.1 %
May1,272.0136.0+835.3 %1,603.279.3 %
June1,590.8220.4+621.8 %1,839.286.5 %
July1,885.1525.4+258.8 %2,098.089.9 %
August1,879.2768.8+144.4 %2,146.887.5 %
September1,638.5685.1+139.1 %1,801.990.9 %
Total11,638.02,890.8+302.6 %15,734.574.0 %
Note: Total passenger traffic includes revenue and non-revenue passengers and are calculated with results in thousands.
Source: Aéroports de Montréal

Sustainability at ADM

During this quarter, ADM implemented the following initiatives to continue its commitment to sustainability:

  • The launch of a consultation with 13 stakeholder groups as part of a sustainability initiative. The responses will help validate whether the sustainability challenges identified during the consultation conducted in 2019 should still be those prioritized by ADM and thus guide the revision of its action plans.
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  • A four-month pilot project at YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel using biodiesel in grounds maintenance equipment, resulting in a reduction of 8.7 tonnes of GHG emissions, the equivalent of two round-trip passenger flights between Montréal and Toronto.
  • The adoption of a directive to YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport’s concessions and VIP lounge operators to eliminate single-use plastic, such as utensils, food containers, cups and bags. This directive is in line with ADM’s sustainability objectives of achieving a recovery rate of 70% by 2025 and zero waste by 2030.

To learn more about ADM’s actions, visit its Sustainability Indicators platform or consult its 2021 Annual Report, which presents its first-ever Sustainability Report based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards.

About Aéroports de Montréal

ADM Aéroports de Montréal is the airport authority for the Greater Montréal area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, certified 4-stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

YUL Renews its 4-Star Certification under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating Program

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal is proud to announce that YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport has successfully renewed its prestigious 4-Star Skytrax World Airport Star Rating. This rating, considered a benchmark in the global airport industry, stems from an audit conducted last September.

“Despite two pandemic years and a strong recovery that has created many challenges for our industry, ADM is more determined than ever to provide a smooth and memorable experience at YUL, our major international air traffic hub,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM. “We are proud to maintain our certification and would like to thank all of the employees at the airport and in the airport community for their efforts each and every day. We will continue to work diligently to maintain this standard of excellence and, who knows, eventually get closer to our ambition of obtaining a fifth star within a few years.”

YUL earned its fourth star in April 2019 following major investments to modernize its infrastructure.

In the 30 months following this first certification, numerous initiatives have been implemented to enhance the passenger experience and improve the fluidity of processes, starting with the delivery of the connection centre in December 2019. YUL also has a new chat service and a team of red-jacketed ambassadors ready to greet and answer the many questions onsite. Visual dressing was enhanced both inside and outside the terminal to help passengers find services and the greening of the facilities continued. Finally, furniture was upgraded throughout the three jetties and the terminal building to ensure passenger comfort, and a new children’s play area was added in the domestic area.

Created in 2000, the World Airport Star Rating is recognized in the industry as a global benchmark for airport standards. Ratings range from 1 Star to the most prestigious 5-Star rating. Skytrax specializes in ranking international airline organizations and advises airlines and airports around the world on ways to improve the quality of their service delivery and facility management.

About Aéroports de Montréal
ADM Aéroports de Montréal is the airport authority for the Greater Montréal area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, certified 4-stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

Air Canada to Launch New Services to Europe; Restores Key International Routes, Frequencies Beginning Summer 2023

  • New Montreal-Toulouse, Montreal-Copenhagen, Toronto-Brussels
  • Resumes Vancouver-Osaka, Toronto-Tokyo/Haneda
  • Other services restored to Europe, South America, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South Pacific

MONTREAL, Oct. 13, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced the strategic expansion of its international network for summer 2023, with the addition of new European services to Brussels, Toulouse and Copenhagen. It is also resuming key Asia services to Tokyo-Haneda and Osaka, and is restoring frequencies to leading destinations in the Atlantic, Pacific and South America regions. Tickets are available for purchase at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres, and travel agents.

Air Canada to Launch New Services to Europe; Restores Key International Routes, Frequencies Beginning Summer 2023 (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We continue to pursue our disciplined approach of expanding our global network in response to anticipated demand. We are especially pleased to be adding three new strategic routes to Europe, resuming important services to Japan, and increasing frequencies to key international destinations for summer 2023,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“Toronto-Brussels will complement our current services from Montreal, while further expanding Air Canada’s reach to Europe and beyond through our Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines, which offers easy connections throughout Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, our Montreal-Toulouse route not only links two global aerospace centres, it is the only year-round service between North America and southwestern France. We are also increasing our presence in Scandinavia with the addition of summer service from Montreal to Copenhagen, a Star Alliance hub that offers connections throughout Northern Europe, while enabling customers on both sides of the Atlantic to visit and explore each other’s countries conveniently.

“Our additional flights to major destinations in Europe, Middle East, South America, South Pacific and Asia, including London Heathrow, Frankfurt and Tokyo/Haneda, will support local tourism and hospitality sectors as customers in all six continents reconnect, visit and explore. Customers can start planning ahead and book with confidence. We look forward to welcoming you onboard,” said Mr. Galardo.

In preparation for next year’s operations, Air Canada continues to work with governments and other partners on the ongoing recovery of the air transport industry from the effects of the pandemic.

International Services

Air Canada’s international services onboard widebody aircraft offer a choice of three cabins: Air Canada Signature Class featuring lie-flat individual pods, Premium Economy featuring larger seats with additional leg room and premium services, and Economy featuring complimentary Chef-inspired and designed meals, wines and beverages. All cabins have inflight entertainment screens at every seat with hours of complimentary onboard entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wi-fi connectivity.

Air Canada has 23 Maple Leaf Lounges located in North America and worldwide for eligible customers. In addition, Air Canada’s Signature Suites at Toronto Pearson’s Terminal 1 and on the second floor of the International Maple Leaf Lounge in YVR set a new standard for premium travel.  Available to select Signature Service customers prior to travelling to international destinations, customers enjoy a five-star dining experience in a discerning and private enclave that offers the finest Canada has to offer in food, design and comfort.

Air Canada’s onboard services on international flights showcase some of the best cuisine Canadian culinary talent has to offer with Air Canada’s panel of celebrity chefs, including award-winning, Vancouver-based chefs David Hawksworth and Vikram Vij, and renowned Montreal chefs Antonio Park and Jérôme Ferrer. Complementing the culinary journey is a selection of top wines chosen by leading Canadian sommelier, Véronique Rivest.

All customers have the opportunity to collect and redeem points with Aeroplan, Canada’s leading loyalty program, when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

Schedule Highlights

Toronto-Brussels

FlightFromDepartsToArrivesAircraftBeginsOperatesSeason
AC834Toronto18:20Brussels07:45+1B787 DreamlinerJun. 1Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, SunYear-round
AC835Brussels10:15Toronto12:25B787 DreamlinerJun. 2Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, SunYear-round

Montreal-Toulouse

FlightFromDepartsToArrivesAircraftBeginsOperatesSeason
AC878Montreal19:30Toulouse08:45+1A330-300Jun. 1Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, SunYear-round
AC879Toulouse13:15Montreal15:20A330-300Jun. 2Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, SunYear-round

Montreal-Copenhagen

FlightFromDepartsToArrivesAircraftBeginsOperatesSeason
AC826Montreal17:55Copenhagen06:45+1B787 DreamlinerJun. 1Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, SunSummer
AC827Copenhagen13:15Montreal15:00B787 DreamlinerJun. 2Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, SunSummer

Toronto-Tokyo Haneda

FlightFromDepartsToArrivesAircraftBeginsOperatesSeason
AC1Toronto13:40Tokyo Haneda15:40+1B787 DreamlinerMay 1dailyYear-round
AC2Tokyo Haneda17:30Toronto16:35B787 DreamlinerMay 2dailyYear-round

Vancouver-Osaka

FlightFromDepartsToArrivesAircraftBeginsOperatesSeason
AC23Vancouver13:10Osaka16:05+1B787 DreamlinerJun. 2Mon, Wed, Fri, SunSummer
AC24Osaka17:40Vancouver11:05B787 DreamlinerJun. 3Mon, Tue, Thu, SatSummer

Highlights of Air Canada’s increased international route frequencies for the peak summer 2023 season compared to summer 2022 include:

Europe

Toronto-London HeathrowIncreases from three to four daily
Toronto-EdinburghIncreases from six weekly to daily
Toronto-CopenhagenIncreases from three to five weekly
Toronto-BarcelonaIncreases from five weekly to daily
Toronto-MadridIncreases to six weekly
Montreal-FrankfurtIncreases from two daily to 19 weekly (in partnership with Lufthansa)
Montreal-GenevaIncreases from six weekly to daily
Montreal-NiceIncreases from three to four weekly

Middle East and Africa

Toronto-DubaiIncreases from three weekly to daily
Montreal-Tel AvivIncreases from three weekly to four weekly
Montreal-AlgiersIncreases from three weekly to four weekly

South America

Montreal-Sao PauloIncreases from three to five weekly

South Pacific

Vancouver-BrisbaneIncrease from four weekly to daily

Asia

Vancouver-Hong KongIncreases from three weekly to daily
Vancouver-SeoulIncreases from five weekly to daily
Toronto-Tokyo NaritaIncreases from five weekly to daily (launched summer 2022)
Montreal-Tokyo NaritaIncreases from two weekly to daily

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 50 airports in Canada, 47 in the United States and 69 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Sunwing announces its initial winter schedule for four airports from coast to coast amid strong surge in customer demand for sun travel

The tour operator expects demand will continue growing in response to lifting of border measures

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Following the positive news that the Canadian government will lift all border and travel measures effective October 1, 2022, and amid a strong surge in customer demand for winter travel, Sunwing is pleased to announce its initial winter flight schedules for four large airports from coast to coast, with the winter lineup for various regional markets where Sunwing maintains a strong presence – from Atlantic Canada to the Prairies and Northern Ontario – to be announced over the coming weeks.

The tour operator’s winter schedule announcement for Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver airports comes on the heels of customer capacity returning to 2019 levels, with winter capacity already growing by more than 140% over the previous year and expected to climb even further once border measures are removed on October 1st. What’s more, Sunwing has been increasing its hiring and recruitment efforts to meet the growing demand for winter travel, with 172 employees recalled and more than 200 new employees hired across Sunwing’s Canadian divisions so far this year. On the airline side, Sunwing has hired over 120 pilots and is actively recruiting for 380 cabin crew positions from coast to coast.

“The increasing demand for travel is incredibly welcome news for our company and the entire Canadian travel industry, and we are delighted that the government is lifting travel measures starting in October, which will undoubtedly drive more bookings for travel to sun destinations this winter,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “We are thrilled to see capacity returning to pre-2020 levels and to bring more Canadians back to the tropics this winter season, from tried and true favourites such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero to new and expanding destinations such as Cayo Largo in Cuba and Melbourne in Florida. We look forward to adding even more routes and destinations to support evolving demand in the months ahead, and encourage Canadians to book their holiday and winter vacations quickly to unlock the best vacation at the best price!”

Sunwing’s airline division has extended two aircraft leases to further support operations for the upcoming season, which includes providing flights over 30 destinations for the winter and servicing customers with more than 700 hotels, offering the largest assortment available through any tour operator in Canada.

Toronto flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Acapulco1x weekly04-Jan-202315-Mar-2023
Antigua1x weekly05-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Aruba3x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Cayo CocoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
CancunDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly04-Nov-202207-Apr-2023
Freeport1x weekly17-Dec-202222-Apr-2023
Grenada1x weekly06-Nov-202223-Apr-2023
Holguin4x weekly01-Nov-202228-Apr-2023
Liberia4x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Montego BayDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
OrlandoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Miami1x weekly18-Dec-202230-Apr-2023
Melbourne2x weekly10-Dec-202219-Apr-2023
Manzanillo de Cuba1x weekly02-Nov-202226-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly01-Nov-202218-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata3x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
Punta CanaDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta2x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Rio Hato2x weekly04-Nov-202217-Apr-2023
Roatan1x weekly12-Dec-202203-Apr-2023
Los Cabos3x weekly03-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Santa ClaraDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
St. Maarten1x weekly03-Nov-202227-Apr-2023
St. Lucia1x weekly05-Nov-202222-Apr-2023
VaraderoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
    

Montréal flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Acapulco1x weekly21-Dec-202215-Mar-2023
Cayo CocoDaily01-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
CancunDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly04-Nov-202207-Apr-2023
Freeport1x weekly17-Dec-202222-Apr-2023
HolguinDaily01-Nov-202228-Apr-2023
Liberia1x weekly07-Nov-202217-Apr-2023
Montego Bay2x weekly05-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Miami1x weekly18-Dec-202230-Apr-2023
Manzanillo de Cuba1x weekly02-Nov-202226-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly13-Dec-202211-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata4x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
Punta CanaDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta1x weekly18-Dec-202209-Apr-2023
Rio Hato1x weekly04-Nov-202231-Mar-2023
Roatan1x weekly12-Dec-202203-Apr-2023
Los Cabos1x weekly10-Nov-202206-Apr-2023
San Andres1x weekly14-Dec-202229-Mar-2023
Santa ClaraDaily03-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
St. Maarten1x weekly03-Nov-202227-Apr-2023
VaraderoDaily01-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
    

Calgary flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun5x weekly01-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Liberia1x weekly18-Dec-202216-Apr-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly07-Nov-202210-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly04-Nov-202214-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly07-Nov-202224-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta2x weekly06-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Los Cabos2x weekly03-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly01-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
    

Vancouver flight schedule

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun6x weekly1-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly04-Nov-202214-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly12-Dec-202224-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta3x weekly06-Nov-202230-Apr-2023
Los Cabos1x weekly05-Nov-202229-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly08-Nov-202225-Apr-2023
    

In addition to the example flight schedules from the four airports listed above, Sunwing will be releasing winter schedules for various regions across the country from which it operates in the weeks ahead.

Sunwing customers eager to book their winter escapes to paradise can take advantage of great savings available on Sunwing.ca or by contacting their local travel agent. Plus, customers looking for even more value out of their upcoming getaways can add one of Sunwing’s Worry Free insurance offerings so they can vacation in the tropics with confidence this winter season.

About Sunwing
The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Sunwing goes galactic with the exciting addition of Melbourne, Florida to its winter lineup

Plus, the tour operator returns to the popular vacation destinations of Orlando and Miami

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For years, Sunwing has brought Canadians to Florida’s Sunshine State to experience its tropical-like climate and attractive offerings. This winter, the tour operator is thrilled to announce the addition of Melbourne, a brand-new destination along the south of Florida’s Space Coast offering more sun, beach and out-of-this-world exploration.

The tour operator will also be returning to two beloved destinations in the United States this winter with multiple direct flights from Toronto and Montréal, including Orlando, one of Florida’s greatest attractions, and Miami, a popular vacation destination for city exploration and cruise departures.

“This winter, we’re thrilled to be returning to Florida with Melbourne as our newest destination offering for Sunwing customers,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “In addition to the desirable destinations of Orlando and Miami, there’s much to explore along Florida’s Space Coast with beautiful beaches, a historic downtown core and nearby attractions, plus easy access to Port Canaveral for winter cruise sailings. Given the incredible customer demand for sun vacations this winter, we look forward to bringing more customers to Melbourne to experience its family-friendly charm.”

“We are incredibly excited about the new service being offered by Sunwing as it opens up an important market for us,” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director, Space Coast Office of Tourism. “No other country brings more visitors to our region than Canada, and now we have a great opportunity to serve them well as they choose the Space Coast for their winter vacations. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with Sunwing and introducing Canadians to all that Melbourne has to offer.”

In Melbourne, or “The Harbour City”, travellers can enjoy the sun and sand at Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach and Melbourne Beach, home to one of the world’s most significant Sea Turtle nesting habitats, or tour the local culture in Melbourne’s historic downtown centre with authentic cuisine, famed mural art, shopping and street festivals.

Travellers can also sample fresh seafood in Port Canaveral, tour the Grapefruit Trails in Palm Bay or interact with over 900 animals at Brevard Zoo. Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, one of Florida’s most popular attractions an hour outside of Melbourne, offers up-close views of Space Shuttle Atlantis, life-sized Mars rover replicas and NASA rockets. Vacationers can also drive to Orlando for a day of fun at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

”The exciting announcement of our partnership with Melbourne Orlando International Airport and Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism comes at a crucial time when demand for holiday and winter travel is at an all-time high,” added Eric Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of Partner Development for Sunwing. “Following the recent expansion to the passenger terminal in Melbourne, our customers can enjoy a seamless vacation experience from beginning to end and enjoy their travels in Melbourne with ease. With even more opportunities to discover Florida this winter, we’re confident Melbourne will become a new favourite for Canadians.”

“We are delighted to welcome Sunwing Airlines to Melbourne Orlando International Airport,” said MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan. A.A.E. “The addition of Sunwing to our expanding list of air service partners is an incredible win for MLB and the greater Central Florida community. Through this new partnership, we are providing new international air service options, linking our convenient hometown airport with three major Canadian cities and welcoming thousands of travellers directly to our coastal gateway to Central Florida. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect visitors, relatives and family.”

Whether extending their getaway or stopping in to set sail, Sunwing vacationers can embark on their winter cruise sailings from Port Canaveral and soon book Norwegian Cruise Line Escape for January 2023 departures, visiting exciting ports of call from the Bahamas to the British Virgin Islands, with a range of fun-filled amenities on board.

With a number of hotels coming soon to destination, Sunwing customers can book the Sunshine State for winter travel starting November 1, 2022 with weekly direct flights on board Sunwing Airlines, including:

  • Between Toronto and Orlando, daily starting November 1, 2022
  • Between Toronto and Melbourne, Saturdays and Wednesdays starting December 10, 2022
  • Between Toronto and Miami, Sundays starting December 18, 2022
  • Between Winnipeg and Melbourne, Saturdays starting December 10, 2022
  • Between Montréal and Miami, Sundays starting December 18, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Melbourne, Fridays starting February 10, 2023

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Sunwing reminds customers why it’s better in the Bahamas with winter flights returning to Freeport, Grand Bahama

Canadians can enjoy unforgettable getaways with Sunwing at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach starting this December

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This winter, Sunwing customers can return to the dream vacation destination of Freeport, Grand Bahama, the second largest city in the Bahamas, starting December 17, 2022 with weekly direct flights from Toronto and Montréal on board Sunwing Airlines. Experiences of a lifetime await sun-seekers in this Bahamian paradise with beautiful weather, pristine beaches, underwater adventures, charming all inclusive stays and a variety of cultural and historical sites.

Situated off the coast of Florida in the northwest region of the Bahamas, Freeport offers travellers of all ages a tropical playground with comfortable temperatures year-round where they can discover the depths of this idyllic destination on land and at sea.

A true paradise for nature lovers, Freeport is home to a world of wonders beneath the sea’s surface with vibrant coral reef in the shape of a painter’s palette at Picasso’s Gallery, a famous dive spot for visitors, and sunken shipwrecks waiting to be uncovered. Vacationers yearning for more daring adventures can swim alongside friendly Caribbean reef sharks at Shark Alley for a magical geological experience or explore one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems at Lucayan National Park.

Vacationers can’t miss a visit to Garden of the Groves exploring winding trails, cascading waterfalls, sparkling fountains and a picturesque chapel, spotting many indigenous migratory birds and butterflies along the way.

Those with a penchant for sun and sand can lay down their towel at Freeport’s pristine beaches including Gold Rock Beach, Taino Beach and Fortune Beach, a secluded oasis on the southwestern edge of Grand Bahama. There, Sunwing customers can explore the local culture and cuisine by taking in some live entertainment at Count Basie Square or head to Port Lucaya Marketplace, a waterfront hub great for shopping handmade souvenirs and dining.

When travelling to Freeport with Sunwing, customers can expect a charming all inclusive vacation experience at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, located on a stunning beachfront and offering a host of amenities to keep guests of all ages entertained throughout their stay. Guests can lay by the freshwater pool or on the stretch of sand, take advantage of action-packed activities like trapeze, paintball, snorkelling and beach volleyball, work up a sweat with the resort’s Vivafit offerings or tee off at The Reef Course ($) nearby in Grand Lucayan. With four restaurants and two bars, guests can dine buffet-style and enjoy à la carte restaurants serving a variety of culinary options.

With weekly direct flights starting December 17, 2022 from Toronto and Montréal, Sunwing customers can book Freeport, Grand Bahama today for all inclusive stays at Viva Wyndham Beach Resort this winter.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Three of Canada’s major airports join with SITA to improve guest experience

TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2022 /CNW/ – Passengers moving through three of Canada’s largest airports will have a faster and easier experience under a new arrangement that will adopt a common technology platform.

The collaboration between airports in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary is one of North America’s largest airport groups to support a better passenger experience, putting the country at the leading edge of innovative passenger check-in solutions. Working together, the airports are supporting the recovery of Canada’s broader aviation industry by creating a common experience to simplify .

The three airports have joined with SITA, a leading technology provider to the air transport industry, to modernize the passenger experience with SITA’s flagship common-use check-in and gate system.

The over 700 new-generation check-in kiosks and boarding technology will ease the journey for the majority of all guests travelling to, from, and within Canada. The new touchpoints will make it easier to incorporate both contactless and biometric capabilities that will enable airports and airlines to evolve as processes modernize.

The new touchpoints meet and exceed Canadian accessibility requirements and aviation security standards like text-to-speech hardware, navigational keypads, height controls designed for passengers using wheelchairs, tap and chip and pin payment technology for in-flight upgrades and biometric camera capability for future use.

SITA will also provide operational teams at each airport to monitor for any potential bottlenecks in the terminals. This will improve operational performance, provide efficiencies, and streamline processes, ultimately resulting in a more effortless guest experience.

The new systems are on track to start being installed at all three airports early next year.

QUOTES

“This announcement is the result of a unique collaboration among three major Canadian airports. This new platform will allow us to offer a harmonized digital airport experience for passengers and a unique technology integration approach for airlines operating in Canada. We are also delighted to collaborate once again with SITA, a long-standing partner with a significant presence in Montréal that has made our city its centre of excellence in innovation,” said Aymeric Dussart, Vice President, Technology and Innovation – ADM Aéroports de Montréal.

“Our combined vision is to offer the best passenger experience in Canada and highest-quality services to our airlines and industry partners,” said Megan Gupton, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Director, IT for The Calgary Airport Authority. “As air traffic rebounds, we see several benefits to our guests in furthering technological solutions like facial recognition boarding—getting us closer to our goal of being a contactless airport.” 

“This important relationship is pivotal in providing our passengers with the airport experience of the future,” said Ian Clarke, Chief Financial Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “As travel continues to ramp up, we are committed to cultivating a smoother process for our passengers, and this new technology represents a key element of achieving this objective.”

“We know that passengers want more control of their journey with automated solutions that make travel fast and convenient. We are pleased to bring this experience to three of Canada’s busiest airports and build on our long-standing partnerships,” said Matthys Serfontein, President for the Americas at SITA.

ABOUT THE CALGARY AIRPORT AUTHORITY

The Calgary Airport Authority is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Regional Airports Authorities Act of Alberta and is responsible for the management, operation and development of YYC Calgary International Airport and Springbank Airport (YBW). The Authority’s commitment to safety remains a top priority and our #FlyHealthyYYC program has received the Airport Health Accreditation by Airports Council International. Our airports are important economic generators for the city, region and province, supporting thousands of jobs and generating billions in GDP through associated economic activity. The Authority was also recognized as one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 2021.

ABOUT THE GREATER TORONTO AIRPORTS AUTHORITY

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto – Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Canada’s largest airport and a vital connector of people, businesses and goods. Toronto Pearson has been named “Best Large Airport in North America serving more than 40 million passengers” for five years in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), the global trade representative of the world’s airports. In recognition of its Healthy Airport program, ACI has also awarded Toronto Pearson the “Best hygiene measures in North America” award for two years running, and Toronto Pearson was the first Canadian airport to receive ACI’s global health accreditation for its response to COVID-19.

For YYZ’s corporate twitter channel, please visit @PearsonComms. For operational updates and passenger information, please visit @TorontoPearson/@AeroportPearson on Twitter. You can also follow YYZ on Facebook or Instagram.

ABOUT ADM AÉROPORTS DE MONTRÉAL

ADM Aéroports de Montréal is the airport authority for the Greater Montreal area responsible for the management, operation and development of YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, which is certified 4 stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, and YMX International Aerocity of Mirabel.

ABOUT SITA

SITA is the air transport industry’s IT provider, delivering solutions for airlines, airports, aircraft and governments. Its technology powers more seamless, safe and sustainable air travel.

With around 2,500 customers, SITA’s solutions drive operational efficiencies at more than 1,000 airports while delivering the promise of the connected aircraft to customers of 17,000 aircraft globally. SITA also provides technology solutions that help more than 70 governments strike the balance of secure borders and seamless travel. SITA’s communications network connects every corner of the globe and bridges 60% of the air transport community’s data exchange.

SOURCE Toronto Pearson, Aéroports de Montréal, Calgary Airport Authority

Sunwing customers can discover the best of South America in San Andrés, now available to book in Canada

Vacationers can enjoy laidback Colombian getaways with Decameron this winter

TORONTO, Aug. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This winter, Sunwing is inviting Canadians to discover San Andrés, a brand-new destination for the tour operator offering vacationers the quintessential island paradise off the coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. Available to book now, San Andrés is well-known to travellers in Colombia for its rich culture, white-sand beaches, coconut palms, year-round summer weather and some of the best diving conditions in the world, with easy access to restaurants and bars in town for local flavour.

Plus, Canadian customers can now enjoy the full all inclusive vacation experience in San Andrés with Decameron All Inclusive Hotels & Resorts, the only resort brand offered through Sunwing on the island with six properties within minutes of the Caribbean Sea, downtown San Andrés and the airport.

“To continue offering Canadians more opportunities to vacation to paradise under our wing, we’re thrilled to be adding more diverse destinations to our lineup that our customers can book this winter, including San Andrés in Colombia,” says Lyne Chayer, General Manager, Sunwing Vacations Québec. “With beautiful beaches, natural cays that are great for diving and snorkelling, sunny skies and welcoming people, plus access to six Decameron properties offering an intimate resort getaway, we’re excited for our customers to experience the richness of Colombia in this beach destination this winter, and share in our love of San Andrés.”

With multiple cays, sandbanks and greenspace to explore, San Andrés is a hub for nature lovers. Sunseekers can discover the popular shores of Playa Spratt Bight, while ocean lovers will find a true paradise for underwater adventures in the “Sea of Seven Colours” with nearly 40 diving sites and well-preserved coral reefs. Plus, Botanic Gardens is a sprawling space in the island’s centre where the vegetation dates back to the dinosaur era.

San Andrés is also home to an incredible multicultural community blending Anglo-Caribbean Raizal and Colombian cultures with local restaurants, bars and boutique shops with authentic Colombian keepsakes.

As an untouched paradise and exciting new ground for Sunwing customers, travellers can book their getaways at six Decameron properties on the island, including Decameron MarazulDecameron MarylandDecameron AquariumDecameron San LuisDecameron Los Delfines and Decameron Isleno, ideal choices for the ultimate laidback escape.

Customers can expect the same variety of amenities and services with Decameron in San Andrés that the brand is known for in the other popular destinations it serves, including Mexico, Jamaica and Panama. Families can soak up the sun by the pool or the beach or adventure the seas together during resort-offered water sport activities like kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling, plus mini scuba diving courses in the pool. Couples can find their zen with soothing face and body treatments at the spa on property or relax by the beach bar with a drink in hand, while groups will love the variety of dining options and á la carte restaurants with international favourites, revel in day-to-night entertainment or take advantage of modern accommodations that suit their group’s needs.

Sunwing customers can book San Andrés today for travel starting December 14, 2022 with a direct flight from Montréal on Wednesdays, with the potential to add more for the winter season as customer demand evolves.

For even more peace of mind, customers can purchase one of Sunwing’s comprehensive travel coverage options ahead of their winter getaways.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.