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.

ADM Aéroports de Montréal Announces its Financial Results at June 30, 2022

MONTREAL, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – ADM Aéroports de Montréal today announced its consolidated operating results for the six months ended June 30, 2022. These results are accompanied by passenger traffic data for YUL, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.

Highlights

  • Passenger traffic at YUL totalled 4.0 million in the second quarter of 2022, up 739.8% from 2021, or 79.7% of the traffic in the corresponding period of 2019. Growth was sustained throughout the quarter, with 72.1% of 2019 traffic levels in April, 79.3% in May, and 86.4% in June. There was a marked recovery in the international sector with 84.0% of 2019 traffic levels in the second quarter. For the first six months of 2022, passenger traffic stood at 6.2 million, up 584.0% from 2021.
  • EBITDA (the excess of revenues over expenses before financial expenses, income taxes, depreciation and impairment and share in the results of a joint venture, see the “Non-GAAP Measures” section for more information) was $81.9 million for the second quarter under review, an increase of $82.6 million over negative EBITDA of $0.7 million for the same period in 2021. For the six months ended June 30, 2022, EBITDA was $116.9 million, an increase of $128.4 million over negative EBITDA of $11.5 million for the first six months of 2021.
  • Capital investments were $40.2 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared with $12.5 million in the corresponding period of 2021. During this period, the airport program, still being limited to essential projects, totalled $33.6 million ($6.6 million in 2021) while the amount invested, net of subsidy, in the airport’s REM station was $6.6 million ($5.9 million in 2021). Capital investments in the first half of 2022 amounted to $56.2 million ($30.3 million in 2021), including $44.5 million for the airport program ($22.9 million in 2021) and $11.7 million ($7.4 million in 2021), net of subsidy, for the airport’s REM station. Transport Canada’s contribution towards the airport’s REM station project totalled $6.1 million (nil in 2021) for the quarter under review and $16.2 million (nil in 2021) for the six-month period of 2022. Investments at YUL and YMX in 2022 were funded by cashflows from operations.

Quote

“We are very pleased to once again be welcoming a large number of passengers to YUL and to be part of the very strong recovery in aviation activity that is taking place around the world as traffic results bring us closer and closer to the data recorded in 2019. However, this dramatic increase, combined with a well-known labour shortage, created its own set of challenges during the month of June. ADM Aéroports de Montréal remains optimistic that the measures put forward in the industry will allow airports nationally and internationally to return to some balance in the coming weeks. We would like to thank our passengers for their great patience in the face of these exceptional circumstances. I would also like to recognize the resilience and efforts of the airport community’s employees in this difficult environment,” said Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of ADM.

Financial results

Consolidated revenues were $158.1 million for the second quarter of 2022, up $113.9 million, or 257.4%, from the same period in 2021. For the first six months of 2022, revenues were $260.9 million, an increase of $177.6 million, or 213.1%, compared to the same period in 2021. These positive results are directly related to the significant recovery in passenger traffic that began in earnest at the end of the first quarter of 2022.

Operating expenses for the quarter under review were $48.9 million, an increase of $16.8 million, or 52.4%, over the same quarter a year ago. For the six months ended June 30, 2022, operating expenses increased by $27.0 million, or 39.2%, climbing from $68.9 million to $95.9 million. This variance in operating expenses is primarily related to the increase in operational expenses for passenger due to the sustained recovery of operations since the spring of 2022, and to the decrease in wage subsidies. ADM met the eligibility criteria of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program until March 2022, while it took 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 $27.3 million for the quarter under review, an increase of $14.5 million compared to the previous year, and represent 17.3% of ADM’s revenues (28.9% in 2021).  For the first six months of 2022, transfers totalled $48.1 million, an increase of $22.2 million compared with the same period in 2021, and represented 18.4% of ADM’s total revenues (31.1% in 2021).

Depreciation and impairment of property and equipment and right-of-use assets decreased slightly to $38.8 million in the second quarter of 2022, down $2.5 million, or 5.8%, compared from the same period in 2021. As of June 30, 2022, these expenses decreased by $3.7 million, or 4.5%, totalling
$78.0 million.

Net financial expenses totalled $31.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, down by $1.2 million, or 4.0%, compared with the same period in 2021. Cumulative net financial expenses as at June 30, 2022 totalled $63.3 million compared to $65.3 million for 2021, down $2.0 million, or 3.2%, from the same period in 2021. This variance is primarily due to consent fees incurred in the first quarter of 2021 as well as higher interest income on surplus cash, partially offset by interest expense related to the Series S Bonds issued in April 2021.

For the three months ended June 30, 2022, the excess of revenues over expenses was $11.3 million compared to a deficiency of revenues over expenses of $74.5 million for the same period in 2021, an increase of $85.8 million, or 115.2%. As at June 30, 2022, the deficiency of revenues over expenses was $24.3 million, an improvement of $133.7 million, or 84.6%, over the same period in 2021.

Financial situation

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

In March 2021, ADM 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 in the Master Trust Indenture for the years 2021 and 2022. 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.

Passenger traffic

For the second quarter of 2022, traffic at YUL totalled 4.0 million passengers, an increase of 739.8% over the same period in 2021. International traffic increased by 1,050.0%, transborder (U.S.) grew by 1,394.8%, while domestic traffic recorded an increase of 433.5% over the second quarter of 2021.

For the quarter under review, passenger traffic at YUL reached 79.7% of the 2019 traffic level: 84.0% international, 75.8% transborder and 77.3% domestic.

Passenger traffic in the first six months of 2022 represented 64.3% of the traffic in the corresponding period of 2019: 66.0% international, 59.6% transborder and 65.5% domestic.

Sustainability at ADM

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

  • An audit of the environmental management system (EMS) for YUL and YMX operations by an independent firm, during which zero non-conformities were identified, will have resulted in ADM’s ISO 14001 recertification. This recertification is valid for a period of three years and a maintenance audit is planned for 2023 and 2024.
  • A call for tenders for taxi licenses led to a greening of the fleet serving YUL. It is currently composed of 97 100% electric vehicles, 153 plug-in hybrids or non plug-in hybrids, and 125 minivans, 10 of which are green vehicles and 25 of which are taxis adapted for customers with reduced mobility.
  • Two major awards were won in the BOMA Québec Building Energy Challenge (BEC). ADM won the Platinum category in the GHG Target Achievement Award, where building GHG emissions in 2021 were compared to those in 2018. For YUL, a 34% reduction was achieved. It also won the award in the Improved Energy Performance – Consumer Services Category, thanks to efforts that resulted in a 23% improvement over 2018.

More details in ADM’s Press Release.

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, and of YMX International Aerocity if Mirabel.

Canadians can escape to the sunshine coast of Cayo Largo in Cuba this fall, now offered in Canada through Sunwing

Customers can look forward to pristine beaches, warmer temperatures and sunny skies year-round

TORONTO, July 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing customers are invited to be among the first to experience a reimagined boutique vacation in the tropical destination of Cayo LargoCuba this fall. Considered Cuba’s sunshine coast thanks to its 25km of pristine, white-sand shores and summertime feeling year-round, Cayo Largo is offered through Sunwing to Canadians in search of a getaway like no other. With its prime location and warm temperatures, the destination will appeal to the most discerning of travellers.

“Cuba has long held its top spot as a Canadian favourite for Sunwing customers and, as we expand on our offerings to welcome more guests back to this beautiful island, we’re thrilled to bring new life to Cayo Largo with Sunwing as the destination’s leading choice of tour operator in the Canadian market,” says Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “Cayo Largo offers an intimate experience in a small, boutique setting that our customers won’t find anywhere else in Cuba, along with great weather, beautiful beaches, new all inclusive offerings and now with an exclusive international food import license, more comforts of home, all at an attractive price point. We anticipate the fall and winter season in this destination hot spot will sell fast, so now is the time for our customers to book their upcoming getaways.”

Canadians will be able to enjoy an intimate vacation experience at the resorts, many of which are being rebuilt or renovated to open as early as November 2022. The 11 resorts will be rebranded as Grand Memories Resorts & Spa, Memories Resorts & Spa, Starfish Resorts and Villa properties, meaning Sunwing customers will have even more opportunities to enjoy the best of Cayo Largo with the level of service these brands are known for. These resorts are available to book now for fall and winter 2022/2023 vacations starting from November 1, 2022 onward.

Situated on Cuba’s far south coast, nature lovers and travel enthusiasts will have plenty to keep them busy, exploring local aquatic life in some of the best diving conditions in the Caribbean with more than 30 dive sites and a protected marine reserve, plus over 200 ancient shipwrecks.

The island is also committed to sustainability and the integrity of the environment to ensure Cayo Largo will be as desirable as it is today for generations to come. This means electric vehicles only, a ban on plastic use and sustainable water developments in place.

With boutique all inclusive resorts or villas suited to every lifestyle, discerning travellers can find what they desire and an experience far from the ordinary, all within 15 minutes of Cayo Largo Airport.

The resorts will appeal to a variety of vacation styles and include:

  • Family-friendly resorts with amenities guest of all ages will love, including Grand Memories Cayo Largo, Memories Cayo Largo, Starfish Cayo Largo, Villa Coral, Villa Linda Mar, Villa Marina, Villa Serena and Villa Soledad
  • Adults only resorts for the ultimate friends and couples paradise, including Sanctuary at Grand Memories Cayo Largo and Villa Caprice
  • Plus, customers seeking a 2SLGBTQ+ friendly resort welcoming everyone under the sun will enjoy visiting the adults only Villa Natura

Sunwing customers can book Cayo Largo today for travel starting November 1, 2022 with five weekly direct flights from multiple gateways, and the potential to add more for the fall and winter season as customer demand evolves. The current flight schedule will be as follows:

  • Between Toronto and Cayo Largo, Fridays starting November 4, 2022
  • Between Montréal and Cayo Largo, Fridays starting November 4, 2022
  • Between Québec City and Cayo Largo, Saturdays starting December 17, 2022
  • Between Ottawa and Cayo Largo, Saturdays starting December 17, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Cayo Largo, Tuesdays starting January 10, 2023

Plus, customers who book by July 28, 2022 can still take advantage of Sunwing’s early booking bonus, with reduced deposits and added perks. For even more peace of mind, customers can purchase one of the tour operator’s comprehensive travel coverage options ahead of their fall and winter travel.

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.

Air Canada’s Summer 2022 Schedule Adjustments

2 July 2022 – Air Canada 🔗

This week, Air Canada announced changes to its summer schedule to support unprecedented and unforeseen strains on our organization. International flights are unaffected, with a few timing changes to reduce flying at peak times. Flights adjusted are to and from our Toronto and Montreal hubs. These will be mostly frequency reductions, affecting primarily evening and late-night flights by smaller aircraft, on transborder and domestic routes. Four routes will be temporarily suspended.

Temporary Route Suspensions:

Montreal – Kelowna
Montreal – Baltimore
Montreal – Pittsburgh
Toronto – Fort McMurray

Frequency Reductions

Toronto – Deer Lake: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Saint John: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Charlottetown: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Quebec City: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Toronto – North Bay: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – Timmins: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Sudbury: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – London, ON: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Toronto – Windsor: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – Winnipeg: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 5 flights daily
Toronto – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 7 flights daily
Toronto – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 11 flights daily
Toronto – Vancouver: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 14 flights daily
Toronto – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily
Toronto – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 9 flights daily
Toronto – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 6 flights daily
Toronto – Baltimore: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Toronto – Philadelphia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Toronto – Washington (DCA): reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate 2 flights daily (3 flights remain for July)
Toronto – Miami: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 1 flight daily
Toronto – San Francisco: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – Moncton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Fredericton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Saint John: reduce 1 frequency, now operating total 1flights
Montreal – Halifax: reduce 1 frequency in August, will operate total 3 flights daily (4 flights remain through August 3)
Montreal – Ottawa: reduce 2 frequencies, now operating 6 flights daily
Montreal – Quebec: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations and Friday reduced to 3 flights daily
Montreal – Edmonton: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Montreal – Calgary: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Boston: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – LaGuardia: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 4 flights daily
Montreal – Newark: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 3 flights daily
Montreal – Fort Lauderdale: reduce 1 frequency, now operating 2 flights daily
Ottawa – Toronto (Island): no weekend operations

Route Retimes:

Montreal – Los Angeles
Montreal – Las Vegas
Montreal – Punta Cana
Montreal – Fort Lauderdale
Montreal – Winnipeg
Montreal – Edmonton
Toronto – Manchester
Toronto – Edinburgh
Toronto – Copenhagen
Vancouver – Portland
Vancouver – Regina
Vancouver – Cranbrook