Sunwing brings Kitchener-Waterloo residents closer to paradise with two weekly flights down south for the winter season

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Starting this December, customers hailing from Kitchener-Waterloo can get more out of their tropical escapes with the addition of two weekly direct flights to Sunwing’s 2022-2023 winter schedule. With easy access to the sun and sand in Punta CanaDominican Republic and VaraderoCuba from the Region of Waterloo International Airport, plus a range of resorts to suit all travel styles, residents have everything they need for an unforgettable getaway in paradise.

“Our relationship with Waterloo International Airport has remained strong since 2009 and we are thrilled to join forces yet again with two direct routes down south this winter,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “After a difficult few years for the industry, we are excited to return to the Region of Waterloo and are looking forward to a successful winter season, bringing our customers in southwestern Ontario to paradise with ease from their local airport.”

“Through collaboration and partnership with Sunwing, we are excited to continue providing more affordable and convenient flight options for our residents looking to travel from the Region of Waterloo International Airport to sun destinations this winter,” added Karen Redman, Chair, Region of Waterloo.

Sunwing’s 2022-2023 winter schedule includes two weekly direct flights from the Region of Waterloo International Airport to Punta Cana on Mondays starting December 12, 2022 until April 10, 2023, and Varadero on Thursdays starting December 15, 2022 until April 13, 2023.

Commonly known for its fantastic beaches and island adventures, Punta Cana offers the perfect atmosphere for sun-and-sand vacations with all inclusive resorts to match. Royalton Bavaro An Autograph Collection All Inclusive Resort and Casino is a top-notch resort for both relaxation and excitement with direct access to the world-famous Bavaro Beach and a FlowRider® ($) surf simulator right on site. Further along the shores, customers can share in a unique luxury experience with elevated service and exclusive restaurant access with The Reserve upgrade, plus unlimited rounds of golf at Cocotal Golf and Country Club when staying at Paradisus Palma Real.

A popular choice for Canadian travellers, Cuba is a destination well positioned for family and friend getaways. Iberostar Selection Varadero is a great hotel option for families, from a fun-filled splash pad to complimentary water sports and dining to suit all taste buds, while couples and friend groups will enjoy the adults only amenities at Memories Jibacoa, including its tranquil on-site spa, sprawling pool complex and oceanview accommodations.

Kitchener-Waterloo residents can also take advantage of amazing deals to Cuba and the Dominican Republic during the tour operator’s Black Friday Sale, on now, and enjoy limited-time savings on winter escapes to paradise. Plus, they can add one of Sunwing’s exclusive Worry Free* insurance options, including the Manulife Global Travel Insurance plan, for more flexibility, including change and cancellation protection.

*Terms and conditions apply.

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.

Government of Canada makes important investments at Waterloo Regional Airport

Transport Canada

WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 5, 2022 /CNW/ – The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of local airports to keeping communities connected to essential services and to each other. That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting airports from coast to coast to coast.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that the Government of Canada is making important safety investments at the Waterloo Regional Airport.

Through Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program, the Government of Canada is providing the airport with $342,000 for the purchase of a 4×2 plow truck used to remove and control snow and ice.  

This investment is in addition to the more than $3.9 million provided to the airport under the Program in May 2021, for the partial rehabilitation of Taxiways A and C, Apron IIIA, and aircraft stands.

This funding will ensure continued safe and reliable airport operations for residents, not only for personal and business travel, but also for access to routine and emergency medical care in larger centres.


“Regional airports like the Waterloo Regional Airport are critical to the communities they serve, whether it be for staying connected with loved ones, or for accessing critical services. This investment will make a real difference for Waterloo Regional Airport, and ensure the communities that rely on it continue to be able to access safe and reliable air transportation options.” 

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“Airports are instrumental to our economy; they are gateways for the flow of products and people. Today’s investment in the Waterloo Regional Airport to be used to remove and control snow and ice ensures that YKF is prepared for any inclement weather or conditions by keeping runways clear and passengers moving.”

The Honourable Bardish Chagger
Member of Parliament for Waterloo

Quick Facts

  • As announced in the Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Airports Capital Assistance Program received a one-time funding top-up of $186 million over two years.
  • The Fall Economic Statement 2020 also announced the temporary expansion of eligibility for the Airports Capital Assistance Program to allow National Airports System airports with less than one million annual passengers in 2019 to apply for funding under the Program in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • Since the Airports Capital Assistance Program started in 1995, the Government of Canada has invested over $1.2 billion for 1,215 projects at 199 local, regional and National Airports System airports across the country. Funded projects include runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles as well as installing wildlife control fencing.

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Canada Jetlines Successfully Completes Necessary Transport Canada Demonstration Flights

July 08, 2022

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new all-Canadian, leisure airline, is proud to announce successful completion of all demonstration flights for Transport Canada in the process to obtain its Air Operator Certificate (AOC). On July 5, 2022, Canada Jetlines operated a flight from the Region of Waterloo International airport to Greater Moncton Roméo Leblanc International airport and back, to the satisfaction of Transport Canada inspectors.

“We are extremely proud of our operations team for successfully completing this comprehensive program with Transport Canada. There are only a few administrative items for Transport Canada to complete before issuing the AOC, which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks”Tweet this

“We are extremely proud of our operations team for successfully completing this comprehensive program with Transport Canada. There are only a few administrative items for Transport Canada to complete before issuing the AOC, which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks,” shared Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines. “As a start-up during the pandemic, we emphasize preparation and collaboration. We are currently staffed and equipped to accommodate and welcome guests to travel with Canada Jetlines.”

With the aim to begin airline operations in the next few weeks, Jetlines intends to begin ticket sales imminently. Please visit to learn more, sign up for email updates, and follow on all social media platforms to join the Canada Jetlines family.

About Canada Jetlines

Canada Jetlines is a well-capitalized leisure focused air carrier, utilizing a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft targeting launch in the summer of 2022, subject to Transport Canada approval. The air carrier was created to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options to fly to fantastic leisure destinations within Canada, the U.S.A., Cuba, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Bahamas, and other Caribbean nations. Canada Jetlines will provide exciting vacation packages to iconic Canadian destinations and beyond via strong partnerships with airports, CVB’s, tourism entities, hotels, hospitality brands, and attractions. With a projected growth of 15 aircrafts by 2025, Canada Jetlines aims to offer the best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology, providing an elevated guest centric experience from the first touchpoint. The efficient aircraft design merged with the experience of the all-Canadian management team, allows for accessible flight options without sacrificing quality or convenience. The carrier will use a state-of-the-art web booking platform, making the turnkey solution available to consumers, travel agents, and tour operators, with the capability of generating revenue on reservations and ancillary sales with the aim to provide more revenue opportunities to current and future agent partners and all the work that they do. We look forward to working with you to create memorable travel experiences for consumers. To learn more, please visit and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.