Sunwing marks its return to Atlantic Canada with winter schedule announcement for six airports

Tour operator offering convenient weekly flights from Halifax, Moncton, Fredericton, St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander starting in January

TORONTO, Oct. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amid the Canadian government’s removal of all border and travel measures, Sunwing is pleased to announce its return to Atlantic Canada this winter season, with convenient weekly flights from six airports beginning in January until May. Sunwing’s resumption of winter flights from airports in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland comes after a difficult two years brought on by the pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, and is a signal of the tour operator’s ongoing commitment to eastern Canada and offering its residents seamless travel options from their local airport of choice.

“It’s been a difficult few years for the entire travel industry, particularly in New Brunswick and Newfoundland where long-lasting travel restrictions have unfortunately prevented us from offering our winter flight program since March 2020, much to our disappointment,” said Deana Murphy, Vice President of Retail Sales for Sunwing. “Now that all travel measures have been lifted as of October 1, 2022, we are excited to be back and doubling down on our commitment to the regions with weekly winter flights to a variety of popular sun destinations.”

Sunwing’s winter schedule announcement for Halifax in Nova Scotia, Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick, and St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander in Newfoundland comes on the heels of the tour operator’s recent winter schedule announcement for four larger airports across the country, and amid increasing customer demand for winter travel that is seeing capacity growing by more than 140% over last year.
 
“We are thrilled to return to Atlantic Canada and share our winter flight lineup, which will help make it easier for our customers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland to head to the tropics this winter season,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “We have a longstanding commitment in eastern Canada and are proud of being able to connect residents across the region with flights to a wide selection of destinations, including customer favourites such as Cancun, Punta Cana and Varadero, plus newer destinations being offered out of Halifax this year, including Cayo Largo, Cuba and Melbourne, Florida. With travel rebounding and demand for all inclusive travel continuing to rise, we encourage our customers to book early to save more under our wing during the peak winter travel months.”

Halifax, NS flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly11-Jan-202326-Apr-2023
Cancun1x weekly08-Jan-202330-Apr-2023
Cayo Largo1x weekly10-Jan-202325-Apr-2023
Holguin1x weekly08-Jan-202330-Apr-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly09-Jan-202301-May-2023
Melbourne1x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata1x weekly10-Jan-202325-Apr-2023
Punta Cana2x weekly06-Jan-202329-Apr-2023
Santa Clara1x weekly05-Jan-202327-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly05-Jan-202329-Apr-2023
    
Moncton, NB flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly11-Feb-202329-Apr-2023
Cancun1x weekly09-Feb-202327-Apr-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly12-Feb-202330-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata1x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly11-Feb-202329-Apr-2023
Varadero2x weekly10-Feb-202328-Apr-2023
    
Fredericton, NB flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly14-Feb-202302-May-2023
Cancun1x weekly13-Feb-202301-May-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly08-Feb-202326-Apr-2023
Santa Clara1x weekly14-Feb-202302-May-2023
    
St. John’s, NL flight schedule
DestinationDayFromTo
Cayo Coco1x weekly16-Mar-202304-May-2023
Cancun1x weekly17-Mar-202305-May-2023
Montego Bay1x weekly19-Mar-202307-May-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly20-Mar-202308-May-2023
Varadero1x weekly18-Mar-202306-May-2023
    
Deer Lake and Gander, NL flight schedule
DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Punta Cana1x weekly22-Mar-202303-May-2023
Varadero1x weekly21-Mar-202302-May-2023
    

Residents of Atlantic Canada can take advantage of limited-time savings of up to 40% on select all inclusive vacation packages during Sunwing’s Save More Event, on now. For a reimagined boutique vacation experience, Halifax customers can visit Memories Cayo Largo, a new family-friendly resort in Cayo Largo nestled along Cuba’s southern coast and known for warmer temperatures year-round. Atlantic Canada customers planning a couples retreat or adults only escape will enjoy visiting Planet Hollywood Adult Scene Cancun An Autograph Collection All Inclusive Resort Adults Only. Located on a pristine beach on the shores of Costa Mujeres in Mexico, the resort offers plenty of opportunities to lounge in the sun and savour the international cuisine at the a la carte restaurants, before enjoying the star-worthy entertainment in the evenings. Meanwhile, for a sun and sand getaway the whole family will love, Be Live Collection Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic offers plenty of water activities, amenities including an on-site kids club and butler service, and spacious accommodations including swim-out suites.

Savings apply to select vacation packages when booked by November 6, 2022 for travel between November 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023*. For even more value, customers can purchase one of Sunwing’s Worry Free insurance plans and enjoy added peace of mind on their next getaway to the tropics.

*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.

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.

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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.

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.

WestJet must ensure Sunwing acquisition won’t hurt Canadian jobs

TORONTO, July 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Transport Canada and the Competition Bureau must consider that WestJet’s acquisition of Sunwing may have a deep and negative effect on Canadian jobs, says Unifor, after filing a public interest submission to Transport Canada on Friday, July 22, 2022.

“Unifor is concerned that, despite the promises made to create jobs, this acquisition will actually lead to more sub-contracted work with lower wages and precarious conditions,” said Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to Unifor’s National President. “Not only that, the number of jobs may also decline.”

Westjet and Sunwing planes (CNW Group/Unifor)
Westjet and Sunwing planes (CNW Group/Unifor)

WestJet must ensure Sunwing acquisition won’t hurt Canadian jobs, says Unifor.

On March 2, 2022, Sunwing and WestJet announced that WestJet would purchase Sunwing, pending regulatory approvals.

In the filing, Unifor recommended the Canadian government should block the acquisition unless WestJet can guarantee job creation, invest in workers across the company to improve job quality and customer experience, and respect and accept existing collective agreements.

Earlier this month, Sunwing pilots filed a complaint at the Canada Industrial Relations Board, alleging their employer bargained in bad faith during a recent round of negotiations because the employer already knew the company was being sold to WestJet.

Days after the filing, Sunwing sent out a letter to its Unifor pilot members indicating the company would no longer be continuing the pilots’ $200,000 Loss of License insurance policy, which supports a pilot who loses their license to fly due to medical reasons.

“We know how working in aviation currently feels like a pressure cooker environment from our members,” said Leslie Dias, Unifor’s Director of Airlines. “We’ve heard stories of verbal abuse and burnout from our WestJet workers. This merger between Sunwing and WestJet needs to make the industry better, not worse.”

About Unifor

Unifor represents 16,000 members across Canada in the aviation sector, including nearly 2,000 directly affected by the potential acquisition of Sunwing by WestJet, including 450 Sunwing pilots, 800 WestJet customer service representatives in Calgary and Vancouver and more being added in Toronto soon.

There are also 550 members who work for Swissport, a contract company doing work for Sunwing in Vancouver and Toronto and 41 members at ATS, who perform work contracted by WestJet.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.