Sunwing celebrates inaugural flight from Thunder Bay to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The first-ever Sunwing flight from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic departed from Thunder Bay International Airport today. This flight marks the start of the new weekly direct flight service to this popular sun destination, departing from Thunder Bay every Wednesday until March 27, 2019, inclusive. With the introduction of this new route, residents of Thunder Bay can Vacation Better with convenient access to three popular destinations this winter including Cancun and Varadero right from their doorstep when they choose to travel with Sunwing.

President of Tour Operations for Sunwing, Andrew Dawson, commented on the news, “We are excited to be offering residents of Thunder Bay and northern Ontario even more ways to Vacation Better this winter. Our seasonal flight service from Thunder Bay has been well-received and we are delighted to be returning for our ninth season and adding a third option with the introduction of our new weekly flight service to Punta Cana.”

“We are very excited about the additional route this season,” said Ed Schmidtke, President & CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority. “We are delighted by Sunwing’s confidence in our market and we look forward to another successful winter charter season.”

Sunwing offers a wide range of top-rated resorts for all ages, interests and budgets in Punta Cana. Vacationers seeking a family-friendly resort can choose to stay at the newly-opened Grand Memories Splash. This modern resort offers stylish rooms and sophisticated amenities in addition to unlimited access to the sprawling resort water park that kids – and the kids at heart – will love.  Those seeking an adults only getaway can choose to stay at the beachfront Riu Republica, home to the only adults only water park in the Caribbean and eight sparkling swimming pools, some with swim-up bars. Guests can also take advantage of exclusive RIU-topia features including welcome cocktails, in-room liquor dispensers, unlimited reservation-free dining and more.

All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. Ten adults travelling together can receive special prices, added values and reduced deposits. For more information on group vacations click here.

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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 over 33 airports across Canada to over 45 popular sun destinations. This scale enables Sunwing to negotiate the best deals and exclusive offers at all of the top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Renowned for its award-winning service, Sunwing is consistently voted the top leisure airline by travel agents and is the perennial winner of the Consumer Choice Award. Customers can look forward to starting their vacation off in style with award-winning inflight service, which features a complimentary glass of sparkling wine*, tea and coffee and non-alcoholic beverage service; together with a buy on board menu of light meals and snacks (including kids’ choices) inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Sunwing customers also benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey.

*Service may be unavailable on select flights

For all media enquires, please contact:

Rachel Goldrick
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Sunwing Vacations
1-800-387-5602 |