Sunwing celebrates inaugural flight to Miami from Ottawa

CBJ Newsmakers

TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The first Sunwing flight from Ottawa to Miami departed from Ottawa International Airport on Saturday. This flight marks the first of this season’s new weekly direct flights from Ottawa to Miami, departing every Saturday until March 30, 2019, inclusive. Sunwing is anticipated to be the only leisure carrier to offer direct flights from the Canadian capital to Miami this winter.

Reg Mendes, Vice President of USA and Cruises for Sunwing, commented on the news, “We’re excited to be offering our customers in Ottawa even more options for their winter escape this year with the addition of Miami as a new flight route. This new direct flight service will offer Ottawa travellers more ways to Vacation Better in Florida both on land and at sea with Sunwing vacation and cruise packages and convenient transfers to PortMiami from Miami International Airport.”

Mark Laroche, Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO, welcomed the news, “Non-stop access to a vibrant access like Miami is exactly the type of air service that Ottawa-Gatineau residents appreciate and expect from their home airport. We’re thrilled that Sunwing sees the upside of adding more choices to their extensive Ottawa International Airport portfolio.”

Home to world-class entertainment, sports and cultural events, Miami offers travellers a sunny getaway with plenty of beaches, numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities. The city is also the perfect base from which to explore Southern Florida or embark on a cruise. Sunwing offers cruise packages with Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises sailing from Miami (including convenient transfers from the airport to nearby PortMiami) that offer a wide range of Caribbean itineraries. Two of the most popular cruise ships vacationers can choose from are MSC Seaside and the new Norwegian Bliss. Customers could also choose a Cruise & Stay package and enjoy a vacation in Miami or Fort Lauderdale before or after they sail.

Those looking to explore Florida on land can choose from numerous top-rated resorts in Miami. Sole on the Ocean Resort and Spa is ideal for guests seeking a luxurious vacation, located on the beach in Sunny Isles. This boutique-style resort is home to the Fresh American Bistro, a glamorous restaurant with a fresh seasonal menu curated by a Michelin-starred chef. Riu Plaza Miami Beach is another stylish beachfront resort, just minutes from Miami’s famous South Beach and Art Deco districts, offering guests all the necessary amenities for a relaxing beach vacation with complimentary loungers and towels.

All Sunwing packages to Florida include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Vacation packages to Florida include air, accommodations and a mid-size rental car. Cruise packages include pier transfers to PortMiami, cabin accommodations and meals. For those looking to book something other than a flight or package with a hotel or cruise, fly/drive specials are available to explore Southern Florida. 

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About Sunwing

As North America’s largest vertically integrated travel company, 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 deals from Canada to the U.S., Caribbean and Central America with a variety of experiences perfect for families, adults and luxury vacations. Along with providing their customers with a host of exclusive perks at preferred resorts, the tour operator also works closely with leading cruise lines to offer fly, cruise & stay packages.  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. When customers travel with Sunwing, they can also look forward to perks such as a buy on board menu of light meals and snacks (including kids’ choices) inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford.
*Service may be unavailable on select flights

For all media enquiries, please contact:

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

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