Come December, sun seekers in northwestern Ontario can once again fly direct to tropical destinations via Sunwing.
The tour operator announced on April 19 that it would resume seasonal service from the Thunder Bay International Airport to Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic starting in December 2021 through to the middle of April 2022.
Sunwing ceased operations last March following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Supporting regional airports and providing Canadians across the country with more convenient ways to head to the tropics has always been important to us here at Sunwing,” said Andrew Dawson, Sunwing’s president of tour operations, in a news release.
“Our seasonal flight service from Thunder Bay has been consistently popular over the years and we’re delighted to continue to help local residents enjoy a frictionless vacation experience under our wing.”
The flight schedule from Thunder Bay will be as follows:
- between Thunder Bay and Cancun, Mondays from December 13 until April 18, 2022;
- between Thunder Bay and Varadero, Tuesdays from December 14 until April 19, 2022; and
- between Thunder Bay and Punta Cana, Wednesdays from December 15 until April 20, 2022.
“We are very excited that Sunwing will be returning to Thunder Bay this winter and appreciate their confidence in our market after a difficult year for the travel industry,” said Ed Schmidtke, president and CEO of the Thunder Bay International Airport Authority, in the release.
“We’re sure our residents are looking forward to leaving the snow behind and heading back to paradise, and we’re hopeful for a successful winter season.”
Regarding the safety of travel in the midst of COVID-19, Sunwing said it had put in place a series of measures to protect the health and safety of passengers via a partnership with health-care consultant firm Medcan.
Features include self-service check-in and passenger processing; enhanced sanitation procedures on planes and buses, and at Sunwing’s partner hotels; and more options for private and reduced-capacity excursions.