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Sunwing expands services from Thunder Bay; adds direct flights to Punta Cana for the first time

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TORONTO, July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunwing is returning to Thunder Bay for a ninth season this coming winter and adding a new direct flight service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for the first time. With the introduction of this new service, vacationers departing from Thunder Bay will enjoy convenient and direct access to three of the travel company's most popular vacation destinations. Along with adding new weekly flights to Punta Cana operating between December 19, 2018 and March 27, 2019, the travel company is bringing back its popular winter flight services to Varadero, Cuba and Cancun, Mexico that will be available between November 6, 2018 and March 26, 2019 and December 24, 2018 and April 1, 2019 respectively.

Sunwing Airlines
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Riu Palace Punta Cana
Riu Palace Punta Cana



Renowned for its white sand beaches fringed with swaying palm trees and turquoise waters, Punta Cana offers vacationers a perfect blend of fun, relaxation and entertainment. Travellers can look forward to spending lazy days on the beach, teeing off on a world class golf course or exploring on both land and sea by adding a Sunwing Experience to their package. Options range from whizzing through the jungle canopy on a zipline, embarking on an jeep safari or snuba diving in search of myriads of tropical fish.

President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson, commented on the news. "We are delighted to be returning to Thunder Bay this coming season and to be offering our customers even more choice from their doorstep; without the need to make the long winter drive to Toronto or change planes to reach the sunny south. Our seasonal flight services from Thunder Bay have always been well received and we are very pleased to be able to expand our operations even further this year. Punta Cana is consistently one of our most popular vacation hotspots and we are sure that it will become a perennial favourite with our customers in Thunder Bay for many years to come."

"Thunder Bay Airport welcomes Sunwing's latest expansion in our market," commented Ed Schmidtke, President and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc. "Sunwing has a long positive history in Thunder Bay.  With three destinations and a schedule that spans four months, Sunwing offers Thunder Bay tremendous winter getaway options."

As the #1 for family, adult and luxury vacations, Sunwing offers a wide range of resort options in Punta Cana, including the new Grand Memories Punta Cana. This modern all inclusive resort caters to all types of travellers with elegant accommodations, unlimited free access to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean, complimentary kids club, two adults only pools within the extensive pool complex and varied specialty restaurants. Golfers will also appreciate the discounted green fees at nearby Punta Blanca Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Nick Price.

Recently renovated and featuring a bold new modern décor, Riu Palace Punta Cana combines an enviable location on Arena Gorda Beach with an extensive pool complex, RiuLand Kids Club, indulgent spa and state of the art gym. Plus, vacationers who travel with Sunwing will enjoy exclusive RIU®-topia inclusions such as unlimited à la carte dining, spa discounts and much more.

All vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can look forward to starting their vacation off in style with award-winning inflight service that includes a welcome sparkling wine toast, buy on board Sunwing Café menu with selections inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford and backpacks for children filled with games and toys.

To book your next all inclusive vacation visit www.sunwing.ca  or contact your travel agent.

About Sunwing

As the #1 to the sun and 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 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 #1 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

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Rachel Goldrick
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Sunwing Vacations
1-800-387-5602 | media@sunwing.ca 

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