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Wednesday,  April 17, 2024 5:54 PM 

Sunwing & Swoop team up

Sunwing & Swoop team up
Blake Wolfe

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A new partnership between Sunwing and Swoop will see the tour operator offer vacation packages from Canadian gateways to Mexican destinations served by the ultra low-cost carrier, a move that Sunwing said is not related to the grounding of the Boeing MAX-8.

The packages will be available from Hamilton, London, Abbotsford, Edmonton and Winnipeg and will include one complimentary item of checked luggage, round-trip airport to hotel transfers, assistance from Sunwing Experiences representatives throughout, the option pre-purchase Sunwing Experiences excursions at the time of booking and more.

While the program will initially only be available from the five aforementioned airports, Sunwing told PAX in an emailed statement that “we will be watching the program closely to see if there are opportunities to expand the number of airports and destinations for the future.”

Sunwing also stated that the partnership is unrelated to the ongoing grounding of the Boeing MAX-8 aircraft, with the tour operator stating that “we had already made the necessary arrangements to ensure that all flying for our winter season would be operated on Boeing 737 800.”

A look at the flights

From Abbotsford, travellers can take advantage of twice-weekly flights to Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, while travellers departing form London can reach Cancun aboard a twice-weekly Swoop flight service as part of their vacation package.

Vacationers departing from Hamilton can now select from both Sunwing’s and Swoop’s regular flight services to Cancun with four different departure days each week (including both Saturday and Sunday), while travellers flying from Edmonton will enjoy additional weekend departure options to reach Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. And the addition of Swoop flight services from Winnipeg to Los Cabos has tripled the choice of departure days for customers travelling from the region, with new flights options departing Sundays and Wednesdays.

Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing, said “Saving our customers time and money by providing convenient, direct flight services from their local airport has always been a key priority for us. Sunwing Airlines already offers flights to over 45 of the most popular sun destinations from over 30 departure airports coast to coast. With this new agreement, even more Canadians will be able to experience our top-rated resorts (including leading chains such as Royalton Luxury Resorts, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts) as part of a valued-added vacation package departing from their local airport.”

“It’s a privilege to be entrusted with carrying Sunwing travellers onboard Swoop flights to our extensive network in Mexico,” said Steven Greenway, president, Swoop. “Partnering with a well-respected tour operator who shares our vision of making travel affordable and more accessible is a welcome opportunity for Canadians who want to travel more.”

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