TORONTO, Canada – The last repatriation flights will operate on Monday, March 23, after which time all Sunwing flights will be temporarily suspended.
As part of its ongoing efforts to repatriate Canadians, Sunwing operated close to 30 flights to bring home over 5,000 Canadians on March 22. Over 60,000 stranded Canadian travellers will have been brought home since the carrier began its repatriation efforts on March 16, 2020.
This total also includes over 3,000 stranded Canadian travellers across the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba, and Florida who were offered seats free of charge. The carrier announced last week that it would be giving away any remaining seats on its repatriation flights to any Canadians stranded in destination.
“We understand a lot of Canadians are still stranded outside the country and struggling to get home,” said Stephen Hunter, chief executive officer of Sunwing Travel Group. “That’s why we want to open up any extra capacity we have. It’s the Canadian thing to do.”
At the current estimate, Sunwing operated almost 400 flights and spending more than $26 million to bring Canadians home safely, at no extra cost to the customer. Sunday’s flights bring the company closer to having all Sunwing customers home.
Canadians looking to return home on a Sunwing flight should check the most up to date flight times at https://www.sunwing.ca/pages/en/flight-status-alerts.
If a northbound flight is operating from their destination, they should make their way to the departure airport and present themselves to the Sunwing Airlines check-in counter. If space remains prior to departure at the closure of check-in, any available seats will be offered to Canadians or Canadian permanent residents free of charge.
Given the unprecedented situation, the focus of our company and destination team remains on the repatriation of our customers. We, therefore, ask to please refrain from calling us since availability can only be confirmed at the airport ahead of the closure of check-in for each flight service.