Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Sunwing expanding seasonal operations in city

  • Print

TORONTO-based Sunwing Airlines is adding more winter flights and establishing a new seasonal crew base in Winnipeg to handle a growing local volume of vacation travellers.

The charter airline said Wednesday it will be hiring more than 60 new "crew members" from the local community to staff the new base, which will operate out of Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport during the winter-vacation season.

It will also be adding weekly flights to Grand Bahama beginning Jan. 18 and continuing until the end of March.

"Due to the overwhelming success Sunwing has experienced in the Winnipeg market, we have decided to further expand our Winnipeg operations and are very excited about the upcoming season," Sunwing president Mark Williams said in a written statement announcing the expansion plans.

Sunwing has been operating in Winnipeg since 2006, when it introduced direct flights to Cancun, Mexico. It has since expanded its local offerings to include flights to other popular sun-vacation destinations in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and now, Grand Bahama.

Janine Chapman, Sunwing's vice-president of marketing, said the airline started out with three flights per week, and that has since grown to 15 flights per week to 11 southern vacation destinations.

"Additionally, in the past two years, Sunwing has added fall flights to the sun, where previously service had not commenced until Christmas," Chapman added.

Breanne Talbot, communications and public affairs manager for the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA), said Sunwing doesn't have any employees here at the moment, which is why Wednesday's announcement is good news for the city.

Talbot said the new base is expected to open the middle of next month and remain open until late March. She said it's her understanding the new hires will include flight attendants, but may also include other types of workers.

Sunwing said a one-week, all-inclusive vacation package to Grand Bahama will start at $1,395, plus $350 in taxes, per person.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 10, 2013 B5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Bartley Kives on 5 obstacles for new mayor and city council

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local/Standup- Morning Fog. Horse prances in field by McPhillips Road, north of Winnipeg. 060605.
  • Goslings enjoy Fridays warm weather to soak up some sun and gobble some grass on Heckla Ave in Winnipeg Friday afternoon- See Bryksa’s 30 DAY goose challenge - May 18, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Has the attack on Parliament hill shaken your faith in Canada's ability to protect its citizens from terrorist threats?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google