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Sunwing to offer flights from Gander to Orlando in Winter of 2015

(May 30, 2014) Leading vacation package company Sunwing has announced it will provide service from Gander to Orlando with weekly Thursday departures from March 18-May 15, 2015.

“Central Newfoundland residents are extremely excited to have this new service to Orlando,” stated Gander International Airport Authority (GIAA) President and CEO Gary Vey. “There is significant demand for Florida service. In fact, twice as many Newfoundlanders travel to Florida every year than to the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America combined. We are delighted Sunwing has stepped up to meet this demand and provide sun lovers, families and snowbirds with the convenience of flying from their local airport.”

This is Sunwing’s third destination from Gander. Sunwing will also offer service to Varadero, Cuba on Tuesdays from March 17-April 28 of next year and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on Wednesdays from March 18-April 29. Sunwing offers both air only and packages for hotels and resorts across Florida.

“Sunwing has been a committed partner in our market since 2007,” Mr. Vey said. “Travelers have really responded to Sunwing’s brand of service. With the addition of Orlando, people have a range of destinations and properties to meet every travel need and budget.”

Bob Sime, Sunwing’s Director Atlantic said the expansion of winter services demonstrates the airlines commitment to the market.

“Travelers can fly from Gander Airport without the inconvenience of lengthy drives or forced overnights en route,” Mr. Sime said. “We know that Newfoundlanders welcome an opportunity for a winter reprieve and to enjoy Florida’s endless attractions.”

The Gander and Deer Lake airport authorities have worked in partnership with Sunwing to increase flight frequency and travel options to popular sun destinations by sharing south bound flights. Each airport receives a direct leg to the destination. On the return, passengers will clear customs only at their destination airport.

All Sunwing flights and packages to Orlando are aboard the “high frills” Sunwing Airlines, where passengers are treated to the airline’s award-winning service, which includes 20 kg free checked baggage, hot towel service, choice of a hot snack, soft drinks, and complimentary in-flight entertainment. For just $40 more per flight segment, travelers can upgrade to Sunwing’s Elite Plus service, which features extra leg room seats, advance seat selection, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30 kg baggage allowance, and priority baggage handling.

Sunwing’s Caribbean flights are now ready for booking. For more information, visit or call your local travel agent.


For further information, contact:

Gary Vey, President and CEO

Phone: (709) 256-6668


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