Sunwing is offering to bring stranded Canadians home for free
After cancelling all outbound flights in order to focus on bringing Canadians home, Sunwing Airlines is now offering empty seats to Canadians stranded in southern destinations for free.
The travel company is bringing home approximately 11,000 Canadians on 60 flights today alone, bringing the total number of repatriated Sunwing customers to over 33,000.
Due to #COVID19 outbreak, we are offering any available northbound seats on our repatriation flights to stranded Canadians, free of charge – including non-Sunwing customers. For more information, please visit: https://t.co/gWMyVao5qE pic.twitter.com/VdW7GuflTE— Sunwing Vacations (@SunwingVacay) March 19, 2020
"We understand a lot of Canadians are still stranded outside the country and struggling to get home," said Stephen Hunter, CEO of Sunwing Travel Group.
"That’s why we want to open up any extra capacity we have. It's the Canadian thing to do."
Any Canadian looking to return home on a Sunwing flight can check flight times online. Canadians can then simply show up at their departure airport and present themselves to the Sunwing Airlines check-in counter.
If there are any empty seats prior to a flight's departure, available seats will be offered to Canadians or Canadian permanent residents free of charge.
"We expect to have all Sunwing customers home by Monday March 23," reads a statement from the company.
"At our current estimate, Sunwing will be operating almost 400 flights and spending more than $26 million to bring these Canadians home safely, at no extra cost to the customer."
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