Calling it the “Canadian thing to do,” Sunwing Airlines announced today it is offering available seats free of charge on its repatriation flights from all of its southern destinations to stranded Canadians, including non-Sunwing customers.
“We understand a lot of Canadians are still stranded outside the country and struggling to get home,” said Sunwing Travel Group CEO Stephen Hunter. “That’s why we want to open up any extra capacity we have.”
As part of its ongoing efforts to repatriate Sunwing customers, the travel company said it is bringing home an additional 11,000 Canadians today, which will bring the total number of repatriated Sunwing customers to over 33,000.
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Canadians looking to return home on a Sunwing flight should check the most up-to-date flight times online. 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,” the company said in a release. “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.”
The airline said it expects to have all Sunwing customers home by Monday, March 23.
“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,” the company said.
Sunwing is operating approximately 60 flights from various holiday destinations, departing today.