Sunwing Airlines is resuming vacations to Mexico, with flights departing Vancouver in early January.
On Tuesday, with cases of COVID-19 surging in both B.C. and Mexico, the holiday carrier announced a plan to resume operations in Western Canada. Sunwing is offering vacation packages to Cancun, flying from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 9.
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Flights out of Edmonton will actually begin a week earlier — later this month — with service to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán, starting on Boxing Day.
“We are thrilled to be resuming flight service from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton,” said Andrew Dawson, Sunwing’s president of Tour Operations. “Western Canada is a very important market for us and we’re committed to providing our customers on the West Coast with convenient vacation packages to sunny destinations.”
The announcement comes nine months after Sunwing halted operations in March, and as Mexico remains under a global travel advisory due to the pandemic.
The country has reported 1.1 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 107,000 deaths, however the actual numbers are believed to be higher.
Only the U.S. (270,000) and Brazil (174,000) have suffered more COVID-19-related deaths.
“Mexico is in bad shape,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday, calling the increase in cases and deaths “very worrisome” and publicly pleading with the country’s government to take their pandemic response more seriously.
The Canadian government’s advice is still to avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice.
In a news release, Sunwing noted that certain departures booked before the end of the year include COVID-19 coverage “at no additional cost.”
Before heading back to Canada, all travellers must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date they arrive back here.
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