TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Good news for snowbirds eager to escape to the sunshine state this winter, Sunwing is expanding its services to Florida to offer flights to Daytona Beach from Toronto for the first time. Sunwing will be the only Canadian carrier to offer direct international flights to this exciting destination. The twice weekly seasonal flight service will operate on Mondays and Thursdays beginning January 28, 2019.

Offering a perfect blend of dining, sports and entertainment together with beautiful beach settings, Daytona Beach caters to all types of travellers. Racing fans can visit the famous Daytona International Speedway to see some of the best drivers in the world compete. While those seeking some peace and quiet can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk and pier or the renowned Daytona Beach—a 37km stretch of sand that includes some stretches vacationers can drive on. In addition, there are plenty of options for shopping to take advantage of and avid golfers can head to one of the many top-rated courses in the area for some tee-off time.

Vice President of USA and Cruises, Reg Mendes, explained that the move to expand services to Florida this coming winter was a result of consumer demand, “Our flight services to Florida have been consistently well received so we’re delighted to be able to add this popular destination. Daytona Beach is a great option for those seeking anything from excellent dining and shopping to beach escapes.”

Airport Director for Daytona Beach International Airport, Rick Karl, also commented on the news, “Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) is thrilled to welcome Sunwing to our community. With non-stop flights to and from Toronto, the new air service will provide improved access to our community's top international travel market and bring international airline service to DAB for the first time in over twenty years. We look forward to growing our partnership for years to come.”

Executive Director for the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lori Campbell Baker, added, “What an exciting opportunity, to add Sunwing service to Daytona Beach’s many great offerings. Toronto has long been a strong market for this destination and surrounding communities, and Daytona Beach International Airport is definitely the favourite for our visitors. We’ve been so fortunate to have worked closely with the Sunwing team over the past several years, and we’re all looking forward to a highly successful and long-lasting partnership!”

Greater Toronto Airports Authority Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Kim Stangeby confirmed,  “At Toronto Pearson, we’re excited to offer another convenient, direct route to warmer climates with the new Sunwing service to Daytona Beach International. Our airport continues to grow as our region does, and we’re pleased to provide this option to those from the Toronto area as well as our increasing number of passengers connecting from across Canada.”

Sunwing’s wide range of value-added packages ensure vacationers make the most of their holiday in this vibrant destination. Resort options include Residence Inn Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanfront hotel where families can vacation their way with spacious suites equipped with kitchens, living rooms and balconies with ocean views, as well as a refreshing pool just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. Families can also enjoy the peaceful settings of Oceanside Inn Daytona Beach. This laid-back hotel is within easy reach of many of Daytona’s exciting attractions, yet is secluded enough to offer guests a relaxing getaway. Attentive staff on hand can also help arrange activities like pontoon boating, bike rentals and more. Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort has something for vacationers of all ages. Located on Daytona’s legendary beachfront, this four star resort offers a beautiful spa, two pools and hot tubs, varied dining and more.

All Sunwing vacation packages to Florida include airfare, accommodations and a mid-size rental car for easy accessibility in exploring this vibrant destination. Ten adults travelling together can also receive special prices, added values and reduced deposits. For more information on group vacations click here. Packages also include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford.

To book your next vacation visit www.sunwing.ca  or contact your travel agent.

About Sunwing   

As North America’s largest vertically integrated travel company, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from over 33 airports across Canada to over 45 popular sun destinations.  This scale enables Sunwing to negotiate the best deals and exclusive deals from Canada to the U.S., Caribbean and Central America with a variety of experiences perfect for families, adults & luxury vacations. Along with providing their customers with a host of exclusive perks at preferred resorts, the tour operator also works closely with leading cruise lines to offer fly, cruise & stay packages.  Renowned for its award-winning service*, Sunwing is consistently voted the #1 leisure airline by travel agents and is the perennial winner of the Consumer Choice Award. When customers travel with Sunwing, they can also look forward to perks such as a buy on board menu of light meals and snacks (including kids’ choices) inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford.

*Service may be unavailable on select flights

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Rachel Goldrick
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Sunwing Vacations
1-800-387-5602 | media@sunwing.ca 

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