SOURCE: Sunwing Vacations Inc., Sunwing Vacations

January 22, 2015 11:34 ET

Sunwing Vacations Commences New Direct Flight Service From Winnipeg to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 22, 2015) - Beginning January 22, 2015 residents of Winnipeg can look forward to an easy route to one of the most vibrant destinations in Mexico as Sunwing Vacations launches a new direct service between Winnipeg and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. As they travel to start their vacation, passengers will enjoy a welcome glass of champagne, complimentary food served with wine, and in-flight entertainment as part of the airline's award-winning Champagne Service. They'll also benefit from a generous 20kg baggage allowance.

Once a coconut plantation, Ixtapa has become one of Mexico's foremost beach resort destinations. Situated on a large bay, Ixtapa boasts miles of sandy beaches dotted with intimate coves. Water sports and outdoor adventures are plentiful with snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, zip lining and access to world-class golf courses on offer. Ixtapa itself is bustling, with a wide selection of delectable restaurants, upscale boutiques and lively nightlife. For those seeking serenity, the quaint fishing village of Zihuatanejo (pronounced see-wah-tah-neh-ho) is a short distance away and embodies authentic old world Mexican style, architecture and hospitality. The narrow, winding streets are lined with galleries, craft shops, and thatched roofed open-air restaurants offering fresh seafood and local delicacies.

Chief Operating Officer for the Sunwing Travel Group, Andrew Dawson commented, "Ixtapa boasts a broad range of water sports and soft adventure activities together with some excellent accommodation options, guaranteeing its popularity amongst our clientele. The new flight service from Winnipeg provides a convenient, direct connection to this popular vacation destination."

Pascal Bélanger, Winnipeg Airports Authority's Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, added, "We are pleased Sunwing Vacations will be offering direct service to Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. Travellers in our market looking to escape the snow and cold will appreciate the addition of a new sun destination."

Sunwing Vacations has a wide selection of accommodations in Ixtapa to suit every traveller. Part of the Sunwing Family Collection and a Smile Resort, the beachfront Azul Ixtapa Resort features top-notch amenities and well-appointed rooms with large living spaces and ocean views along with many family-friendly features such as a supervised kids club, a separate kids pool and themed play park. Whereas the stylish Azul Ixtapa Grand Resort, set in lush tropical gardens and boasting panoramic ocean views has been handpicked for the tour operator's Luxury Collection.

Other options include the Park Royal which offers a broad range of water sports and daily entertainment programs from a privileged setting on El Palmar Beach adjacent to a world-class marina and the laidback Fontan Ixtapa Beach Resort that boasts a relaxing atmosphere, inviting pool and beachfront setting in a central location close to many of Ixtapa's best shops and restaurants.

A week's stay at the Fontan Ixtapa Beach Resort starts from $695 plus $385 taxes per person based on two people sharing a hotel room on an all-inclusive basis and departing from Winnipeg on February 04, 2015.

For more information on vacations in Ixtapa, visit or contact your local travel agent.

About Sunwing Vacations

All Sunwing flights include Sunwing Airlines' award-winning Champagne Service which features hot towel service, Hot & Fresh Bistro Meals or hot snack depending on flight time, soft drinks, complimentary in-flight entertainment including first run movies and a generous free 20kg baggage allowance. For just $50 more per flight segment, travellers can upgrade to Sunwing's Elite Plus service, which features advance seat selection, a free headset, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30kg baggage allowance, priority baggage handling and extra legroom seats.

Please refer to for a breakdown of the taxes and fees and a schedule of optional service items for these flights. To book, visit your travel agent.

About Winnipeg Airports Authority

Winnipeg Airports Authority is responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, a full-service airport providing passengers and cargo clients access to markets across Canada, the United States, Mexico and the world.

Located at the geographic centre of North America, with round-the-clock operations, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is the number one dedicated freighter airport in Canada as measured by the number of flights. The airport generates over $3.6 billion in total economic output and welcomes over 3.5 million passengers annually.

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