Canada’s Sunwing to offer direct flights from Buffalo

by Alyssa Daniells
Sunwing airplane in the sky

Canadian “snowbirds” won’t be the only ones flying over US skies this winter.

Sunwing Airlines, the Canadian charter airline providing low airfare and vacation packages to popular holiday destinations worldwide, will offer direct or non-stop flights from Buffalo to Mexico and the Dominican Republic in early 2015.

This is a significant move for both Sunwing and the Buffalo International Airport. For the airline, the advantage is two-fold: it increases business by extending its American presence, and it captures the southern Ontario travellers who cross the border to fly from Buffalo in hopes of securing cheaper US airfares. As for the airport, this will be its first international service in over a decade (and will also make the Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s name accurate, as it is void of foreign airlines at present.)

Toronto-based Sunwing is a major Canadian player in chartered flights, departing from dozens of gateways across Canada to Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. In the US, Sunwing currently operates flights out of Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville.

Sunwing is not the first to do this, but it will be the only foreign airline at the airport for now. In the early 2000s, Air Transat offered flights out of the Buffalo airport, but that service has since ceased. Sunwing officials are excited about this enhanced service and in early 2015, many Canadian and American travellers will be too.

Interested in being the first to use Sunwing’s new Buffalo service to Mexico or the Dominican? Contact your Flight Centre airfare expert to book, or for more information about Sunwing’s vacation packages.