TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 23, 2015) -  Sunwing Vacations is delighted to announce that it will be increasing its flight schedule to offer a summer service from Ottawa for the first time. Beginning May 11th, the airline will operate a weekly, direct flight to the popular Cuban vacation destination of Varadero.

The introduction of the direct Ottawa-Varadero connection brings the total number of Canadian gateways available to summer travellers on Sunwing Airlines to seven. The tour operator already offers vacation packages all year round from Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.

President, Tour Operations for Sunwing Vacations, Andrew Dawson, commented, "Ottawa is an important gateway for us. Over the past winter season, we have successfully operated a program to 12 varied sunshine destinations including Grand Bahama, Fort Lauderdale in Florida and Cancun, Mexico. So we are pleased to be able maintain our operations all year round with the introduction of this new direct flight to one of our most popular vacation destinations, Varadero, Cuba."

The new flight service will enable residents of Ottawa to experience some of Sunwing's new and exclusive resorts.

Vacationers travelling with young children are sure to appreciate Memories Varadero Beach Resort. Part of Sunwing's Family Collection™ of properties handpicked for their family-friendly amenities, this beachfront resort offers both a complimentary Baby and Kids Club, together with two children's pools within the extensive pool complex. Combining comfortable accommodation and warm and friendly service with an active schedule of social events and activities to please all ages, Starfish Cuatro Palmas is another great option for laidback family beach time. Children are especially well catered to with kids buffet options, supervised activities and early evening entertainment.

Couples and newlyweds may prefer the Royalton Hicacos. Part of Sunwing's Adults Collection™, this elegant resort offers the perfect beach haven where guests can enjoy gourmet dining, unwind with European spa treatments and relax by shimmering freshwater pools. Another option could be the latest addition to the Memories Resorts chain, Memories Jibacoa. Designed with families with older children and couples in mind, this 16 years plus resort is located between the rich, cultural treasures of Havana and the lively centre of Varadero. The resort's situation on Cuba's northern coastline also lets travellers experience some of the region's best diving. Together with diving packages, the resort also offers an array of water sports together with a fitness centre and tennis courts.

A week at Memories Jibacoa is available from $565 plus $350 taxes per person based on two people departing from Toronto on June 1, 2015 and sharing a Gardenview room on an all inclusive basis.

For more information on vacations to Varadero, visit or contact your local travel agent.

About Sunwing Vacations
All Sunwing Vacations packages include award winning Sunwing Airlines' Champagne Service, which features a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, hot towel service, Hot & Fresh Bistro Meals™ served with a choice of wine at lunch and dinner, and complimentary in-flight entertainment, including first run movies and a generous 20 kg free baggage allowance. For just $50 more per flight segment, travellers can upgrade to Sunwing's Elite Plus service, which features advance seat selection, complimentary headsets, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30 kg baggage allowance, priority baggage handling, and extra legroom seats.

For more information on vacations to Cuba, visit or speak to your local travel agent.

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