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Sault-to-Cuba direct flights start late this year

NEWS RELEASE SAULT STE. MARIE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ************************* Sunwing Charter Airline to fly directly from Sault Ste.
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NEWS RELEASE

SAULT STE. MARIE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

************************* Sunwing Charter Airline to fly directly from Sault Ste. Marie to Cuba

“We are pleased to announce that as a result of lengthy discussions, Sunwing Travel Group has indicated a commitment to fly a weekly charter air service direct from Sault Ste. Marie to Cuba from December 19, 2008, to February 27, 2009. This is very exciting for our city and will assist us in attracting other charters and new regular scheduled airlines to Sault Ste. Marie,” stated James Caicco, Air Services Committee chair.

The Sault Ste. Marie Air Services Committee, chaired by James Caicco, city councillor, consists of representatives from the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation (SSMADC), Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC), Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders and has been investigating possible opportunities for increased charter and passenger air service for Sault Ste. Marie.

It is anticipated with vibrant charter and passenger air services in a competitive marketplace, businesses and individuals will have more opportunities to make Sault Ste. Marie the major choice for travel needs including business or personal travel.

“Terry Bos of the SSMADC has been a key lead in negotiating with Sunwing and was instrumental in sealing-the-deal,” commented Michael Wozny, Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation executive director.

Sunwing Vacations is a 100 percent Canadian owned and operated company that has been in business for 20 years.

Sunwing Vacations offers all inclusive vacation packages, leisure flights, group travel, hotel and car rental deals, on ideal vacations to Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Jamaica, and Florida as well as flights within Canada.

For the past two years in a row, Sunwing has been listed by Profit Magazine as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Canada.

Key factors for the decision are that Sault Ste. Marie put together an impressive proposal, has direct access to customs and is at the centre of growing regional economies.

The charter will fly from Sault Ste. Marie to Varadero, Cuba once a week for 11 weeks starting December 19, 2008.

Sunwing will utilize a Boeing 737-800 which seats 189 passengers.

Sunwing offers great value for one and two week vacations starting at less than $1,000 which typically includes round-trip airfare to your selected destination, return transportation and baggage handling between the airport and your resort, hotel accommodation as selected, service charges and taxes, as well as a welcome briefing at your destination.

“The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation is extremely excited with the introduction of a new charter service to the airport and look forward to continuing to foster a relationship with Sunwing and other carriers,” stated Terry Bos, manager Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation.

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