Sunwing Airlines cancels flights between Sydney and Toronto

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - It is with regret that Sunwing Airlines is
announcing today that it will not be proceeding with its scheduled flights
between Toronto and Sydney, Cape Breton during summer 2009.
    Sunwing Airlines had planned to resume service on June 15, with twice
weekly flights offered until September 10. This would have marked the fourth
year of Sunwing flights on the route.
    "Unfortunately our program has been irreparably damaged by the refusal of
the Sydney Airport Authority to allow Sunwing to operate into Sydney this
summer. Sunwing had started proceedings to obtain a court injunction to
overturn the Airport Authorities' decision. Unfortunately, recent press
coverage of the Airport Authorities' refusal has materially and negatively
impacted sales on the route, and the timing of the scheduled court date was
too late for us to recover our program for this summer," said Mark Williams,
president of Sunwing Airlines. "The Sydney Airport Authority is acting as a
market regulator and we do not believe that they have the right to do so.
Sunwing will therefore withdraw its application in the Supreme Court of Nova
Scotia requesting an injunction and will be immediately commencing a legal
proceeding against Sydney Airport, challenging its decision."
    Sunwing deeply regrets the inconvenience this has caused to its loyal
customers in Toronto and Cape Breton. Sunwing will be immediately refunding
all bookings made on these flights for the summer. "We hope that, once these
issues have been resolved, Sunwing will recommence service in summer 2010,"
added Williams.

    Sunwing Airlines features the youngest fleet of aircraft in Canada, all
Boeing 737s with 189 seats. The low-cost carrier is well-known for including a
host of inflight services, such as food and inflight entertainment, that its
competitors charge for.

For further information:

For further information: Natali Ciric, Sunwing Airlines: (416) 620-4955
x 4054

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