Canadian airline Sunwing to open direct flight from Ottawa to Mazatlan on December


Good news for residents of the Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan Area looking for an easy way to escape to Mexico this winter. For the first time ever, weekly flights will depart from the capital to the Pacific Mexican destination of Mazatlán. Sunwing’s new flight service will operate beginning December 17, 2019 until April 14, 2020 inclusive. With the introduction of this new destination, residents of the Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan Area now have access to 12 of the tour operator’s most popular vacation hotspots direct from their local airport.

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’, Mazatlán is a favourite destination of Canadians looking to soak up the sun and embrace the local culture. Vacationers can spend their days relaxing on one of the numerous golden-sand beaches of the aptly-named Golden Zone or strolling along the seaside Malecon boardwalk. In Old Mazatlán, travellers can experience the local culture as they traverse the cobblestone streets, admire the neoclassical architecture and enjoy live music in quaint plazas.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming tourists from Ottawa on the first-ever direct flight service to México’s Only Colonial City on the Beach, a destination with a beautiful mixture of real Mexico culture and 20 kilometers of swimmable beaches”, said Julio Birrueta, Director of the Mazatlán Tourism Board. “Guests will not only have the opportunity to enjoy great seafood, regional cuisine and a wide variety of activities and local tours, but they will also find authentic hospitality from the local mazatlecos”, he added.

President of Tour Operations for Sunwing, Andrew Dawson, commented on the news, “We are excited to be returning to Ottawa International Airport this winter with even more vacation options for our customers. We offer more flights to Mazatlán than any other tour operator in Canada and are delighted to be able to introduce this new destination to our customers in Ottawa this coming season.”

Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority added his support, “Over the past few years Sunwing has grown considerably at Ottawa International Airport. Not only have they added capacity to favourite warm weather destinations, they have also introduced numerous new non-stop options, including the newly added destination of Mazatlán, further reinforcing Ottawa-Gatineau’s quick uptake of new direct air service.”

Vacationers can choose from a wide range of resort options in Mazatlán. The newly-renovated and expanded Riu Emerald Bay is a popular choice for families, offering accommodation options for five or more. At El Cid Castilla Beach, travellers can explore the shops and restaurants of the nearby Golden Zone. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture at Playa Mazatlan Beach Hotel, with exclusive Viva Mexico inclusions like Spanish lessons and tequila tasting classes.

Sun-seekers can also enjoy a host of benefits when they book their tropical getaway before September 6th for travel between December 18th, 2019 and April 30th, 2020. The tour operator is offering the ultimate package deal with complimentary Price Drop Guarantee with up to $600 cash back per couple*, reduced deposits of $50 per person, exclusive free perks on all new bookings to top-rated adult, top-rated family and top-rated luxury resorts with the best price guaranteed** and savings of up to 25% on select winter vacation packages.

All Sunwing vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of snacks and light meals including the brand-new Tex Mex Grilled Chicken Wrap inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. For additional perks, including priority check-in and security line access***, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.

For more information or to book, visit or contact your travel agent.

The Mazatalan Post Newsroom