New Vancouver to Orlando flights begin January 2016

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Are you already planning your 2016 spring break? Another regular direct, non-stop flight service from Vancouver to Orlando will make its first departure early next year.

Beginning on January 20, 2016, National Airlines will operate a twice weekly service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB).

Flights will utilize a 184-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft, departing SFB on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and arriving in YVR at 10:15 p.m. The same aircraft will then leave YVR at 11:55 p.m. and arrive at SFB at 8:30 a.m. in the morning. Fares for the route begin at CAD$293 one-way, inclusive of all taxes and fees.

“We are delighted to welcome a new carrier to YVR which will boost tourism and provide greater selection for travelers when headed to sunny Florida,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, in a statement.

“This new service increases YVR’s overall capacity to Orlando and provides a direct link to the city’s second airport.”

National Airlines’ Vancouver to Orlando service adds to WestJet’s previously announced plans to start a new direct weekly route between YVR and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

The WestJet service will use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, departing every Friday at 11:35 p.m. and arriving in MCO at 8:00 a.m. the next day. For return flights, the aircraft will depart Orlando every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at YVR at 1:03 p.m.

Both of the National Airlines and WestJet services will be YVR’s first flight services to Florida and Orlando, home to a number of global tourist destinations such as Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.

Travellers should note that MCO, Orlando’s primary airport, is closer to these attractions than SFB.

In 2014, YVR clocked a record 19.36 million passengers, an increase of 1.39 million passengers over the previous year. Another record breaking year is anticipated for 2015, with a total possibly reaching 20 million.

YVR has a stated goal of reaching 25 million passengers by the end of the decade.

New and improved major YVR routes 2015/2016

  • March 15, 2015: Manila, Philippines and New York City, U.S.A. – Philippine Airlines adds four weekly flights to its route from Manila to NYC, with a stop in Vancouver.
  • March 29, 2015: Paris, France – Air France begins three times weekly non-stop flight service, with five times weekly schedules during the summer months.
  • May 1, 2015: Osaka, Japan – Air Canada Rouge begins five times weekly service to Kansai International Airport.
  • June 26, 2015: Kungming, China – China Eastern Airlines begins three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • December 9, 2015: Mexico City, Mexico – Aeromexico to begin daily non-stop flight service.
  • January 1, 2016: Orlando International Airport – WestJet to begin weekly non-stop flight service.
  • January 20, 2016: Orlando-Sanford International Airport – National Airlines to begin two times weekly flight service.
  • May 1, 2016: London Heathrow Airport – British Airways to use an AirBus A380 superjumbo jet for its existing daily non-stop London Heathrow Airport service. The A380 will only be used during the summer months.
  • May 6, 2016: London Gatwick Airport – WestJet to begin six times weekly non-stop flight service to London Gatwick Airport.
  • June 17, 2016: Brisbane, Australia – Air Canada to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.

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