WestJet now offers direct flight from Waterloo, Ont. to Orlando

Waterloo to Orlando

First flight to Orlando from the Waterloo International Airport departs. (Photo courtesy twitter.com/FlyYKF).

WestJet officially launched its weekly direct flight to Orlando, Florida from the Waterloo International Airport on Thursday.

“This is an exciting day for WestJet and our valued, loyal guests in Waterloo Region,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Director of Network and Schedule Planning.

The service departs every Thursday at 9:45 a.m. from Waterloo and lands in Orlando at 12:30 p.m. A return flight leaves Orlando at 2 p.m. and lands in Waterloo at 4:42 p.m. The route runs until April 28, 2016.

Passengers using the service will fly on WestJet’s Next Generation Boeing 737-700 series jet aircraft (which has a 130 seats).

This is great news for travellers in Southern Ontario (especially families heading to Disney World) looking for an alternative to the busy Toronto Pearson International Airport in order to fly south this winter.

RELATED: Thinking about booking a family trip to Disney World? Check out this hot deal

WestJet also offers daily flights between Waterloo and Calgary, Alberta.

For more information on WestJet’s direct Waterloo to Orlando service, visit westjet.com.

Thinking about booking a family trip to Disney World? Check out this hot deal

Disney World

My son and I in front of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida in 2010.

Walt Disney World is one of the most magical places on Earth and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with anything negative to say after a visit. But it’s also one of the most expensive vacation destinations you and your family will ever take. So when there’s a deal to be had, it’s worth sharing.

This offer I recently found is open to Canadian residents only and is good for a family of four to stay “near the magic” at participating Walt Disney Good Neighbor Hotels and Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Orlando, Florida for a total of five nights.

Packages start at US$1613 (based on two adults, one child and one junior) and include four days worth of tickets to the park (good for access to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

Your trip must be booked before March 31, 2016 and be completed before July 1, 2016 and must be booked via a Disney World vacation planning expert or travel agent.

For more details on this special offer, visit disneyworld.ca/canadaoffer.

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