WestJet embarks on new direct Florida flight

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Canadian airline WestJet is preparing to launch a new direct flight between Ottawa and a part of Florida that’s popular with tourists.

WestJet uses 136-seater Boeing 700-series planes to shuttle travellers between Ottawa and Toronto, now up to nine times a day. (Photo provided)

The first flight from Ottawa to Southwest Florida International Airport is scheduled to take off next Saturday, Dec. 22, according to a news release from WestJet.

The Florida airport is surrounded by the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, an area south of Tampa that heavily markets itself to tourists.

It was one of several new flights to the south that WestJet announced this past summer.

WestJet rival Air Canada did not list any direct flights leaving for the Florida airport Friday.

Organizations: WestJet, Southwest Florida International Airport, Air Canada

Geographic location: Florida, Ottawa, Sanibel Tampa

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  • Patrick
    December 18, 2012 - 10:15

    For Florida services from Ottawa, Air Canada do have seasonal service to Orlando (Sat/Sun) and Ft. Lauderdale (daily for most of the winter season). WestJet serve Orlando (6x/week), Tampa (2x/week), Ft. Lauderdale (2x/week) and now Ft. Myers on Saturdays. I can't wait to try the new Ft. Myers flight. This is a good replacement for the nonstop CanJet used to operate to Sarasota back when they were a scheduled air carrier.