New Year, New Canadian Service at Orlando International Airport

Press Release

ORLANDO, FL. – When the New Year’s ball drops on 2016 WestJet will inaugurate a new seasonal route between Vancouver (YVR), Canada to Orlando International Airport (MCO).

“We have been working to secure nonstop Vancouver service for several years so this announcement by WestJet is indeed welcomed news,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Vancouver has been the largest unserved international North American market for Orlando International Airport.” Canadian traffic ranks second in international markets after the United Kingdom with more 1.3 million passengers annually to Orlando International.

“This news from WestJet not only opens the door for more travel and trade between Orlando and Canada’s most western province, it also will provide a new gateway with one-stop access to Asian markets connecting via Vancouver’s extensive Asian route network,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Prior to the Vancouver-MCO launch, WestJet will also start new seasonal weekly service from two additional Canadian cities – Kitchener and Charlottetown beginning in October and December 2015 respectively. This marks the first time ever for nonstop service to MCO from these Canadian cities.

WestJet operates a modern fleet comprised of Boeing of 737-600, 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft and a Boeing 767-300. They were named by Air Transport World Magazine as the 2014 Value Airline of the Year.

Basic MCO Information:

Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves nearly 36 million annual passengers, of which 12.5 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has approximately 18,000 badged employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, Orlando International Airport has embarked on a series of Capital Improvements valued at over $1.3 billion and has approved designing a new South Terminal project all aimed at enhancing The Orlando Experience.®