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New non-stop flights from Vancouver to Walt Disney World

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Kenneth Chan May 03, 2017 5:49 am 13,739

Beginning this winter, Vancouver will have another direct, non-stop connection to the world’s theme park resort capital in Florida.

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Air Canada has announced plans to operate a twice-weekly seasonal service between Vancouver and Orlando starting December 20, 2017 using a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft with 282 seats. The new Rouge flight will commence on December 20, 2017 and operate on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Flights will depart Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 8:45 am and arrive at Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 5:15 pm while return flights will leave MCO at 6:35 pm and land at YVR at 9:55 pm.

Complementing another seasonal WestJet service to MCO that also operates during the winter, the new Air Canada service will be Vancouver’s second service to Orlando and Florida. MCO is approximately a short 20 minute drive away from the four Disney theme parks at Walt Disney World as well as Universal Studios. Other theme parks and resorts such as Sea World and Legoland are about an hour away

“The addition of Vancouver-Orlando offers a new choice for travellers looking to escape the Canadian winter, and we also look forward to welcoming Florida residents onboard for convenient access to some of the best skiing in North America,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, in a statement.

The airline made a simultaneous announcement today of its new seasonal non-stop, three-times-weekly route to Melbourne, Australia using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. With existing daily flights to Sydney and Brisbane, this will be Vancouver’s third flight service to Australia and the first flight service between Canada and Melbourne.

Both the Orlando and Melbourne flights are expected to add $2.5 million in wages, $1.4 million in tax revenue, and $4.4 million in GDP to the BC economy.

All of this adds to Air Canada’s immense expansion from YVR over the past two years, which includes new frequent routes to Cancun, San Jose, San Diego, Chicago, Dublin, Delhi, Dallas, and Phoenix.

Over the coming months, the airline will also be introducing new flights to Denver, Boston, Frankfurt, London (Gatwick Airport), Taipei, and Nagoya.

New and improved major YVR routes 2016/2017

  • January 1, 2016: Orlando International Airport – WestJet to begin twice weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • January 20, 2016: Orlando-Sanford International Airport – National Airlines to begin two times weekly seasonal flight service.
  • February 15, 2016: Cancun, Mexico – Air Canada to begin weekly, non-stop seasonal 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.
  • May 9, 2016: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice daily, non-stop service to San Jose.
  • June 1, 2016: Brisbane, Australia – Air Canada to begin daily non-stop flight service.
  • June 2, 2016: San Diego International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop seasonal service.
  • June 4, 2016: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop service.
  • June 10, 2016: Dublin Airport – Air Canada to begin seasonal, three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • June 29, 2016: London, Ontario – WestJet to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • June 29, 2016: Halifax, Nova Scotia – WestJet to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • June 30, 2016: Hamilton, Ontario – WestJet to begin three times weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • July 25, 2016: Xiamen, China – Xiamen Airlines to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • October 20, 2016: Delhi, India – Air Canada to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • December 1, 2016: Mexico City, Mexico – Aeromexico increases weekly flights from 14 to 20.
  • December 20, 2016: Nanjing, China – China Eastern Airlines to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • December 30, 2016: Hangzhou, China via Qingdao, China – Beijing Capital Airlines to begin three times weekly service.
  • February 5, 2017: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • March 28, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Cathay Pacific increases weekly flights from 14 to 17.
  • May 1, 2017: Phoenix, Arizona – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • May 18, 2017: Denver, Colorado – Air Canada to begin twice daily service.
  • June 1, 2017: Nagoya, Japan – Air Canada to begin seasonal three times weekly service.
  • June 1, 2017: Frankfurt, Germany – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • June 8, 2017: Taipei, Taiwan – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • June 8, 2017: London, UK (Gatwick Airport) – Air Canada to begin three times weekly service.
  • June 23, 2017: Boston, Massachusetts – Air Canada to begin daily summer seasonal service.
  • June 30, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong Airlines to begin daily non-stop flight service.
  • December 1, 2017: Melbourne, Australia – Air Canada to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal service.
  • December 20, 2017: Orlando International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice weekly non-stop seasonal service.
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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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