Smaller airports go south — by adding more winter flights

by Alyssa Daniells

With the winter season upon us, Canadian airports outside main hubs are increasing flights to sun destinations.

In Southern Ontario, flights offered by WestJet, Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines will be beefed up at Hamilton International Airport. Sunwing, the Canadian charter airline, announced in August it will begin service at Buffalo International Airport, which will also be a draw to those on both sides of the border looking for a sunny escape.

Those weary of winter weather will welcome the warmth of the Caribbean, Mexico and southern United States, with more flight options from Hamilton. Starting in November, WestJet will offer weekly service to Orlando, Cancun and Punta Cana, in February; Orlando flights will be twice weekly.

Between December and April, Air Transat will fly to Cancun, Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Varadero, each destination on a different day of the week, once a week.

Sunwing will operate flights every Wednesday to Varadero, Cuba and every Friday to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from December to March.

Passengers flying from November to April made up for 33 percent of Hamilton International Airport’s volume last winter season, more than 116,000. When you look at the airport’s total passengers volume, 341,000 people, that is a huge chunk of travellers who book sunny and sandy escapes south.

If you’re not shivering in southern Ontario, Hamilton is just an example of airports outside major hubs where airlines amp up service. A Flight Centre airfare expert can book you your winter vacation anytime. Our cheap flights and vacation packages make your winter dreams about heading to the tropics come true.

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