This winter you can fly non-stop from Kelowna Airport to six sensational sunspots: Ixtapa, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta.
If you’re willing to make a flight connection in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle or San Francisco the whole of Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and even the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand open up.
“People like non-stop flights for their winter holidays,” said WestJet’s Emily Spandafora at Saturday’s Winter Travel Event at Kelowna Airport.
“And from Kelowna we fly non-stop to Cabo, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Phoenix and Las Vegas. But, also from Kelowna we fly to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, cities where you can get planes to all four Hawaiian islands, the rest of Mexico and through the Caribbean.”
Besides being an airline, WestJet is also a holiday packager with WestJet Vacations selling deals that include round-trip flights, all-inclusive resort accommodation and transfers to and from the airport at your destination.
Sunwing is another airline and vacation packager that was at the winter travel expo.
“This is our fifth year flying out of Kelowna for the winter season and for the second year in a row are flying non-stop to Ixtapa,” said business development manager Karen Howse.
“You can combine any Sunwing flight with a Sunwing or Signature package because they’re sister companies.”
Sunwing picked Ixtapa because it’s a popular west coast Mexican beach destination that wasn’t being served out of Kelowna.
Transat, another airline and packager, is flying Kelowna to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta non-stop this winter.
Rather than offer non-stops out of Kelowna to sunspots to the south, Air Canada would rather get Okanagan travellers there via connections on the airline through Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
Air Canada Vacations includes the connection from Kelowna at a discount price and the options include various points in Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and even Sydney, Australia.
Freddie Marsh of Playa Resorts was at the show spotlighting the new Zilara and Ziva resort brands from Hyatt Hotels and The Royal Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. “Zilara is our adults-only all-inclusive brand that’s already open in Cancun and will open later this year in Jamaica and Puerto Vallarta.
“Ziva is the family brand in P.V. and Montego Bay. We package with all the airlines.”
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