Kelowna airport offers direct flight access to winter hot spots

Working months ahead of the season, the Kelowna International Airport is ready to announce its winter flight schedule.

For those still craving sun and beaches after what is expected to be a hot Okanagan summer, YLW’s winter flight schedule will offer non-stop service to Phoenix and Las Vegas as well as Mazatlan, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun, Mexico.

“We are really pleased to be offering two new destinations to Phoenix and Mazatlan while still maintaining our regular winter hot spots and increasing the number of available seats this winter season,” said airport director Sam Samaddar.

“It’s also important to note that the final stop doesn’t have to be these destinations.

“Each of the airports we fly to is a great access point to so many other destinations.”

WestJet will be flying scheduled service from YLW to Phoenix beginning Oct. 31 until April 30 every Monday.

With 38.6 million passengers in 2010, the Phoenix airport is the 24th largest airport in world (based on passenger volume) and the 10th largest in North America.

It’s a major hub for U.S. Airways and Southwest Airlines.

Using Phoenix as a connecting airport offers access to 85 other American destinations and 14 international locations.

The departure time from YLW will be 3 p.m., with arrival in Phoenix at 6:43 p.m.

Alaska Airlines will offer three flights per day as of Nov. 6 between YLW and Seattle.

With 31.6 million passengers, Seattle is the 39th largest airport in world, 18th largest in North America and the main hub for Alaska Airlines.

Beginning Nov. 1, WestJet will offer non-stop service twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday between YLW and Las Vegas. The twice a week service runs until April 30.

Las Vegas is the 22nd largest airport in the world; eighth largest in North America with 39.4 million passengers.

It’s the main airport of Southwest Airlines which offers more than 230 departures a day to 72 cities and a convenient departure time from YLW at 2:30 p.m. and arrival in Las Vegas at 5 p.m.

The winter sun scheduled and charter program will be exceptionally hot this year with four Mexico destinations to choose from.

WestJet begins its seasonal scheduled service once a week to each Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas on Nov. 1 until April 30.

Starting Dec. 17, Transat Holidays/Nolitours begins weekly charters to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.

New this winter will be a Thursday weekly Sunwing charter to Mazatlan starting Nov.10 and running through to mid May 2012.


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