Florida is one of my favourite winter destinations. I try to go each year to get my fill of the warm weather, fabulous sun and soothing sounds of the ocean. Despite living in Canada’s capital, it can be difficult to get a direct flight to Florida. Many flights options stop in the USA and turn a direct 3 hour flight into an all day adventure.
I am so excited to share big news! Starting on December 16th, Porter Airlines will be flying direct from Ottawa to Melbourne Florida, also known as Florida’s Space Coast. The twice-weekly flights will operate until March 31st. I am thrilled to have a direct flight option!
I recently flew on Porter Airlines for a media trip sponsored by Porter and Melbourne Florida. I had the chance to experience Porter’s refined service and discover the fun and fabulous Melbourne area.
Porter Airlines “has revolutionized short-haul flying with a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, and rated Top Small Airline in the world by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards.”
I have flown Porter airlines many times and I am always impressed with their service. All seats are leather and super comfortable. Porter provides a premium experience for all passengers by offering complimentary wine and beer onboard, a selection of snacks and airport lounge access. The lounge in the Ottawa airport allows passengers to relax, recharge their electronics and enjoy more complimentary coffee, pop, water and snacks. You have to try the Walker’s shortbread cookies 🙂
About Melbourne Florida Airport:
Melbourne Florida is the perfect destination in Florida. It is a short 3 hour flight from Ottawa and an ideal destination for Canadians.
As soon as I stepped off the plane, I was impressed with the airport. There was a gentleman playing the steel drum and airport ambassadors serving Florida orange juice.
The airport is small which means there is less hassle when it comes to navigating through the airport or collecting your luggage. I love the island feel of the airport. The airport is almost done renovations and will soon have an upgraded customs facility which will result in a fast, high-tech, stress-free entry into the United States.
MLB airport also has a special employee named Kuma! Kuma is the first trained airport ambassador dog in America and her job includes calming nervous flyers and making passengers smile.
Facts about MLB and why it is the ideal Sunshine State Destination:
- located 20 minutes from Port Canaveral which is the world’s second largest cruise port.
- located 30 minutes from Kennedy Space Center.
- located less than 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and endless miles of gorgeous white beach.
- Orlando’s major attractions, including theme parks, are accessible via the I-95 within an hour’s drive.
I was only in Melbourne for a short time but I can honestly say that I had so much fun and will definitely go back again soon to discover more about the area. Thanks to Porter Airlines, I can leave Ottawa and be in Melbourne in 3 short hours!
Have you been to Melbourne Florida? Are you plannning on going to Florida this winter?
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