The first Sunwing flight from Ottawa to Miami departed from Ottawa International Airport on Saturday. This flight marks the first of this season’s new weekly direct flights from Ottawa to Miami, departing every Saturday until March 30, 2019, inclusive. Sunwing is anticipated to be the only leisure carrier to offer direct flights from the Canadian capital to Miami this winter.

Reg Mendes, Vice President of USA and Cruises for Sunwing, commented on the news, “We’re excited to be offering our customers in Ottawa even more options for their winter escape this year with the addition of Miami as a new flight route. This new direct flight service will offer Ottawa travellers more ways to Vacation Better in Florida both on land and at sea with Sunwing vacation and cruise packages and convenient transfers to PortMiami from Miami International Airport.”

Mark Laroche, Ottawa International Airport Authority President and CEO, welcomed the news, “Non-stop access to a vibrant access like Miami is exactly the type of air service that Ottawa-Gatineau residents appreciate and expect from their home airport. We’re thrilled that Sunwing sees the upside of adding more choices to their extensive Ottawa International Airport portfolio.”

Home to world-class entertainment, sports and cultural events, Miami offers travellers a sunny getaway with plenty of beaches, numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities. The city is also the perfect base from which to explore Southern Florida or embark on a cruise. Sunwing offers cruise packages with Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises sailing from Miami (including convenient transfers from the airport to nearby PortMiami) that offer a wide range of Caribbean itineraries. Two of the most popular cruise ships vacationers can choose from are MSC Seaside and the new Norwegian Bliss. Customers could also choose a Cruise & Stay package and enjoy a vacation in Miami or Fort Lauderdale before or after they sail.

Those looking to explore Florida on land can choose from numerous top-rated resorts in Miami. Sole on the Ocean Resort and Spa is ideal for guests seeking a luxurious vacation, located on the beach in Sunny Isles. This boutique-style resort is home to the Fresh American Bistro, a glamorous restaurant with a fresh seasonal menu curated by a Michelin-starred chef. Riu Plaza Miami Beach is another stylish beachfront resort, just minutes from Miami’s famous South Beach and Art Deco districts, offering guests all the necessary amenities for a relaxing beach vacation with complimentary loungers and towels.

All Sunwing packages to Florida include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Vacation packages to Florida include air, accommodations and a mid-size rental car. Cruise packages include pier transfers to PortMiami, cabin accommodations and meals. For those looking to book something other than a flight or package with a hotel or cruise, fly/drive specials are available to explore Southern Florida.