Are you heading to Florida this winter? They don’t call it Canadian’s winter cottage for nothing. Beach after beach and miles of memories to be made on the white sand with the warm hot sun fills your body with vitamin D; I can feel the sun on my skin just thinking about it. Fly Porter to Florida’s MLB Airport, and you could be enjoying this beach faster than you think.
Fly Porter To Florida
Everything about Florida continues to grab my attention and the need to go back time and time again. We’ve discovered Florida’s Space Coast in 2016 as a family after a 24-hour road trip with four kids. A year later, I was invited on an exclusive press trip back to Florida’s Space Coast without kids. This time, I got to skip the 24-hour road trip from Toronto to Florida and take a short 3-hour flight direct to the East Coast of Florida.
Yes, you read that right you can fly Porter to Florida MLB Airport – direct!
I loved everything about flying with Porter Airlines. The country girl in me found the drive from Kawartha Lakes to downtown Toronto much more comfortable than the long haul into Mississauga. I woke up early, beat the traffic and parked off site at the Porter Airlines parking garage. From there I took the shuttle over to the Toronto Island Airport. TIP: I bought my parking ticket online. You don’t need to book parking or your shuttle pickup online. I did this, and it added extra steps that were unnecessary; it confused the matter. There is a shuttle phone number, and it’s just as easy to park, call and pay at the parking lot.
From December 16, 2017, to April 7, 2018, Porter will offer weekly, non-stop flights between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Orlando Melbourne International Airport.
Orlando Melbourne International Airport
Both Bill Bishop Toronto City Airport and Orlando Melbourne International Airport give you concierge service. It feels like you’re in a small town and everyone knows your name. Using these airports, you feel like a person instead of a number being hurdled like cattle into the next gate. Who wants to feel like that?
The easy check-in and short security lines had me sipping free coffee, water, juices, and shortbread within minutes of my arrival at Billy Bishop Airport. And that wasn’t just because we arrived as media, we didn’t have special treatment, everyone who flies with Porter is treated to the concierge service. We didn’t have to arrive hours prior and waiting around was very short-lived. Enough to catch-up on the latest stories in social media before loading into the plane. Travelling to Orlando Melbourne becomes quick, convenient and comfortable. Fly Porter To Florida, and you won’t regret it. The best part is once the plane lands you’ll be on the beach in minutes.
Why you need to Fly Porter into Florida
Here are seven reasons why you should fly Porter into Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB):
Although MLB gives you a small town feel it is enormous. MLB serves the Central Florida coast with three runways, a 200,000 sq. Ft. terminal and 40,000 sq. Ft. newly renovated customs facility. They serve Porter Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Elite Airways and American Airlines with nearly 500,000 passengers annually.
They don’t get overbooked. MLB lands one plane at a time. So you won’t be existing with thousands of other people. Although if they land more than one plane, they can handle up to 400 people at a time through their new customs; trust that you’ll be taken care of in a timely matter.
Free Drinks and Snacks. Complimentary beer, wine, and snacks on all Porter Airline flights. Plus, they serve all drinks in real glassware. As I mentioned above before you board your plane you have access to free cereal, biscuits, coffee, water and soft drinks. TIP: You can buy extra snacks in the lobby but beware the prices were high. I always toss a couple of protein bars or nuts in my purse to avoid extra overpriced meals.
MLB staff are proud. It was clear during our short arrival and departure that all the staff are proud of MLB. We even met the most critical member of the team, Kuma. She is the first trained airport ambassador dog in America. She loved the attention and is a happy dog. Kuma is the perfect fit for the job of calming down nervous flyers.
Porter staff are amazing. The moment I saw our flight attendants I was in love with the retro look. Felt like we were traveling back in time to the early days of aviation. How stylish are these two? Besides their style, they were so friendly and helpful. Always had on a smile and very accommodating.
Canadians Are Important to Florida. Canadian’s call Florida our winter cottage or even a second home. Making our travel dollars very important to Florida’s travel industry. Therefore, Porter Airlines started flying into Orlando Melbourne from Billy Bishop Airport two years ago and has expanded with mid-week and multiple flights to meet passenger demand. A little birdie has told me that Porter is adding nonstop flights from Ottawa (YOW) and Windsor (YQG) airports. Rest assure Canadian’s will be in good hands when traveling through MLB.
Minutes to the Beach. It’s 3 minutes from MLB to Melbourne Beach. Yes, you read that right you can be sipping Mojito on the beach before you even find a cab at those other airports.
Plus, Here is how to keep the kids busy in Melbourne: ‘Discovered Florida’s Space Coast With Kids.’
We highly recommend a ‘Peaceful Oceanfront Stay At Florida’s Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront’.
Check out my fellow Canadian Bloggers posts on Florida’s Space Coast:
Exploring Florida’s Space Coast | Porter Airlines Flies Direct to Melbourne, Florida | Visiting Melbourne, Florida – Must-See Destinations | Where to Kayak in Florida–Melbourne | Family Travel: Exploring Florida’s Space Coast | Discovering Florida’s Space Coast from MLB with Porter Airlines | 7 Life Lessons Learned While Kayaking with the Dolphins in Sebastian Inlet
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Disclosure: I flew down to Florida’s Space Coast with Porter Airlines, and was hosted by Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) as a guest. I love Florida, Porter Airlines and feel the need to share my experience with my Canadian friends – you. As always, all opinions are my own.