Canada’s capital will soon see a significant increase in flights from Air Canada to sunny destinations. The airline announced it will be boosting its schedule in Ottawa by almost 60%. Here’s what to know.

According to Air Canada, the changes from Ottawa include an increase in flights to “Calgary and Winnipeg now operating year-round, increased flights providing additional capacity to Halifax and Quebec City, and the addition of widebody service to Vancouver.”

And on top of that, there will be “schedule improvements” to include more flights to hot and sunny destinations like Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Cancun and Punta Cana this winter.

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“I’m delighted to see Air Canada significantly increase air service in and out of Ottawa,” said Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of Ottawa.

“This is great news for Ottawa’s economy and recognizes the importance and vibrancy of the Ottawa market on the world stage. It’s particularly welcome news for the tourism industry, for business owners, and for Ottawa residents travelling to destinations throughout North America.”

Here are the changes to Florida and Mexico flights that you can expect:

  • Ottawa (YOW) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Increases from four to six times weekly – seasonal
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Orlando (MCO) – Increases from two to four times weekly – seasonal
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Tampa (TPA) – Increases from one to two times weekly – seasonal
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Cancun (CUN) – Increase from three to four times weekly – seasonal
  • Ottawa (YOW) – Punta Cana (PUJ) – Increase from three to four times weekly – seasonal

“Air Canada, a long-standing provider of frequent and reliable service to YOW, reinforces its presence with this notable capacity increase for the winter season,” said Joel Tkach, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Ottawa International Airport Authority.

“Timely and strategic, these flights cater to the needs of OttawaGatineau residents as they jet off to their favourite destinations or welcome visitors from afar.”

Sounds like a perfect time to visit these sunny destinations and escape the freezing Canadian winter.