Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) will welcome its second Canadian airline arrivals beginning Jan. 15 in the form of NewLeaf, an affordable line offering nonstop service between Toronto’s Hamilton International Airport (YHM) and the Melbourne airport.
Initial flight schedules are set through April with potential extension to year-round service, with Canada already ranking high in Florida’s tourism market. NewLeaf will follow Toronto-based Porter Airlines in bringing Canadian visitors to Central Florida.
In anticipation of growing international traffic, the Melbourne airport recently opted to invest $4 million for upgrades to its existing 40,000-square-foot customs area. Melbourne Airport Authority Chairman Jack Ryals said that airport authorities are teaming up with Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) personnel to ensure top-of-the-line security measures.
“We’re delighted to welcome NewLeaf and its enthusiastic Canadian budget-minded passengers,” Greg Donovan executive director of Orlando Melbourne International Airport, said. “Our airport’s reputation for a superior concierge experience, streamlined security and a faster customs experience is like no other Florida airport. Couple that with our breathtaking beaches and short drive to the theme parks, and we have a winning combination.”
Service will begin with low-cost Sunday flights departing Hamilton International Airport on Boeing 737’s operated by Flair Airlines, a privately owned Canadian charter airline based in British Columbia.
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