Non-stop flights give you more time in the sun

South Shore Breaker - - Health& Wellness - BRUCE BISHOP THE DIS­CERN­ING TRAV­ELLER bruce­bishop@east­link.ca

It’s the end of Oc­to­ber and per­haps you’ve booked a week or more away this win­ter, so, now the plan­ning be­gins. Ev­ery­one wants to start their sun desti­na­tion va­ca­tion as quickly as pos­si­ble with­out hav­ing to spend an ad­di­tional overnight in Toronto or Mon­treal. So of­ten, travel con­sul­tants will sug­gest is­lands, cities or re­gions with air­ports that bring in trav­ellers non-stop from Hal­i­fax Stan­field In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Don’t be con­fused with “di­rect” flights, as they of­ten in­volve one or more stops at times; it’s the non-stop flights you want if your time is lim­ited.

Westjet’s non-stop flights from Hal­i­fax to Or­lando, Fla., will be three times weekly (on Wed­nes­days, Satur­days and Sun­days) from late Oc­to­ber 2018 to April

27, 2019. Its non-stop flights to Can­cun, Mex­ico be­gin Nov. 3, 2018 and ev­ery Satur­day there­after (once weekly) un­til April 27, 2019.

Air Transat will have 10 non­stop flights to sun des­ti­na­tions leav­ing Hal­i­fax this win­ter. Punta Cana, Do­mini­can Repub­lic will have four weekly flights; Can­cun will be three times weekly. They will be­gin Feb. 16, 2019 and end on May 12 and May 11, 2019.

Twice weekly, Air Transat will also de­liver non-stop ser­vice to Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., (be­gin­ning Feb. 16, 2019 and end­ing May 11, 2019); and Or­lando (start­ing Feb. 17, 2019 to May 12, 2019). Once weekly flights will also fly non­stop to Cayo Coco, Cuba (Feb. 20, 2019 to May 8, 2019); Hol­guin, Cuba (Feb. 15, 2019 to May 10, 2019); Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica

(Feb. 17, 2019 to May 5, 2019); Puerto Plata, Do­mini­can Repub­lic (Feb. 18, 2019 to May 6, 2019); Santa Clara, Calif., and Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba (Feb. 15, 2019 to May 5, 2019) and Va­radero, Cuba (Feb. 16, 2019 to May 11, 2019).

Sun­wing Air­lines (which also car­ries Sig­na­ture Va­ca­tions’ cus­tomers) be­gins its win­ter non­stops in Jan­uary 2019 from Hal­i­fax. Its ser­vice to Can­cun starts on Jan. 13, 2019 and ends May 6, 2019 (with twice-weekly flights be­gin­ning Feb. 11, 2019); Cayo Coco once weekly ( Jan. 9, 2019 to May 1, 2019); Hol­guin ( Jan. 20, 2019 to May 5, 2019); Mon­tego Bay ( Jan. 14 to May 6, 2019); Or­lando (Feb. 8, 2019 to May 3, 2019); Puerto Plata ( Jan. 15, 2019 to May 7, 2019); Punta Cana ( Jan. 11, 2019 to May 3, 2019); Santa Clara and Cayo Santa Maria ( Jan. 10, 2019 to May 7, 2019); St. Peters­burg, Fla., (Feb. 6, 2019 to May 1, 2019) and Va­radero twice weekly ( Jan. 12, 2019 to May 4, 2019).

The other ma­jor player in the non-stop sun mar­ket from Hal­i­fax is Air Canada Va­ca­tions. Its Can­cun flights be­gin next year on Feb. 10, 2019 un­til May 5, 2019 (Thurs­days and Sun­days); Cayo Coco (Feb. 15, 2019 to May 3, 2019); Fort Laud­erdale on Satur­days (Dec. 15, 2019 to April 27, 2019; Or­lando, with up to five flights a week (Nov. 3, 2019 to April 30, 2019); Punta Cana (Feb. 9, 2019 to May 6, 2019; Sa­mana, Do­mini­can Repub­lic (Feb. 9, 2019 to May 4, 2019); and Tampa, Fla., with four flights weekly (Dec. 16, 2019 to April 24, 2020).

Never travel out of the coun­try with­out med­i­cal in­sur­ance. Can­cel­la­tion/trip in­ter­rup­tion in­sur­ance is also al­ways ad­vised. Talk to your travel pro­fes­sional in your neigh­bour­hood who can as­sist you with your book­ing.

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There is a common mis­con­cep­tion about di­rect flights.

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