|Published:||Dec 22, 2012 5:21 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 22, 2012 5:21 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - As thousands of passengers at Southwest Florida International hustled to get to their flights, Michael Teglas was happy to sit and wait.
"It's gonna be great," said Teglas, who lives in Kingston, Canada about two hours outside of Ottawa.
Teglas is referring to the new direct flight from Ottawa to RSW. He was one of 40 passengers on the inaugural flight from WestJet Airlines.
"It gives us another option," said Teglas, "we used to fly to Syracuse, in upstate New York and fly to here. It's a lot easier to get up to Ottawa."
WestJet Airlines, Canada's second largest carrier, brought 130 people to Fort Myers for its first direct flight into RSW Saturday afternoon. The once-a-week flight is already showing solid bookings. Carol Obermeier with RSW, says the number of Canadian visitors is up 11% from last year.
"They're coming down here by the droves," Obermeier said.
"We're working on some other international service too, so hopefully you'll be out here again."
The direct flight is currently scheduled to run through season to build up traffic.
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