For travelers in the Greater Toronto Area, flying usually means a trip to Pearson international Airport, and its accompanying lines, crowds, and massive, maze-like terminals. As a flight attendant, I have spent more hours than I care to count in Pearson, and even I have trouble navigating it sometimes. It is also one of the most expensive airports in Canada to fly out of. If you're heading south to Florida though, there is a great alternative.
Just across the border, on the American side of Niagara falls, there is a hidden travel gem that is going to save me, and hopefully you, a lot of money. Niagara Falls International Airport .
I have a love of small airports and when I recently had the chance to fly out of Niagara Falls Airport, it did not disappoint. Upon walking into the airport, I was happy to see that instead of being greeted with a never ending hallway full of signs for every airline known to man, each with an accompanying line up, I was exactly where I needed to be. One line up, for the one flight that was leaving at that time. We were checked in and through customs in less than ten minutes.
The terminal itself has only four gates, and a huge wall of windows looking out onto the runway, you don't have to worry about getting lost or not knowing where to go. Its a really stress free experience.
The best part about it though, is the savings. Travel is very expensive, and for a lot of families, a trip to Florida for a Disney or beach vacation, is something that needs to be saved for for a few years or more.
For a family of five to fly from Pearson to Orlando (on a popular Canadian airline), would cost just over $2100 (source; expedia.ca).
If you're heading to Florida, Allegiant Air and Niagara Falls International Airport are a great choice.
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Allegiant Travel and it's partners generously hosted this trip, but all opinions stated are my own.