You might consider
searching through the following airlines
websites, noting that the only direct
flights from UK into Orlando on scheduled flights
are with Virgin and BA, with BA also serving Tampa
direct. Both also offer direct flights to Miami
whereas AA and Delta offer non-stop flights into Miami
(Note that due to alliances and
code-shares you may find non-stop flights with
Continental, United, Iberia, Singapore Air, KLM etc. which
will be operated by the primary airlines above.
Please note this information may be subject to change)
There are also several
charter companies flying from various UK airports (adding
Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham to the list of departure
airports during the peak seasons).
If you don't mind a flight change (often in New York, Washington,
Chicago, Charlotte etc. depending on main carrier), these open up possibilities in terms of availability and sometimes price. REMEMBER
if choosing these routes to leave enough time between connections for immigration clearance, baggage collection
and re-check in (where necessary), crossing terminals and passage through
further possible security checks. Dependant on size of airport, this could take anything between 1 and > 2 hours. Beware
New York where changeovers can be between JFK and La Guardia
airports - need more time and patience for this one.
Flying indirect opens up
several airlines, including US Airways, Northwest - NWA, Air Canada,
Continental and United Airlines, amongst many others.
mostly fly into Sanford
With Charter airlines look for additional costs of seat
pre-booking, meals etc.
(TPA) airport opens up some further possibilities on
availability in peak season and possibly on price, e.g. BA have direct flights from Gatwick.
Don’t forget to pre-arrange children’s meals
or any special dietary requirements for the flight, plus wheelchairs and any other special requirements for the airport or
allocation may not always be possible when you first arrange
your travel, but be aware the airline may just allocate the
few days prior to departure - if you have differing booking
references (e.g. different family names, possibly booked on
different dates), you could just end up with split seating -
ring the airline to confirm the day before or try and sort
out at check-in (first come first served)! Online
check-in is available on almost all airlines now 24 hours
before departure time - this is worth taking advantage of
for seat allocations.
You may want to consider using the services of someone with more expertise to advise or book your travel arrangements.
are a Florida travel specialist- please visit their
web page for contact details: Charter Travel
telephone: 01635 254077 (ask for Dawn or Jennie - please
quote our villa when ringing)
AIRPORTS & PARKING
Parking can be arranged via the flight ticket agent, travel agent or personally through many routes. You can also contact the airports for more information about the terminals, flights, facilities etc:
/ TAMPA AIRPORTS
Orlando International Airport
(MCO) is the nearest to our villa at 26 miles away and about a 30 minute drive via the Central Florida
Greeneway (417) and Osceola Parkway or US192.
Visit the MCO website at: www.orlandoairports.net
Sanford International Airport
(SFB) is just North of Orlando and at 50 miles is approximately 60 minutes drive away via the
Greeneway and Osceola Parkway or US192. This is a
smaller airport and is quick and convenient to use:
Visit the Sanford website at:
Tampa International Airport
(TPA) lies South West and is about
65 miles away and a 75 minute drive, straight up the Interstate 4
into the Disney area. The
route from I4 into Indian Creek is much improved in recent
years using the SR429.
Tampa website at: http://www.tampaairport.com
Finding direct flights to any of these 3 airports is usually quite easy, but beware high season as these can get pre-booked quite quickly, or leave only higher priced tickets available.
All airports are served well by car rental companies and bus or shuttle services to the main Orlando areas.
International Airport (MIA)
opens a further option that ourselves and many guests have
also taken in the past - either for cost /
convenience on flights or as a way of creating a split
itinerary - especially if you wish to spend time in the
Miami / Everglades / South Florida area or even the
tranquil Florida Keys.
BA and Virgin it is also possible to book flights into
Orlando (and Tampa with BA) and return from Miami - or
vice versa of course. Code-shares with AA and other
airlines may open up the choice further.
Miami international is also well served for rental cars on
airport, however it is an approx. 230 mile and 4+ hour
journey, weather and traffic willing - so if using Miami
as your Orlando destination airport, give plenty of time
from landing to clear customs / baggage, collect a car and
travel to the villa and / or attractions.
the Miami website at: http://www.miami-airport.com
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