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Language: English | Currency: US Dollars ($) | Local time: GMT-5 | Average flight time: 9 hrs
Miami (MIA) is Florida’s busiest international airport and the gateway to South Florida and the Florida Keys. Orlando International (MCO), meanwhile, is just a hop, skip and jump from the delights of Walt Disney World, making it the logical landing spot for a family holiday. Just 10 kilometres (6 miles) outside the city, arriving here will save you tons of transfer time, meaning you can get cranky, jet-lagged kids to bed in a jiffy.
Several airlines also fly into Orlando Sanford International (SFB), a slightly smaller airport 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the heart of the city. Tampa International (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) are also handy, so keep your eyes peeled for cheap flights to Florida arriving into these secondary hubs.
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll find the cheapest Florida flights between September and November, although low-cost February flights also pop up in flash sales from time to time.
Airfares rocket in the school holidays, when thousands of families rush to Florida’s theme parks. So if you’re on the lookout for cheap flights to Florida in 2017, it’s best to get a wriggle on.
Getting to the endless sunshine of Florida couldn’t be easier. British Airways runs direct flights from London Gatwick (LGW) to both Orlando and Tampa, while Thomson and Thomas Cook fly non-stop from Gatwick to Orlando Sanford International on a regular basis.
There are currently no direct flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Orlando (either MCO or SFB), but British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines all offer non-stop flights to Miami from London Heathrow. If you dig around a little, you can find some great deals.
There’s no need to fret if you’re not within striking distance of the UK capital. Thomas Cook and Virgin both offer direct flights to Orlando International from Manchester (MAN). Thomson Airways also operates non-stop flights to Orlando Sanford from Manchester, making it easy for northerners to snatch up some long overdue sunshine.
Elsewhere, Thomson Airways runs direct flights to Orlando from Newcastle (NCL), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), East Midlands (EMA), Glasgow (GLA) and Edinburgh (EDI) and Virgin flies direct from Glasgow to Orlando International on a seasonal basis. So wherever you live, there’s no excuse for putting off your Florida escape!