It's getting a little easier to book a warm-weather trip. Punta Cana has joined Cancun and Montego Bay with non-stop flights out of Lansing.
To celebrate, the Capital Regional International Airport is hosting the Fly Lansing Travel Extravaganza from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the airport terminal. Representatives from Apple Vacations, Sun Country Airlines, tourism bureaus and resort properties will be on site to familiarize the public with direct flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Cancun, Mexico, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and others.
"Lansing worked hard to get the Sun Country service at their airport that does run seasonal non-stop flights to (these spots)", according to Peggy Riley, of Dolphin Vacations, a division of Professional Travel, in Grand Rapids. "The first year, (the Lansing airport) offered only Cancun, the second they added Jamaica, and this year they added Punta Cana."
Local travel agents have booked many of the seats for the Spring Break dates on these flights. Riley said Lansing is the only airport to offer these other than Chicago or Detroit.
"The flights to Montego Bay and Punta Cana operate once a week, and the service starts in December and operates through the first week of April," she said.
Remarkably, Riley said, one of the advantages of the Sun Country service is they rarely cancel a flight. Even in the worst snowstorms of last year, their flight departed from Lansing when others didn’t.
Travel agents also can help travelers find hotels to stay at the night before and be taken to the airport for the flight, "just like in Detroit and Chicago," she said.
The third annual Travel Extravaganza is open to the public and free and includes prizes, food and parking. Get more information on Sun Country and Apple Vacation packages by visiting Flylansing.com, contact the Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center at 517-321-4688 or contact your travel agent.
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