Orlando will be Southwest Airlines’ third Florida destination from Washington Reagan National Airport, where Southwest says it is now the second-largest carrier in terms of passengers carried.

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In addition to the 14 routes which Air Canada’s new leisure-airline brand will serve from July 1, Air Canada rouge will add seasonal flights operating from October through March to another 13 sunspot destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Southwestern U.S. for “snowbird” winter-season leisure travelers.

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Silver Airways, which claims to offer more flights to more cities within Florida than any other carrier, is boosting its intra-Florida network by launching daily Fort Lauderdale-Orlando and West Palm Beach-Tampa services on January 7.

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A year after the debut of its Greyhound Express service, Greyhound Lines, Inc. is expanding the premium service to Florida by adding routes from its Atlanta hub to Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Greyhound also is adding an Express stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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The Sanibel Community Association on Southwest Florida’s Sanibel Island has created a variety of special activities for its ‘Shellabration 2012’ event from February 26 to March 4, 2012, marking the 75th anniversary of the Sanibel Shell Show & Fair.

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Fort Lauderdale-based Gulfstream International Airlines will deploy all six Saab 340Bplus turboprops on its intra-Florida and Florida-Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft.

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Allegiant Air is launching twice-weekly, non-stop service between Niagara Falls International Airport in New York state and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in the Tampa Bay area of Florida on December 15.

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Vision Airlines’ newly published winter flight schedule and changes to its fall flight schedule will see the low-cost carrier dropping service to five cities, but at the same time it will add several new routes to Florida destinations. Some of the route changes will take place as early as August 19.

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Despite the considerable task Vision Airlines has set itself in establishing a scheduled-service network from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to destinations throughout the southern U.S., the airline is already mindful of network-growth opportunities in the longer term.

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Due to strong consumer demand for its 17 newly announced scheduled services to Northwest Florida Regional Airport and scheduled services to other Florida airports, Vision Airlines is extending its $49 introductory fare sale to Florida from January 23 to January 31 and has allocated more $49 seats to each flight.

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The inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show takes place on October 3 and October 4, with many military and civilian acts performing over the Atlantic Ocean.

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AirTran Airways is launching nonstop service between Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) in Ohio and the Florida destinations Fort Lauderdale and Ft. Myers on November 4.

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AirTran Airways is boosting its service between Flint, Michigan’s Bishop International Airport (FNT) and Florida sunspot destinations, a seasonal move it carries out each winter.

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