Ultra low-cost carrier Flair Airlines is bringing low fare air travel to eight more Canadian destinations this summer, bringing its total offering to 18 cities by the end of August.
Service to four of the new destinations will begin in May with more added in the coming months as non-essential travel within Canada safely restarts, the company said in a release on Wednesday (Feb. 10).
The news comes after the airline recently announced the addition of 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to its fleet – a move the company said will "accelerate its disruptive mission to make travel affordable for all Canadians."
Flair’s expansion focuses first on growing its domestic network, which will expand starting May 1 as service is added to Ottawa, ON; Kitchener-Waterloo, ON; Halifax, NS; and Saint John, NB.
Flair will add service in June to Thunder Bay, ON; and Charlottetown, PE; in July to Victoria, BC; and in August to Abbotsford, BC.
“Canadians have been paying too much for too long, and we are changing that with our ULCC model that makes getting around Canada affordable,” stated Stephen Jones, President and CEO. “Providing affordable air travel within Canada is the first step in restarting travel and tourism, and Flair is uniquely positioned with the efficiencies of our low-cost model. When non-essential travel returns, Flair will be there to reconnect families and provide the low fares that have long been denied to Canadians.”
The ULCC plans to bring low fare air travel to a total of 18 cities by August, "filling voids left by legacy carriers and ensuring affordable travel options are available for Canadians."
Eyeing 2021 domestic travel
Flair anticipates tourism and travel to begin restarting in the spring and summer, and the focus on domestic service in 2021 enables the ULCC to provide more low fare options across Canada.
“We strongly support the need for restricting non-essential travel as Canada works to bend the curve. Flair was one of the first airlines to reduce our network and focus exclusively on essential domestic travel,” Jones said. “We are confident, as travel returns, there is a strong market for low fare travel choices from a socially responsible Canadian airline."
"Flair’s ULCC business model doesn’t have the overhead and costs associated with legacy organizations and networks, and this allows our efficiencies to be passed along in our pricing.”
Canadian airport partners are excited for the ULCC service to be coming to their communities:
“We’re delighted that Flair Airlines has selected Saint John as their exclusive New Brunswick destination,” says Saint John Airport President and CEO Derrick Stanford. “We’re dedicated to finding Saint John travellers the best possible value and options, and with Flair’s unique pricing model almost anyone can afford to fly to more places than ever before.”
Karen Redman, regional chair at Region of Waterloo, said that once pandemic restrictions are lifted, "the addition of Flair’s services will provide further connectivity to other economic hubs, create local jobs, build partnerships and help support the recovery of the local economy.”
Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport, said "We're confident there's a bright future for aviation and travel in our market, and low-cost airlines such as Flair are part of that."
"We will always put the health and safety of passengers and Canadians first, and with our EIA Ready program, we're committed to a clean and safe travel experience when the time is right," Ruth said.
Joyce Carter, President and CEO at the Halifax International Airport Authority, applauded the expansion for reconnecting communities.
“Canadians have been separated from their families and friends throughout the pandemic and we are confident there will be demand for a variety of flight options when non-essential air travel resumes," Carter said.
"We look forward to welcoming Flair back to Halifax Stanfield, increasing choices for our community members to reconnect when the time is right. With our Stay Healthy measures in place throughout the airport, we’re ready to support passengers on their next journey.”
Starting at $39
Flights aren't expected to break the bank either – one-way fares on several of the new routes start as low as $39, Flair said.
In addition, Flair provides complimentary COVID Coverage, allowing passengers to easily change their travel plans given the continued uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
Bookings are now available for the newly announced routes for May through October 30, 2021, at flyflair.com.
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