Canada’s newest ultra low-cost airline, Lynx Air (Lynx), activated its booking site on Wednesday (Jan. 19), unveiling one-way launch fares to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowna and Winnipeg for as low as $39.
In a statement, Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx Air, said the new airline, by May, will be operating 76 flights per week “and that is just the beginning.”
“We will continue to add destinations and routes as we ramp up for the busy summer season, offering even more choice and flexibility to Canadians,” McArthur said, noting that more announcements will be made soon.
To mark the kick-off, Lynx, last week, announced a competition to win free flights for a year and the lucky winners are expected to be announced soon.
"Air travel accessible to all"
Lynx Air, which was formerly Enerjet, is based in Calgary, AB.
In a news release issued last November, the carrier, billed as "Canada's newest ultra-affordable airline,” said it is “on a mission to make Canadian air travel accessible to all, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service.”
Lynx’s inaugural flight will take to the skies on Thurs., April 7, 2022, from Calgary to Vancouver. It will offer daily flights between these two travel hubs, increasing to twice daily flights on Fri., May 20, 2022.
On Mon., April 11, 2022, Toronto, will be added to the Lynx network, with four flights a week from Calgary, increasing to seven flights a week on Mon., April 18, 2022.
Daily flights between Toronto and Vancouver will be launched on Thurs., April 28, 2022.
From there, the airline’s network will expand with two services a week to Kelowna from each of Calgary and Vancouver starting on Fri., April 15, 2022.
Winnipeg will be added on Tues., April 19, 2022, with two flights per week to each of Calgary and Vancouver. Flights from Calgary to Winnipeg will increase to four per week on Thurs., May 5, 2022.
Canada’s aviation industry has been eyeing budget travellers for years, and the competition is expected to heat up as Lynx enters the ring alongside other low-cost players like Flair Airlines, Swoop and Canada Jetlines, which is set to launch this spring.
PAX has reached out to Lynx to ask how it plans to work with Canadian travel advisors.
Lynx on the loose?
At any rate, it’s an exciting event for Canadian airports whenever a new carrier works the runway.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR), being the first facility outside of Calgary to welcome Lynx, applauded the fact that their domestic menu will soon have more choices for its customers.
“At YVR, we’re excited to welcome Lynx Air to Vancouver, which will provide even more options for travellers from our airport,” said Russell Atkinson, director, air service development at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We look forward to Lynx Air’s first flights from YVR and being part of the airline’s growth as they focus on offering more choice and affordable fares for the people of B.C. and beyond.”
In fact, YVR is so excited, it went ahead and invited a “real-life” lynx cat to the airport to welcome its new partner…a decision it later regretted.
Watch the video below to see what went down.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present significant challenges to the travel industry, it’s good to see that Canadian aviation still has some spark (and a sense of humour).