Announcements from two of Canada’s largest low-cost carriers propose expansion in the budget leisure market.
Flair Airlines chief executive officer Stephen Jones announced a deepening of focus to current routes with daily frequency increases to locations including Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
The Edmonton-based airline said it plans to expand its fleet to 30 aircraft, up from 20, by the end of next year, with planned service to 70 routes and is a step toward Flair’s five-year plan to reach 50 aircraft.
Calgary-based Lynx Air also announced plans for expansion in 2023 as the airline plans to service the U.S. market starting early next year.
Lynx’s proposed U.S. routes include Toronto to Orlando, Fla., Calgary to Phoenix, Calgary to Los Angeles, and Calgary to Las Vegas.
Flair spokesman Mike Arnot says the airline plans to be Canada’s third largest domestic airline by next summer.