Canada Lynx Becomes Low-Cost Carrier, Flairs Announces Flights to Mexico

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New Canadian budget Lynx Air said on Tuesday it would launch service in early 2022 with a former Australian airline executive as CEO and new Boeing 737 MAXs, as leisure traffic rebounds after a crisis induced by COVID-19.

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Calgary-based Lynx, formerly on charter from Enerjet, is banking on growth as a super low cost carrier under the leadership of Merren McArthur, managing director of low cost airline Tigerair Australia.

Lynx said in a press release that it has firm orders and leases in place for a total of 46 Boeing 737 MAXs over the next seven years. The first three 737s will arrive in early 2022 when service begins.

This is the latest economy service introduced in Canada, one of the most difficult markets in the world for airlines due to high taxes, fees and the costly requirement of a negative COVID molecular test for travelers. arriving fully vaccinated.

“We’re not really trying to steal the market from another operator,” McArthur told reporters on a virtual call. “We are really trying to develop the market to get more people to travel. “

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Low-cost Canadian airline Flair Airlines, run by a former executive at low-budget European heavyweight Wizz Air, announced flights to Mexico on Tuesday. Flair, which also uses a MAX fleet, will begin nonstop flights to Cancun and Los Cabos this winter from Vancouver, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo. Service will begin February 1, with fares ranging from $ 79 to $ 109 one-way.

Since the start of 2021, Flair has announced 18 new destinations, including the start of service this spring to new US destinations such as San Francisco, Nashville and Denver and Canadian destinations including Comox, BC, Regina, Montreal, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Including the recently announced Mexican routes, Flair’s network now includes 31 destinations.

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As Canada’s travel industry has been battered during the pandemic, traffic is rebounding as vaccinated travelers who have not seen friends and family in over a year soar.

Earlier on Tuesday, Air Canada chief financial officer Amos Kazzaz said he anticipates strong demand from leisure travelers for the sun markets as the winter holidays approach.

“We are seeing some kind of build-up in what we hope will be a strong summer in the transatlantic markets,” Kazzaz said at the Scotiabank Transportation and Industry conference, citing travel to India as one. light point “.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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