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Flair Airlines announces a major expansion; adds 4 new destinations and 14 new routes

Canadian Ultra low cost carrier Flair Airlines has announced a major expansion for Spring 2022 season. The airline will add 4 new destinations and 14 new routes. The announcement comes as the carrier plans to take delivery of 4 brand-new Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft in April and May 2022. Let’s find out more.

Significant expansion

Flair Airlines has announced that it will take delivery of 4 brand-new Boeing B737MAX-8 aircraft in April and May 2022. With the addition of these four aircraft, Flair will create 150 new jobs for flight attendants, pilots and operational support staff.

2 additional aircraft will be added to Flair’s Toronto base, bringing the total there to 5. A second aircraft will be added to Flair’s Edmonton base and a third aircraft to its Vancouver base. Flair’s Spring 2022 schedule will expand from 12 aircraft to 16, delivering 33% schedule growth.

14 new routes

Flair will add 14 new routes including 4 new destinations in Spring 2022. 3 new cities will be added to Flair’s network in the United States – San Francisco, Denver and Nashville. The airline will also launch flights to Comox as a second gateway to Vancouver Island, complementing existing service to Victoria.

Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines, said:

Travelling and reconnecting with friends will be among the top priorities for many Canadians in the coming months, and Flair is continuing our growth by adding more aircraft and routes so we can bring sustainably low fares to even more iconic destinations across North America. Whether you’re looking for a weekend break on Vancouver Island or hiking in the Rockies, Flair will get you there affordably.

New routes to the US are:

  • Toronto-Nashville : 2-weekly starting 14th April 2022
  • Toronto-Denver : 3-weekly starting 15th April 2022
  • Edmonton-Nashville : 2-weekly starting 14th April 2022
  • Edmonton-San Francisco : 2-weekly starting 14th April 2022
  • Vancouver-San Francisco : 3-weekly starting 17th May 2022

New domestic routes in Canada are:

  • Calgary-Comox : 3-weekly starting 29th March 2022
  • Edmonton-Comox : 3-weekly starting 29th March 2022
  • Edmonton-Regina : 2-weekly starting 14th April 2022
  • Edmonton-Montreal : 3-weekly starting 15th April 2022
  • Edmonton-Winnipeg : 3-weekly starting 15th April 2022
  • Edmonton-Saskatoon : 3-weekly starting 15th April 2022
  • Toronto-Victoria : 1-weekly starting 7th May 2022
  • Vancouver-Kelowna : 3-weekly starting 16th May 2022
  • Kelowna-Victoria : 3-weekly starting 16th May 2022

Toronto base grows

As aforementioned, Flair will be adding 2 new based aircraft at Toronto Pearson International Airport, bringing the total based aircraft at the airport to 5. With this, the airline will operate flights to 19 destinations from the city.

Craig Bradbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, said:

We are excited to welcome Flair’s new routes as they expand their network and offer Canadians more options to travel to the U.S. as well as the picturesque destination of Comox, BC. Passengers travelling through Pearson can do so confidently with many measures in place to keep them safe, such as no- and low-touch check-in and bag drop, improved air quality and contactless shopping and dining options.

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Edmonton base opening in December

As previously reported by IH Aviation and Travel, Flair will be opening up a new base at Edmonton International Airport. The airline has already announced new flights from Edmonton to Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Phoenix-Mesa. In Spring 2022, the airline will add new flights to Nashville, San Francisco, Comox, Regina, Montreal, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Presently, Flair provides services to 7 destinations from the city.

Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport, said:

Grab a guitar and get ready to go! Edmonton loves country music and we’re excited to have Nashville joining our list of non-stop destinations. All new and added service supports our recovery which is important for both our business community and leisure travellers. I want to thank Flair for adding these American destinations along with significant increases in service for several Canadian cities. I’m confident our community will embrace these flights and this increased service from Flair.

Expanding from Vancouver

Flair will add a third aircraft to its Vancouver base. The nonstop flights to San Francisco and Kelowna will follow new service starting this Fall that includes nonstop flights from Vancouver to Hollywood- Burbank, Palm Springs, Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas.

Russell Atkinson, Director, Air Service Development, Vancouver Airport Authority, said:

We are thrilled to support the growth of Flair’s network from YVR. This latest announcement will mean new options out of YVR to popular destinations to BC’s interior and south of the border. With more people being vaccinated and travel measures easing, we look forward to continued increased service from Flair which will benefit the community and the economy that supports it.

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Doug Kreulen, President and CEO, Nashville International Airport, said:

We’re excited to welcome Flair Airlines to Nashville International Airport, which means more connectivity between Nashville and Canadian destinations. Edmonton is an outstanding new addition to BNA’s portfolio of international flights, and more service to Toronto is great news for everyone. We look forward to welcoming Flair passengers to Nashville next April with ultra-low fares.

Michael B. Hancock, Mayor, Denver, said:

Expanding Denver’s global connectivity not only aids in our economic recovery, it also continues to elevate our city as a global hub. As borders reopen and we begin to welcome back international travel, the investment by Flair into Denver is a big boost for our community and local businesses.

Barry Rempel, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority, said:

We’re excited to see our partnership with Flair continue to evolve as we work to restore in-demand travel options interrupted amid the pandemic. The return of this route will provide travellers with additional, convenient options when flying between Winnipeg and Edmonton, whether to visit family and friends or pursue business or study opportunities. We look forward to welcoming back this popular route, meeting our community’s needs through services at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

Stephen Maybury, CEO, Skyxe Saskatoon Airport, said:

Skyxe is excited to be expanding our relationship with Flair Airlines. Edmonton is a high traffic market for Saskatoon, and we hope the addition of Flair’s low cost service option will allow many of our residents to visit friends and family in Edmonton more often.

James Bogusz, President and CEO, Regina International Airport, said:

We’ve already seen a lot of excitement in the Regina market with the service Flair has been offering, and adding Edmonton is only going to keep the momentum going. We know that southern Saskatchewan loves to stay connected across the prairies and adding direct flights from Regina to Edmonton with Flair will be fantastic for families, friends, recreation, and the business community.

Mike Atkins, CEO, The Comox Valley Airport Commission, said:

We’re very excited that Flair Air has chosen Comox as the gateway to central Vancouver Island. As air travel continues to rebound, Flair’s service to Calgary and Edmonton provide incredible low-cost options to visitors, businesses and friends and family alike. We can’t wait to share the beauty of Vancouver Island with Flair’s passengers.

Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport, said:

We are delighted to see more options for passengers on the very popular Vancouver – Kelowna and Victoria – Kelowna routes as we continue to see more growth by Flair out of Kelowna.

Meanwhile, Flair Airlines recently announced flights between Toronto and Palm Springs that will begin this winter.

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