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Budget Canadian airline launching new Vancouver-Montreal route with flights starting at $69

There's a new link between the two major cities
Cheap flights alert: Lynx is offering new flights between Vancouver's YVR and Montreal's YUL.

Looking for a budget trip to Canada's "la belle province?"

Lynx Airlines is launching a new direct flight between Vancouver and Montreal this summer if you want to get some really good bagels or practice your French, with one-way tickets starting at $69 (if you're willing to fly on a Monday).

Six non-stop flights a week are planned, leaving YVR at 7:30 a.m.; tickets most days start at $89 on the recently launched budget airline. Return flights from YUL leave at 4:10 p.m. Eastern time and land in Vancouver at 6:40 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale now.

“Vancouver and Montréal are two of Canada’s most iconic tourism destinations, with their rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes. We are thrilled to provide an ultra-affordable option to connect these two beautiful cities," says Lynx CEO Merren McArthur in a press release.

Lynx Air launched its first flights out of Vancouver in April 2022, with direct service to Calgary. The airline has also provided service from the city to Edmonton, Toronto, Kelowna, and Winnipeg.

What to know about Vancouver Flights with Lynx Air

Lynx has a fleet of new Boeing 737 aircraft and "firm orders and lease agreements" in place for a total of 46 aircraft over the next seven years to meet anticipated demand.

While the airline offers an alternative for travellers who have had nightmare experiences with other Canadian carriers such as Air Canada and Flair Airlines, there are still a few things to keep in mind before you purchase a ticket. 

At first glance, Lynx offers strikingly low fares on all of its routes. But the low-cost options aren't all-inclusive. The ticket price only includes one personal item for your flight. A personal item is different from carry-on luggage, which generally only fits in the overhead compartment in the cabin. Personal items are generally purses, small backpacks, briefcases, laptop bags, camera bags, and other small pieces. 

There isn't a flat fee for baggage, either. Falling in line with other airlines, Lynx offers a sliding scale of costs depending on the length of the flight. The prices are divided into three categories: short flights (under 1000km), medium flights (1000km to 3000km), and long flights (over 3000km). These fees apply to both your carry-on luggage and any additional checked luggage.

With files from Elana Shepert