Canada's third-largest airline has announced that it is increasing its frequencies across its network in the summer of 2023.
In a press conference on Wednesday (Sept. 28), low-cost carrier Flair Airlines said the initial schedule sees the number of available seats grow by 35 per cent. In the coming months, more routes will be announced, which will see the number of seats increase up to 50 per cent by the summer.
The airline is also adding seven new aircraft to its fleet across its Canadian bases. This addition will bring roughly 350 jobs to these bases, including pilots, flight attendants, ground handling crews, and more, according to Flair.
“We’re looking ahead to another busy summer next year and we’ve increased our capacity significantly to keep up with increased demand,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines.
“Welcoming an additional seven aircraft into our fleet allows us to increase frequencies on our most travelled routes, giving passengers more options. As we expand our fleet, we’re also thrilled to expand our team across the country as Canada’s largest low-fare airline.”
Flair Airlines increases service out of YVR airport
For locals, the hugely popular Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) will see an additional 10 weekly frequencies for a total of 21.
Other notable increases include Calgary to Toronto, which will ramp up the service to 21 weekly flights. The carrier will also increase service from Montreal to Toronto with an additional eight weekly frequencies, bringing the total to 12.
Summer favourites also return with increased frequencies, including Nashville and Deer Lake, as well as year-round service to Mexico.
When asked about the removal of the travel Canada vaccine requirement and the mask mandate, Flair CEO Stephen Jones stated that it was a "tremendous relief to see the mask requirement lifted" but that passengers may still choose to wear them.
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Flair sells some staggeringly low fares out the Lower Mainland, such as its $19 one-way ticket from Abbotsford to Edmonton.