Earlier today, Flair Airlines announced that it would increase its summer 2023 capacity by 50% and will add seven new aircraft into service next summer.

Big Summer Updates

In a call with the media earlier today, Flair Airlines shared a few significant updates involving its summer 2023 schedule. The airline has already announced that its summer schedule next year will increase by 50%, which is due to the seven new aircraft which will enter service next year. The summer schedule includes increased frequencies on 21 of the airline’s routes.

Today, Flair released its summer schedule, which includes 4.2 million seats already available to book for next year. This number of seats equates to a 35% growth but will grow to 50% as the airline is set to announce new routes in the coming months.

“We’re looking ahead to another busy summer next year and we’ve increased our capacity significantly to keep up with increased demand. 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.”

The addition of the new aircraft will generate almost 350 new jobs to Flair’s bases across Canada, including flight and ground crews.

According to Cirium, Flair scheduled 2,353 flights in July 2022. Flair’s schedule for June 2023 is already available and is currently set at 3,022 flights, an increase of 28.4% in its flight schedule and a 27.2% increase in seat offerings.

The most significant frequency increases are on the Vancouver – Toronto (YVR-YYZ) route, which will see an additional ten weekly flights totaling 21, and Calgary to Toronto (YYC-YYZ), which will also increase to 21 weekly flights. Montreal to Toronto will receive an increase of eight weekly flights, bringing the total service to 12 weekly. Flair will also expand its offerings to Nashville, Deer Lake, and Mexico.

Is Flair a Canadian airline?

A few months ago, Flair was under pressure and considered possibly being forced to cancel its domestic operations. This was because the Canadian Transport Agency had released a determination that indicated that a Canadian company might not control Flair but a foreign one.

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Flair is Canada’s leading low-fare airline. Photo: Flair Airlines

The Canadian Transport Agency had to launch an investigation, and initially, Flair asked for a temporary exemption from the ownership rules in Canada. A few months after asking for an exemption, Flair amended its shareholder agreement with 777 Partners LLC and its Promissory Note Agreement.

“We’re thrilled to receive the positive decision today from the CTA, which reinforces that Flair is a Canadian airline. The question has been answered. It’s done.” – Stephen Jones, CEO, Flair Airlines.

After the amendments made by Flair and 777, the Canadian government concluded that Flair was indeed a Canadian airline and that it would continue operating its flights in Canada.

Source: simpleflying.com

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