Flair Airlines expands fleet, adds new routes to Victoria, Comox

Flair Airlines expands fleet, adds new routes to Victoria, Comox

Flair Airlines is growing its fleet and expanding its service to new destinations in Canada and the U.S., including stops on Vancouver Island.

The Edmonton-based discount carrier says it will add four new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to its fleet in the spring of 2022.

This brings Flair’s total aircraft count to 16 and will allow the airline to expand its route offerings by 33 per cent. Flair will launch service this spring to new destinations in the United States including San Francisco, Nashville and Denver.

It will also launch service between Toronto and Victoria and to Comox, for the first time.

Flair suggests the company is excited to launch their first routes to Comox, describing it as a “second gateway to Vancouver Island,” which will enable travellers to explore more of what the Island has to offer.

Flair is also starting service to 6 U.S. destinations this fall and currently serves 18 destinations in Canada. The airline says it will grow to serve 28 destinations by spring 2022.

“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,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines.

“Whether you’re looking for a weekend break on Vancouver Island or hiking in the Rockies, Flair will get you there affordably.”

With the addition of these four aircraft, Flair says it will create 150 new jobs for flight attendants, pilots and operational support staff. Flair is currently recruiting for 100 pilot positions to meet the needs of its growing fleet.

The airline says that it is striving to achieve the lowest cost per seat mile of any of its Canadian competitors. The new 737 MAX aircraft is intended to help with that by delivering fuel savings and reducing the airline’s CO2 emissions by 14 per cent.

“Lower per passenger emissions are a vital step in lowering Flair’s carbon footprint as it works to become Canada’s greenest and most sustainable airline,” reads a statement from the company.

Fares to US destinations start between $99 and $129 CAD one-way and several of the new domestic Canadian routes have fares as low as $49 CAD one way, including taxes and fees.

All routes and schedule details can be viewed at https://www.flyflair.com.

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