LONDON – Canadian Carrier Flair Airlines is set to increase its summer 2023 schedule capacity by up to 50 per cent as the airline looks to expand its current route network offerings to allow customers greater flexibility and options across most of its services.
Flair Airlines Increases Fleet Size
The carrier is expecting to take delivery of seven new aircraft as it strives to provide more low-cost options to Canadian customers to new opportunities to “connect to the people and the experiences they love”. This will be the first of many announcements made by the carrier in the coming months, with this one focusing on just 35 per cent of their planned 50 per cent route network capacity upgrades.
Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines said: “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.”
It is understood that there are now 4.2 million seats available to be booked in summer 2023′ service schedules with more to follow in the coming months. The expansion means the carrier will now be operating increased frequencies on 41 of its routes, with Vancouver to Toronto being one of the most expanded, with 10 additional weekly flights now taking it up to t total of 21 weekly services.
Calgary has also been on the most notable list, with it too now being increased to 21 weekly services to Toronto.
So what other routes have been noted so far in this expansion:
- Montreal – Toronto has been increased with an additional 8 weekly frequencies taking the routes to total up to 12.
- Flights are expected to return with increased frequencies to Nashville and Deer Lake, as well as year-round service to Mexico.
Removal Of COVID-19 Restrictions
Earlier this week the Canadian government announced it would be removing some of the strict measures it still had in place for customers travelling to and from the country, with the requirement to produce a negative test hindering the regrowth of the country carriers.
Air Canada recently come out saying it was “relieved” with the news from the government as it would now allow the carrier to once again focus on the future and look at its next expansion and regrowth options rather than trying to compete with airlines who had no restrictions placed on them
Flair Airlines and Air Canada are not the only airlines who have announced their recent expansion and flight frequency increase plans either, with Lynx Air also announcing its plans to expand with additional frequencies on services for 2023, as all three carriers will not look to compete once again for the inevitably high in demand summer travel with customers no longer being hindered by COVID-19 limits.