LONDON – Canadian carrier Lynx Air has announced a major expansion of its US market routes, starting in 2023 the carrier will undertake its largest expansion to date in the US market.
US Market Focus
It is understood that Orlando will be the first US destination for Lynx, with flights starting from Toronto on January 27, 2023, on a four-times-weekly schedule, which will then be followed by further expansion over the coming weeks.
The next services will be:
- Calgary – Phoenix – starting February 7 on a three-times-weekly schedule
- Calgary – Los Angles – Starting February 16 on a three-times-weekly schedule
- Calgary – Las Vegas – starting February 24 on a four-times-weekly schedule
This will mean that by the end of February that Lynx will be offering Canadian travellers around 5,292 seats per week to and from the united states from its hubs in Toronto and Calgary.
Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx said: “With winter approaching, we know Canadians love to travel south in search of warmer weather. We are thrilled to be offering an ultra-affordable option to four of the most popular sun destinations in the United States,”
“By choosing Lynx, Canadians can save on the journey and spend more at their sun-soaked getaway. We are so excited about our US expansion that we have launched a competition today to win a free flight and accommodation package to one of our new sun destinations: Orlando, Phoenix, Los Angeles or Las Vegas.”
Janik Reigate, Director, Strategic Customer Relationships for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said: “This is another great option for Toronto Pearson passengers to access popular winter destinations,”
“As the U.S. is a top country for travel through Pearson, these routes support travel to an important and attractive market for Canadians.”
Rival Carriers Following Suit
The expansion announcement was one of three that was made by Canadian carriers this week, with Air Canada, and Flair Airlines also confirming they would be increasing their flight frequencies to their US and other international destinations respectively.
Flair Airlines announced its expansion on September 29, saying it wanted to increase its flight capacity by 50 per cent, which now means Lynx and Flair will soon end up in a fierce battle over US customers as both look to increase their market share in North America.
It comes as the Candian government removes the requirements for further testing and strict restrictions on COVID-19 travel rules and regulations for international and US travellers.
Canada has had one of the worst affected aviation markets during the COVID-19 outbreak, with many airlines making heavy cuts to avoid having to accumulate large amounts of debt after the government support was considered to not be adequate given the extremity of the situation.
Another major factor in how this will now change things for the airline is in the announcement made this week by Westjet who confirmed their order for 64 Boeing 737-10 MAX jets with the US manufacturer, meaning it will now operate one of the most modern and fuel-efficient fleets in the entire Canadian market, while also allowing it to continue to expand in not just North America but further afield.