LONDON – Over the past week, Canada’s newest ULCC (Ultra Low-Cost Carrier), Lynx Air, has significantly expanded its network offering by announcing a plethora of new scheduled services throughout Canada.
The New Expansion from St. John’s…
The first of these announcements comes from Canada’s most easterly point, St John’s.
This included the announcement of two new routes to St. John’s for Lynx Air on top of the already announced Toronto service.
St John’s first new route from Lynx Air will connect St. John’s International Airport (YYT) to Calgary International Airport (YYC).
This service will be operated from July 16 on a twice-weekly basis.
The second of the new routes for St. John’s will connect the city to Edmonton International Airport (YEG). This service will be operated from July 14 on a five times per week basis.
Another thing to mention is that the carriers originally announced Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) service will inaugurate on June 28 as a twice-weekly service, then from July 14, due to strong demand for bookings, will increase to a daily service.
All three of these new routes will mean by mid-July, St. John’s will see 14 flights per week from Lynx Air, offering up to 5,292 seats each week.
Commenting on the new St John’s services, Lynx Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Merren McArthur, has said:
“We are excited to be expanding our services to St. John’s in response to strong demand from travelers.”
“St. John’s is clearly a very popular destination, whether it be to explore the stunning coastlines of Newfoundland and Labrador or to take in the colorful iconic streetscapes of historic St. John’s.”
“Lynx is proud to make this beautiful region accessible to more Canadians with our ultra-affordable fares.”
On May 12, Lynx Air made its inaugural service to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) from Calgary (YYC) marking the beginning of twice per week services between the two Canadian destinations.
Interestingly, as we run-up to the bulk of the summer season, the new Victoria service will be increased to three times per week which will mean Lynx Air will offer up to 1,134 seats per week between the two cities.
Celebrating the inaugural Victoria service, Lynx Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Merren McArthur, has said, “We are excited to be bringing our ultra-affordable fares to the community of Victoria and Vancouver Island.”
“Whether you are traveling to connect with friends and family, to explore the beautiful coastline of Vancouver Island, or to take in the vibrant culture and historic architecture of the Garden City, Lynx will ensure a great flying experience at an ultra-affordable price.”
Adding to McArthur’s comments, Geoff Dickson, President, and Chief Executive Officer at the Victoria Airport Authority said, “As the economy begins to reopen, we are pleased to see Lynx introduce service between Calgary and Victoria.”
“An ultra-low-cost airline like Lynx will offer affordable travel options for our community and provide opportunities for travelers to explore the beauty and culture of Victoria.”
All these services will be operated by Lynx Air’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which has a total of 189 economy class seats. The airline currently has three of the aircraft with a further 54 on backorder.
It is clear that Lynx Air is positioning itself strongly in the Canadian domestic and regional market, to challenge the likes of Flair Airlines, the countries other ULCC that also operates a similar business model to Lynx Air and the same aircraft type of the Boeing 737 MAX 8.
In the months ahead, we are expecting many more expansion announcements from Lynx and we wouldn’t be surprised when they venture into the U.S. market.