• Joe Breitfeller

Flair Airlines Begins Flights to Ottawa; Launches First Boeing 737-8 Service

Updated: Jun 16

Today, Flair Airlines launched service from Ottawa International Airport in Ontario with service to Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary in June and Halifax, Kelowna and Abbotsford in August. The carrier has also launched their first Boeing 737-8 flights.


Flair Airlines Boeing 737-8 - Courtesy Flair Airlines

On Friday (June 11, 2021), Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Flair Airlines announced the launch of service from Ottawa International Airport (YOW) in Ontario. For June, the carrier will offer flights to Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary, with Halifax, Kelowna and Abbotsford to be added to the schedule in August. Ottawa is just the latest addition to Flair’s network, as they now serve 19 Canadian cities. To celebrate the network expansion, Flair is offering one way fares starting at only $49. on select routes.


In Friday’s announcement, Flair Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Garth Lund, said,


“We are delighted to start operations at our newest base in Ottawa. Just in time for summer, we are bringing affordable travel options with one way fares as low as $49 on several routes. By August we will have two aircraft based in Ottawa and provide non-stop, low fares to eight cities while creating more than 70 jobs in the community.”


In a previous press release on Thursday, June 10, 2021, Flair Airlines announced the launch of service with their first of 13 new Boeing 737-8s. The inaugural flight departed Edmonton at 17:30 MT and arrived in Toronto at 23:20 ET. The aircraft was commanded by two veteran Flair leaders, Captain Matt Kunz, Vice President – Business Transformation and Operations, and Captain Harold Knop, Regulatory Compliance and Certification Manager. Flair began taking delivery of the new Boeing 737-8s in May, and the aircraft will join the carrier’s existing fleet of 737-800s, as they are delivered throughout 2021. By mid-2022, Flair will have a fleet of 16 aircraft, bolstering their “F50” ambition to grow the company's fleet to 50 aircraft within five years.

In yesterday’s announcement, Flair Airlines’ President and CEO, Stephen Jones, said,


“Today marks a huge milestone as Flair grows to bring affordable travel options to more Canadians. Canadians have been paying too much for too long, and Flair is changing that thanks to the addition of the new 737-8 aircraft which provides us with the efficiencies and ability to scale our service. Today’s inaugural flight kicks off our rapid growth.”


Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) and the company’s mission is to make travel accessible and affordable for all Canadians. The airline operates a growing fleet of Next Generation Boeing 737-800s and 737-8s, and will provide low fare service to 20 Canadian cities by August 2021.



Source: Flair Airlines