Flair Airlines connects Canadians and Americans with Canada’s first direct flights to Tucson, Arizona

  • Flair Airlines, Canada’s third largest domestic airline, is excited to connect Canadians and Americans with Canada’s first direct route to Tucson, Arizona
  • Weekly service from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Prince George, London, and Windsor to Tucson begins November 30, 2022
  • One-way fares starting from $99 CAD

November 30, 2022, Edmonton, Alberta – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, kicks off its inaugural flights from Edmonton and Fort McMurray today with the start of service to Tucson, Arizona. This week, Flair launches five inaugural routes across Canada, departing from Edmonton (YEG), Fort McMurray (YMM), Prince George (YXS), London (YXU), and Windsor (YQG), marking the first direct flights from Canada to Tucson, arriving at Tucson International Airport (TUS).

“Expanding service for more Canadian cities to fly to Tucson is a critical part of our overarching mission to make travel more accessible to Canadians. We believe Canadians deserve more affordable and competitive airfare to stay connected with the people and places they love,” said Stephen Jones, CEO, Flair Airlines. “We are delighted to launch our inaugural flights and connect Canadians and Americans with Canada’s first direct route to Tucson.”

“As Flair Airlines’ hub and home base, we’ve seen their growth and success first-hand in the industry, and we’re excited to host Canada’s first non-stop flight to Tucson. Flair’s desire to serve new markets provides critical access for business and tourism and showcases Edmonton and our region as a great place to be. We are glad to see Flair offering more flights to more places and continuing to connect our region with the endless places there are to explore,” said, Myron Keehn, Vice President of Air Service, Business Development, ESG and Stakeholder Relations, Edmonton International Airport (YEG)

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Flair Airlines to YMM, with non-stop flights to Tucson, Arizona,” said Denean Robinson, CFO and Interim President & CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority. “This new air service affords residents a quick, inexpensive sun destination and gives Tucsonans the opportunity to explore the many unique experiences Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo has to offer.”

“A direct flight to a new destination not previously served from Windsor, this is what Windsor and Essex County residents have wanted – more choice and more value to exciting places,” said Drew Dilkens, Windsor Mayor and YQG Board Chair.

“Flair has been a fantastic partner for YQG and the Windsor-Essex region, and we celebrate the Windsor to Tucson inaugural flight,” said Mark Galvin, CEO, Windsor Airport.

“The Prince George Airport Authority is thrilled to welcome Flair Airlines to YXS in an international capacity. This inaugural flight to Tucson is an exciting opportunity to offer a non-stop sunspot destination to Prince George and the surrounding communities. We are looking forward to a successful operation this winter, and for many winters to come,” said Gordon Duke, CEO, Prince George Airport Authority.

“We are thrilled to welcome Flair’s inaugural flight at London International Airport, flying nonstop to Tucson, Arizona,” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of the London International Airport. “We know the London region has been eagerly awaiting more airline service and are excited about the new low-cost flight options that Flair is bringing to London.”

Tucson, Arizona offers a signature blend of history, culture, and breathtaking natural attractions. Travellers will enjoy warm weather and scenic views of the Sonoran Desert 365-days a year.

Tucson is known for its incredible culinary heritage. In 2015 it was named a UNESCO city of gastronomy, catering to a multitude of tastes and boasting a tapestry of Indigenous cuisine and Mexican fare. From ranches to resorts, Tucson is home to a variety of unforgettable accommodations. Notably, the region boasts more than 40 golf courses, welcoming golfers of all skill levels.

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $99 CAD to Tucson. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at www.flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com.

Flair Airlines Announces New Service from Québec City

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  • The airline is the first ultra-low fare airline to operate from Quebec City
  • Service begins in July to Halifax and Edmonton
  • Fares start at $49

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC / ACCESSWIRE / November 29, 2022 / Today, Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, announced more low-fare options in Québec with the addition of service to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport this summer. Service to Halifax and Edmonton begins in July.

Flair Airlines, Tuesday, November 29, 2022, Press release picture

Flair is the first true ultra-low-cost airline to serve the airport, bringing tourists and business travelers to Québec City, Halifax and Edmonton, respectively.

“Québec City is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in North America. The city will benefit from more travel options for locals and more tourists as well. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our low fares to Québecers as we grow our presence in the province,” said Stephen Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Flair Airlines. “We love the idea of Québecers visiting Halifax – with its Maritime charm, and Edmonton – with its access to the Canadian Rockies, for example. As part of our mission to provide affordable travel to all Canadians, expanding our options in Québec is very important to us. We’re excited to begin this partnership with Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and look forward to our continued growth together.”

“The arrival of Flair Airlines at YQB is excellent news for the region. People from Québec City and the entire eastern part of the province will be able to take advantage of Flair’s affordable flights and network next summer. These new direct flights to Halifax and Edmonton meet a demand from the population and aligns with our goal to offer more options to local travellers and to be a direct gateway for tourists to the magnificent Québec City area. Now, it is necessary that the passengers take those flights if we want to prove to Flair Airlines that they were right to place their trust in us.” said Stéphane Poirier, President and CEO of Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB).

Service to Halifax begins on July 6 and will be three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On July 7, twice weekly service between Edmonton and Québec City begins on Mondays and Fridays.

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $49 from Halifax and $59 from Edmonton to Québec City. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines  

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 35 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit flyflair.com.

Canada Jetlines Announces Completion of Charter Flights in November 2022

TORONTO, ON, DECEMBER 1, 2022 – Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure airline, has confirmed, in addition to its scheduled flights to Calgary from Toronto, Canada Jetlines completed 18 charter flights in November for a variety of new clients. 

Canada Jetlines sees significant opportunities in the Canadian travel and tourism sector, with strong demand domestically and in international markets like the USA, Mexico, Jamaica, and many others. The airline continues to build out strong relationships with tourism boards, airports, and economic development stakeholders and charter brokers.

“We see a strong demand for charter flights in the coming months,” said Eddy Doyle CEO Canada Jetlines. “The addition of our second aircraft in December will give us more capacity to respond to the demand for charter flights and supplement our revenue from our scheduled service to Calgary, Vancouver, Melbourne/Orlando, and Las Vegas.”

Canada Jetlines recently announced a second aircraft A320 which is forecast to enter service by December 15th 2022. The announcement follows news that Canada Jetlines will commence Airbus A320 service from Toronto to Vancouver in December 2022.

Visit Jetlines.com to book travel and follow Canada Jetlines on all social media platforms via #CanadaJetlines to keep up with the latest Jetlines news. Travellers can reserve vacation packages with preferred travel agents, who can earn up to 10% commission on all base fares, when contracted directly with Canada Jetlines.

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About Canada Jetlines 

Canada Jetlines is a leisure focused air carrier, which will utilize a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options. Canada Jetlines will provide exciting vacation packages to iconic Canadian destinations and beyond via strong partnerships with airports, CVB’s, tourism entities, hotels, hospitality brands, and attractions. With a projected growth of 15 aircrafts by 2025, Canada Jetlines aims to offer the best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology, providing an elevated guest centric experience from the first touchpoint.  To learn more, please visit www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates. 

Air Canada Named Best Airline in North America for Fourth Straight Year by Global Traveler

Also named Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the third consecutive year

MONTREAL, Dec. 1, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada has been named the Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year by the readers of Global Traveler. The airline also won for Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the third consecutive year in the 19th edition of the GT Tested Reader Survey of the magazine’s readership of frequent business and luxury travelers.

Air Canada has been named the Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year by the readers of Global Traveler. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“We are thrilled to be recognized again by our loyal customers with the highly respected honours of Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America and Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness. These awards directly reflect the efforts of everyone across our airline, and of the culture we have built at Air Canada fostering teamwork, and taking care of our customers with care and class. I also want to thank our employees for their passion and dedication to serving our customers, who have entrusted us with their travel plans. They are all incredible ambassadors for Air Canada around the world,” said Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.

“Air Canada has once again shown themselves to be a leader, winning Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness for the third consecutive year and Best Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year. As we continue to see travel increase, cabin cleanliness will be a requirement for the most savvy of passengers. This, coupled with Air Canada’s win for the fourth consecutive year as Best in North America, makes for a perfect win-win for the flying public,” said Francis X Gallagher, publisher & CEO, FXExpress Publications, Inc.

Global Traveler magazine conducted a survey of its readers from December 14, 2021 to September 30, 2022 with open-ended questions for the best in many categories of business & leisure luxury travel.  This survey was conducted in the magazine, as an insert to subscriber copies, as a direct mail questionnaire, online and emailed during the period in question. Only those questionnaires where more than 50% of the questions were completed were counted. Those under 50% were discarded. Employees of the magazine or individuals associated with the travel industry were not accepted. 

Earlier this year, Air Canada won five honours for excellence in leisure and lifestyle travel, and the best of family travel from Global Traveler and its sister publication WhereverFamily.

Leisure Lifestyle Awards

  • Best Airline for Onboard Entertainment for the fourth consecutive year
  • Best Premium Economy Class for the fourth consecutive year
  • Best Airline for Onboard Menu – Air Canada Business Class

Family Travel Awards

  • Best Family-Friendly Airline in North America for the fourth consecutive year
  • Best Family Friendly International Airline for the third consecutive year

These awards are the latest in a number of awards affirming Air Canada’s accomplishments in key aspects of its business including product, people and employee engagement. Other major awards and recognitions recently received by Air Canada include:

  • Top airline loyalty program for Aeroplan program and its partners by Rewards Canada 2022 Canada’s Choice Travel Loyalty Awards
  • Best Earning and Redemption Ability (Americas) by the Frequent Traveler (FT) People’s Awards, and Best Redemption Ability at the 2022 Freddie Awards.
  • One of the World’s Best Employers 2022, by Forbes
  • One of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2022 by Forbes
  • One of Canada’s Best Employers 2022 by Forbes
  • One of Montreal Top Employers 2022 by Mediacorp (for the ninth consecutive year)
  • Payworks Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy at the Canadian HR Awards 2022
  • Travel Pulse Canada’s 2022 Readers’ Choice awards for Best Traditional Airline of the Year, Best Safety Protocols and Best Trade Communications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Inaugural recipient of the Roberta Bondar Foundation’s 2022 Award for Innovation and Creativity for its Protection of the Environment.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050. 

Windsor residents can spend their much-deserved vacations in Cuba and Mexico this winter when travelling with Sunwing

TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Affectionately referred to as Rose City by many, travellers from Windsor, Ontario heading south this winter can add four new destinations to their vacation wish list with Sunwing. With the addition of four direct flights taking off from Windsor International Airport starting this November, local residents can vacation in sought-after locales at top-rated all inclusive resorts in Cuba and Mexico, and discover how they can do more, explore more and celebrate more in their dream paradise.

“As the winter season heats up, our loyal customers in Windsor can get to some of the most popular destinations in the tropics with ease from their local airport,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “With convenient routes to Cancun, Cayo Coco, Santa Clara and Varadero, a wide range of all inclusive hotels and easy access to some of the best adventures in destination, plus incredible deals during our Black Friday Sale, residents flying from this southwestern Ontario city can get it all with Sunwing and at great value.”

“We look forward to a full Sunwing schedule to amazing vacation destinations, all right from Windsor International Airport (YQG),” said Drew Dilkens, Mayor of Windsor and Chair of the YQG Board of Directors.

Mark Galvin, CEO of YQG adds, “As an important partner for YQG and the Windsor-Essex region, we are pleased to welcome Sunwing back for what we’re sure will be a successful winter season.”

The flight schedule for Windsor will be as follows:

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun1x weekly12-Dec-202210-Apr-2023
Cayo Coco1x weekly13-Dec-202211-Apr-2023
Santa Clara1x weekly21-Dec-202212-Apr-2023
Varadero1x weekly17-Nov-202206-Apr-2023

With only a few days left of Sunwing’s Black Friday Sale, Windsorites can peruse the best deals of the season on packages to Cuba and Mexico, including limited-time savings on last-minute stays at the beachfront Grand Memories Santa Maria offering award-winning amenities for families on the pristine white sands in Cayo Santa Maria, or Krystal Altitude Cancun set right in the mix of Cancun’s famous Hotel Zone with convenient wait service, a kid-free pool and wine and tequila tastings for adults only experiences.

Plus, with the holidays fast approaching, Windsor customers can still book their festive getaways to a variety of resorts that suit their style and budget this season, and get more peace of mind when they add one of Sunwing’s Worry Free* insurance options to their booking.

*Terms and conditions apply.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Sunwing brings Kitchener-Waterloo residents closer to paradise with two weekly flights down south for the winter season

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Starting this December, customers hailing from Kitchener-Waterloo can get more out of their tropical escapes with the addition of two weekly direct flights to Sunwing’s 2022-2023 winter schedule. With easy access to the sun and sand in Punta CanaDominican Republic and VaraderoCuba from the Region of Waterloo International Airport, plus a range of resorts to suit all travel styles, residents have everything they need for an unforgettable getaway in paradise.

“Our relationship with Waterloo International Airport has remained strong since 2009 and we are thrilled to join forces yet again with two direct routes down south this winter,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “After a difficult few years for the industry, we are excited to return to the Region of Waterloo and are looking forward to a successful winter season, bringing our customers in southwestern Ontario to paradise with ease from their local airport.”

“Through collaboration and partnership with Sunwing, we are excited to continue providing more affordable and convenient flight options for our residents looking to travel from the Region of Waterloo International Airport to sun destinations this winter,” added Karen Redman, Chair, Region of Waterloo.

Sunwing’s 2022-2023 winter schedule includes two weekly direct flights from the Region of Waterloo International Airport to Punta Cana on Mondays starting December 12, 2022 until April 10, 2023, and Varadero on Thursdays starting December 15, 2022 until April 13, 2023.

Commonly known for its fantastic beaches and island adventures, Punta Cana offers the perfect atmosphere for sun-and-sand vacations with all inclusive resorts to match. Royalton Bavaro An Autograph Collection All Inclusive Resort and Casino is a top-notch resort for both relaxation and excitement with direct access to the world-famous Bavaro Beach and a FlowRider® ($) surf simulator right on site. Further along the shores, customers can share in a unique luxury experience with elevated service and exclusive restaurant access with The Reserve upgrade, plus unlimited rounds of golf at Cocotal Golf and Country Club when staying at Paradisus Palma Real.

A popular choice for Canadian travellers, Cuba is a destination well positioned for family and friend getaways. Iberostar Selection Varadero is a great hotel option for families, from a fun-filled splash pad to complimentary water sports and dining to suit all taste buds, while couples and friend groups will enjoy the adults only amenities at Memories Jibacoa, including its tranquil on-site spa, sprawling pool complex and oceanview accommodations.

Kitchener-Waterloo residents can also take advantage of amazing deals to Cuba and the Dominican Republic during the tour operator’s Black Friday Sale, on now, and enjoy limited-time savings on winter escapes to paradise. Plus, they can add one of Sunwing’s exclusive Worry Free* insurance options, including the Manulife Global Travel Insurance plan, for more flexibility, including change and cancellation protection.

*Terms and conditions apply.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Canada Jetlines Announces On-Board Launch of MoneyBag Vodka, Featuring Rockstar and Spirit Founder, Gene Simmons

TORONTO, ON, NOVEMBER 23, 2022 – Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new, all-Canadian, leisure airline, invites travellers to reserve tickets for a very special flight experience, joining Gene Simmons, Creator of MoneyBag Vodka & Co-Founder of KISS, for the launch of the Minhas Distillery produced Moneybag Vodka. The exclusive on-board passenger meet and greet is set for December 8, 2022, from Calgary (YYC) to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and open to the public for ticket reservations.

Gene Simmons will join passengers after boarding, where he will share samples of his new MoneyBag Vodka to all interested guests during an on-board meet and greet before departure. MoneyBag Vodka will be offered to all passengers aboard any flight in the Canada Jetlines network.

Tickets are currently on sale via Jetlines.com and travellers who purchase tickets for the experience will have the chance to join the party with MoneyBag Vodka and Gene Simmons from Calgary to Toronto, along with $100 voucher towards any future Jetlines flight, and limited memorabilia.

Canada Jetlines passengers can sip on a range of Minhas Brewery libations in the skies, ranging from lemonades, vodka mules and craft sodas to beer and top-shelf spirits. Minhas Distillery, a division of Minhas Brewery, was established in 2006 and has earned a reputation for producing some of the best artisan spirits and liqueurs, using only the finest ingredients.

“Canada Jetlines is happy to provide complimentary service of Minhas beverages on-board our international network of flights,” shared Eddy Doyle, Chief Executive Officer of Canada Jetlines. “We seek to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for all our passengers, and this be an offering only offered via Canada Jetlines.

“I am proud to combine two of my favorite passions; the creation of unique beverages and bringing amazing experiences to Canada Jetlines passengers,” stated Ravinder Minhas, Co-Founder Minhas Breweries and Distillery. “We are proud to have The God of Thunder joining us on-board Canada Jetlines with MoneyBag Vodka.”

The partnership news follows announcement that Canada Jetlines recently launched two international routes into the United States, starting with service to Las Vegas into Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), followed by service to Melbourne Orlando International Airport in Florida (MLB). Operation of these flights are subject to final Federal Aviation Administration approval.

About Canada Jetlines 

Canada Jetlines is a leisure focused air carrier, which will utilize a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options. Canada Jetlines will provide exciting vacation packages to iconic Canadian destinations and beyond via strong partnerships with airports, CVB’s, tourism entities, hotels, hospitality brands, and attractions. With a projected growth of 15 aircrafts by 2025, Canada Jetlines aims to offer the best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology, providing an elevated guest centric experience from the first touchpoint.  To learn more, please visit www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.