YVR welcomes Fiji Airways’ inaugural flight from Nadi, marking the airlines’ first Canadian destination

November 25, 2022 · Musqueam Territory/Richmond, B.C.

Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) welcomed Fiji Airways’ inaugural flight from Nadi International Airport (NAN). The twice weekly, nonstop flight from Nadi, Fiji, marks the airline’s entrance to the Canadian market.

“We are thrilled to welcome Fiji Airways to YVR and are proud to make Vancouver the airline’s first Canadian destination in its growing network,” said Mike McNaney, Vice President & Chief External Affairs Officer at Vancouver Airport Authority. “The new nonstop service to Fiji is an important connection between our two regions, directly benefiting our community and the economy that supports it.”

Fiji Airways’ new year-round service will generate approximately $7.5 million in combined Gross Domestic Product, $12.2 million in tourism dollars and an additional 86 jobs at YVR and across B.C.’s hotel, restaurants and tourist attractions.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Andre Viljoen is encouraging Canadians to take advantage of these twice-weekly flights to enjoy the world-renowned Fijian hospitality.

“Our Five Star airline, and multi-award-winning onboard experience, including meals, amenities and staff service offer the best value for money. With Canada well into winter and travellers eagerly looking for warm tropical paradise, the timing of our newest route could not be better. There is no other choice than Fiji. You don’t have to take my word for it, you will be convinced the moment you step onboard.”

An Airbus 330-200 aircraft will operate the route, with seat capacity for 273 passengers. The airline’s extra widebody Airbus also provides more capacity for cargo, enabling an increase in trade between Fiji and Canada as well as other Pacific Island nations looking for new trade opportunities.

For more information about Fiji Airways and its entry into the Canadian market, please visit: https://www.fijiairways.com/en-ca/

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together and thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.

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.

Government of Canada supports Ottawa International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 28, 2022 /CNW/ – The pandemic highlighted the important role Canada’s airports play in our country’s economy and in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities. As Canada’s air sector continues to recover, investments in airport infrastructure are crucial to ensuring that Canadian travellers have access to safe and reliable air transportation options.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to support important transportation infrastructure projects at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

The airport is receiving close to $4 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the rehabilitation of the pavement on Taxiways A, M, AA, BB, and CC. This investment will help ensure continued safe airport operations for passengers, airline crews and airport workers.

This funding is in addition to $6.4 million announced in 2021 under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program for the construction of a light rail transit (LRT) station at the airport, and $5.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund, to help the airport maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the National Capital Region and surrounding communities. 


“As we continue with the return of aviation activity that supports the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it is imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Ottawa International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“The Ottawa Airport is a central hub for travellers in Ottawa and across Canada. This new funding for critical infrastructure projects will ensure the continued safety of workers, travellers, and Canadians, and will promote a better and more secure aviation industry for all.”

The Honourable David McGuinty
Member of Parliament for Ottawa South

“After being hard-hit by the pandemic, we appreciate the federal government’s support as we work to maintain our infrastructure to ensure the highest level of safety for our passengers and employees. This support is ever more important as we continue our recovery, welcoming new partnerships and air service to YOW that will benefit Canada’s Capital Region.” 

Mark Laroche
President and CEO
Ottawa International Airport Authority

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Associated Links

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca