Lynx Air Tickets Go on Sale for Flights to Five Canadian Destinations

The ultra-affordable airline will launch with flights to Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Kelowna and Winnipeg, with more to come

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, Lynx Air (Lynx), announced the much anticipated launch of its booking website, with tickets going on sale for flights to the airline’s first five destinations: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowna and Winnipeg. This is an important milestone in Lynx’s mission to make air travel accessible to all Canadians, with ultra-low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service.

Lynx’s inaugural flight will take to the skies on Thursday, April 7, 2022, from Calgary to Vancouver. The airline will offer daily flights between these two significant travel hubs, increasing to twice daily flights on Friday, May 20, 2022.

On Monday, April 11, 2022, Canada’s largest city, Toronto, will be added to the Lynx network, with four flights a week from Calgary, increasing to seven flights a week on Monday, April 18, 2022. Daily flights between Toronto and Vancouver will be launched on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

The ultra-affordable airline’s network will continue to expand over the following weeks, with two services a week to Kelowna from each of Calgary and Vancouver starting on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Winnipeg will be added to Lynx’s network on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, with two flights per week to each of Calgary and Vancouver. Flights from Calgary to Winnipeg will increase to four per week on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

In celebration of this significant milestone, Lynx has been running a competition to win free flights for a year and the lucky winners will be announced soon. The celebration continues today, with the airline announcing ultra-affordable launch fares from $39 one-way*. Travellers can book now at FlyLynx.com.

”We have been delighted with the positive response to the news of Lynx’s arrival as Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline. As our booking site goes live today, we are excited to bring our commitment to ultra-low fares to life, by offering special launch fares from $39 one-way*,” said Merren McArthur, CEO, Lynx Air. ”By May, Lynx will be operating 76 flights per week and that is just the beginning. We will continue to add destinations and routes as we ramp up for the busy summer season, offering even more choice and flexibility to Canadians. Stay tuned for more announcements soon.”

“We are thrilled to be the departure airport for Lynx’s inaugural flight in April,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. “At YYC, we’re ready to show Lynx guests Calgary’s legendary hospitality as the airline grows across Canada.”

“At YVR, we’re excited to welcome Lynx Air to Vancouver, which will provide even more options for travellers from our airport,” said Russell Atkinson, Director, Air Service Development at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We look forward to Lynx Air’s first flights from YVR and being part of the airline’s growth as they focus on offering more choice and affordable fares for the people of B.C. and beyond.”

“We are delighted to see Lynx Air launch routes to Kelowna from Calgary and Vancouver in April,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport. “An affordable airline like Lynx will open doors for travellers looking to explore our beautiful region and increase travel opportunities for the Okanagan community.”

“Lynx Air will provide more options for those travelling to other parts of Canada, while also giving visitors to Pearson greater opportunities to explore Ontario,” said Craig Bradbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “We are pleased to welcome Lynx Air to our airport and look forward to continued partnership as they expand their services to and from Toronto.”

“We are excited to welcome Lynx Air to the gate at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport to help provide more affordable travel options to meet the needs of our community,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “It’s great news to see Canada’s newest low-cost airline gearing up to launch direct service out of Winnipeg to Calgary and Vancouver, adding capacity to these two in-demand destinations and growing the number of airline partners operating out of Winnipeg to further keep our region connected.”

Flights are now available for booking at FlyLynx.com. Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the website for full schedule details.

Details of Lynx’s launch schedule

RouteService StartsWeekly Roundtrip
Frequency
Calgary, AB – Vancouver, BCApril 7, 20227x
14x (from May 20)
Calgary, AB – Toronto, ONApril 11, 20224x
7x (from April 18)
Vancouver, BC – Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
Calgary, AB – Kelowna, BCApril 15, 20222x
Calgary, AB – Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20222x
4x (from May 5)
Vancouver, BC – Winnipeg, MBApril 19, 20222x
Toronto, ON – Vancouver, BCApril 28, 20227x

* Available for a limited time; fares are accurate at time of release and include taxes and fees; fares vary by destination and date.

About Lynx Air

Lynx Air (Lynx) is Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, on a mission to make air travel accessible to all Canadians, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape.

Lynx Air Launches Countdown to Ticket Sales with “Free Flights for a Year” Contest

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Lynx’s booking website, Canadians will have a chance to win free flights for a year with Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, Lynx Air (Lynx), has announced that tickets for its flights will go on sale on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Lynx’s countdown to ticket sales is kicking off today with a contest offering Canadians a chance to win free flights for a year, flying on Lynx’s fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft. Two lucky grand prize winners will win one round-trip flight per month to any Lynx destination for 12 months and five additional winners will each receive one round-trip flight anywhere on Lynx’s network.

“We are excited to be giving away free flights for a year to two lucky Canadians in keeping with Lynx’s mission to make air travel more accessible to all,” said Merren McArthur, CEO, Lynx Air. “The contest itself will be a bit of fun with some trivia questions to answer as we count down to the first day of ticket sales on Wednesday, January 19.”

The contest is open to all residents of Canada who have reached the age of maturity in their province/territory of residence at the time of submission. Canadians can begin to enter the contest at 9 a.m. MT on Friday, January 14, 2022, by following these steps:

  1. Sign up for Lynx’s newsletter at http://www.flylynx.com.
  2. Follow Lynx on either Facebook or Instagram.
  3. Visit the Free Flights for a Year contest page at http://www.flylynx.com to complete and submit the entry form.

Single round-trip winners will be drawn every day at 9 a.m. MT for the duration of the contest. The contest closes at 8 p.m. MT on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, and the Grand Prize Winners will be drawn on Friday, January 21, 2022. Winners will be contacted via email.

For more information on the Free Flights for a Year contest, including contest rules and conditions, please visit: www.FlyLynx.com.

About Lynx Air
Lynx Air (Lynx) is Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, on a mission to make air travel accessible to all, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape.

Competitive Pressure: Can Canada’s New Airlines Survive?

From Simple Flying – link to source story – Thanks to CW

by Andrew Curran | December 23, 2021

Despite the travel downturn disruptions, analysts expect the Canadian airline industry to grow by over 50% in the next two decades, resulting in an additional 40 million people taking to the skies. Canada is a substantial market but is dominated by two carriers that new airlines can find hard to crack.

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The competitive power of Air Canada and WestJet is too strong for new airlines says one Canadian strategic analyst. Photo: Getty Images

New airlines take on Canada’s two big carriers

Several new airlines are trying to break that traditional two-airline model. In recent years, Flair Airlines and Porter Airlines have entered the fray. Next year, Lynx (formerly Enerjet) plans to begin scheduled passenger flights. That’s in addition to incumbents Air Canada and WestJet starting up their own low-cost offshoots.

But will these new players significantly impact the Canadian airline market? Mark Satov, a Canadian strategy consultant and media commentator, thinks not.

“Would I be investing in any of these new low-cost carriers? Absolutely not,” he told Yahoo’s Editor Edition’s Alicja Siekierska. “I think Air Canada and WestJet will let them have their fun until they decide they don’t want to.”

With leisure travelers one of the first passenger markets to begin rebounding, Air Canada has recently launched or resumed flights to several holiday and sun destinations – “the places Air Canada would really rather not do,” says Mr Satov and usually left to the low-cost carriers like Flair.

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Mark Satov is especially critical of Air Canada throwing its market weight around. Photo: Air Canada

Predatory pricing or just fair game?

What potentially makes life difficult for competitors is that Air Canada can decide to fly in, engage in a little predatory pricing, and force competitors out of the market

“In a lot of other sectors of the economy, when competitors engage in predatory pricing – not just to gain market share but to drive competitors out, governments will step in.

“We don’t seem to do that in Canada. Why? We don’t have governments with courage, and we believe that strong airlines are really important for the economy. Air Canada can do what it wants. WestJet was caught on some predatory pricing – but you get caught, and you do it again.”

It’s not just the ability to compete on price that locks in an advantage for the two incumbent Canadian airlines; they also hold significant slots at key Canadian airports.

Mark Satov agrees the new competition is good news for consumers in the short term because ticket prices are falling on certain routes. But he thinks Canada’s financial and regulatory rules cause significant structural issues for new airlines, especially low-cost carriers, that undermine their long-term viability.

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Canadian strategic analyst & media commentator Mark Satov. Photo: Satov Consultants

Porter Airlines cut some slack – it’s in with a competitive chance

But Mr Satov says Porter Airlines is an exception. Porter chases business travel rather than low-yielding leisure travelers. They base themselves out of Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, where they are a major customer.

“For a lot of people, Porter is a viable alternative for business travel because they fly business routes. You can fly from Montreal to Toronto, which is one of the most profitable routes in North America. I think they can be viable.”

But overall Mark Satov isn’t bullish on any of these new airlines making a dent in the Canadian airline market because of the competitive power of the two big airlines. With one-ninth the population of neighboring United States, he says it’s understandable why only a few airlines in Canada can prosper.

“Maybe it’s rational we only let two survive – because there is only so much volume.”

Price wars, budget options coming to airline market amid COVID recovery

From The Toronto Star – link to source story

Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press | 19 November 2021

MONTREAL – Canada has so far been a difficult place for budget airlines to thrive, but that appears to be changing, thanks mainly to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian market, long defined by two dominant incumbents and consumer reluctance to embrace the ultra-low-cost model, is now poised to enter a period of price wars and suppressed fares as the pandemic upends the aviation sector.

“The pandemic has clearly changed the game for everyone,” Stephen Jones, CEO of discount carrier Flair Airlines, said in an interview.

“The emergence of ultra-low-cost carriers and competition can only be good for consumers. It’s driving efficiency into what was a relatively inefficient industry and lowering prices, I think permanently.”

While the pandemic saw billions of dollars in revenue go up in smoke over the past 20 months, it also burned down barriers to entry for upstarts.

Plummeting demand for aircraft meant carriers could access them more quickly and cheaply. A pilot shortage that had plagued the industry is no longer as severe. And greater availability of airport slots has given companies leverage when striking deals with airport authorities.

“All the competitors are relatively stretched — their balance sheets are stressed, their fleets are contracting. And so the conditions for expansion for a ULCC [ultralow cost carrier]are fantastic right now,” Jones said.

ULCCs, which offer bare-bones discount fares and charge extra for services such as checked bags and cancellations, have expanded their global market share, largely outside of Canada, to more than 37 per cent from about one-quarter a few years earlier, according to Jones..

Several carriers have been beefing up over the past six monthsin preparation for a clash with Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. — and with each other — particularly for domestic flights and to sun destinations.

Flair was down to one aircraft in April. It now has a dozen planes, with four more coming next year as the Edmonton-based airline adds routes from Victoria to St. John’s, N.L.

Lynx (formerly Enerjet) announced this week it will launch commercial routes next year with three new Boeing 737 Max airliners, part of an eventual fleet of up to 46 within seven years.

Meanwhile, WestJet budget subsidiary Swoop continues to expand, unveiling nine new routes out of Edmonton this week.

Demand remains the big caveat, though airlines say they are confident it will continue to rise next year, particularly among recreational travellers. Business travel — which can yield fatter profit margins and make up for seasonal lulls — continues to lag, a problem that hits bigger airlines harder than discount carriers, which offer no business-class tickets and fewer international flights to commercial hubs.

“Canadians are finally embracing the ULCC model,” said Robert Kokonis, president of consulting firm AirTrav Inc.

“You’d go to chat boards online and people were grumbling about having to pay extra to check in a bag or even to pay money for a carry-on bag. But Canadians are starting to realize that, hey, if I can pay a really rock-bottom airfare, I’ve got money left over to spend at the destination.”

Porter Airlines, while not a ULCC, is another smaller player that is expanding its fleet, securing 30 Embraer E2 narrow-body jets for delivery between mid-2022 and the end of 2023, with an option for 50 more.

Bound for sun destinations and Canadian cities, they will fly from Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax as well as Toronto’s Pearson airport — rather than Porter’s current downtown base at Billy Bishop airport — allowing for head-to-head competition with Air Canada, WestJet, Transat AT Inc. and Sunwing Airlines.

“Air Canada and WestJet won’t take the new incursion by Porter lying down. They’re going to come out and be robust competitors,” Kokonis said, adding that prices will fall “for sure” compared to pre-pandemic fares.

“As the ULCCs gain traction in the deeper sun destinations — places like the Caribbean and Mexico — I think it’s going to pose a significant competitive issue for both Sunwing and Transat. Both of those players are heavily oriented around package vacations.”

However, history has shown that success in this market is far from guaranteed. Between 1995 and 2015, no fewer than six low-cost carriers tried and failed to get off the ground: Greyhound Air, Roots Air, Air Canada’s Zip, Jetsgo, Zoom Airlines and Canjet.

“Before, some of the new entrants that came in were not terribly well-financed or well-backed,” said David Huttner, a commercial aviation expert who has worked with Flair.

“You have three Alberta-headquartered parties in there now” — Flair, Lynx and WestJet’s Swoop — “who are extremely well-structured.”

Flair remains undeterred, with flights to nine U.S. airports so far — mainly U.S. sun destinations — as well as Cancun and Cabo in Mexico.

“They could become the price leader in the Canadian marketplace,” said aviation expert and McGill University lecturer John Gradek.

“You are now talking about a carrier that has risen like a phoenix from the ashes.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2021.

Lynx Air to launch as Canada’s newest airline

International aviation executive Merren McArthur named CEO of Canada’s newest ultra-affordable airline

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Lynx Air (Lynx) announced its arrival as Canada’s newest ultra-affordable airline, on a mission to make Canadian air travel accessible to all, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service.

Lynx will adopt the ultra low-cost carrier model, which has revolutionized air travel across Europe and the United States, offering low fares, flexibility and choice. The airline has selected Calgary as its headquarters and plans to announce routes and schedules soon.

Merren McArthur has been named CEO of Lynx, bringing a wealth of aviation experience to the role. She has served as CEO of ultra low-cost carrier Tigerair Australia, CEO of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and founding CEO of Virgin Australia Cargo.

“We are excited to bring competition and choice to the Canadian aviation market at a time when Canadians are yearning for the opportunity to fly again, whether it be to see friends and family or to take a long-awaited holiday,” McArthur said. “We have created an ultra-affordable fare structure which is focused on simplicity, transparency and choice. Our à la carte pricing will empower passengers to pick and pay for the services they want, so they can save money on the trip and spend where it counts – at their destination.”

Lynx will operate a fleet of Boeing’s newest 737 aircraft, featuring leading-edge fuel-efficient technology. The airline has firm orders and lease agreements in place for a total of 46 aircraft over the next seven years to meet anticipated demand. The first three Boeing 737s will arrive in early 2022.

“Boeing’s newest 737 aircraft enables the lowest cost operation of any aircraft in its market segment, making it a great fit for Lynx Air’s ultra low-cost business model,” said Brad McMullen, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Passengers can feel confident in Lynx Air’s choice of modern fleet, knowing this latest generation of aircraft are designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market.”

Information about flight reservations will be available soon. For the latest updates, please visit www.flylynx.com 

About Lynx Air

Lynx Air (Lynx), formerly Enerjet, is Canada’s newest ultra-affordable airline. Headquartered in Calgary, Lynx is on a mission to make air travel accessible to all, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service.

Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape.