Minister of Transport introduces new funding programs to support Canada’s airports

Transport Canada

OTTAWA, ON, May 11, 2021 /CNW/ – The global COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the air sector in Canada. Airports have been significantly affected, experiencing major decreases in traffic over the past 15 months. Despite these consequences, airports have played a crucial role since the start of the pandemic by continuing to provide essential air services, including traveling to medical appointments, air ambulance services, community resupply, getting goods to market, search and rescue operations, and forest fire response.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, launched two new contribution funding programs to help Canada’s airports recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) is a new program providing close to $490 million to financially assist Canada’s larger airports with investments in critical infrastructure-related to safety, security or connectivity;
  • The Airport Relief Fund (ARF) is a new program providing almost $65 million in financial relief to targeted Canadian airports to help maintain operations.

In addition to launching these two new funding programs, the Minister announced that Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) is receiving a funding top-up of $186 million over two years. The ACAP is an existing contribution funding program which provides financial assistance to Canada’s local and regional airports for safety-related infrastructure projects and equipment purchases.

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“Canada’s airports are major contributors to our country’s economy, and play a key role in sustaining the social and economic well-being of our communities, and our local airport workers. These programs will help ensure that, as Canada works towards recovery and travel restart post pandemic, our airports remain viable and continue to provide Canadians with safe, reliable and efficient travel options, while creating and maintaining good paying jobs in the airport sector.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP), the Airport Relief Fund (ARF), and the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) funding top-up and program expansion were originally announced in the Fall Economic Statement in November 2020.
  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) will distribute $489.6 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible projects such as runway repairs/rehabilitation, airfield lighting enhancements, investments in terminal buildings, and transit stations to ensure connectivity to mass transit systems.
  • On April 15, 2021, the Government of Canada announced a contribution of up to $100 million towards the $600-million project to construct a new Réseau express métropolitain (REM) light rail underground station at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. Federal funding for this project comes from the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP).
  • The Airport Relief Fund will provide $64.8 million in funding to airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million. The amount of funding to each targeted eligible recipient will be calculated using a tiered formula-based approach, based on 2019 revenues.
  • In addition to the one-time funding top-up of $186 million, eligibility for the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) has been temporarily expanded to allow National Airport System airports with less than one million annual passengers in 2019 (Gander, Charlottetown, Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Thunder Bay, London, and Prince George) to apply for funding under the Program in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • For 2021-2022, funding has been awarded to 63 airports for 86 ACAP projects, including runway and taxiway repairs/rehabilitation, lighting enhancements, purchasing snow clearing equipment and firefighting vehicles and installing wildlife fencing.

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Sunwing announces winter flight schedule from regional gateways across Atlantic Canada

Tour operator to offer weekly flights from Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander

TORONTO, April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing is making it easier for residents of Atlantic Canada to head back to the tropics this winter, with convenient weekly flights from regional gateways across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Residents of Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, St. John’s, Deer Lake and Gander can make their much-anticipated return to paradise with vacation packages to some of the most popular destinations across the Caribbean and Mexico. Flights will begin in January 2022 and run weekly until May 2022.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Atlantic Canada for another winter season,” commented Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Travel Group. “After a difficult year, we’re sure that Canadians will be eager to return to paradise and enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation. We’re excited to be able to help them enjoy a frictionless vacation experience with convenient flights from local gateways across the region.”

Residents of Atlantic Canada will be able to choose from a range of vacation packages designed for every travel style and budget. Sun-seekers can Vacation Like a Star™ at the newly-opened Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun and the first-ever Planet Hollywood Adult Scene Cancun, featuring entertainment-themed facilities and authentic Hollywood memorabilia around the resort. Those looking to make the most of their vacation budget can enjoy exclusive RIU®-topia inclusions at Canadian-favourite chain RIU Hotels & Resorts, including the recently renovated Riu Montego Bay. Plus, travellers who book by April 30, 2021 for travel between November 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022 can enjoy flexible booking options with the ability to change their plans with ease and save up to $1,000 per couple during the tour operator’s Freedom 21/22 Sale.

The flight schedule from Halifax, NS will be as follows:

  • Between Halifax and Cancun, Sundays from January 16, 2022 until May 8, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Montego Bay, Mondays from January 17, 2022 until May 9, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Puerto Plata, Tuesdays from January 18, 2022 until May 10, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Punta Cana, Fridays from January 14, 2022 until May 6, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Cayo Coco, Wednesdays from January 12, 2022 until May 11, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Cayo Santa Maria, Thursdays from January 13, 2022 until May 5, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Holguin, Sundays from January 16, 2022 until May 8, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Varadero, Thursdays and Saturdays from January 13, 2022 until May 7, 2022

The flight schedule from Moncton, NB will be as follows:

  • Between Moncton and Cancun, Thursdays from February 10, 2022 until May 5, 2022
  • Between Moncton and Montego Bay, Sundays from February 13, 2022 until May 8, 2022
  • Between Moncton and Puerto Plata, Fridays from February 11, 2022 until May 6, 2022
  • Between Moncton and Punta Cana, Saturdays from February 12, 2022 until May 7, 2022
  • Between Moncton and Varadero, Fridays from February 11, 2022 until May 6, 2022

The flight schedule from Saint John, NB will be as follows:

  • Between Saint John and Varadero, Saturdays from February 5, 2022 until May 7, 2022

The flight schedule from Fredericton, NB will be as follows:

  • Between Fredericton and Cancun, Mondays from February 14, 2022 until May 9, 2022
  • Between Fredericton and Punta Cana, Wednesdays from February 9, 2022 until May 4, 2022
  • Between Fredericton and Cayo Coco, Tuesdays from February 15, 2022 until May 10, 2022

The flight schedule from St. John’s, NL will be as follows:

  • Between St. John’s and Cayo Coco, Thursdays from March 10, 2022 until May 12, 2022
  • Between St. John’s and Varadero, Saturdays from March 12, 2022 until May 14, 2022
  • Between St. John’s and Cancun, Fridays from March 11, 2022 until May 13, 2022
  • Between St. John’s and Montego Bay, Sundays from March 13, 2022 until May 15, 2022
  • Between St. John’s and Punta Cana, Mondays from March 14, 2022 until May 9, 2022

The flight schedule from Deer Lake and Gander, NL will be as follows:

  • Between Deer Lake/Gander and Varadero, Tuesdays from March 15, 2022 until May 10, 2022
  • Between Deer Lake/Gander and Punta Cana, Wednesdays from March 16, 2022 until May 11, 2022

Vacationers can return to these Canadian-favourite destinations and travel with peace of mind knowing that the highest Canadian standards are in place throughout their entire vacation experience with the Safe with Sunwing commitment, created under the advisement of global healthcare leader Medcan.

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.

Details of Financial Support to Air Canada

From: Department of Finance Canada | 12 April 2021

Backgrounder

The government’s financial support to Air Canada is being provided under the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). The Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation (CEEFC) has committed to provide $4 billion in repayable loans and an equity investment in Air Canada of $500 million in newly-issued Class B Voting Shares at a 15 per cent discount to their recent trading price. CEEFC will also receive warrants on Air Canada stock in an amount equal to 10 per cent of the loan commitments (CEEFC’s news release contains detailed information regarding the warrants).

As a condition of its agreement with CEEFC, Air Canada has made a number of commitments as outlined below.

Refunds for Canadians

The agreement with Air Canada ensures that customers who had their flights cancelled, or took action to cancel a flight because of the pandemic, are not financially disadvantaged. Under the terms of the financing agreement, Air Canada has committed to offer refunds to any passenger who wants a refund for certain pandemic-related cancelations by the carrier that CEEFC will finance. Air Canada has committed to providing customers with their refunds as soon as possible – beginning April 30, 2021 at the latest. CEEFC will provide additional loan financing of up to $1.4 billion for Air Canada to provide these refunds. Travel agents may assist in the processing of refunds for tickets the travel agents sold but will not be required to refund their commission to Air Canada.

Protecting Jobs

As a condition of the agreement with CEEFC, Air Canada has committed to maintain jobs at current levels, to respect collective bargaining agreements, and protect workers’ pensions. Air Canada currently has 14,859 active Canadian employees.

As required more generally under LEEFF, Air Canada has also agreed to restrictions on dividends, buying back shares, and executive compensation. The company will also provide climate-related financial disclosures, including how its future operations will support environmental sustainability and national climate goals.

Restarting Vital Domestic Air Services

The terms of the financial support will ensure that Canadians and communities retain air connections to the rest of Canada, through the restart of service at airports temporarily suspended by Air Canada. For seven airports where Air Canada had permanently canceled service, the airline will seek interline agreements with other carriers with a view to ensure those Canadians continue to have convenient access to their preferred airports and the flights they need.

Service will resume by no later than June 1, 2021, at the following suspended airports based on public health advice:

  • Bathurst
  • Comox
  • Fredericton
  • Gander
  • Goose Bay
  • Kamloops
  • North Bay
  • Penticton
  • Prince Rupert
  • Saint John
  • Sandspit
  • Sydney
  • Yellowknife

Supporting Jobs in Canada’s Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry supported 235,000 Canadian jobs and contributed over $28 billion in gross domestic product to the Canadian economy in 2019.

This financing agreement will allow Air Canada to continue to be a vital customer of the Canadian aerospace industry by completing its planned purchase of aircraft as set out in its business plan, which includes aircraft built in Canada, such as the Airbus A220. Aerospace is one of the most innovative and export-driven industries in Canada. The negative impact of the pandemic on the bottom line of airlines has put the relationship between airlines and the aerospace industry at risk, threatening job security in the sector. Ensuring that Air Canada maintains its status as a key customer of Canada’s aerospace industry is important to ensuring the long term success of the sector and the thousands of jobs it supports.

Air Canada, Flair planning June 1 restart in Saint John, airport says

From CBC News – link to source story

Porter Airlines also expected to return as airport gears up for commercial flight restart

Marie Sutherland · CBC News · Posted: Mar 25, 2021

Air Canada and Flair Airlines have both scheduled June 1 as a flight restart date at Saint John Airport. (Julia Wright / CBC file photo)

Air Canada flights could be back on the runway at Saint John Airport by June.

In an interview Thursday, Saint John Airport acting CEO Greg Hierlihy said the airport is gearing up for a looming restart, which will see suspended flights resume and new airlines touching down for the first time.

The airlines will “react to demand,” he said, “but right now we’ve got a couple of Air Canada flights a day to Toronto and Montreal on the schedule as of June 1.”

Air Canada suspended all flights out of Saint John, as well as Toronto flights out of Fredericton, in January because of  pandemic-driven travel restrictions and reduced demand.

Flair Airlines, which announced in February that it has chosen Saint John Airport as its only New Brunswick destination, has also moved its first-flight date to June 1 from May 1, Hierlihy said.

Porter Airlines, which had cancelled all routes until May 19, has not scheduled a return date.

But the airport “fully expects they will return,” Hierlihy said. 

“It’s a matter of when.”

Saint John Airport acting CEO Greg Hierlihy says the airport will play a critical role in the region’s post-pandemic economic recovery. (Brian Comeau/Submitted by Saint John Airport)

Much depends on vaccine rollout, travel restrictions

For both Air Canada and Flair, the June 1 date is a bit of a moving target.

“It will rely a great deal on the easing of travel restrictions and the 14-day quarantine requirement,” Hierlihy said. “But with the vaccine rollout we are very optimistic about that.”

In an email, Pascale Déry, Air Canada’s director of communications for Eastern Canada, Quebec and Europe, also emphasized the dependence on the pandemic’s direction.

“We continue to evaluate and adjust our route network … in response to the trajectory of the pandemic and travel restrictions,” Déry said.   

The reopening of the Atlantic bubble, scheduled for April 19, is “an optimistic sign,” Hierlihy said, although it won’t have a large impact on air travel for the Saint John Airport.

“What we really need is to open up to the rest of Canada to really drive traffic.”

‘Some real optimism’ around the industry

An accelerated vaccine rollout, the announcement Wednesday that WestJet plans to resume flights to the Atlantic region at the end of June, as well as remarks by Premier Blaine Higgs following the announcement, have all sparked “some real optimism” around the industry, Hierlihy said.

Higgs welcomed WestJet’s announcement Thursday, noting “it’s good news that they want to get back in the province and that they’re picking another airport to open up to, not just Moncton.”

“I’d like to think it’s just a matter of a week or two or three and we’ll get Saint John included as well.”

Hierlihy said he was pleased that the airport’s importance as as an economic engine of the region was given a nod.   

He also addressed occasional rumours and speculation about the airport’s possible closure, saying he’s “confident” the airport has a key role to play in the region.

With the economy poised for turnaround and borders poised to reopen, airports will be a key driver of post-pandemic recovery, Hierlihy said.

“I’m confident that there will be recognition of the critical importance of the Saint John Airport,” he said.

“The fact that we’re getting scheduled flights back will continue to drive that confidence.”

Saint John Airport CEO Says $15-Million Modernization Project Key To Future Growth

From Huddle Today – link to source story

Mar 8, 2021 by Ben Burnett

Saint John Airport president and CEO Derrick Stanford. Image: Submitted

SAINT JOHN – The Saint John Airport will say goodbye to its president and CEO, Derrick Stanford, this week.

Stanford was appointed to the position in 2016 and oversaw several years of passenger growth before the Covid-19 pandemic devastated the industry last year.

Greg Hierlihy will take over for Stanford in an interim role after he announced his resignation in February.

Stanford said the greatest accomplishment during his tenure was YSJ’s Airport Modernization Project.

“Saint John now has the most modern airfield, for an airport in its size category, in the country,” Stanford said. “It’s something everyone in Saint John should be very proud of.”

He says $15-million invested from the federal and provincial governments helped bring center-line lighting down the runway, new paving, and navigational equipment among several other upgrades that helped the modernization process.

“Saint John is set up for the next two decades, maybe even three, with the investment that’s been made,” said Stanford.

Last summer, Stanford said it would take the airport years to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Despite the Atlantic provinces maintaining relatively low Covid-19 case numbers, the airport industry was subject to extremely strict guidelines which made it difficult for YSJ to survive.

“It’s been devastating to all airports globally, but in Canada and particularly Atlantic Canada, we had some of the most stringent rules and precautions and border safeguards,” Stanford said.

Looking ahead, the outgoing CEO says YSJ is beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the travel industry.

“We’re keen to hear and see that the vaccine is starting to get rolled out, and we’re looking forward to seeing an easing of restrictions will be a product of that.”

Stanford says he will wait to announce his next position, but he and his wife will remain in Saint John.

Ben Burnett is a reporter with 97.3 The Wave/Country 94, Huddle content partners.

Almost 100 workers laid off at Air Canada call centre in Saint John

From CBC News – link to source story

98 workers at Millidgeville centre receive layoff notices, part of sweeping Air Canada cuts

Marie Sutherland · CBC News · Posted: Feb 17, 2021

Eighty-three workers at the Air Canada call centre in Millidgeville have received layoff notices. Combined with 15 layoffs issued in January, the call centre has laid off 98 employees this year. (Graham Thompson/CBC News)

Almost 100 employees have received layoff notices at the Air Canada call centre in Millidgeville amid sweeping, company-wide cuts announced by Air Canada in January.

The latest layoff notices, sent to workers on Feb. 12, affect 83 customer sales and service call centre agents, Unifor Airlines Sector director Leslie Dias confirmed in an email Wednesday. The call centre workers are represented by Unifor Local 2002.

Combined with 15 layoff notices issued in January, the call centre has lost 95 workers in 2021, Dias confirmed.

The cuts are the latest blow to workers in the airline industry, which has been hobbled by travel restrictions and drastically reduced demand for travel amid the pandemic.

In January, Air Canada announced it was suspending operations out of the Fredericton International Airport. That followed on the heels of a December 2020 decision to indefinitely suspend all flights out of the Saint John Airport.

On Feb. 9, the company announced it was cutting 1,500 more jobs and cancelling 17 more routes.  

The job cuts meant that Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline, essentially cut its workforce in half, from roughly 40,000 people before the pandemic to about 20,000 today.  

Layoffs are part of 1,500 job cuts at Air Canada

The layoffs announced at the call centre in Millidgeville are part of the 1,500 layoffs announced on Feb. 9.

Air Canada media relations director Pascale Déry said in an email at that time that the airline “does not provide breakdowns” of layoffs by job description but noted that Air Canada was “temporarily reducing its unionized workforce by 1,500 people and by an as-yet-undetermined number of management positions.”

In an earlier interview, Saint John Coun. John MacKenzie, in whose ward the affected call centre is located, said he had heard rumours of imminent layoffs at the call centre.

“It’s really unfortunate,” MacKenzie said. “I hate to see this, but I guess I’m not surprised … if you’re losing money every day, the bleeding has to stop.”

MacKenzie said he’d like to see federal government step in to try to support the industry. 

“With the airlines going through what they’re going through, I don’t know how they can survive.”

Saint John Airport’s CEO is leaving. Here’s what you should, and shouldn’t, read into that

From CBC News – link to source story

Derrick Stanford, who has presided over 4 years of growth and a pandemic, says YSJ is poised for recovery

Marie Sutherland · CBC News · Posted: Feb 17, 2021

Derrick Stanford is resigning as CEO of the Saint John Airport after almost five years in the position. (Submitted by Derrick Stanford)

Outgoing Saint John Airport CEO Derrick Stanford has a message for anyone who might be alarmed by his decision to resign: don’t be.

Stanford, one of the most ardent and outspoken defenders of the province’s airports, has decided to leave the post he has held for almost five years, effective March 10.

But in an interview Wednesday, he was emphatic when asked if we should be worried about what the decision means for the future of the Saint John Airport.

“Oh no! No, I’ve just got other things that I want to do with my career, beyond the aviation industry,” he said, noting he came to the airport from a very different career background. “Before I came here, I was in the software industry for 18 years.”

His decision to take on the YSJ challenge led him to a thrilling new chapter, he said.

“It was an interesting business challenge for me because it needed only everything,” Stanford said with a chuckle. “It was exciting.”

Outgoing CEO and president convinced there’s a bright future for Saint John Airport

Under his leadership, the airport secured funding for a modernized airfield, saw the launch of Porter flights, became Flair Airlines’ exclusive New Brunswick destination for flights set to begin in May, the opening of the first standalone duty-free store at a New Brunswick airport, renovations of the departure lounge and many other property renovations.

“If you look at the top 10 things the board wanted when they hired me, we’ve largely achieved all of those things,” Stanford said. “There was only one thing that we didn’t achieve and that was a direct flight to the U.S., and we came really, really close on that.”

He declined to say what his next career move will be, saying “out of respect for the airport” he’d share more on that later. 

But in the meantime, he is preparing to hand the reins over to Greg Hierlihy, the airport’s director of finance and administration, who Stanford says has “been a great addition to the team and has done a wonderful job with our reporting, our finances, our funding applications.”

“The airport will certainly go through its due diligence in exploring who’s available in the market. But in the interim, it will be Greg, and I’m hopeful that in the long term it will be Greg, too.” 

Since Stanford’s arrival, the Saint John Airport has seen several years of back-to-back growth, many renovations, and the arrival of a crushing pandemic. (Submitted by Derrick Stanford)

On course for ‘slow, steady recovery,’ Stanford says

Stanford concedes this is “not an easy time” for anyone to take over as CEO.

The COVID-19 pandemic created uncertainty for most of 2020, and this has continued into early part of 2021.

Air Canada’s decision to indefinitely suspend all flights out of the Saint John Airport as of early January was a blow, and there are currently no commercial flights into or out of YSJ.

That was followed weeks later by Air Canada’s decision to lay off 1,500 staff company-wide — including 83 workers at its call centre in Saint John — and cancel 17 more routes.

But Stanford says things are beginning to look up, with COVID-19 case numbers beginning to decline globally, the airport on a “stable footing” and the airline industry taxiing toward steadier ground.

“I won’t say the worst is behind us, but we’re on a course now for a slow, steady recovery,” he said.

“When Air Canada returns — and it will return, although it might not be on April 11 as it says on its website — but when it returns, the airport will be ready.”

Flair Airlines expands with eight new destinations across Canada

ULCC to bring low fare air travel to 18 cities by August, filling voids left by legacy carriers and ensuring affordable travel options are available for Canadians

 Source: Flair Airlines

Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines, Canada’s only independent ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), is expanding service and will bring low fare air travel to 18 Canadian destinations by summer. Service to four of the new destinations will begin in May with more added in the coming months as non-essential travel within Canada safely restarts.

Flair’s ambitious expansion focuses first on growing its domestic network. Flair’s network will expand beginning on May 1st as service is added to Ottawa, ON; Kitchener-Waterloo, ON; Halifax, NS; and Saint John, NB. Flair will add service in June to Thunder Bay, ON; and Charlottetown, PE; in July to Victoria, BC; and in August to Abbotsford, BC.

“Canadians have been paying too much for too long, and we are changing that with our ULCC model that makes getting around Canada affordable,” says Stephen Jones, President & CEO. “Providing affordable air travel within Canada is the first step in restarting travel and tourism, and Flair is uniquely positioned with the efficiencies of our low-cost model. When non-essential travel returns, Flair will be there to reconnect families and provide the low fares that have long been denied to Canadians.”

Flair anticipates tourism and travel to begin restarting in the Spring and Summer, and the focus on domestic service in 2021 enables the ULCC to provide more low fare options across Canada.

“We strongly support the need for restricting non-essential travel as Canada works to bend the curve. Flair was one of the first airlines to reduce our network and focus exclusively on essential domestic travel,” says Jones. “We are confident, as travel returns, there is a strong market for low fare travel choices from a socially responsible Canadian airline. Flair’s ULCC business model doesn’t have the overhead and costs associated with legacy organizations and networks, and this allows our efficiencies to be passed along in our pricing.”

Canadian airport partners are excited for Flair’s ULCC service to be coming to their communities:

“We’re delighted that Flair Airlines has selected Saint John as their exclusive New Brunswick destination,” says Saint John Airport President and CEO, Derrick Stanford. “We’re dedicated to finding Saint John travellers the best possible value and options, and with Flair’s unique pricing model almost anyone can afford to fly to more places than ever before.”
                                   – Derrick Stanford, President & CEO, Saint John Airport

“We are pleased to welcome Flair Airlines to the Region of Waterloo International Airport. Once pandemic restrictions are lifted, the addition of Flair’s services will provide further connectivity to other economic hubs, create local jobs, build partnerships and help support the recovery of the local economy.”
                                   – Karen Redman, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo

 “EIA is proud to be Flair’s home base and it’s exciting to see these growth plans that will benefit our community. We’re confident there’s a bright future for aviation and travel in our market, and low-cost airlines such as Flair are part of that. We will always put the health and safety of passengers and Canadians first, and with our EIA Ready program, we’re committed to a clean and safe travel experience when the time is right.”
                                     – Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport

“Canadians have been separated from their families and friends throughout the pandemic and we are confident there will be demand for a variety of flight options when non-essential air travel resumes. We look forward to welcoming Flair back to Halifax Stanfield, increasing choices for our community members to reconnect when the time is right. With our Stay Healthy measures in place throughout the airport, we’re ready to support passengers on their next journey.”
                                 
 – Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority 

Flair is poised to show Canadians the real benefits which other areas of the world have experienced with ULCC service. One-way fares on several of the new routes start as low as $39. In addition, Flair provides complimentary COVID Coverage, allowing passengers to easily change their travel plans given the continued uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Bookings are now available for the newly announced routes for May through October 30, 2021, at flyflair.com.

Flair Airlines Service (May 1, 2021 – October 30, 2021)

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  • YLW-YEG, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YLW-YYZ, starting 02-Jun-21, Frequency: W, Sa
  • YOW-YEG, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YOW-YHZ, starting 01-Jun-21, Frequency: Daily
  • YOW-YVR, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: W, Th, F, Su
  • YOW-YWG, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: W, Sa
  • YOW-YYC, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: M, Sa
  • YOW-YYZ, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: M, W, Th, F, Sa, Su
  • YOW-YXX, starting 02-Aug-21, Frequency: M, Th, F
  • YVR-YEG, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: Tu, W, Th, Sa, Su
  • YVR-YKF, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, Tu, W, F
  • YVR-YMM, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: W, Sa,
  • YVR-YOW, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: W, Th, Sa, Su
  • YVR-YQR, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: Th, Su
  • YVR-YWG, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: Th, Su
  • YVR-YXE, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YVR-YXS, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YVR-YYC, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: W, Th, Sa, Su
  • YVR-YYZ, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, Tu, Th, F, Su
  • YXS-YEG, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YXS-YVR, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YMM-YVR, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: W, Sa
  • YMM-YYZ, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: W, Sa
  • YWG-YKF, starting 02-Jul-21, Frequency: M, W, F, Su
  • YWG-YOW, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: W, Sa
  • YWG-YVR, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: Th, Su
  • YWG-YYC, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: W, Sa
  • YWG-YYZ, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: Th, Su
  • YWG-YXX, starting 01-Aug-21, Frequency: Tu, Th, Su
  • YQR-YVR, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: Th, Su
  • YQR-YYZ, starting 02-May-21, Frequency: Th, Su
  • YSJ-YYZ, starting 01-May-21, Frequency: Tu, Sa
  • YXE-YVR, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YXE-YYZ, starting 03-May-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YQT-YYZ, starting 03-Jun-21, Frequency: Tu, Th, Sa
  • YYG-YYZ, starting 04-Jun-21, Frequency: M, F
  • YXX-YEG, starting 01-Aug-21, Frequency: M, W, Th, F, Sa, Su
  • YXX-YYC, starting 01-Aug-21, Frequency: Daily
  • YXX-YYZ, starting 01-Aug-21, Frequency: M, Tu, Th, F, Sa, Su
  • YXX-YOW, starting 02-Aug-21, Frequency: M, W, F
  • YXX-YWG, starting 01-Aug-21, Frequency: Tu, Th, Su
  • YYJ-YKF, starting 02-Jul-21, Frequency: Tu, Th, Sa
  • YYJ-YEG, starting 04-Aug-21, Frequency: W, Sa
  • YYJ-YYC, starting 01-Aug-21, Frequency: Th, Su

Schedule notes:

– Some routes are active prior to May 1, 2021.
– Frequency of service displayed reflects the start of the scheduled route and the frequency on some routes will change as additional service begins. Check specific travel dates at flyflair.com.