Flair Airlines plans to scale up services across Canada this summer
COVID-19 has hit the travel industry hard and Canada’s major airlines have been laying off staff and cutting routes as the government warns against non-essential travel.
Flair Airlines, an Alberta-based ultra-low-cost carrier, has announced plans to add eight new routes this spring including three in Atlantic Canada Saint John, N.B., Halifax, N.S., and Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Flair President Stephen Jones said Canadians have been overpaying for domestic travel and he believes many will want to take advantage of low fares and be able to travel to various cities in Canada.
“They have been paying too much for too long and that needs to change and Flair’s purpose is to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable travel,” Jones said.
“As many people are aware 2020 was devastating for tourism … the Chambers across Atlantic Canada had been advocating for support because we can’t afford to be cut off from the rest of Canada,” said Atlantic Chamber of Commerce CEO Sheri Somerville. “We need to have access.”
The Tourism Association of Ontario’s President Beth Potter said domestic travel should pick-up over the course of the year, which is good news for resorts, hotels and restaurants.