Lynx Air launches maiden voyage from Calgary
Lynx Air made its inaugural flight Thursday, the latest entrant into Canada’s increasingly crowded budget airline market.
The ultra-low-cost carrier’s Boeing 737 Max jetliner took off from Calgary on Thursday and was set to land in Vancouver later in the morning.
Chief executive Merren McArthur says Calgary-based Lynx, formerly known as Enerjet, aims to operate nearly 90 flights a week on nine routes by June and close to double the number of trips by August, all within Canada.
Several ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs) have been beefing up since the summer in preparation for a clash with Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. — and with each other — particularly for domestic flights and sun destinations.
Flair Airlines was down to one aircraft a year ago, but expects to have 20 737s in its fleet by the end of June as the Edmonton-based airline adds routes from Victoria, B.C., to St. John’s, N.L.
Meanwhile, WestJet budget subsidiary Swoop continues to expand, unveiling nine new routes out of Edmonton in November.
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