Flair Airlines (Edmonton, AB): Flair, Canada’s low-fare airline, today announced that, after doubling its summer flying, the privately-held Flair Airlines surpassed load factor projections.
“It’s been a delightfully busy summer for us” stated David Tait, Flair’s Executive Chairman. “Since mid June - when we more than doubled our capacity and expanded our network to 10 cities from Victoria to Halifax - our fleet of seven aircraft has carried more than a quarter million passengers and we’re currently enjoying load factors in excess of 90%.”
Having led the way as the nation’s first low fare airline, among other initiatives, Flair is working closely with Edmonton’s community at large to firmly establish its position asthe city’s‘hometown airline.’Already,some 75% of the airline’s flights go through Edmonton International Airport EIA.Throughout the coming months, Flair will continue to relocate staff to its new HQ building at EIA, as well as hire for new positions from the local labor pool.
Tait added that, “As one of the founders of Virgin Atlantic Airways, I’ve played the David versus Goliath role before – and won! The tenacity of the Flair team, their spirit and determination to ensure that air travel becomes an affordable reality for all Canadians is really quite remarkable. I am truly proud to be of a part of this dynamic team, and, as Yogi Berra would have said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”
Flair recently announced low fare service (starting in December) out of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto (YYZ), to Palm Springs,Phoenix/Mesa, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater.
Tait added that, “Going forward, our robust fleet expansion planshould see up to 20 newer, more fuel efficient and longer-range aircraftby the end of 2020. The first additions will start arriving in early 2019 as our current aircraft are rapidly phased out.”
The cities from which Flair operates benefit with dramatically lower average airfares as a direct consequence of the carrier’s market presence: Airports served by Flair also report an increase in new and first-time travelers.