April 16, 2024

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Cheap flights: Flair Airlines cuts number of domestic flights

Cheap flights: Flair Airlines cuts number of domestic flights

Flair Airlines, which specializes in low-cost domestic flights, has adjusted its flight schedule for this spring in Canada.

The Edmonton-based budget airline will operate 600 fewer flights in March, April and May 2024 than last year, according to data provided to aviation analytics firm Sirium Global News.

In a statement to Global News, CEO Stephen Jones noted that the spring flight schedule established in August 2023 reflects a strategy focused on the wants and needs of Canadian travelers. This includes increasing flight capacity to hot destinations such as Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean, with more than 20 new routes to these winter destinations.

This change in direction represents a significant evolution of Flair Airlines compared to 2023 when it focused primarily on domestic flights, Mr. Jones added.

According to company vice president Eric Tanner, the company already offers long-haul and medium-haul flights in Canada to reduce costs associated with airports.

The airline's new direction comes amid difficult financial circumstances as it faces an unpaid tax debt of about $67.2 million to the federal government. However, the company's CEO denies any link between the reduction in flights and financial problems.

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