Lynx Air Announces Canadian Expansion

A Lynx Air Boeing 737 MAX flying above mountains in Banff

Lynx Air, or Lynx, has announced plans to expand its route network with a new service to Ottawa.

Further Canadian Expansion Coming

Commencing on May 17, 2024, Lynx says that it’ll operate flights between Ottawa International Airport (YOW) and the two Canadian locations of Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

This is achieved thanks to through flights. Lynx describes these as seamless and says they involve a brief stop in Calgary.

However, checked bags will go through to the end destination, and those continuing onward can stay on the plane in Calgary.

A through flight is relatively common within Canada. However, it is more than present when connecting more regional townships, especially in Quebec, with some flights featuring as many as three to four stops.

Lynx says eight weekly flights will now be present in Ottawa, with the fares starting at $79 one way.

Comments From Executives

We are delighted to be adding Ottawa, Canada’s capital, to the Lynx Air network as we ramp up our summer 2024 schedule. While Ottawa is a beautiful destination to visit at any time of the year, Lynx is proud to be the only low-cost carrier currently servicing this market domestically from Calgary and Vancouver. Whether you are traveling to explore Parliament Hill, visiting the National Gallery of Canada, or enjoying a relaxing stroll along the Rideau Canal with your loved ones, Lynx will ensure a great flying experience at an ultra-affordable price.

Jim Sullivan, CEO of Lynx

YOW is pleased to extend a warm welcome to Lynx Air, recognizing the crucial role affordable air travel plays in connecting the Ottawa-Gatineau community and catering to the diverse needs of both residents and visitors. Lynx’s presence enhances our commitment to providing accessible and convenient travel options for all.

Mark Laroche, President & CEO, Ottawa International Airport Authority.

The Lynx Air Fleet

Lynx Air currently flies a modest fleet of just nine aircraft, all from the 737 family and the next-generation 737-8.

These 737-8s average an age of about 2.7 years, meaning Lynx Air has one of the youngest fleets in North America.

Pairing the young fleet with affordable fares and a view to grow, Lynx hopes it’s positioned in the best possible manner to meet growth.

Recent Expansion Between Toronto And Fort Myers

News of Lynx adding Ottawa to its ever-growing network follows the service launch between Toronto and Fort Myers.

Lynx says it will fly its new 737 aircraft on four weekly flights. It hopes that the affordable fares will make it a leading choice in the market.

Expansion from Toronto follows the most recent opening of a pilot and cabin crew base. The belief is this will significantly support the growth set to be experienced in the region.

Toronto has emerged as our fastest-growing hub, primarily due to a longstanding gap in affordable air travel options. The city has endured high airfares for a long time and was underserved by low-cost carriers. We are proud to be the only low-cost carrier connecting Toronto and Fort Myers, and we are dedicated to making travel accessible and enjoyable.

Vijay Bathija, CCO of Lynx Air
Daniel Fowkes
05 Dec 2023
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