Lynx Air, a low-cost Canadian airline, has officially been granted licenses from the Canadian Transportation Agency to operate scheduled services to Europe.
All these services are slated to launch from Canadian destinations, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, The Bahamas, and Barbados. These locations are away from Europe.
However, more interestingly, the application includes a view to launch to European Union state members. Away from this are the likes of the United Kingdom and Iceland when talking transatlantic operations.
All these grants, which total ten international licenses, can be visible through a quick search of the Transportation Agency. Typically, the verdicts are unveiled with the following.
The applicant has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for a licence to operate a scheduled international service, large aircraft, in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Barbados on Air Transport, signed on May 9, 2017 (Agreement).
The Agency is satisfied that the applicant meets all the applicable requirements of subsection 69(1) of the CTA. The Agency also finds that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Agreement have been complied with.Canadian Transportation Agency
Notably, for the operator, these requests include a goal to operate with large aircraft, which it currently does not have in its fleet.
Lynx’s current fleet only operates the Boeing 737 series and has more on order, including more MAX jets. This would mean that if the airline wanted to meet the demands of an international network, it might very well look elsewhere, away from the MAX series.
While these licenses have been handed down, routes haven’t been announced formally. These licenses allow the flexibility of looking forward to some of these launches but may not include them all.
However, Lynx chooses to approach this, providing an exciting opportunity for the carrier, equally one many would describe as filled with risk.