The Canadian skies are about to be filled with a new crop of ultra low-cost carriers (ULCCs) vying for deal-minded Canadian travellers.
VANCOUVER — Just how low will Canada Jetlines’ ultra-low fares be? About the same price as a pair of jeans, says CEO Stan Gadek.
While speaking at a press conference in Toronto this morning, Gadek announced that the airline intends to offer ultra-low fare service from both John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and Region of Waterloo International Airport when it begins flight operations in Summer 2018.
Calling ultra-low fares a necessity, not a luxury, Gadek posed a question to all Canadian travellers: “Why are you paying so much for airfare?” Noting how fuel and operational costs are down, Gadek said that there is “no rational basis” for Canadians to be paying such high airfare costs.
“Canadian Jetlines is hoping to change that. We are starting a rebellion against high fares in Canada, and we ask you to join us in supporting this airline,” he said.
The airline has entered into an agreement with the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and are in active discussions with Region of Waterloo International Airport. The combined service area for these airports includes nearly four million people. “This factored significantly in our decision to serve both airports,” said Gadek.
Canada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first ultra-low coast carrier (ULCC) airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada and provide nonstop service from Canada to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Flights will be operated onboard modern Boeing 737-800NG aircraft in a 189-seat, all-coach configuration. Additional services for baggage, seat selection and onboard beverages will be available for an additional charge.
Furthermore, Gadek made the bold move of offering a “low-fare guarantee”. He promises Canadian travellers that Canada Jetlines will always have the lowest fares in the market. “If our competition wants to match that offer, great! This way, the customers always win.”
Canada Jetlines plans to begin ticket sales through its website, jetlines.ca, in Spring 2018, and start flight operations in Summer 2018, subject to government approval.
For more information go to jetlines.ca.