TORONTO — Canada Jetlines continues to build momentum following its recent launch with news that it is one step closer to offering flights to the United States.
The new, all-Canadian leisure airline, which celebrated its inaugural flight from Toronto to Calgary in September, has been granted economic authority to serve the U.S. by the United States Department of Transportation. This exemption is effective immediately and will be replaced by a permanent foreign air carrier permit.
The next step for the airline is to acquire Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals before it can start operating to the United States. It expects this process to be completed before the end of the year.
“We are looking forward to expand our international network, as the U.S. is a top market for Canadian travellers,” said Eddy Doyle, President & CEO of Canada Jetlines. “With the winter months fast approaching, we know sun destinations will be a priority for leisure travel and we intend to announce our first international destination later this month.”
Today’s announcement follows Canada Jetlines’ confirmation of a new route out of its travel hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), with direct service to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) starting December 2022. The new route will operate twice weekly, with frequency increasing before the new year.
Travelweek recently sat down with Canada Jetlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Duncan Bureau to discuss the airline’s long-anticipated launch and growth strategy. Click here to read the interview.