TORONTO — Facing increased competition from Swoop, Flair Airlines has announced that it will stop serving Hamilton International Airport and add more flights to Toronto Pearson.
The Kelowna-based discount carrier said Friday that it will end all service to Hamilton on Oct. 27 as it prepares to unveil its first flights to the U.S.
Routes to Winnipeg and Edmonton will be transferred to Canada’s largest airport. Daily flights from Toronto to Winnipeg will launch as part of Flair’s October-April service, reports CBC. The airline will also add new daily flights between Calgary and Abbotsford, B.C., as well as resume seasonal service to Victoria and Halifax next spring.
Flair is expected to announce its first service to the U.S. next week, with flights to six destinations starting in December.
The decision to leave Hamilton after two years comes a couple of months after WestJet Airlines launched Swoop, its ultra low-cost subsidiary, that flies from Hamilton to Abbotsford, B.C., Edmonton, Alta and Halifax. It is also recently announced the launch of U.S. service as part of its 2018/2019 winter schedule to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay.
Flair spokeswoman Julie Rempel says the privately-owned airline determined that the market size of the Hamilton area and increased competition from Swoop made Pearson a better option.
With file from The Canadian Press