Lynx Air pilots send notice to bargain to management

Lynx Air adding L.A., Phoenix from Toronto, and Las Vegas from Montreal

CALGARY — Lynx Air is expanding service to its U.S. network this fall, with the addition of routes from Toronto Pearson to Los Angeles and Phoenix as well as from Montreal to Las Vegas.

A seat sale runs until 11:59 PM EDT today, July 6.

The ultra low-cost carrier launched operations to the U.S. earlier this year and already offers routes from Calgary to L.A., Phoenix and Las Vegas, and from Toronto to Orlando.

With the addition of these new markets, the airline will be offering 98 flights per week in and out of the U.S., which equates to more than 18,000 seats.

“We know Canadians love to travel south in search of adventure and sunshine as the weather changes in fall. We are thrilled to be offering an ultra-affordable option connecting Eastern Canada to three of the most popular sun destinations in the Western United States,” said Lynx CEO, Merren McArthur.

The YYZ-LAX flights start Aug. 24, and the YUL-LAS flights start Aug. 31. Meanwhile the YYZ-PHX flights start Oct. 12.

Last month McArthur announced she is stepping down from her role as Lynx’s president and CEO. McArthur is scheduled to depart Lynx at the end of September.


In other news, the Lynx Air Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has announced to Lynx Air management its intention to open negotiations for the pilot group’s first collective agreement.

Lynx Air employs some 110 pilots flying the B737 MAX 8, with seven in the current fleet and more on order. The pilot groups’ negotiating committee is ready to present reasonable proposals consistent with contracts of similar ALPA-represented pilot groups.

Air Canada pilots, also members of ALPA as of last month, recently sent their notice to bargain to Air Canada management. WestJet pilots are also members of ALPA, and WestJet and ALPA ratified their second collective bargaining agreement in May, narrowly averting a strike. The deal included a 24% wage increase over four years.


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