By Lovin’ Life After 50 Staff
The Canadian low-fare carrier Flair Airlines kicked off its inaugural flights from Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, at the end of November, with the start of service to Tucson.
Flair launched five inaugural routes across Canada, departing from Edmonton (YEG); Fort McMurray (YMM); Prince George (YXS); London, Ontario (YXU); and Windsor, Ontario (YQG), marking the first direct flights from Canada to Tucson, arriving at Tucson International Airport (TUS).
“Expanding service for more Canadian cities to fly to Tucson is a critical part of our overarching mission to make travel more accessible to Canadians,” says Stephen Jones, Flair Airlines CEO.
“We believe Canadians deserve more affordable and competitive airfare to stay connected with the people and places they love. We are delighted to launch our inaugural flights and connect Canadians and Americans with Canada’s first direct route to Tucson.”
Myron Keehn is the vice president of air service, business development, ESG and stakeholder relations with Edmonton International Airport.
“As Flair Airlines’ hub and home base, we’ve seen their growth and success first-hand in the industry, and we’re excited to host Canada’s first nonstop flight to Tucson,” Keehn says.
“Flair’s desire to serve new markets provides critical access for business and tourism and showcases Edmonton and our region as a great place to be. We are glad to see Flair offering more flights to more places and continuing to connect our region with the endless places there are to explore.”
Denean Robinson — chief financial officer and interim president and chief executive officer of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority — is just as excited.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back Flair Airlines to YMM, with nonstop flights to Tucson, Arizona,” Robinson says.
“This new air service affords residents a quick, inexpensive sun destination and gives Tucsonans the opportunity to explore the many unique experiences Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo has to offer.”
Windsor Mayor and YQG board chair Drew Dilkens is pleased to add this route.
“A direct flight to a new destination not previously served from Windsor, this is what Windsor and Essex County residents have wanted — more choice and more value to exciting places,” Dilkens says.
“Flair has been a fantastic partner for YQG and the Windsor-Essex region, and we celebrate the Windsor to Tucson inaugural flight,” added Mark Galvin, Windsor Airport chief executive officer.
Gordon Duke, chief executive officer of the Prince George Airport Authority, says the addition is an “exciting opportunity to offer a nonstop sunspot destination to Prince George and the surrounding communities.”
“We are looking forward to a successful operation this winter and for many winters to come,” Duke says.
London International Airport President and Chief Executive Officer Scott McFadzean says the region has been “eagerly awaiting more airline service and are excited about the new low-cost flight options that Flair is bringing to London.”
One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $54. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at flyflair.com.