Start-Ups Lynx Air to launch operations in Canadian ULCC market

Start-Up carrier Lynx Air could enter the Canadian ULCC market as early as next year, the airline has now released.

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Canada´s Ultra-Low-Cost-Carrier (ULCC) market is getting a new competitor with Start-Up airline Lynx Air. The carrier has released, that it intends to enter the market in near time. According to the carrier, routes and schedules will be announced soon.

Lynx Air will join existing ULCC carriers in the country like Swoop or Flair Airlines. Just like its competitors, Lynx Air seeks to adapt the operating model that has worked for airline in Europe and the United States.

CEO and President of Lynx will be Merren McArthur, who has worked as CEO for ULCC Tigerair Australia already. She commented: "We are excited to bring competition and choice to the Canadian aviation market at a time when Canadians are yearning for the opportunity to fly again, whether it be to see friends and family or to take a long-awaited holiday […] We have created an ultra-affordable fare structure which is focused on simplicity, transparency and choice. Our à la carte pricing will empower passengers to pick and pay for the services they want, so they can save money on the trip and spend where it counts – at their destination."

Lynx seeks to operate with a fleet of Boeing 737-8s, which have proved their operational capability with the other competitors. Currently, the airline has lease agreements and firm orders for a total of 46 aircraft. The first three 737s are expected to arrive early next year.

Brad McMullen, Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: "Boeing’s newest 737 aircraft enables the lowest cost operation of any aircraft in its market segment, making it a great fit for Lynx Air’s ultra low-cost business model […] Passengers can feel confident in Lynx Air’s choice of modern fleet, knowing this latest generation of aircraft are designed to offer the greatest flexibility, reliability and efficiency in the single-aisle market."

Operations could start in 2022, when the 737s have arrived and are fully functional. Furthermore, until then the airline has time to implement all required infrastructural processes needed. Operations will be controlled from the company´s headquarters in Calgary, Canada.

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