Flair Airlines is allowed to keep flying in Canada and they're celebrating with a big sale
The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) issued a huge win for low-cost carrier Flair Airlines on Wednesday, ruling that the Edmonton-based airline is indeed Canadian, or at least Canadian enough to keep flying as a domestic carrier.
Back in March, the CTA issued a May 3 deadline for Flair to prove that it is in fact Canadian, the transport agency citing evidence that indicated Miami-based 777 Partners LLC may have been in control of the airline.
Federal law requires that the majority of an airline's ownership be Canadian, and Flair was alleged to be in violation, meaning a threatened halt of all domestic flights for the carrier. Flair responded to the preliminary determination on the deadline, the airline's declaration including amendments that address the CTA's concerns.
@FlairAirlines is here to stay. Some competition in the Canadian Air transport market will help keep our domestic airlines sharp, innovative and cost competitive as we recover the industry.— Lukas Kusiak (@lukasrk) June 1, 2022
In other news, looking forward to my LAS turn this evening! https://t.co/imA1rnh7TX
According to the CTA, "Flair has demonstrated that it can lease new aircraft without having to rely on 777" and is allowed to continue operating domestic flights as a Canadian company.
I’m so glad you fought your way to be here. I’m glad that Canada now has great healthy airline competition with Flair, Lynx, Jetline, Porter, Swoop, Transat, Westjet, Sunwing, and Air Canada.— Barking (@bethnalgreen08) June 1, 2022
The potential halt of domestic flights posed a significant risk for Flair, but CEO Stephen Jones claimed he was never too worried in a press conference after the ruling on Wednesday.
"Though we never doubted it, we're thrilled to receive the positive decision today from the CTA, which reinforces that Flair is a Canadian airline. The question has been answered. It's done."
With their future operations now a bit easier to predict, Flair is thanking supporters by offering deals of 50 per cent off base fares for travel between June 1 and 23.
We're here… still.— flair airlines (@FlairAirlines) June 1, 2022
So, THANK YOU!
Blue skies ahead.
*Offer applies to base fare only. Limited seats available for a limited time. For travel June 1, 2022 - June 23, 2022. Promo ends 11:59pm MST on June 2, 2022. pic.twitter.com/Ier31Qhd1x
The promo will only be around until 9:59 p.m. on June 2, so you'll have to scramble if you want to book an ultra-cheap flight.
Flair flies several domestic routes out of Toronto, with destinations including Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Charlottetown, Abbotsford, and Victoria.
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