Flair Airlines expands to new airports as price war with Swoop heats up
Flair Airlines is officially pulling out of the airport in Abbotsford, B.C. and expanding to new airports instead as a result of intense competition with Swoop.
The Canadian budget airline currently operates 12 flights along the popular Edmonton-Abbotsford route each week, but is losing passengers to Swoop — a subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd.
Flair will cease operations out of Abbotsford in June, 2020.
Instead, the airline will use its two extra planes to add new flights to Ottawa, Saint John, Charlottetown and Halifax.
We have a new member of the YSJ airline family! 🎉🛩 As of June 25th, @FlairAirlines will begin 4x weekly flights to Toronto from YSJ! 😊 pic.twitter.com/C44sitEZ2q— Saint John Airport (@YourSJAirport) February 12, 2020
Notably, this isn't the first time that Flair has ceased operations as a result of Swoop.
The airline left Hamilton for Toronto Pearson International Airport in August 2018, just months after Swoop began operations in Hamilton.
In 2018, the Competition Bureau even launched an investigation into Swoop and WestJet over predatory pricing, alleging that the two carriers may have used unfair practices to crowd out Flair from three routes.
The investigation is ongoing.
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