New ultra-low-cost carrier Canada Jetlines will begin international flights early next year, with popular vacation destinations Las Vegas and Orlando set to benefit.
Earlier this month, the airline obtained a Foreign Air Carrier Permit from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), allowing it to land at US airports.
Canada Jetlines had previously hinted that its first international destinations would be Florida, a sign of its vacation stance. Its documents filed with USDOT indicated that it was developing a relationship with Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) – a secondary airport in the center of the theme park – and with Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) , an entry point for Tampa.
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The airline has now confirmed that its first US destinations will be Las Vegas and Melbourne, connecting them to Toronto (YYZ) and Calgary (YYC) respectively.
Canada Jetlines has yet to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval, but has scheduled January 19, 2023 for inaugural flights on each route.
As indicated by the airline, the two flights will be operated with an Airbus A320-200, of which Canada Jetlines already has one. The short-to-medium range aircraft is the workhorse of easyJet, one of the low-cost European carriers that Canada Jetlines emulates.
Flights between Toronto and Sin City will take place daily between Thursday and Sunday and will take four hours and 53 minutes. Economy class tickets will start at CAD 190 ($141) and peak at CAD 410 ($305) and are on sale now.
“We are extremely excited to launch Canada Jetlines’ international services with a route to the entertainment capital of the world,” said Canada Jetlines CEO Eddy Doyle. “As we continue to expand our international network with our first route to the United States, we look forward to beginning our services in such a coveted tourist and convention destination as Las Vegas.”
Canada Jetlines will join the congested airspace between Ontario and Las Vegas, already served by Canadian carriers Air Canada Rouge, Swoop and WestJet.
According to the carrier, flights between Calgary and Melbourne are expected to operate every two weeks on Thursdays and Sundays, with increased frequency to follow. These flights will complement from Air Canada existing Calgary-Orlando route.
“Our Canada Jetlines family is thrilled to launch service to another exciting U.S. destination this winter – the continued expansion of our convenient international leisure and business travel network,” Doyle said. “Canada is one of the top countries for international tourists to Central Florida and we are excited to connect Canadians to their favorite sunny destinations as they begin to plan their winter vacations.
Melbourne International Airport is located 80 km from Orlando and provides travelers with access to Disney World, Universal Studies, Space Coast and Cocoa Beach. The airline will share the Calgary-Orlando route with WestJet, which lands at Orlando’s main airport (MCO) but costs more.
The new international routes mark a rapid expansion for Canada Jetlines, which flew its maiden commercial flight at the end of September this year from its Toronto hub to Calgary. The airline has confirmed that it will also launch direct service between Toronto and Vancouver International Airport on December 9, 2022. The airline expects it to operate 15 aircraft by 2025, adding five each year until then. .
According to the carrier, the USDOT filing should offer Canadians “valuable vacation choices and convenient travel options to fly to leisure destinations in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.”
The airline also “intends to deliver exciting vacation packages through strong partnerships with airports, CVBs, tourism entities, hotels, hotel brands and attractions.”
By launching cross-border service on January 19, Canada Jetlines will be ahead of fellow Canadian Lynx Air. Lynx Air will launch four times a week service between Toronto Pearson and the main airport in Orlando (MCO) on January 23.