As if travel’s restart wasn’t enough of a story in 2022, Canada’s airline industry took things up a notch this year with brand new carriers, big expansions and even news of a possible acquisition.
Canada Jetlines took off in 2022, after years of waiting, and to cheers from travel agents who can earn commission with the new carrier. Lynx Air got off the ground too. Flair Airlines expects to have 27 aircraft, and 28 cities (including seven in the U.S.), by summer 2023. Porter Airlines is making good on its own expansion plans, with new 2023 flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton all announced in recent days, and plenty more routes and destinations on the way, including more in the U.S. plus sun spots in Mexico and the Caribbean. Meanwhile Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, WestJet, Swoop, Sunwing and Transat are all ramping up capacity too, as Canadians rediscover the joys of travel.