New airline books inaugural flight from Mississauga’s Pearson Airport


By Declan Finucane

Published on July 22, 2022 at 2:06 p.m.

Startup carrier Canada Jetlines, which plans to ferry travelers from Mississauga’s Pearson Airport to a host of popular vacation destinations, will make its maiden flight from the country’s largest airport on August 15.

While the Vancouver-based airline’s first flight is to Winnipeg, an unpopular vacation destination, it also plans to offer service to various locations in the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico in addition to Canadian cities.

“The entire Canada Jetlines team is thrilled to offer passengers a convenient route from Toronto to the beautiful city of Winnipeg beginning on our inaugural day on August 15,” said company CEO Eddy Doyle.

The airline announced in April that Pearson would be its primary travel hub. A month earlier, he reported that he had cleared another hurdle to start this year.

Canada Jetlines originally formed in 2013 but struggled to get planes into the air. However, the company is confident that everything is now in place for a successful summer 2022 launch and operations beyond.

Using a growing fleet of Airbus320 aircraft, the new carrier plans to offer travelers a choice of preferred destinations in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada.

Doyle said earlier this year that the airline’s partnership with Pearson Airport “…will allow us to better serve domestic and international travelers to and from Canada’s busiest airport.”

He added that the company also aims to strengthen the aviation industry in Mississauga, the GTA and beyond by “increasing job opportunities and economic growth in the region.”

Janik Reigate, director of strategic customer relations for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which manages Pearson, said earlier that aviation activity at Pearson drives regional, provincial and national economic growth.

“And as we look to a brighter future as travel restrictions continue to ease, new partnerships like this will be key to boosting Canada’s post-pandemic recovery,” Reigate added.

Canada Jetlines officials said earlier the timing couldn’t be better as the ultra-low-cost carrier will take off in time to meet pent-up demand from people looking to go on vacation as COVID-19 restrictions continue. be reduced or eliminated.

However, it is also starting service at a time when Pearson and other airports across Canada and the United States face enormous challenges getting travelers through their facilities in a timely manner.

Pearson, in particular, has been plagued in recent months with staffing and other issues that have resulted in canceled and delayed flights, lost luggage, huge queues or waits on planes, and other challenges.

Canada Jetlines Chief Commercial Officer Duncan Bureau said pax magazine earlier this year that the time has come for success.

“I don’t think there’s been a better time in the last 20 years to start an airline, and the reason for that is obviously there’s huge pent-up demand and so we know Canadians are very can’t wait to travel,” he said.

Canada Jetlines will be offering special rates for a limited time on flights from Pearson to Moncton and Winnipeg.

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