Flair Airlines announces cheap flights direct from London, Ontario.

The east and west coasts of Canada are about to become much more accessible for London, Ontario. travelers from the region.

Low-cost carrier Flair Airlines has announced direct flights between London and Vancouver, and between London and Halifax.

This is good news for Sarnia grandmother Jan Causley, who was at London International Airport on Thursday waiting for her family from Western Canada.

“We fly west a lot because our only son lives there, so direct flights are best for us,” Causley said.

Flair’s new direct service to Vancouver and Halifax will operate three times a week respectively. The expansion follows the announcement earlier this year that Flair will begin flights between London and Tuscon, Ariz., from December.

London International Airport chairman and chief executive Scott McFadzean said after a painful pandemic lull things are really taking off.

“Everyone loves that point-to-point journey, especially when you can fly from an easy and comfortable airport like London, where you can park and walk through the terminal in minutes instead of hours,” McFadzean said. “So it’s just another great option for travelers in the area to be able to get here, hop on a plane and fly straight to their destination.”

The departure plane ticket seems almost too good to be true. Flair said it would cost $49 one way to Halifax and $59 to Vancouver.

Flair spokesman Eric Tanner said they aim to keep planes full as they leave the tarmac, and achieve this with no-frills flights.

“We don’t offer connections, we don’t have first class, we don’t have lounges,” Tanner explained. “You know, we don’t have a lot of things that would add cost to an airline business model. We focus on safety and strive to keep it simple.”

Flights from Flair to Vancouver will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning June 7, 2023. Service from Halifax will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays beginning June 8, 2023.

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