Canadian Low-Cost Carriers Lynx Air and Flair Airlines Look to Merge

by Anthony Losanno

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A merger between low-cost carriers Flair Airlines and Lynx Air could be announced as soon as this coming Thursday. The two Canadian airlines have not officially released any statements, but industry insiders feel the news is imminent.

Flair Airlines is a Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Edmonton. The airline operates a fleet of 20 Boeing 737 aircraft. It flies to 34 destinations in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States. Lynx Air is based in Calgary and
also flies to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States with its fleet of eight Boeing 737.
Lynx Air
Both carriers face stiff competition for other Canadian airlines like Air Canada, Porter, and WestJet. The merger would bring efficiencies that would help both airlines better compete and analysts feel that overall it would not have much of an impact in raising ticket prices.
Flair Airlines

Flair has had a rocky year. In November, the airline was ordered by the Canada Revenue Agency to pay $67.2 million in taxes. Last March, Flair had four of its planes seized after an Irish leasing company said it was behind on its payments. This is not the only merger news in recent history. Last year, WestJet acquired Sunwing Airlines and it will have the carrier fully integrated by October 2024.

Anthony’s Take: The low-cost carrier model is being questioned in both the US and Canada. Airlines like Spirit and Frontier have struggled in past months while legacy carriers were booming. We’ll have to wait for official word on this merger.

(Featured Image Credit: Sebastiaan Stam.)

(Image Credits: Lynx Air and Flair Airlines.)

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