Low-fare alternative Flair Airlines had a high-flying summer, said a company news release.
The privately-owned airline reportedly doubled its capacity in June, expanding its network to 10 cities including Victoria and Halifax. The flights themselves reportedly surpassed passenger projections.
“Since mid-June … our fleet of seven aircraft has carried more than a quarter-million passengers and we’re currently enjoying load factors in excess of 90 per cent,” David Tait, Flair’s executive chairman, said in the release Tuesday.
The airline announced in June it would move its headquarters to Edmonton from Kelowna by the end of 2018. The company said around 75 per cent of its flights go through the Edmonton International Airport.
Flair plans to begin running flights in December from Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto to Palm Springs, Calif., Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz., Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater, Fla.
Tait said in the release the airline would also aim for “up to 20 newer, more fuel efficient and longer-range aircraft by the end of 2020.”
The first new aircraft will begin arriving in 2019 as the current fleet is phased out.
On June 15, Flair operated “some 200 weekly domestic flights.”