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Wednesday,  April 17, 2024 6:14 PM 

Flair CEO denies recent changes to spring schedule

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  •   03-25-2024  9:48 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Flair CEO denies recent changes to spring schedule
Pax Global Media

Flair Airlines CEO Stephen Jones denied on Friday (March 22) that its spring flight schedule had been changed recently.

In a statement sent to Global News, the head of the airline said it had set its schedule in August 2023, “reflecting a network tailored to meet the wants and needs of Canadian travellers.”

The spring schedule, Jones said, is a big change from what Flair did in 2023, when it worked with a “predominantly domestic network.”

The plan, he said, is to focus on flying to more sunny destinations.

According to the CEO’s statement, Flair has added new destinations to its itinerary, including Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean, with more than 20 new winter sun routes.

Jone’s statement came after it was revealed the airline would fly around 600 fewer flights in March, April and May when compared to the same period of time in 2023.

The flights eliminated were expected to depart from its major hubs, like Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

Flair is also facing financial woes and owes the federal government some $67.2 million in unpaid taxes, leading Ottawa to obtain a property seizure order.

Jones said in his statement that airline has a deal with the Canada Revenue Agency to pay the owed taxes and that the order will not impact operations.

The Globe and Mail reported the flight reductions made by the airline were due to its financial problems, but its CEO said the assertions were “simply false.”

Jones’s statement on Friday pushed back on claims in the Globe and Mail article that flight reductions were made due to financial challenges, calling such assertions “simply false.”

“I acknowledge the skepticism surrounding Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers (ULCCs) in Canada, given the market dominance of large carriers and the challenges faced by newcomers,” Jones said in his statement to Global News. “However, I firmly believe that it is misplaced, and I want to assure all Canadians that Flair Airlines is steadfast in our confidence that the ULCC model has potential to thrive in Canada. We are here to stay, resilient and determined to continue serving the needs of Canadian travellers.”

But Flair’s difficulties don’t end there.

The airline was recently questioned by the compliance and enforcement arm of Canada’s transportation regulator after two of its flights were delayed from leaving Cancun’s airport by about 48 hours.

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