Published April 7, 2022 at 11:03 am
Startup carrier Canada Jetlines, which plans to fly travellers from Mississauga’s Pearson Airport to a host of popular vacation destinations by late this summer, announced today (April 7) that Pearson will serve as its primary travel hub.
The Vancouver-based airline reported last month that it had cleared another hurdle in getting off the ground this year.
Canada Jetlines initially formed in 2013, but it’s had trouble getting planes into the air. However, the company is confident everything is now in place for a successful summer 2022 launch.
Utilizing a growing fleet of Airbus320 aircraft, the new carrier plans to offer travelers a choice of favourite destinations throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and within Canada.
“This is an exciting day for Canada Jetlines as we name Pearson as our primary travel hub, in preparation for summer service,” Canada Jetlines CEO Eddy Doyle said in a news release on Thursday. “This partnership will allow us to better service both domestic and international travelers to and from Canada’s busiest airport.”
Doyle added the company also aims to strengthen the aviation industry in Mississauga, the GTA and beyond, “increasing job opportunities and economic growth in the region.”
Janik Reigate, director of strategic customer relationships for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which runs Pearson, said 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 such as this one will be vital to driving Canada’s post-pandemic recovery,” Reigate added.
Canada Jetlines officials said earlier that the timing couldn’t be better as the ultra-low-cost carrier will be getting off the ground in time to meet a pent-up demand from people looking to get away on holiday as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be eased or eliminated.
The carrier’s chief commercial officer, Duncan Bureau, told PAX magazine earlier that the time is right to make a successful go of it.
“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 a tremendous amount of pent-up demand and so we know that Canadians are very eager to travel,” he said.
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