New Discount Airline Flies Into Fredericton Airport

Travellers heading between New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta this summer now have another flight option.

Lynx Air, an ultra low-cost airline based in Calgary, Alta., is coming to the Fredericton International Airport, starting on June 12, according to a news release.

“We know that there are strong connections between the communities of New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta and we are proud to offer ultra-affordable links to connect them,” said Merren McArthur, president and CEO of Lynx Air.

The airline plans to offer three flights a week between the Calgary International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Officials say the Fredericton to Calgary service will act as a connecting flight, with a layover in Toronto.

“Our region has close ties to Alberta, Calgary and beyond, and this new flight is one our travellers have been asking for,” said Fredericton International Airport Authority President and CEO Johanne Gallant.

Lynx is the latest airline to offer flights to Alberta from New Brunswick this summer after WestJet announced last month it would begin direct flights to Calgary and Edmonton from the Greater Moncton Roméo International Airport.

Lynx, which first launched in 2006 as New Air & Tours, rebranded into Enerjet in 2008. The company, launched by a group of entrepreneurs, aimed to address a gap in the service provided by WestJet and Air Canada.

It relaunched in 2021 as Lynx Air and put its first planes in the air by April 2022.

As it prepares to usher in what’s predicted to be a busy summer, the airline says it wants to expand its current fleet of Boeing 737 jets, which can seat 169 passengers, from six to nine over the next three months.

McArthur said the company is excited to add Fredericton to its flight network, noting that it hopes Lynx’s low-cost business model will inspire more Canadians to travel.

“Our strategy is to fly to destinations where airfares are high, and low cost options are limited, and Fredericton and New Brunswick are a perfect example of this,” said McArthur.

Tickets are now available for flights between Fredericton and Toronto starting at $79 one way, while Fredericton and Calgary tickets can be purchased for $199.