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63% of Lynx Air’s seats are domestic; Toronto YYZ top airport; Calgary-Vancouver leading route

Lynx Air New Route

Rebranded from Enerjet in 2021, Canada’s Lynx Air commenced operations in April 2022 between Vancouver and Calgary. Nearly two years later, the ULCC’s fleet comprises nine 189-seat Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Its first international route – from Toronto to Orlando – started in January 2023. Lynx Air is one of a handful of Canadian (U)LCCs to have launched recently.

Lynx Air Network

More than six in ten seats are domestic

According to Cirium schedules information, Lynx Air has nearly 1.3 million two-way seats in the first half of 2024 (January-June). About 63% are domestic, a third are to the US and 4% to Mexico. The latter includes just one route for now: Toronto YYZ to Cancun, beginning on 15 February (daily).

When all carriers in those markets are considered, Cirium informs that Lynx Air is the eighth-largest operator of this 1H and the fifth-largest Canadian airline. It has 2.4% of the country’s short-haul capacity.

When only domestic Canada is considered, its share rises to about 3%, up by one percentage point year-on-year. This is due to its own growth but also the domestic decline of others, notably Flair (-41%).

Top 10 Canadian short-haul airlines 1H 2024

Athens International Airport

Toronto YYZ is its leading airport; only one airport dropped from full network (Kelowna)

Lynx Air plans to serve 21 airports in the 1H: 12 in Canada and nine internationally. Only Ottawa is new domestically in 2024, with its sole route – to Calgary – beginning on 17 May (4-weekly).

It is a different story internationally, with three airports joining its network this year: Boston (from YYZ; 28 March; 4-weekly, later 6-weekly), Cancun (see earlier) and San Francisco (from YYZ; 22 April; 4-weekly, later daily).

YYZ was one of Lynx Air’s initial airports when it launched operations in April 2022. While it was second to Calgary in that pandemic-hit year, it is now comfortably first. It has 15 routes from YYZ in 1H 2024, all with direct competition with at least one other carrier. It faces six others to Cancun and five to Orlando MCO. In contrast, it ‘only’ is against Air Canada to Boston, Fredericton and Phoenix.

Top 10 Lynx Air Airports 1H 2024

Calgary-Vancouver is its top route

Lynx Air’s first route in April 2022 remains its most served. In May, two months into S24, it plans 20-weekly flights on the 690-kilometre airport, which is its shortest market network-wide. It will compete against WestJet (94-weekly), Air Canada (70) and Flair (13).

Top 10 Lynx Air routes 1H 2024

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