St John’s regains European flights, while Flair Airlines becomes its latest domestic operator


Located in Newfoundland and Labrador in Atlantic Canada, St. John’s welcomed about 1.1 million passengers in 2022. Using Cirium schedules data shows that St John’s is the country’s 15th busiest airport based on departing seats in 2023. Capacity has risen by approximately 8% year-on-year. While the recovery versus 2019 continues, it will be helped by various new developments.

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Regains European flights in 2024

Transatlantic service has been commonplace at St John’s for many years. According to Cirium, Air Canada served London LHR – just 3,730 kilometres away – until March 2019 using the Boeing 737 MAX 8. Unlike Halifax, it operated overnight to the UK.

WestJet operated summer-seasonally to Dublin (June 2014-October 2018) and London LGW (May 2016-July 2017) using the 737-700. In 2022, WestJet consolidated all its long-haul flying at Calgary, but has decided to again operate from other Canadian airports in S24. Perhaps aided by the continued absence of Air Canada, this will see the return of London LGW on 1 May (3-weekly), this time with the MAX 8.

Will also welcome Flair Airlines, among other developments

St John’s will gain Flair Airlines next year, with two routes: Kitchener-Waterloo (2-weekly from 6 May) and Toronto YYT (3-weekly from 6 May, rising to 4-weekly). Cirium shows that Kitchener-Waterloo has not previously had St John’s flights, at least not in two decades.

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It follows the June 2022 launch of Lynx Air, which launched Toronto YYZ (5-weekly). Montreal was added the following June (4-weekly). They build on the September 2023 launch of Porter to Toronto YYZ (daily).

St John’s will regain US service on 17 March 2024 when WestJet relaunches Tampa. Served weekly, Cirium indicates that it will be the first time since April 2023 that it has had transborder service, when the same carrier served Orlando MCO and Tampa.

Air Canada accounts for six in 10 seats

If all of 2023 is examined, Air Canada – including its Express and Rouge units – is obviously very heavily dominant. It accounts 60% of seats on a three-route network: Toronto YYZ, Montreal and Halifax.

Naturally, the 2,130-mile link to YYZ is by far St John’s leading market. In the off-season first week of December, it is served 39-weekly: Air Canada (28-weekly), Porter (daily) and WestJet (4-weekly). While preliminary, 60-weekly flights are panned in August 2024: Air Canada (42), Porter (daily), WestJet (daily) and Lynx (4-weekly).

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