New Canadian airline says first flight from Pearson Airport in Mississauga is finally a go

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Published September 20, 2022 at 4:23 pm

Canada Jetlines

A Canadian startup airline that planned to get off the ground at Pearson Airport in Mississauga twice last month for its inaugural flight appears ready to finally accomplish the feat.

After twice postponing its first flight in August, Vancouver-based Canada Jetlines said today (Sept. 20) on social media that things are a full go for the inaugural flight this Thursday (Sept. 22).

“Getting close to welcoming you on board,” officials with the low-cost carrier said today on Twitter, referring to Thursday’s scheduled Pearson-to-Calgary flight.

The carrier had planned to begin flying travellers to a host of Canadian cities and popular vacation destinations starting first on Aug. 15 and then on Aug. 29.

However, company officials cited regulatory and licensing challenges as the reason behind the delays. But that hurdle has now been cleared, it appears.

The carrier says it will offer flights to the Alberta city twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays, to start and as of Oct. 13 will increase the frequency to three times a week.

Beyond that, the carrier plans to eventually offer service to various U.S. locations, the Caribbean and Mexico in addition to other Canadian cities.

The airline announced in April that Pearson will serve as its primary travel hub. A month earlier, it reported 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 launch and operations beyond.

Utilizing a growing fleet of Airbus320 aircraft, the new carrier plans to offer travellers a choice of favourite destinations throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and within Canada.

Company CEO Eddy Doyle said earlier this year that the airline’s partnership with Pearson Airport “…will allow us to better service both domestic and international travellers to and from Canada’s busiest airport.”

Doyle added the company also aims to strengthen the aviation industry in Mississauga, the GTA and beyond by “increasing job opportunities and economic growth in the region.”

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