This week, Canadian budget airline Flair announced they would expand their services to Mexico in the winter seasons of 2022/23. A new twice-weekly route from Toronto Pearson Airport to Cancun will commence on November 3rd of this year. This is the airline’s third route to the popular Mexican-Caribbean vacation destination, alongside routes from Ottawa International Airport and Toronto Waterloo.
Flair began connecting Canadians with Mexico in February 2020, starting with two routes to Cancun and three routes to Los Cabos. The company made the decision to expand its winter services between Toronto and Cancun as the demand for Canadian winter travel to tropical destinations has grown significantly since the pandemic. This was emphasised by Flair’s CEO, Stephen Jones:
“We know that Canadians will be looking to beat the winter blues by escaping to the sandy beaches of Cancun, and we’ve added an increased service to the airport to allow people to chase the sun affordably”.
Canadian interest in Mexican tourism has grown considerably over the last few months, thanks to the Mexican government successfully promoting new projects set to change the face of tourism across the state of Quintana Roo. The government have titled this venture as ‘Operation Knock On Doors’.
This June, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marques, met with Canadian tourism companies to discuss the importance of the Mayan Train and Tulum’s new airport for international tourists, aiming to increase flights from Canada and the USA to cities across Quintana Roo.
Whist the USA has typically dominated tourism throughout the Mexican-Caribbean, over 2 million Canadian passengers have travelled to Cancun this year alone, suggesting there is a considerable desire for Canadians to visit the sun-soaked Mexican Caribbean.
Flair is set to have a lot of competition for winter flights to Cancun, with Air Canada, Air Transat, Swoop and WestJet all offering flights departing from Toronto Pearson Airport. Air Transat and Swoop will additionally offer flights connecting Cancun with Toronto Hamilton Airport. Canadian air companies have also made an effort to connect travellers with areas outside of Cancun along the Riviera Maya, as seen with Air Canada’s new fall flights connecting Toronto with the dazzling island of Cozumel.
Flair launched in 2017 as an ‘ultra-low-cost-carrier’ designed to make air travel more accessible and affordable for Canadians. They serve over 35 Canadian and North American destinations with their fleet of Next Generation Boeing 737-800s and 737-8s. The company also offers its customers frequent flash sales and discount prices, meaning there is more money left over to spend on activities and accommodation whilst on vacation.
Whilst the new flight route between Toronto and Cancun won’t have sale prices or promotions when it initially launches, Canadians can travel happily knowing that they are paying less for such a long flight. Typically, flights between Toronto and Cancun cost upwards of $300 CAD, with the current cheapest one-way flight between the two cities being $380 (from Air Transat). More expensive flights between the two cities can be booked through West Jet or Air Canada, which puts a one-way ticket at $467 or $558.
Jones has expressed the company’s excitement about the new routes:
“As we continue our growth in the Mexican market, we look forward to increasing frequencies on our routes and adding new destinations”.
One-way fares from Toronto Pearson to Cancun this winter begin at just $109 CAD, (the equivalent of $85 USD). Tourists looking to visit the spectacular city of Cancun from November onwards are encouraged to book quickly at https://www.flyflair.com, before this popular flight route sells out.
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