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Canada Jetlines Inaugurates Flight Between Toronto and Vancouver

The new route is only the second service to be operated by the fledgling airline, and will provide competition to the likes of Air Canada and WestJet

by Lauren Smith

December 12, 2022

Photo: Courtesy of Canada Jetlines

New low-cost carrier Canada Jetlines has inaugurated its second flight between Toronto and Vancouver as it gears up for its international launch early next year.

The flight departed Canada Jetlines’ hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 9:00 AM EST. It landed at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) around 11:00 AM PST, operated by a 12-year-old Airbus A320-200, which Canada Jetlines is leasing and took delivery of in February.

The flights between both cities will be operated twice weekly. One-way tickets are marketed on the Canada Jetlines website for CA$234 ($171.50).

“Following the launch of a successful first route out of Toronto, we look forward to expanding our services into Vancouver ahead of the upcoming holiday travel season,” said Duncan Bureau, CCO of Canada Jetlines. “We seek to provide Canadian travelers with more convenient travel options and look forward to bringing the country’s newest leisure airline to YVR.”

The Toronto-Vancouver route is already amply served by several airlines, including Air Canada, WestJet, and low-cost competitors Flair and Lynx.

However, Canada Jetline’s service will connect travelers to the cross-border flights it intends to launch in January 2023: between Toronto and Las Vegas’s Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and Calgary (YYC) and Orlando, Florida (MLB). 

The airline already operates a flight between Toronto and Calgary, which launched in September.

Meanwhile, another carrier has teased a new direct, non-stop connection between Toronto and Vancouver. From February, Porter Airlines says it will run an all-economy, brand-new Embraer E195-E2 at high frequencies between the airports. 

Porter Airlines will initially operate the route three times, later increasing capacity as the regional airline takes on market leaders Air Canada and WestJet. And although Porter Airlines has its base of operations at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), its Vancouver flight will be one of several it launches from Pearson, Canada’s largest airport, next year.

“We look forward to welcoming Canada Jetlines to YVR, providing more connections to Toronto and southern Ontario for travelers to visit family and friends,” said Mike McNaney, vice president and chief external affairs office at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We are excited about the options this new airline is offering from YVR, just in time for the holiday season and throughout the year.”

Jetlines says the new Toronto-Vancouver route will “provide a convenient schedule for leisure travel, creating more accessible flight options within Canada and connecting the lower mainland and southern Ontario.”

The new route has been enabled by the delivery of Canada Jetlines’ second aircraft: another Airbus A320. The carrier intends to operate a fleet of 15 A320s by 2025, flying around Canada and to vacation destinations in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean.