Canadian Airlines offers incredible deals on domestic flights

Despite the improvement in the overall COVID-19 situation with a steady rollout of vaccination, provincial governments in Canada do not yet seem quite ready to encourage travel, not even within the country. However, that hasn’t stopped Canadian carriers from offering some truly exceptional deals, especially considering the normal cost of flights to Canada! Let’s take a look at some of the air fares for domestic travel in Canada and consider why carriers might offer them.

Flying within Canada is generally more expensive than trips of the same distance in other markets such as Europe, the United States or parts of Asia. Photo: Air Canada

* Please note that all currency figures in this article are in Canadian dollars (CAD), as we are discussing Canadian domestic air fares.

Less than half of a “normal” plane ticket

Anyone who has flown from the west coast of Canada to the country’s largest city, Toronto, knows that the five-hour trip would typically cost around C $ 500 round trip. In “normal” times, without a pandemic, $ 500 could even be considered a good deal. This is why it is quite shocking to see what airlines are currently offering on one of the busiest long distance services in the country.

  • Newcomer Flair Airlines (a super low cost carrier) offers YVR-YYZ as low as $ 162 for a nonstop flight.
  • Meanwhile, WestJet is selling this route for as little as $ 235.
  • More expensive than the rest, Air Canada offers fares starting at $ 277, which is still a good deal compared to what you would normally pay.
Canadian Airlines offers incredible deals on domestic flights
Photo: Google Flights

If we look at a slightly longer route between Vancouver and Montreal, we see that the fares are also quite significantly reduced compared to normal prices.

Canadian Airlines offers incredible deals on domestic flights
Photo: Google Flights

So why are airfares currently so low? Several factors can explain the low cost of tickets.

Competetion

First, the presence of a newcomer, Flair Airlines, can have the effect of lowering the price of tickets. ULCC air fares are unbundled, which means the allowances you might be used to getting on an older carrier will cost more. In the case of Flair, the price of the lowest published ticket strictly includes only a personal item, “which must be stored at your feet.” Thus, checked baggage, and even having a bag that will be stored in the upper locker, will incur additional charges. This practice is quite common among low-cost airlines in Europe.

Despite the unbundling of airline tickets, Flair Airline’s presence in the market is probably forcing its rivals to reduce their numbers to something a little more competitive.

“Providing affordable air travel in Canada is the first step in restarting travel and tourism, and Flair is uniquely positioned because of the efficiency of our low-cost model. ” Flair President and CEO Stephen Jones told Simple Flying. “When non-essential travel returns, Flair will be there to reconnect families and deliver the low fares that have long been denied to Canadians.”

Canadian Airlines offers incredible deals on domestic flights
Flair Airlines operates several Boeing 737-800s but will soon begin service with its first 737 MAX 8. Photo: Alexis via Flickr

Stimulate demand

Canada and its provinces currently have a diverse mix of domestic travel restrictions in place. Some provinces, such as Alberta and Saskatchewan, have no restrictions on arrivals from other parts of the country. In British Columbia, however, an order restricting non-essential travel between parts of the province remains in effect until midnight June 15. For Ontario, travel from Manitoba or Quebec to the province is restricted. However, with an improving epidemiological situation, much of this could change in the coming weeks.

Speaking to CTV News, Frederic Dimanche, director of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism at Ryerson University, said airlines are looking to stimulate weak demand by lowering ticket prices. The timeline for these deals is such that carriers hope to take advantage of the improved COVID situation and the planned easing of travel restrictions and travel advisories.

Dimanche also believes significant discounts are being offered to lure Canadians aboard planes to demonstrate that air travel is indeed safe. “We know that Canadians are not yet convinced to travel … They need to be told that it is safe to travel again and this is one of the objectives of pricing strategies.” he told CTV.

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Tariffs won’t last long

These low fares are unlikely to last long. This is because air fares in Canada, like in most other countries, follow general market forces of supply and demand. So, as demand increases (largely in the form of easing travel restrictions), supply is bound to decline as Canadians book their tickets.

WestJet Boeing 737-76N C-GRWS
WestJet is Canada’s second largest airline. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple theft

On top of that, there is a strong expectation that there will be pent-up travel demand, as many Canadians are eager to visit family, friends and loved ones in other parts of the country. that they may not have been able to do for almost a whole year. .

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