Lynx Air Boeing 737 MAX 8

Canadian low-cost Lynx Air will end flights two years after debut

Carrier announced the end of flight operations from February 26th, citing high costs and ‘competitive tension’. Company offers a flight network similar to rival Porter Airlines

Canada’s ultra-low-cost airline Lynx Air announced the end of its operations starting Monday, January 26th.

The Calgary-based carrier claimed that high operating costs, problems caused by the pandemic, the grounding of 737 MAXs and increasing competition in the Canadian market made it impossible to maintain its flights.

Currently with a fleet of nine Boeing 737 MAX 8, Lynx Air had debuted its flights in April 2022. Until last week, the airline was still launching new routes such as Cancún, in Mexico.

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Lynx Air’s flight network was concentrated from three Canadian cities, Toronto, Montral and Calgary with domestic destinations and also to the United States and Mexico

These are destinations where other airlines in the country have a high concentration of routes, such as Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines.

Porter Airlines E195-E2 (YVR)

Tough competition

Porter, a discreet regional until recently, also launched a bold expansion plan thanks to the new fleet of Embraer E195-E2 jets, of which it already has three dozen aircraft.

With fewer seats and more space for passengers (132 seats), the E195-E2 contrasts with the single 189-seat class of Lynx Air’s 737 MAX 8.

An example of the competition is the route between Toronto and Calgary, where Porter offers three daily flights (396 seats) against Lynx Air’s occasional flights.

Air Canada and WestJet have more daily departures, but use larger aircraft like the 737 and A321, making the break-even point further away.


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