Lynx Air celebrates Kelowna expansion and announces even more service to Calgary for the summer season

Lynx latest to fly YLW

Cindy White

Ultra-low-cost carrier Lynx air has landed in Kelowna.

It’s the latest airline to tap into the growing demand to visit the Okanagan as we emerge from pandemic travel restrictions and it’s aiming to attract new fliers.

“We’re not about trying to grab market share from our competitors. We’re actually here to grow the market and encourage more people to fly with our ultra-low fares” said Lynx Air CEO Merren McArthur.

Those lead-in fares run as low as $39 one-way.

The new Lynx service adds to an already very diverse offering of airlines and domestic destinations at Kelowna International Airport.

“It’s so important to have that because it brings competition to the marketplace’” explains airport director Sam Samadaar. “But it’s also different choices of service as well. And we’re getting brand new aircraft into the market.

Lynx flies 737-800s which Samadaar notes have the extra cargo space to carry things like skis, golf clubs and bike boxes.

However, with another airline flying in and out of Kelowna, space is at a premium.

“We had two years of COVID and we really had to control our spending. And so, this year we’ve actually initiated a terminal expansion.

“So, what I call the underground works that need to be moved in preparation for the next phase of that terminal expansion are going to get done this year,” said Samadaar.

The no-frills airline currently offers two flights a week from Kelowna to each Calgary and Vancouver and has a limited-time seat sale of up to 50 per cent off base fares to and from YLW from May 2 to May 4.

Expanded Lynx service to Calgary will be launching starting June 29 — right in time for the summer travel season.

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