YLW adds another airline

Jetlines to fly out of YLW

Another ultra-low-cost carrier is going to be flying out of Kelowna.

Canada Jetlines Ltd. announced Thursday it has reached an agreement with Kelowna International Airport to fly out of the Okanagan, subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

“The Okanagan region represents a very significant leisure market for Canadians, and we look forward to helping more people get to visit the country’s only desert,” Jetlines CEO Javier Suarez said in a press release. “We firmly believe that our fares should stimulate more tourism and travel in the region.”

Swoop, which is WestJet’s low-cost carrier, announced earlier this month that it will fly from Kelowna to Winnipeg three times a week starting in May.

“We’re excited to welcome a new airline to the community,” YLW airport director Sam Samaddar said. “Adding another ultra-low-cost-carrier to YLW will give residents more flight options, and visitors more opportunities to experience all that the Okanagan has to offer.”

Jetlines is still in the planning stage, but its plan is to fly across Canada and to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Its plan is to begin operations with two Airbus A320 aircraft.

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