The airline is also expanding its domestic network out of the region's largest airport, by extending its current summer service to Kelowna and Victoria through the winter, Flair announced on Aug. 20.
"Flair Airlines continues to be a strong partner for our airport," said Tom Ruth, EIA's president and CEO, in an Aug. 20 news release. "These new US destinations will be popular non-stop routes as we rebuild our network."
Flair brands itself as an ultra-low-cost carrier, and currently offers one-way flights to Kelowna for $189, compared to as low as $320 with Air Canada. Fares for the new flights, to Las Vegas and Hollywood-Burbank starting Dec. 16, and to Phoenix and Palm Springs starting later that week, will be as low as $99 one way, the company said.
"Albertans have been paying way too much for air travel and Flair is here to change that," said Stephen Jones, Flair's president and CEO.
Air Canada currently offers one-way, non-direct flights from Edmonton to Las Vegas for as low as $247, and does not offer non-stop flights.
The expansion was welcomed by the airport and the region's economic development organization, Edmonton Global, for contributing to the airport's ongoing recovery efforts after a tough year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. EIA reported $128 million less in revenues in 2020 compared to 2019, and lost 29 of its 52 direct flights.