Ultra Low-Cost Carriers (ULCCs) are great for travelers who want to explore more and fly for less. Here is Flytrippers’ overview of ULCCs in the Calgary area.
Our mission is to help you travel more, which is why our Calgary cheap flights deals page is our main focus… but we also want to share great travel tips, especially about ULCCs.
We know this business model very well and we want to become your reference for all things that save you money on travel… and ULCCs are great for that! Pack light, forego the frills… and travel at a much lower price than ever before!
We’ve started posting ULCCs deals on our deals page, but just know that as of now almost all our great deals are still on regular airlines, without the ULCC restrictions. ULCC flights have a special orange ULCC tag in the bottom right corner of the deal cover image.
We have already been seeing many one-ways within Canada on sale regularly for under $100. Flights under $200 roundtrip are almost all thanks to Ultra Low-Cost Carriers: these airlines really are the greatest thing to happen to the aviation industry in, well, ever.
If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we’re really excited about the arrival of ULCCs in Canada. The absence of such airlines was one of the main reasons why airfares are so expensive in Canada, compared to Europe (where I’ve flown for $10), Asia (where I’ve flown for $15), the US (where I’ve flown for $20) and even more and more developing countries, like Peru (where I’ve flown for $20).
So let’s take a look at ULCCs in the Calgary area, because I won’t get into all the details about this business model again: we already covered Swoop’s launch in Canada and already have a few interesting articles about ULCCs: How Ultra Low-Cost Carriers Work and The Most Common Myths About ULCCs… with much more to come.
By the way, I’ve flown 100+ flights on ULCCs overall on 15 different ULCCs and I can definitely tell you that the experience is great. To see for yourself, you can read my detailed review of Swoop, Canada’s newest ULCC and my detailed review of WOW air, a transatlantic ULCC… and again, look out for much more ULCC reviews and content on this blog in the coming weeks.
Ultra Low-Cost Carriers In Calgary
Luckily for Calgary travelers, you have a few destinations to choose from if you want to fly cheap, including on the only US ULCC to actually fly within Canada’s borders. You can see the exhaustive list of destinations in just a second.
North American Flights
For Canadian flights, you have just one Ultra Low-Cost Carrier.
Flair serves Calgary but WestJet’s new ULCC Swoop doesn’t include the WestJet hub in its network for now. At least having one of these airlines is guaranteed to lower airfares for travelers in Calgary.
Frontier is a fast-growing ULCC in the US and is the only one to fly directly to Canada (many fly to US border airports, but not within Canada). Their only Canadian airport is Calgary.
Swoop has many more planes coming and has applied to fly to many of the same US destinations that US ULCCs fly to, so it’s possible that they will come to Calgary soon.
Jetlines, another Canadian ULCC, plans to serve Calgary too, but they haven’t taken off yet and only plan to do so in 2019.
Unlike Montreal and Toronto, Calgary doesn’t have any transatlantic ULCCs yet, but there is some hope… WOW air does serve similarly-sized markets in the US (and is already in two Canadian cities) and major ULCC Norwegian just entered the Canadian market (and they too have flights to medium-sized cities in the US). So we’ll be keeping an eye on those for all Calgary travelers!
Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Destinations
Here are the destinations served directly from Calgary by Ultra Low-Cost Carriers… you can then often connect to many other destinations, especially on Frontier whose main hub is in Denver, opening up many possibilities. NEW DESTINATIONS AS OF AUGUST 20TH ARE BOLDED BELOW, MAP UPDATE TO COME
ULCC Destinations From Calgary (YYC)
Frontier: Denver (DEN), Las Vegas (LAS)
Flair: Kelowna (YLW), Vancouver (YVR), Vancouver-Abbotsford (YXX), Winnipeg (YWG)
The best way to find the lowest price if you are looking for specific dates and destinations is always to use our flight search tool that will compare all airlines for you (no airline can have the cheapest price 100% of the time, you should always compare).
But again, to see flight deals from all airlines, you should check out our Calgary cheap flight deals page regularly. Buying a flight at 50% off during a deal will always be the best way to save money on flights.
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Here is an overview of all Ultra Low-Cost Carriers for Calgary travelers. Do you have any questions about how ULCCs work? Ask away! And stay tuned for more ULCC content!
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Published June 28th, updated August 20th