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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 Ottawa area (or rather the surrounding area in your case).

Our mission is to help you travel more, which is why our Ottawa 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!

ULCC deals can be found 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 “ULCC” tag in the top 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 content 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 $15) 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 Ottawa 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 here in the coming weeks.


Ultra Low-Cost Carriers In Ottawa

Unfortunately, the Ottawa airport is the only major one in Canada with no ULCC service (along with Quebec City). That being said, you have many destinations to choose from if you want to fly cheap, but you need to drive a bit (thankfully it’s pretty close). You can see the exhaustive list of destinations in just a second.



Flair and Swoop have both decided to not serve Ottawa or Montreal unfortunately, at least for the time being (although Montreal has a transatlantic ULCC.)

You do however have a selection of US destinations from Ogdensburg Airport on Allegiant, and on Allegiant and Spirit from Plattsburgh a bit further away. Sometimes the low fares will be worth the drive, especially if you’re traveling with one or more travel buddies or as a family. Keep reading for all the destinations, and don’t miss our article about how roadtrips can save you money on flights.


List Of Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Destinations

Here are the destinations served directly from the Ottawa area by Ultra Low-Cost Carriers… you can then often connect to many other destinations, especially in Paris (a self-connection with the multi-ticket itinerary tip to most European cities).


ULCC Destinations From Ottawa (YOW)



ULCC Destinations From Ogdensburg (OGS)

Allegiant: Orlando (SFB), St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE)


ULCC Destinations From Montreal (YUL)

LEVEL: Paris (ORY)


ULCC Destinations From Plattsburgh (PBG)

Allegiant: Fort Lauderdale-Miami (FLL), Orlando (SFB), Punta Gorda (PGD), St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE)

Spirit: Fort Lauderdale-Miami (FLL), Myrtle Beach (MYR)


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).

And if you’re flexible, follow these instructions to know how to find the cheapest dates for your specific destination or even the cheapest destinations for your specific dates.

But again, to see flight deals from all airlines, you should check out our Ottawa 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.

And make sure you subscribe to our free newsletter (like 60,000+ other Canadians already are) to get all the great flight deals (and our many travel tips) directly into your inbox, specially curated for Ottawans.

Finally, consider taking up travel hacking. It’s a great way to get free travel (even better than cheap travel right?) and we have a brand new section coming soon with a lot of information. In the meantime, you can check out our ranking of the best credit cards in Canada, many of which give you hundreds of dollars in free travel.


Here is an overview of all Ultra Low-Cost Carriers for Ottawa travelers. Do you have any questions about how ULCCs work? Ask away! And stay tuned for more ULCC content!

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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  1. Sylvie Faucher

    effectivement parce que votre blog me passionne et que je ne veux rien manquer mais normalement les auteurs vont regrouper tous les articles du jour ou sur un même sujet dans une news letter pas faire une news letter par article et certainement pas une dizaine dans une journee. cette facon de regrouper les articles dans une news letter permet de prendre connaissance des titres et de ne rien manquer ainsi on lit immédiatement ce qui nous interesse mais on sait quil y a les autres articles pour lus tard quand on voudra les lire car on a vu les titres ds la news letter. sinon c comme imprimer un journal par article. jadore votre blog je reviens dun road trip dun mois de montreal a st pierre et miquelon en solitaire ou jai suivit tout vos conseils en travel hacking et je pars un mois en asie cet automne de la même facon. ca mattristerait beaucoup de me desabonner car vous mavez beaucoup appris. mais ce serait bien detre au courant de tout ce wui est publié ds une news letter plutot que dix ds une journée

    1. Andrew D'Amours

      C’est exactement ce qu’on fait, on regroupe les articles pertinents pour vous dans une newsletter avec 2 articles quelques fois par semaine (le lien est ici pour s’inscrire:
      Ce à quoi vous vous êtes apparemment abonné c’est pour avoir une notification automatique pour chaque publication du blog, donc vous recevez une notification automatique pour chaque publication du blog. Vaut mieux vous désabonner à ça et recevoir notre vraie infolettre quelques fois par semaine 🙂

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