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 Toronto area.
Our mission is to help you travel more, which is why our Toronto 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 Toronto 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 Toronto
Luckily for Toronto travelers, you have many destinations to choose from if you want to fly cheap (the best selection in Canada in fact), although you might need to use secondary airports sometimes. You can see the exhaustive list of destinations in just a second.
North American Flights
For Canadian flights, you have not one but in fact two Ultra Low-Cost Carriers.
Flair serves Toronto-Pearson and Swoop’s main operations base is in Hamilton, so both of these airlines are guaranteed to lower airfares for travelers in the GTA.
You also have an incredible selection of US destinations from Niagara Airport on Allegiant and Spirit, 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.
Swoop has now even announced 4 US destinations (and 1 for Flair), so it’s possible that this fall you won’t need to drive across the border anymore, depending on the prices.
Jetlines, another Canadian ULCC, plans to serve Hamilton too, but they haven’t taken off yet and only plan to do so in 2019.
The Toronto Area has many transatlantic ULCCs, including 2 at Pearson and even one just announced in Hamilton. WOW air serves all of Europe via Iceland and Primera has direct flights to 3 major European hubs (from there, pretty much all of Europe is under $200 roundtrip). Finally, major ULCC Norwegian just announced its entry into the Canadian market and will fly to Ireland from Hamilton next year.
Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Destinations
Here are the destinations served directly from each Toronto Area airport by Ultra Low-Cost Carriers… you can then often connect to many other destinations, especially in Iceland (or self-connect with the multi-ticket itinerary tip in most European cities). NEW DESTINATIONS AS OF AUGUST 30TH ARE BOLDED BELOW, MAP UPDATE TO COME
ULCC Destinations From Toronto (YYZ)
WOW air: Reykjavik (KEF)
Primera: London (STN), Paris (CDG), Berlin (TXL)
Flair: Edmonton (YEG), Miami (MIA), Winnipeg (YWG)
ULCC Destinations From Hamilton (YHM)
Norwegian: Dublin (DUB)
Swoop: Abbotsford-Vancouver (YXX), Halifax (YHZ), Edmonton (YEG), Fort Lauderdale-Miami (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Orlando (MCO), Tampa (TPA), Winnipeg (YWG)
ULCC Destinations From Niagara (IAG)
Allegiant: 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).
But again, to see flight deals from all airlines, you should check out our Toronto 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 Toronto travelers. Do you have any questions about how ULCCs work? Ask away! And stay tuned for more ULCC content!
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Article originally published 06/28/2018 – updated 08/02/2018, 08/20/2018 and 08/30/2018