CLEARWATER — Canada-based Flair Airlines on Monday said it will launch nonstop flights between Winnipeg and six Sunbelt destinations, including St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
"Having brought low-fare service to 10 Canadian cities this summer, we are now taking the show on the road and heading south to some of the most popular winter getaway spots," Flair executive chairman David Tait said in an announcement released by the airline and the St. Pete-Clearwater airport officials. "Escaping the great Canadian winter will cost a lot less this year."
Flair’s other new destinations are Orlando, Miami, Palm Springs, Calif., Las Vegas and Phoenix. Flair operated as a charter carrier for a decade before beginning to provide scheduled service last year. It plans to add Boeing 737-800 jets for its new winter schedule.
Flights between St. Pete-Clearwater and Winnipeg will take place Mondays and Fridays, starting Dec. 17.
"Extremely excited," St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport director Tom Jewsbury said. With the addition of Winnipeg, the capital and largest city in the Canadian province of Manitoba, the airport will offer nonstops to 58 destinations — 54 domestic flights with Allegiant; one domestic flight to Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., by Sun Country Airlines; two Sunwing Airlines flights to Toronto and Halifax, Canada, and the new Flair Airlines flight to Winnipeg.
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