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Tuesday, June 2nd 2020

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2020
9
April
Calgary to Ottawa, Ontario - $250 CAD roundtrip | non-stop flights, summer travel

Ottawa, Canada

Low cost carrier Flair Airlines just announced they are pulling out of Abbotsford, BC (YXX) due to the extra competition from Swoop.

It looks like they're going to use these freshly freed up aircraft to operate flights from Calgary to Ottawa (YOW) instead.

The Flair Airlines website isn't showing this new route yet, but I'm starting to see Calgary - Ottawa fares show up for $250 CAD roundtrip on various search engines, even for July and August travel.

Flair does not include a carry-on bag in their prices, only a personal item. I would use a price of around $320 CAD roundtrip to compare more fairly against Air Canada and Westjet's prices.

Currently, the next cheapest non-stop flights from Calgary to Ottawa in July & August are going for $560 CAD roundtrip, which is pretty typical. Calgary-Ottawa has always been an expensive route.

NOTE: The 'Centre Block' of Parliament is currently undergoing a decade long renovation project, so it is closed to visitors. Parliament Hill itself is still open. New guided tours of the Senate of Canada Building and West Block are available.

Vice-versa flights (Ottawa to Calgary) are also available for a similar roundtrip price.

Update 2/19 - To compete with Flair, Air Canada has dropped the price of their July flights from Calgary to Ottawa down to $250 CAD roundtrip including taxes. Try Wednesday or Friday departure dates, and Monday or Thursday return dates, in July or early August.

Availability for travel

second half of June, July, August, September, October 2020

How to find and book this deal

1. Try a Google Flights search like this one:

Calgary to Ottawa

- click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view

- look for the dates that are $251 roundtrip

For example:

Jun 17 to Jun 25 -- appears to be the first scheduled flight
Jun 24 to Jul 1 -- over Canada Day

Jul 1 to Jul 9 -- over Canada Day
Jul 8 to Jul 16
Jul 15 to Jul 23
Jul 22 to Jul 30
Jul 29 to Aug 6 -- over August long weekend

Aug 5 to Aug 13
Aug 12 to Aug 20
Aug 19 to Aug 27
Aug 26 to Sep 3

Sep 2 to Sep 10 -- over Labour Day
Sep 9 to Sep 17
Sep 16 to Sep 24
Sep 23 to Oct 1
Sep 30 to Oct 8

Oct 7 to Oct 15 -- over Thanksgiving
Oct 14 to Oct 22 -- appears to be the final scheduled flight

screenshots from Kayak



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