Canada Jetlines looks set to finally launch operations, nearly a decade after plans for the low-cost airline were first unveiled.

The carrier has received its air operating certificate from Transport Canada, enabling it to start flights from Toronto Pearson International airport.

Earlier this month Jetlines pushed back its inaugural services from Toronto to Winnipeg and Moncton (New Brunswick) to August 29, while it awaited its AOC.

Now that this has been obtained, the airline said that it would “shortly” be releasing new destinations and updated scheduling.

The Canada Jetlines brand was first launched as far back as 2013, and Business Traveller reported on the start-up carrier in 2019, when it billed itself as “Canada’s first true Ultra-Low Cost Carrier”, with plans to offer flights to Canadian, US, Mexican, and the Caribbean destinations.

In June 2019 Jetlines unveiled what it called a “cheeky, rebellious identity system”, with a “playfully provocative brand identity” incorporating a face with a “knowing smirk”, created using an image of a plane.

Canada Jetlines unveils “playfully provocative brand identity”

Commenting on the latest news Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines, said:

“The entire team at Canada Jetlines is thrilled to obtain our AOC after meeting all necessary operation standards and passing all inspections. We thank Transport Canada and greatly appreciate the tireless effort and diligence they undertake to approve new airlines.

“We excitedly look forward to our launch date, meeting the increased demand for convenient, leisure travel in Canada and beyond and to provide more options to explore the world.”