Regulator rules Flair Airlines is Canadian, meaning the upstart carrier can keep its licence


The Canadian Transportation Agency says Flair Airlines is Canadian.

The ruling means the Edmonton-based upstart carrier can keep its operating licence.

Canadian legislation allows no more than 49 per cent ownership of a Canadian airline by foreign entities.

The CTA had been investigating Flair’s ownership to determine whether its relationship with Miami-based investor 777 Partners violated those rules.

Flair has made a number of changes as a result of the investigation, including a promise to increase the number of Canadians on its board.

Flair has faced opposition from larger rivals Air Canada, WestJet and 30-odd other carriers who have publicly called for the regulator to rule against it.

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