Are there any low-cost airlines flying from the United States to Canada?

Especially looking for any companies not listed on the travel ticketing sites (Orbitz, Expedia, and such ). For example, Southwest does not participate in the ticketing sites. So a customer must know of their existence and check the company’s own web site directly.

One similar Question asked about budget airlines within Canada. I am asking for flights from US to Canada.

Another Question asked about a list of budget airlines. I am asking for a narrower list of ones known to fly US-Canada.

  • WestJet. Don't know if they're still considered budget/low-cost. Otherwise I tend to look at airport schedules and compare the flights I see with what I can find on Momondo or SkyScanner or Hipmunk. Eg go to the airport's website and look over the arrivals schedule. May 2, 2016 at 2:57
  • There are several, though I'm not sure which ones show up in the OTAs. Flair, Sunwing, and Swoop come to mind.
    – cbw
    Jul 26, 2022 at 21:32

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Certainly Porter Airlines falls under this designation: they fly from a secondary airport (which is very rare in Canada), the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Also, instead of flying into Detroit airport they fly to Windsor -- there are only two non-seasonal scheduled flights from Windsor. Three from tomorrow because Porter adds a flight to Montréal-Trudeau. That Windsor-Montréal-Trudeau flight will be the first flight of Porter's not using the Billy Bishop airport. So while Porter appears in for eg. Kayak searches you need to know what to search for.

Whether you count Windsor as US is debatable: while it is certainly on Canadian soil, there is public transit into Detroit from there. The only caveat being the bus #8 from the Windsor airport arrives to the Downtown Windsor Terminal minutes after the Tunnelbus leaves for Detroit (both buses run every 30 minutes) so you'll have to wait almost half an hour there. But if you can rent a car it makes little difference whether you land at DTW or Windsor. Arguably it'll be a hell lot faster to get out of the Windsor airport, too.

But Chicago, Pittsburgh, Burlington, Boston, Newark, Washington DC are definitely USA.

  • Do they have flights in the West too or is that WestJet territory ?
    – blackbird
    May 2, 2016 at 17:04
  • There are plans but no jets are allowed at the Billy Bishop airport so it's not really likely.
    – user4188
    May 2, 2016 at 17:12

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