Ultra-low-cost airline Canada Jetlines has announced that Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will be its primary base when it launches operations later this year.

The passenger carrier has secured YVR’s guarantee that all slots required to operate the initial network using the first two Airbus A320 aircraft will be available.

Canada Jetlines said that it selected YVR as its future base as it is the second busiest airport in Canada, offers desirable location and facilities as well as competitive rates for landing and terminal fees.

The airport offers airlines a standard rate fee structure through its ConnectYVR programme.

YVR is the busiest airport in British Columbia and welcomed over 25.9 million travellers last year. It is the nearest airport to Vancouver’s city centre and offers better connectivity to the city by rapid transit rail.

“We are excited that Jetlines intends to offer flights from YVR across Canada and to several sun destinations.”

Canada Jetlines CEO Javier Suarez said: “I am extremely excited to be able to use Vancouver International Airport as our primary base of operations once we launch.

“The Greater Vancouver area population, cost to operate from the airport, and transit accessibility, linked with the enormous tourist attraction that Vancouver has, provides Jetlines with a massive business opportunity.

“Having launched more than 300 routes in my career with most of them out of primary airports, I have no doubt that the Vancouver Airport will offer Jetlines the opportunity to launch and profitably operate a large number of routes.”

Vancouver Airport Authority airline business development and public affairs vice president Anne Murray said: “We welcome the news that Jetlines is planning to use YVR as their base of operations once they launch. It is great to hear that this Canadian-operated airline is making positive progress to begin offering service.

“We are excited that Jetlines intends to offer flights from YVR across Canada and to several sun destinations as this will provide added choice for our passengers in the future.”

The airline’s planned service launch is subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of regulatory approvals.