Jetsgo books 11,330 tickets
By MIRA OBERMAN
Globe and Mail Update
Before its first plane takes to the skies next week, new discount airline Jetsgo Corp. has grabbed 11,330 bookings.
Tickets for flights beginning June 12 went on sale May 28 and more than $2.1-million in sales were registered, Jetsgo said Wednesday. Some flights are already fully booked, with the Toronto-to-Vancouver flight on June 12 the first to be sold out.
"The immediate and overwhelming response to Jetsgo shows that there is a huge consumer demand for a true discount carrier offering a simple, economical way to travel," said Michel Leblanc, the former chairman of Royal Aviation Inc. who launched Jetsgo.
"Consumers obviously like the idea of having a true discount alternative to the Air Canada family of companies."
While Jetsgo's two-for-one introductory offer has proven popular with customers, more than 70 per cent of the bookings are for flights after the June 12 to June 21 offer, the company said.
A $10 discount for on-line booking has also proven to be a successful promotion as 54 per cent of all tickets were purchased on the Internet, Jetsgo said.
The discount market in Eastern Canada should be well-served this summer with Tango expanding and CanJet Airlines, a division of Halifax-based IMP Group Ltd., set to relaunch on June 20.
I tried posting it earlier but I think it was deleted perhaps by accident. I wonder how many Canjet has snagged. Looks like this airline might do the impossible and Survive!