IMP Group's plans to restart its CanJet low-fare carrier will take a step forward next month with the opening of ticket reservations.

Halifax, Nova Scotia-based IMP, which provides heavy maintenance to the Canadian military and owns the Innotech-Execaire business aircraft services business, launched CanJet as a low-cost carrier in 2000. The airline operated between cities in eastern Canada and was acquired by Canada 3000 last May. However, the latter was declared bankrupt six months later.

IMP Aerospace vice-president international marketing Carl Kumpic says reservations will be opened next month with services due to begin in June using four of the six Boeing 737-200 Advs that CanJet previously operated. These aircraft are leased from US Airways.

Kumpic says IMP retains the leases on these aircraft, its original operating licence and CanJet will operate the same routes as before.

Air Canada dominates the country's domestic air travel market. It has created two low-cost brands, Tango and Zip - the latter recently launched to counter the growing threat of Calgary-based low-cost carrier WestJet. Kumpic says the Canadian government is keen to see a greater choice in the domestic market.

Source: Flight International