Swoop aims to start US flights in October

Canadian start-up Swoop has filed a request with US regulators to begin flights to the USA on 11 October.

In an application with the US Department of Transportation, the airline, a division of Calgary-based WestJet, says it intends to fly from Canada to Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Phoenix.

The 15 June filing does not specify from which cities Swoop intends to serve those destinations.

The company it expects to release more details near the end of July after it receives approvals.

Swoop plans to begin operations on 20 June with flights from Hamilton, which is southwest of Toronto, to both Abbotsford and Halifax.

Later that week it will begin Hamilton-Edmonton and Hamilton-Winnipeg flights.

The unit will initially operate two Boeing 737-800s equipped with 189 seats, but plans to grow its fleet to six 737-800s by the end of 2018, the regulatory filing says.

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