Winnipeg Airports Authority reaches new recovery milestone during Q4 2022

January 25, 2023

Categories: Quarterly Results

A Swoop and a Sunwing plane are parked at the boarding bridges of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport with a snow-covered apron surrounding them.

Winnipeg Airports Authority capped off a strong fourth quarter to 2022 with the busiest day at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport in nearly three years.

On December 30, YWG welcomed more than 12,000 travellers in a single day for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport finished the fourth quarter with a passenger total of 870,339 – up 67.8 per cent compared to the same period the previous year. Helping to propel this increase was the addition of a new, non-stop route to Los Angeles by WestJet, the return of flights to several popular winter sun destinations, and a busy holiday travel season. The quarter did end on a low with weather creating delays and cancellations across the aviation system, impacting travellers, including at YWG.

The year closed with 3,031,113 people passing through YWG, more than doubling the number of travellers in 2021. It also moves the airport to within 67.6 per cent of the pre-pandemic numbers it registered in 2019.

“Our recovery gained significant momentum throughout the year,” said Nick Hays, President and CEO of WAA. “We couldn’t be where we are today without the work of every single member of our team. It truly has been exciting for all of us to see the organization continue to move forward, but we know there’s still a lot of work ahead to get back to the solid position we were in before the pandemic.”

The airport’s cargo sector continued to thrive in the final months of 2022, thanks partly to the holiday shipping season – one of the busiest times of the year for air freight. YWG saw larger cargo planes moving more volume from Winnipeg over the quarter, with gross takeoff weight up year over year. This steady growth reaffirms the work underway by WAA to redevelop the cargo corner of the airport’s campus to support its freight partners and deliver the infrastructure the community needs to succeed.

WAA’s consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased 48.1 per cent from the same period in 2021 to $36.1 million. Preliminary earnings before interest, depreciation and taxes were $15.1 million versus $9.1 million during the previous year’s fourth quarter.

As part of its commitment to provide a more accessible and inclusive environment, YWG implemented WHILL’s innovative self-driving wheelchairs in the fourth quarter as a fully available service, becoming the first place in North America to do so. Other highlights during the final three months of 2022 include the introduction of Oscar Sort’s artificial intelligence garbage sorting system in areas of the airport to help divert waste from landfills, the addition of a second Hug Rug in the Arrivals Hall outside the Customs Hall, and WAA’s decades-long Harvest Garden initiative feeding its 100,000th family in need.

Sunwing comes to Winnipeg bearing the gift of winter flights to popular vacation destinations in Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing brings Winnipeg residents the greatest gift of all this winter season. Customers setting out on their long-awaited winter getaways from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) can now take advantage of multiple weekly flights to beloved destinations in MexicoCuba and the Dominican Republic, from sandy shores bordering the Caribbean Sea to the picturesque landscapes of the Pacific Coast.

“We’re thrilled to resume flight operations in Winnipeg for the winter season, helping our customers get more out of their getaways in more of the destinations they love,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “With a wide variety of resorts and fantastic deals on all vacation packages during our Boxing Week Sale, plus our guarantee of more perks, more value and more seamless travel experiences, our loyal customers in Winnipeg have easy access to their dream vacations from their local airport.”

“Manitobans looking to escape the snow and cold this winter will be able to take advantage of the opportunities provided by our friends at Sunwing,” said Scott Marohn, Vice President of Commercial at Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Whether it’s a Mexican beach resort city or somewhere tropical in the Caribbean, the variety of destinations travellers can take off to for a sunny getaway is truly exciting. We’re proud to work with Sunwing to bring more leisure travel options to our gates and connect our region to the world of paradise.”

The flight schedule for Winnipeg will be as follows:

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun3x weekly14-Nov-202210-Apr-2023
Cayo Coco1x weekly10-Dec-202208-Apr-2023
Los Cabos1x weekly08-Dec-202206-Apr-2023
Mazatlán1x weekly09-Dec-202207-Apr-2023
Puerto Plata1x weekly15-Dec-202206-Apr-2023
Puerto Vallarta2x weekly11-Nov-202209-Apr-2023
Punta Cana2x weekly11-Dec-202209-Apr-2023
Varadero3x weekly08-Nov-202208-Apr-2023

Vacationers hailing from Winnipeg have their pick of properties to do more of what they desire. A top choice for families with top accreditations in Puerto Plata, customers of all ages will love the non-motorized water sports, kids club, swimmable waters and spacious accommodations found at Iberostar Costa Dorada, a Sunwing SMILE™ resort. Travellers in search of some one-on-one time will also love Sunwing’s curated selection of adults only resorts, from Riu Palace Baja California’s glamourous infinity pool overlooking the iconic El Arco in Los Cabos, attentive wait service and international cuisine, to the intimate vacation experience that awaits in Varadero at Mystique Casa Perla by Royalton, the ten-room boutique hotel inspired by 1950s Cuba with a private beach, bespoke amenities and serene on-site spa.

Plus, on now until January 8, 2023, Winnipeg residents can take advantage of the tour operator’s Boxing Week Sale with three weeks of reduced rates on every Sunwing vacation package, and get more value and peace of mind when they add one of Sunwing’s comprehensive travel insurance options* to their winter bookings.

*Terms and conditions apply.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Swoop Announces More Non-stop Sun Flying Across Canada

The ultra-not-expensive airline signals now is the time to escape the cold, with more frequent, affordable and convenient options this winter

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, is setting its sights south with newly added flights to Mexico and the Caribbean from Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Abbotsford.

“As Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, we are thrilled to be expanding sun-flying this winter,” said Bob Cummings, President of Swoop. “With winter weather upon us, demand for leisure travel down south is reaching new heights and we’re proud to meet that demand with this added capacity.”

The ultra-not-expensive airline recently completed a significant fleet expansion, inducting six new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to meet demand for ultra-low-cost leisure travel. Beginning in January, Swoop will restart service from Hamilton to Montego Bay. The ULCC will also add new frequencies to popular published routes from Hamilton to Punta Cana, Toronto to Cancun, Winnipeg to Puerto Vallarta, Edmonton to Mazatlán, as well as Abbotsford to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

Canadians can unlock exclusive discounts at all-inclusive resorts when they book their ultra-not-expensive flight as part of a Swoop Getaway*. For added convenience, Swoop flights to warm and sunny destinations are also available through WestJet Vacations.

“We’re excited that travellers can once again take advantage of convenient flights to Jamaica as Swoop resumes its popular service between Hamilton and Montego Bay in the new year. The restart is indicative of the growth ahead for our travel and tourism industry in 2023 and comes just in time for travellers looking for a Caribbean destination this winter. Sun-seekers across the region will now have a low-cost option to enjoy the relaxing beaches and exciting attractions that the vibrant city of Montego Bay has to offer.” – Cole Horncastle, Executive Managing Director of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport

“We are thrilled to see Swoop’s continued investment in the Hamilton community with the return of Swoop service to Montego Bay and added frequencies to Punta Cana. People from across the region enjoy the ease, convenience, and comfort of flying out of the John C. Munro International Airport right here in Hamilton. Increased Swoop services to popular destinations creates more jobs and boosts our local economy.” – Andrea Horwath, Mayor of Hamilton

With a one-way, all-in price to sunny escapes starting at just $159 CAD, Swoop is showing Canadians just how affordable a vacation can be this winter.  

Route Peak
Weekly
Frequency 
Lowest one-way 
total price (CAD) 
Base Fare  
(CAD) 
Taxes & Fees  
(CAD) 
Days operating
per week
Hamilton to
Montego Bay
2x weekly$159.00$47.33$111.67Wednesdays and
Saturdays
Hamilton to
Punta Cana
2x weekly$199.00$90.68$108.32Wednesdays and  
Saturdays
Toronto to
Cancun
8x per week  $269.00$126.73$99.32Daily, 2x
Tuesdays
Winnipeg to
Puerto Vallarta   
3x weekly$399.00$290.73$99.32Tuesdays,
Saturdays and
Sundays
Edmonton to
Mazatlán
3x weekly$199.00$93.88$102.17Tuesdays,
Fridays and
Saturdays
Abbotsford to
Los Cabos
3x weekly$199.00$130.64$65.42Wednesdays,
Saturdays and
Sundays
Abbotsford to
Puerto Vallarta
4x weekly$239.00$170.63$65.42Mondays,
Tuesdays,
Fridays and
Sundays

For travel between January 5-February 28, 2023 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until December 15, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MT) or while seats last. | Prices displayed above are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted.

*Swoop Getaways packages are only available at www.flyswoop.com

About Swoop

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.   

Swoop’s fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft expanded this year to add six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, for a total of 16 aircraft.

Air Canada Readies for Summer 2023 in Canada with New and Restored Services, and Increased Frequencies

  • New, non-stop service between Montreal and Fort McMurray
  • Increased frequencies on Toronto-Kelowna, Winnipeg-Toronto, Montreal-
    Vancouver
  • Air Canada will offer over 600 daily flights on 97 routes to 51 destinations
    in Canada this summer, the most of any carrier

MONTREAL, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced a new service between Montreal and Fort McMurray that will launch next June as part of the carrier’s Canadian summer schedule. For summer 2023, Air Canada is also restoring suspended services and increasing frequencies on popular routes across Canada, as the company augments its Canadian network following the pandemic.

Air Canada will offer over 600 daily flights on 97 routes to 51 destinations in Canada this summer, the most of any carrier. (CNW Group/Air Canada)

“As the country’s flag carrier, Air Canada’s increased Canadian summer schedule further reinforces our role in providing critical connectivity to Canadians coast-to-coast. Our new Montreal-Fort McMurray service brings easier access from eastern Canada to one of the critical economic hubs of Alberta. And with the prudent restoration of suspended routes and increased frequencies on others, we are improving our customers’ options for domestic travel. We are looking forward to an exceptional summer, with service on 97 domestic routes to 51 Canadian airports, making us the largest Canadian carrier, with the most seats and capacity available for travellers,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“Furthermore, we’ve built our Canadian summer schedule to synchronize with our recently announced summer international schedule, facilitating connectivity through our hubs for our customers, whether they’re traveling within Canada, across the border to the US, or to our many destinations worldwide. “

New service between Montreal and Fort McMurray will begin June 20, 2023. Flights will be operated year-round, three days a week, by Air Canada Rouge using an Airbus A319 aircraft with 136 seats in a Premium Rouge and Economy Class configuration. With its new Montreal and existing Toronto service, Air Canada will be the only carrier connecting Fort McMurray non-stop to Quebec and Ontario.

FlightDepartsArrivesDays of Week
AC1943Montreal 08:15Fort McMurray 10:38Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
AC1942Fort McMurray 12:05Montreal 17:52Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Air Canada also announced today the resumption of several seasonal routes and one previously suspended route. This includes daily Gander-Toronto flights beginning June 1, London, Ontario-Montreal flights beginning June 17, four-times weekly Fort McMurray-Toronto flights resuming May 1, and three-times weekly Calgary-Quebec City flights starting June 19. In addition, Air Canada is planning daily widebody service on its Ottawa-Vancouver route while also offering multiple options to popular leisure destinations, such as Kelowna and Victoria through its three main hubs.

Frequency Increases

RouteFrequency (Summer 2023 versus Summer 2022)
Edmonton-MontrealIncreases to four times daily from twice daily
Vancouver-MontrealIncreases to six times daily from five daily
Calgary-TorontoIncreases to 13 times daily from 11 daily
Kelowna-VancouverIncreases to eight times daily from seven daily
Winnipeg-TorontoIncreases to seven times daily from five daily
Saint John-TorontoIncreases to three times daily from once daily
Kelowna-TorontoIncreases to two times daily from once daily
Quebec City-VancouverIncreases to five times from three times weekly

Aeroplan members can earn and redeem points on all Air Canada flights; and, where available, for eligible customers and Aeroplan members, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access, priority boarding and other benefits.

On October 13, 2022, Air Canada released its international summer schedule, including new European services.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 51 airports in Canada, 51 in the United States and 88 internationally. It holds a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada’s Aeroplan program is Canada’s premier travel loyalty program, where members can earn or redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines, plus through an extensive range of merchandise, hotel and car rental rewards. Its freight division, Air Canada Cargo, provides air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents using Air Canada’s passenger flights and cargo-only flights with its fleet of Boeing 767-300 freighters. Air Canada has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Lights, camera, action: WestJet’s inaugural flight between Winnipeg and Los Angeles takes off

New transborder flight creates direct link for business, tourism and entertainment between Winnipeg and Los Angeles

 Flight’s departure celebrated gateside alongside partners and film industry leaders

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 31, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today celebrated the highly anticipated inaugural flight between Winnipeg and Los Angeles. The departure of flight WS1315 at 7:00 a.m. local marked a major milestone for Manitoba’s tourism, trade and business sectors as Winnipeg gains a seamless four-hour link to the globally renowned film and entertainment mecca.

WestJet’s inaugural flight between Winnipeg and Los Angeles takes off. 
Photo Credit: Winnipeg Airports Authority (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet’s inaugural flight between Winnipeg and Los Angeles takes off. Photo Credit: Winnipeg Airports Authority (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“With a thriving film and television industry, our Manitoban guests and partners have long awaited this integral connection and will benefit substantially from convenient flights between both cities,” said John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “As the only airline providing direct connectivity between Winnipeg and Los Angeles, this route not only supports our efforts to bolster the economic success of the communities we serve but provides a vital link that will stimulate new business, investment and tourism opportunities.”

“The excitement surrounding this new, non-stop route between Winnipeg and Los Angeles has been building ever since it was announced a few months ago,” said Winnipeg Airports Authority President & CEO Nick Hays. “Not only does it significantly enhance the connectivity of the region we serve, but it’s also meaningful for our local economy, particularly the province’s thriving film industry. We’re ecstatic to help bring this valuable route to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and are proud to see our longstanding partnership with WestJet continue to grow to benefit all Manitobans.”

The departure of WS1315 marks the first of three weekly WestJet flights that travel between Winnipeg and Los Angeles on a year-round basis.

RouteStart DateFrequencyDepartureArrival
Winnipeg – Los AngelesOctober 31, 20223x Weekly (Monday,
Friday, Saturday)
7:00 am8:50 am
Los Angeles – WinnipegOctober 31, 20223x Weekly (Monday,
Friday, Saturday)
9:35 am3:07 pm

This winter, WestJet will solidify its position as the leading airline in Winnipeg providing more non-stop routes than any other carrier. Further, the WestJet Group will increase capacity to and from Winnipeg by 80 per cent in comparison to 2021, serving 22 nonstop, direct routes and producing the largest year-over-year growth of any major airport in the group’s network.

Delta codeshare partnership

Guests travelling beyond Los Angeles will have access to a broad network and benefits through WestJet’s strong relationship with Delta Air Lines. This includes codeshare flights to 20 major U.S. cities, the ability to earn and redeem WestJet Rewards on both airlines, top tier frequent flyer benefits through the entire journey, and access to Delta’s LAX SkyClub lounge for eligible guests.

Additional quotes

“Manitoba is open for business and we are excited to promote Manitoba’s competitive advantages as our economy enters into a new era of growth,” said Manitoba Premier, Heather Stefanson. “This new direct route between Winnipeg and Los Angeles will support the continued growth of Manitoba’s thriving film, television and digital media industries, as well as many other sectors. I commend WestJet for their confidence and investment in our province, and I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with them and all of our economic development partners to showcase Manitoba as the ideal place to live, work, visit and invest in.”

About WestJet

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 110 destinations in 2r countries. 

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes: 
2020/2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Airlines)
2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)

Sunwing goes galactic with the exciting addition of Melbourne, Florida to its winter lineup

Plus, the tour operator returns to the popular vacation destinations of Orlando and Miami

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For years, Sunwing has brought Canadians to Florida’s Sunshine State to experience its tropical-like climate and attractive offerings. This winter, the tour operator is thrilled to announce the addition of Melbourne, a brand-new destination along the south of Florida’s Space Coast offering more sun, beach and out-of-this-world exploration.

The tour operator will also be returning to two beloved destinations in the United States this winter with multiple direct flights from Toronto and Montréal, including Orlando, one of Florida’s greatest attractions, and Miami, a popular vacation destination for city exploration and cruise departures.

“This winter, we’re thrilled to be returning to Florida with Melbourne as our newest destination offering for Sunwing customers,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “In addition to the desirable destinations of Orlando and Miami, there’s much to explore along Florida’s Space Coast with beautiful beaches, a historic downtown core and nearby attractions, plus easy access to Port Canaveral for winter cruise sailings. Given the incredible customer demand for sun vacations this winter, we look forward to bringing more customers to Melbourne to experience its family-friendly charm.”

“We are incredibly excited about the new service being offered by Sunwing as it opens up an important market for us,” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director, Space Coast Office of Tourism. “No other country brings more visitors to our region than Canada, and now we have a great opportunity to serve them well as they choose the Space Coast for their winter vacations. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with Sunwing and introducing Canadians to all that Melbourne has to offer.”

In Melbourne, or “The Harbour City”, travellers can enjoy the sun and sand at Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach and Melbourne Beach, home to one of the world’s most significant Sea Turtle nesting habitats, or tour the local culture in Melbourne’s historic downtown centre with authentic cuisine, famed mural art, shopping and street festivals.

Travellers can also sample fresh seafood in Port Canaveral, tour the Grapefruit Trails in Palm Bay or interact with over 900 animals at Brevard Zoo. Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, one of Florida’s most popular attractions an hour outside of Melbourne, offers up-close views of Space Shuttle Atlantis, life-sized Mars rover replicas and NASA rockets. Vacationers can also drive to Orlando for a day of fun at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando.

”The exciting announcement of our partnership with Melbourne Orlando International Airport and Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism comes at a crucial time when demand for holiday and winter travel is at an all-time high,” added Eric Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of Partner Development for Sunwing. “Following the recent expansion to the passenger terminal in Melbourne, our customers can enjoy a seamless vacation experience from beginning to end and enjoy their travels in Melbourne with ease. With even more opportunities to discover Florida this winter, we’re confident Melbourne will become a new favourite for Canadians.”

“We are delighted to welcome Sunwing Airlines to Melbourne Orlando International Airport,” said MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan. A.A.E. “The addition of Sunwing to our expanding list of air service partners is an incredible win for MLB and the greater Central Florida community. Through this new partnership, we are providing new international air service options, linking our convenient hometown airport with three major Canadian cities and welcoming thousands of travellers directly to our coastal gateway to Central Florida. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect visitors, relatives and family.”

Whether extending their getaway or stopping in to set sail, Sunwing vacationers can embark on their winter cruise sailings from Port Canaveral and soon book Norwegian Cruise Line Escape for January 2023 departures, visiting exciting ports of call from the Bahamas to the British Virgin Islands, with a range of fun-filled amenities on board.

With a number of hotels coming soon to destination, Sunwing customers can book the Sunshine State for winter travel starting November 1, 2022 with weekly direct flights on board Sunwing Airlines, including:

  • Between Toronto and Orlando, daily starting November 1, 2022
  • Between Toronto and Melbourne, Saturdays and Wednesdays starting December 10, 2022
  • Between Toronto and Miami, Sundays starting December 18, 2022
  • Between Winnipeg and Melbourne, Saturdays starting December 10, 2022
  • Between Montréal and Miami, Sundays starting December 18, 2022
  • Between Halifax and Melbourne, Fridays starting February 10, 2023

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Swoop heats up winter travel planning with new non-stop flights to Cuba

The ultra-not-expensive airline grows Caribbean offering with ultra-not-expensive service from Toronto to Varadero

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 31, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, expanded its winter schedule with new routes, more frequencies and new service to Cuba. Swoop will begin its seasonal, non-stop service between Toronto (YYZ) and Varadero (VRA) on January 11, 2023, and fares are starting as low as $189 one-way.

“We’re thrilled to be announcing an expansion in the Caribbean, adding Varadero to our growing list of vacation destinations,” said Tia McGrath, Leader, Distribution and Sales. “Cuba tops the list for Ontarians seeking an affordable beach getaway and we’re proud to reaffirm our commitment to the region with more ultra-convenient and ultra-low fares.”

As part of its expanding winter schedule, Swoop will restart service to some popular sun and fun routes. Swoop is bringing sun flying back to London, ON (YXU) beginning December 3 with non-stop service to Cancun (CUN) starting on December 3 and to Orlando (Sanford) on December 4. In addition, the ULCC will restart service to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) from both Toronto (YYZ) and Hamilton (YHM) on December 8 and December 9, respectively.

“We know that choice and value are important to Canadians planning vacations,” continued McGrath, “We have several options available for our ultra-not-expensive flights to be packaged with all-inclusive resorts or vacation properties.”

Through Swoop Getaways, travellers can pair ultra-not-expensive Swoop flights with thousands of hotel, resort and vacation properties, unlocking hotel discounts. Those looking for a pre-packaged vacation can add a Swoop flight to a WestJet Vacation when they book through online travel agencies. Swoop has also partnered with The Special Travel Corporation, whose knowledgeable travel agents can book custom packages with ultra-low-fare Swoop flights.

“We are thrilled to welcome Swoop flights to Cuba, we are excited with this new partnership which means more capacity to Cuba from Canada. In this price sensitive market, Swoop’s ultra-low cost structure will make easier to Canadians this winter to enjoy beautiful Cuba” – Lessner Gomes, Director of the Cuba Tourist Board

 “The London International Airport and Swoop saw strong growth through 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 prior to the pandemic restrictions,” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of London International Airport. “It is amazing to have Swoop back offering these incredible destinations at low rates from your local easy and comfortable airport.”

Swoop has increased the frequency of flying on many existing routes, with daily flights from Toronto to Cancun and Las Vegas and near-daily flights to Montego Bay and Punta Cana. Full details of Swoop’s expanded winter schedule can be found below, with ultra-not-expensive flights to sun getaways starting at $89 one-way total pride (CAD).

RoutePeak Weekly
Frequency
One-way total
price (CAD)
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes &
Fees (CAD)
Toronto to Varadero3x weekly$189.00$73.04$115.96
Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale6x weekly$109.00$13.05$95.95
Toronto to St. Pete-Clearwater2x weekly$119.00$23.97$95.03
Toronto to Orlando6x weekly$119.00$23.97$95.03
Toronto to Las Vegas7x weekly$99.00$4.92$94.08
Toronto to Cancun10x weekly$259.00$156.62$102.38
Toronto to Kingston5x weekly$189.00$71.68$117.32
Toronto to Montego Bay6x weekly$189.00$71.68$117.32
Toronto to Punta Cana5x weekly$179.00$65.03$113.97
Toronto to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$299.00$196.62$102.38
Toronto to Los Cabos2x weekly$239.00$136.62$102.38
Hamilton to Ft. Lauderdale2x weekly$109.00$18.43$90.57
Hamilton to Las Vegas4x weekly$119.00$29.35$89.65
Hamilton to St. Pete-Clearwater3x weekly$139.00$48.40$90.60
Hamilton to Orlando4x weekly$99.00$10.30$88.70
Hamilton to Cancun3x weekly$239.00$142.27$96.73
Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta1x weekly$199.00$90.68$108.32
London to Orlando2x weekly$89.00$18.75$70.25
London to Cancun2x weekly$129.00$53.69$75.31
Edmonton to Mesa2x weekly$219.00$115.33$103.67
Edmonton to Las Vegas6x weekly$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton to Mazatlán1x weekly$299.00$230.52$68.48
Edmonton to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$259.00$153.77$105.23
Edmonton to Los Cabos2x weekly$219.00$115.53$103.47
Winnipeg to Mesa2x weekly$159.00$128.65$30.35
Winnipeg to Orlando2x weekly$149.00$46.83$102.17
Winnipeg to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$449.00$340.62$108.38
Abbotsford to Mazatlán1x weekly$179.00$73.77$105.23
Abbotsford to Los Cabos2x weekly$269.00$200.52$68.48
Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta3x weekly$299.00$230.52$68.48

To learn more about Swoop and for flight schedules and bookings, please visit FlySwoop.com.

About Swoop    

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire. 

Swoop’s fleet, comprised of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft and three Boeing MAX-8 aircraft will grow to 16 with the addition of three more Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com [c212.net] travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, and track flights.

Manitoba sees stars as WestJet announces direct flights between Winnipeg and Los Angeles

Airline continues to make strategic investments to boost economic growth and provide enhanced convenience for business and leisure travel

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 17, 2022 /CNW/ – WestJet today celebrated its newest route, with the announcement of service between Winnipeg and Los Angeles, beginning October 31, 2022. The route, which will operate three-times weekly on a year-round basis, will strengthen integral ties and convenience in transportation between Winnipeg’s expanding television and film industry and the esteemed, world-renowned hub of entertainment itself, Los Angeles.

From left: Nick Hays, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority, Dayna Spiring, President and CEO, Winnipeg Economic Development; John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer, The Honourable Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba; and Rod Bruinooge, Interim CEO, Manitoba Film and Music. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
From left: Nick Hays, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority, Dayna Spiring, President and CEO, Winnipeg Economic Development; John Weatherill, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer, The Honourable Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba; and Rod Bruinooge, Interim CEO, Manitoba Film and Music. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“It was an honour to attend today’s celebration that is the result of the collaborative partnership between Winnipeg Airports Authority, Economic Development Winnipeg, the Government of Manitoba and WestJet,” said John Weatherill, WestJet, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer. “WestJet is thrilled to be a part of this investment creating a new, direct link for business, tourism and entertainment between these two unique cites, building on our commitment to Winnipeg.”

WestJet’s newest investment was announced today at a special event held at Winnipeg’s Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, with notable guests of the film and television sector along with critical partners in attendance including, the Honourable Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba; Nick Hays, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority; Dayna Spiring, President and CEO, Winnipeg Economic Development; and Rod Bruinooge, Interim CEO, Manitoba Film and Music. Last year, the Film and Television industry brought over $364.5 Million worth of production volume to Manitoba, and this new route will enable further growth and investment in the province.W

“Manitoba’s film and television industry plays a key role in our provincial economy, and I want to commend WestJet for this strategic investment that will have significant benefits not only for the entertainment industry, but for Manitoba’s tourism, trade and business sectors,” said Honourable Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba. “As Manitoba’s economy takes off into a new era of growth, I look forward to continuing to work with WestJet and all economic development partners to identify opportunities of growth and promote Manitoba as a destination of choice.”

As the only airline providing direct connectivity between Winnipeg and Los Angeles, WestJet’s service between the two cities will stimulate business and leisure travel and is a testament to WestJet’s commitment to support investment and economic growth in the communities it serves.

RouteStart DateFrequencyDepartureArrival
Winnipeg – Los
Angeles
Beginning
October 31,
2022
3x Weekly (Monday,
Friday, Saturday)
7:00 am8:50 am
Los Angeles –
Winnipeg
Beginning
October 31,
2022
3x Weekly (Monday,
Friday, Saturday)
9:35 am3:07 pm

This winter, WestJet will solidify its position as the leading airline in Winnipeg providing more non-stop routes than any other carrier. Further, the WestJet Group will increase capacity to and from Winnipeg by 80 per cent in comparison to 2021, serving 22 nonstop, direct routes and producing the largest year-over-year growth of any major airport in the group’s network. 

Delta codeshare partnership

Guests travelling beyond Los Angeles will have access to a broad network and benefits through WestJet’s strong relationship with Delta Air Lines.  This includes codeshare flights to 20 major U.S. cities, the ability to earn and redeem WestJet Rewards on both airlines, top tier frequent flyer benefits through the entire journey, and access to Delta’s LAX SkyClub lounge for eligible guests.

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“This new route significantly enhances our community’s connectivity by offering direct service to one of the most iconic cities in the world,” said Winnipeg Airports Authority President and CEO Nick Hays. “Traffic between Manitoba and Southern California continues to grow, driven in large part by the province’s thriving film industry. Now, Winnipeg is just one flight away from the bright lights of Los Angeles, making it so much easier for movie executives, actors, and others working in the sector to travel to the two cities. We’re extremely proud to work with WestJet to bring this valuable route to Winnipeg to help meet the needs of our community.”

“At Economic Development Winnipeg, we work hard to put Winnipeg on the global stage. The L.A. market offers Winnipeg so many opportunities for investment, tourism and talent attraction. We can sell our city more effectively when we make it easy for people and decision makers to get here and experience Winnipeg in person,” said Dayna Spiring, President & CEO at Economic Development Winnipeg.  

“Manitoba Film & Music is thrilled at the announcement of Winnipeg to LA direct flights through WestJet,” said Rod Bruinooge, Interim CEO and Film Commissioner, Manitoba Film & Music. “This is a game changer for Manitoba’s film industry. A lack of direct flights has played a factor in productions choosing other destinations in which to film and, with a total production volume last fiscal year of $364.5 million, we expect this new route to bring further inward investment to the province. But this announcement is not only of great benefit to the film industry, but to other Manitoba businesses and sectors as well, and this is good for all of us who live here. I look forward to being on that inaugural flight—window or aisle, I’ll be thrilled to be there!”

“One of the most remarkable things about Manitoba’s film industry is its notable reflection of Canada’s diversity,” said Zaib Shaikh – Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, United States. “Not only are over 41% of Manitoba productions companies owned by women, Winnipeg is a focal point for many Indigenous film production companies as well. That is something to celebrate, highlight and nurture. This new direct route will have a major impact on Manitobans and Canadians being able to share our stories, cultures and creative talents, from behind the scenes to in front of the camera and on many screens!”

About WestJet  

In 26 years of serving Canadians, WestJet has cut airfares in half and increased the flying population in Canada to more than 50 per cent. WestJet launched in 1996 with three aircraft, 250 employees and five destinations, growing over the years to more than 180 aircraft, 14,000 employees and more than 100 destinations in 23 countries, pre-pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic the WestJet Group of Companies has built a layered framework of safety measures to ensure Canadians can continue to travel safely and responsibly through the airline’s Safety Above All hygiene program. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.