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Swoop takes flight at London International Airport

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Airline inaugurates new route between London, ON and Edmonton, AB

Credit to Alasdair McLellan

CALGARY, April 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop celebrates the launch of air service in London, Ontario.

The inaugural flight departs Edmonton International Airport (YEG) at 7:00 a.m. local time and will be welcomed by a water cannon salute upon arrival at London International Airport (YXU) at 12:25 p.m. local time. Travellers at both airports will be invited to take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats and gifts.

This is the first of three new routes launching in London, with service to Abbotsford, BC (YXX) and Halifax, NS (YHZ) beginning on May 24, 2019.

“The kick-off to our summer schedule and beginning of a very busy inaugural season starts with today’s flight between London, ON and Edmonton, AB,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Over the course of the next two months we will be celebrating the launch of seven new routes and further establishing our place as a top choice for travellers in the Canadian ultra-low cost space.”

“Today’s inaugural flight marks the start of an exciting expansion to our Canadian network with Swoop,” said Michael Seabrook, CEO and President of the London International Airport. “We are now the second focus city in Ontario for Swoop service, and among the first airports in Canada to offer true ultra-low-cost flight options to passengers. We expect these new flights will be popular with travellers, leading to the potential for more destinations from Swoop in the future.”

“We are very pleased to have this connection into Southwestern Ontario with the new daily, non-stop service to London,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Destinations like London create excellent travel options for Edmontonians travelling to Ontario, while also supporting tourism and business growth in our region.”

Flights are now available for booking through to October 26, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s service from London, ON

Service
Between
 
Service
Offered
 
Weekly
Frequency
 
Air transportation
charges (ATC)
base fare from 
Taxes, fees
and charges
Total One-
Way Price
From*
 
London, ON
and
Edmonton
Daily7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$$159
London, ON
and
Abbotsford
Daily (starts May
24, 2019)
7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
London, ON
and Halifax
Daily, except
Saturday
(starts May 24,
2019)
6 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

NOT A RAT. Something sniffy in Edmonton

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25 APR 2019: A skunky smell greeting travellers at Edmonton’s airport doesn’t mean stinky critters are running loose in the area. The less-than-pleasant aroma is coming from the Edmonton International Airport’s new neighbour – Aurora Sky – which produces more than 100-thousand kilograms of cannabis per year.

Aurora Cannabis, the company that operates the grow facility, is going to great lengths to mitigate any pot odour wafting over to the airport.

Since the completion of the facility in January, the company has introduced two new exhaust units for deodorization, added 800 air filters throughout processing areas and more than 13-hundred pocket filters throughout the grow bays.

The facility also has an air misting system and specialized carbon and charcoal filtration units that absorb impurities from the air.

Cam Battley, chief corporate officer of Aurora Cannabis, says the company is doing this to be a good neighbour.

Battley says the company does daily aroma audits at its 800-thousand-square-foot facility, adding that the smell seems to be strongest at dust and dawn.

Flair Airlines suspending flights to Florida, Palm Springs: ‘Expect the unexpected’ – Global News

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20 February 2019 By Karen Bartko. Online Journalist, Global News

Click here for Global New video

Some Canadians who planned to use Flair airlines to head south this spring have been left scrambling after the ultra-low-cost carrier cancelled several routes.

Flair is suspending seasonal service earlier than expected to some U.S. destinations beginning Thursday, Feb. 28, a spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Flair is ending flights to three places: Miami and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (near Tampa Bay) in Florida, and Palm Springs, California.

Flair said it will continue to fly from Winnipeg to Orlando unchanged, as well as between Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa in Arizona and Edmonton and Winnipeg, but with reduced frequency.

“We are in the process of contacting all affected passengers and providing them with full refunds or, for those who have already started their journey, alternative travel arrangements on other airlines,” spokesperson Iris Dias said.

The Edmonton-based airline said it entered an agreement with a third party airline to provide services to some US destinations, “to allow our people the time to train and prepare for the addition of our new aircraft type, the Boeing 737-800NG.”

Flair said that agreement was challenged by several external factors and disappointing passenger booking numbers did not deliver the results they had expected.

Analyst Marvin Ryder, a marketing professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., said these are growing pains that come with ultra-low-cost carriers — adding, as a young company, Flair is still testing to see what works and what does not.

“Expect the unexpected. Expect to suddenly hear they’re going to add routes; the next day they’re going to cut routes or they’re going to reduce the amount of service or changing the plane because they’re still experimenting.

“I just can’t state that enough: we are very much in the experimental mode.”

Another video – click here: One industry expert says to expect these ups and downs when booking with ultra low-cost carriers. Kendra Slugoski reports.

Ryder said he expects to see more of Flair testing routes and cancelling ones that don’t live up to expectation, adding the company can’t afford to keep running unprofitable flights just for the sake of keeping customers happy.

“In particular with Flair, it doesn’t have deep pockets. Swoop who’s the competitor, has WestJet — and well, WestJet’s got some pockets. They can run this trial a little longer. For Flair, if they’re not getting the pickup they need, they really got to cut their losses.”

Nikki Escaravage is learning just how much risk comes with taking advantage of a good deal. She and her two daughters were booked on a round-trip from Edmonton to Palm Springs, and left on Tuesday.

“It was a pretty good deal. I had known a few friends who had flown Flair air before and they had raved about it, so I thought I would take a chance and see if it worked for us.”

She arrived in southern California, only to be contacted by a friend who said the return flight to Edmonton next week had been cancelled. Escaravage said there was no notification on Flair’s website, and when she called was told the airline was re-structuring most of its flights to the U.S.

Escaravage said her flight was refunded but the airline didn’t offer to help with finding a new way home, so she booked with WestJet instead. She wishes Flair had done a better job of communicating.

“I’ve given you my money, I’m trying to have a nice time with my family and my flights are cancelled. You knew about it and didn’t tell me.”

“You should let your customers know.”

Ryder says the early days, or years, of a new ultra-low-cost carrier are like the “wild, wild west.”

“I always caution everyone who wants to book with a low-cost carrier: This is not the same as Air Canada, this is not the same as WestJet where you have a 50- or 60-year history of performance.”

He said many Canadians are willing to take the risk of sudden changes, if it means getting a great deal.

“We Canadians are just kind of learning what ultra-low-cost carriers are all about and here’s the good news — early indications are we like them and we are giving them our business,” Ryder said.

Flair said its Canadian flight network will be unaffected by the changes to its trans-border services.

The news comes one week after Flair unveiled a big re-branding, which includes green-and-black paint jobs on their planes and a new logo – with a lowercase “f” – as well as new crew uniforms and a new website.

The airline said the re-brand would “set the course for the airline’s next stages of growth.”

Flair said since it announced it was moving its headquarters to Edmonton last summer, it has increased its workforce by some 20 per cent to over 300 people, relocated to four floors of the office tower at Edmonton International Airport, introduced new international routes and welcomed the first Boeing 737-800 aircraft into its fleet.

It said four more are planned to arrive by the end of 2019.

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Swoop surprises family with Las Vegas reunion on Family Day

Provided by Swoop/CNW

#OnlyOnSwoop campaign highlights the importance of connecting through affordable travel

CALGARY, Feb. 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop released its family focused #OnlyOnSwoop video and kicked off its associated campaign. The two-minute video features the 21-member Kryk family enjoying a surprise reunion vacation arranged by Swoop, in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

The action follows the Kryk family, who have not all been together since 2010, to many of the top attractions in Las Vegas, while capturing the heart-warming reunion of Hamilton parents, Patricia and Lewis with their extended family.

#OnlyOnSwoop Las Vegas Family Reunion
#OnlyOnSwoop Las Vegas Family Reunion

The campaign demonstrates Swoops values of connecting Canadian travellers through more affordable airfares. Swoop aims to bring families and loved ones together, by enabling them to not only travel, but to travel more often.

“I hear from so many Canadians who could not previously afford to visit their loved ones more than once a year, if at all,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Swoop is changing that. We’re removing the price barrier, redefining face-time and fostering the human need for connection. We are incredibly proud of this reunion, and the way it brings our values to the foreground.”

“Las Vegas is a destination that can fit any budget and we’re delighted to partner with Swoop to show that getting here is easy and affordable,” said Cathy Tull, chief marketing officer for the LVCVA. “This video helps demonstrate the wide variety of experiences that only Las Vegas can offer and how these shared adventures can create memories that will last a lifetime.”

“Our amazing Las Vegas family reunion was a magical whirlwind of love, laughter and pure joy,” said Julie Kryk, a member of the reunited family. “With the assistance and generosity of Swoop, my family was so lucky to have received this dream trip of a lifetime. We will always cherish the wonderful memories that were made along this incredible, joyous journey!”

The video shows the Kryk family wandering the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas, exploring the beautiful desert landscape through Pink Jeep Tours, feeling like a kid at the Circus Circus Adventuredome, witnessing the high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery of Mystére by Cirque du Soleil and feasting at the indulgent Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.

The #OnlyOnSwoop campaign combines a seat sale and social media campaign where entrants are given a chance to win round trip tickets for up to 6 people, anywhere Swoop flies.

Details of Swoop’s Family Sale:

Service Between Airtransportationcharges basefare from  Taxes, fees and   
charges  
Number ofseats availableat sale price Total one-way  
price from  
Edmonton and Orlando $56.06$92.9425$149 †CAD
Hamilton and Orlando$11.54$87.46100$99 †CAD
Kelowna and Winnipeg$43.59$25.41100$69 †CAD
Winnipeg and Kelowna$33.59$35.41100$69 †CAD
Hamilton and Abbotsford$55.49$43.51200$99 †CAD
Abbotsford and Hamilton$87.17$11.83200$99 †CAD
Hamilton and Montego Bay$27.63$111.3750$139 †CAD
Montego Bay and Hamilton$42.80$96.2050$139 †CAD
Edmonton and London, ON$38.11$40.89200$79 †CAD
London, ON and Edmonton $55.79$23.21200$79 †CAD
†Book by February 21, 2019 (11:59 p.m. MDT) for travel between April 29, 2019 and June 24, 2019. 1350 total seats available. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. For more details, please visit FlySwoop.com/deals. 

Details of Swoop’s Las Vegas service:

Service BetweenWeekly FrequencyTotal One-Way PriceFrom*
Hamilton and Las Vegas4x per week$179 CAD
Edmonton and Las VegasDaily$139 CAD
Abbotsford and Las Vegas3x per week until May 24, 20192x per week from May 25, 2019$139 CAD
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model or to enter the contest visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

WestJet adds three weekly flights between St. John’s and Edmonton

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

New service announced alongside WestJet’s summer 2019 schedule

CALGARY, Jan. 28, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced new non-stop service between Edmonton and St. John’s as a highlight to its 2019 summer schedule.

The three-times weekly service will commence on June 25, with flights timed for convenient connectivity.

Street with colorful houses in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Street with colorful houses in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Glass pyramids in Edmonton Alberta. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Glass pyramids in Edmonton Alberta. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We continue to make investments to ensure the best connectivity for our guests across our network and we remain committed to growing aviation in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. Edmonton is an important destination for the east coast and these flights demonstrate our commitment to connecting more guests across our network.”

“There are strong family and business ties between Alberta and Newfoundland, so this will be a popular route,” said Tom Ruth, Edmonton International Airport President and CEO. “WestJet continues to invest in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and grow its wide range of travel options at EIA.”

“Edmonton is the largest, unserved airline route from our airport,” said Marie Manning, Director of Marketing & Business Development with St. John’s International Airport. “This new investment by WestJet is in addition to their direct service to Calgary during our peak summer season and provides a fast and convenient service for passengers travelling to and from Alberta.”

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Edmonton – St. John’sThree 
Weekly
9:15 p.m6:09 a.m. (+1)June 25, 2019
St. John’s – EdmontonThree 
Weekly
9 a.m11:40 a.mJune 26, 2019

As part of WestJet’s 2019 summer schedule, the airline also added Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas to WestJet’s network from Calgary. The new non-stop daily service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Portland International Airport (PDX), along with twice-weekly service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) will begin April 29 and May 2 respectively.

The new routes are part of WestJet’s 2019 summer schedule, which includes previously announced non-stop flights to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin from Calgary on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners along with new non-stop service from Calgary to Atlanta, Ga.

Other highlights of WestJet’s 2019 summer schedule include:

  • Calgary-Houston, from 12 weekly flights to 13 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-London (Gatwick), adding two weekly flights for daily service.
  • Calgary-Orlando, from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Calgary-Phoenix, will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Puerto Vallarta, from three times weekly to four times weekly.
  • Calgary-San Diego, from three times weekly to four times weekly.
  • Calgary-San Francisco, will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Kitchener, from seven weekly flights to eight weekly flights.
  • Toronto-Nashville, from seven weekly flights to 10 weekly flights.
  • Toronto-Grand Cayman, will double service from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Kingston, from three weekly flights to four times weekly.
  • Toronto-Liberia, will double service from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Montego Bay, from 11 weekly flights to 12 weekly flights.
  • Toronto-Nassau from six to seven times weekly.
  • Toronto-Saint Maarten, will double service from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Halifax, adding five weekly flights for seven-times daily service Monday to Friday.
  • Toronto-Charlottetown, adding two weekly flights.
  • Halifax-Winnipeg, from four weekly flights to five times weekly.
  • Toronto-London, from two times daily to three times daily.
  • Extension of existing once weekly winter seasonal service between Vancouver and Orlando.

This summer, WestJet will operate over 750 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 27 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2019 summer schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

WestJet announces a hot 2019 summer schedule

Provided by WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership/CNW

Airline adds two new transborder destinations from Calgary and a new route between Edmonton and St. John’s

CALGARY, Jan. 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, WestJet announced its 2019 summer schedule adding more than 40 flights to and from key business and tourism destinations from Toronto, Halifax, St. John’s, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

In addition, the airline added Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas to WestJet’s network and announced a new route between Edmonton and St. John’s.

WestJet announces a hot 2019 summer schedule (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announces a hot 2019 summer schedule (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Aerial view of Capitol building in Austin the Capital of Texas. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Aerial view of Capitol building in Austin the Capital of Texas. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“This summer, WestJet again enhanced our schedules to offer travellers more convenience and connectivity to well-loved vacation destinations and major business markets across Canada, the U.S. and beyond,” said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer. “With the addition of Austin and Portland this summer and a new route between St. John’s and Edmonton, we continue to create convenient ways to enjoy unique and interesting travel opportunities while supporting strong economic ties. We look forward to connecting friends, families and economies across the country and world this summer.”

“We’re pleased to welcome WestJet to the PDX family,” said David Zielke, Director of Air Service Development, PortlandInternational Airport. “The airline’s daily nonstop service to Calgary offers Portland and southwest Washington travellers another convenient connection to Canada.”

“A love of the great outdoors is shared by Calgary and Central Texans,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “We look forward to those in Calgary enjoying Austin style fun and we thank WestJet for connecting us to fun in a cooler climate.”

As part of WestJet’s 2019 summer schedule, the new non-stop daily service between Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Portland International Airport (PDX), along with twice-weekly service to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) will begin April 29 and May 2 respectively. Additionally, WestJet also announced a new three times weekly route between Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and St. John’s (YYT) starting July 2.

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
Calgary – PortlandDaily10:30 a.m11:17 a.mApril 29, 2019
Portland – CalgaryDaily12:10 p.m2:57 p.mApril. 29, 2019
Calgary – AustinTwice 
Weekly
10 a.m2:43 p.mMay 2, 2019
Austin – CalgaryTwice 
Weekly
3:35 p.m6:31 p.mMay 2, 2019
Edmonton – St. John’sThree 
Weekly
9:15 p.m6:09 a.m. (+1)June 25, 2019
St. John’s-EdmontonThree 
Weekly
9 a.m11:40 a.mJune 26, 2019

This summer, WestJet will operate over 750 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 27 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.

The schedule also includes previously announced service to Atlanta, Ga., and Barcelona, Spain along with non-stop service to London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin from Calgary on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Highlights of WestJet’s 2019 summer schedule include:

CALGARY

  • Calgary-Houston, from 12 weekly flights to 13 weekly flights.
  • Calgary-London (Gatwick), adding two weekly flights with daily 787 Dreamliner service.
  • Calgary-Orlando, from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Calgary-Phoenix, will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Puerto Vallarta, from three times weekly to four times weekly.
  • Calgary-San Diego, from three times weekly to four times weekly.
  • Calgary-San Francisco, will double service from once daily to twice daily.
  • Calgary-Kitchener, from seven weekly flights to eight weekly flights.

EDMONTON

  • New non-stop three times weekly service between Edmonton and St. John’s.
  • Edmonton-Halifax, from nine weekly flights to 10 weekly flights.

TORONTO

  • Toronto-Nashville, from seven weekly flights to 10 weekly flights.
  • Toronto-Grand Cayman, will double service from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Kingston, from three weekly flights to four times weekly.
  • Toronto-Liberia, will double service from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Montego Bay, from 11 weekly flights to 12 weekly flights.
  • Toronto-Nassau from six to seven times weekly.
  • Toronto-Saint Maarten, will double service from once weekly to twice weekly.
  • Toronto-Halifax, adding five weekly flights for seven-times daily service Monday to Friday.
  • Toronto-Charlottetown, adding two weekly flights.
  • Toronto-London, from two times daily to three times daily.

VANCOUVER

  • Extension of existing once weekly winter seasonal service between Vancouver and Orlando.

HALIFAX

  • Halifax-Winnipeg, from four weekly flights to five times weekly.
  • Halifax-Edmonton, from nine weekly flights to 10 weekly flights.
  • Halifax-Toronto, adding five weekly flights for seven-times daily service Monday to Friday.

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet’s 2018/2019 summer schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

Swoop releases its full summer schedule adding seven new markets

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Airline increases weekly flights by 40% and adds its seventh aircraft to the fleet 

CALGARY, Jan. 22, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop released its full summer schedule with non-stop flights available for booking from April 28, 2019through October 26, 2019. Along with three new destinations of London ON, Kelowna BC and Oakland CA, the schedule boasts five new domestic markets, two new transborder markets and an extension of two international routes.

The new domestic markets include service between London and Halifax six times per week and daily service from London to/from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Service between Kelowna and Winnipeg will be offered three times a week. The schedule also sees the return of the seasonal route between Abbotsford and Winnipeg four times per week.

Edmonton will enjoy increased transborder capacity with thrice-weekly flights to/from Oakland and a weekly flight to/from Orlando.

Internationally, Swoop will continue its Hamilton service to Montego Bayand Cancun, with a weekly return flight throughout the summer.

Amongst the routes that will end for the summer are Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta and Tampa Bay, and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán. Edmonton to Mesa will take a short hiatus and suspend service at the end of May before resuming October 5, 2019.

“The summer 2019 schedule focuses on realizing economies of scale,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We have created a schedule that leverages our existing network while expanding to a limited number of strategic destinations. Our travellers having been eager for the summer schedule, and we are delighted to have now released the full details.” 

Details of Swoop’s summer schedule:

Domestic MarketsWeeklyFrequencyService OfferedTotal One-WayPrice From
Edmonton and Hamilton14xDaily $139 CAD
Edmonton and Abbotsford16xDaily   $59 CAD
Hamilton and Halifax13xDaily $139 CAD
Hamilton and Winnipeg6xDaily except Saturday   $89 CAD
Hamilton and Abbotsford12xDaily $159 CAD
Edmonton and Winnipeg6xDaily except Saturday   $69 CAD
New Domestic Markets
London and Halifax6xDaily except Saturday(starts May 24, 2019)$139 CAD
London and Abbotsford7xDaily(starts May 24, 2019)$159 CAD
London and Edmonton7xDaily(starts April 28, 2019) $139 CAD
Abbotsford and Winnipeg4xMon, Tue, Wed, Fri(starts May 24, 2019)$129 CAD
Kelowna and Winnipeg3xMon, Wed, Fri (starts May 24, 2019)$119 CAD
Transborder Markets
Edmonton and Mesa2xWed, Sat(ends May 25, 2019 andresumes October 5, 2019) $159 CAD
Edmonton and Las Vegas7xDaily $139 CAD
Abbotsford and Las Vegas2xThu, Sun $119 CAD
Hamilton and Las Vegas4xTue, Thu, Fri, Sun $159 CAD
Hamilton and Fort Lauderdale2xMon, Fri $149 CAD
 Hamilton and Orlando3xMon, Wed, Sat $159 CAD
Hamilton and Tampa3xWed, Thu, Sat(ends May 22, 2019) $119 CAD
New Transborder Markets
Edmonton and Oakland3xTue, Thu, Sun(starts May 26, 2019) $159 CAD
Edmonton and Orlando1xSat(starts June 1, 2019) $199 CAD
International Markets
Hamilton and Montego Bay1xSat $199 CAD
Hamilton and Puerto Vallarta1xSat(ends May 18, 2019) $139 CAD
Hamilton and Cancun1xSat $139 CAD
Abbotsford and Puerto Vallarta2xMon, Sat(ends May 20, 2019) $159 CAD
Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods. 

To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

Supporting Quotes

Edmonton
“Swoop’s growing list of Canadian and US routes from EIA is an investment in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Popular destinations and low fares are creating exceptional travel options while supporting tourism and business growth in our region.”

Kelowna
“We are excited to welcome Swoop to YLW,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “Having an ultra-low-cost-carrier in Kelowna is an incredible opportunity for the community, as it opens up doors to travellers from all over the country.”

London
“Today’s announcement is wonderful news for London and our region of Ontario,” said Mike Seabrook, CEO of London International Airport. “We’re focused on being the “Easy and Comfortable” airport and Swoop’s new service is a perfect fit. Our passengers will be able to get to more destinations with direct flights the easy and comfortable way.”

Abbotsford
“I’m pleased to congratulate Swoop on their 2019 summer schedule, providing new daily service to London, Ontario from YXX and the extension of international service to Las Vegas twice weekly for the summer season,” said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun. “This is great news for travellers from across our region and I look forward to seeing Swoop continue to expand their flight options at YXX for our growing city and region.”

Halifax
“We’re so pleased to have a new connection between Halifax and southern Ontario,” said Joyce Carter, President and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “The addition of another ultra low-cost route will provide more opportunities for travellers to connect with family and friends across the country and allow us to welcome even more visitors to the East Coast this summer.”

Winnipeg
“We are pleased to work with Swoop to add more flights and destinations to meet customer needs at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Our community continues to grow and benefit with these additions and we’re excited that this summer, travelers will have new options to enjoy all that Winnipeg has to offer.”

Oakland
Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland notes, “It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that I welcome Swoop and its new service to Oakland International. It is very exciting to begin 2019 with the announcement that OAK’s global roster of destinations will extend to Canada for the first time. We trust that business and leisure travelers in both metropolitan areas will benefit from this new connectivity, and we look forward to growing with our partners at Swoop as they expand further into US and Canadian markets.”

Orlando
“Swoop’s decision to expand service from Edmonton to Orlando is one we applaud,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Enhancing Canadian service options provides our friends to the north a greater opportunity to enjoy all that Orlando and Central Florida have to offer.”

Hamilton
“Swoop’s announcement is another great milestone for the Airport as it expands its year-round program for passengers traveling from Hamilton,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO of John C. Munro HamiltonInternational Airport. “The increased frequencies in domestic travel will offer customers more opportunities to explore Canada from coast to coast. In addition, Swoop’s service from Hamilton will continue this summer to several U.S. and international markets such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Cancun and Montego Bay and is an exciting development for our customers with summer travel plans to these popular destinations.”

Stronger growth in tourism expected this year after a weak 2018

Provided by Conference Board of Canada/CNW

OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2019 /CNW/ – The number of overnight visits from both within Canada and international markets is projected to increase by 2.0 per cent in 2019, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Travel Markets Outlook reports.

While Canadian households are expected to face growing economic and financial challenges heading into 2019, domestic travel volumes are still projected to increase. According to our travel intentions survey, a growing share of Canadian households plan to take a winter vacation, and among those, a slightly higher share plan to stay in Canada for their longest-duration trip. Meanwhile, growth from the U.S. and overseas markets is expected to strengthen in 2019, as travel price inflation eases and a favourable exchange rate for many international markets remains.

“Tourism activity in 2018 was weighed down by a number of factors, including rising travel prices, the weaker economic environment and lack of major events like those that happened in 2017,” said Greg Hermus, Associate Director for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute. “Fortunately, 2019 should see stronger growth in tourism activity thanks to more modest increases in travel prices and easing uncertainty surrounding trade negotiations.”

The recently issued travel advisory for Canada from the Chinese government presents a downside risk to the tourism forecast. International markets represent the strongest growth prospects for overnight visits to the country and China is Canada’s second most important overseas market.

Regional Highlights
Among the 10 Canadian cities covered in the Travel Markets Outlook: Metropolitan Focus, growth in overnight visits is expected to average between 1.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent this year. Vancouver will experience the strongest growth in 2019 and will be the only city where tourism activity expands by more than 3 per cent.

Halifax
Travel to Halifax should be boosted by the city’s hosting the 2019 Memorial Cup and the World Under-19 Men’s Floorball Championships. Overnight visits are projected to average 2 per cent over the next few years.

Montréal
Tourist activity in 2019 will be stimulated by the city’s hosting of World Summit AI—a major artificial intelligence summit. Events like this, coupled with major infrastructure coming into service and an expanding local economy, will help overnight visits to grow at a healthy clip over the next few years, averaging 2.3 per cent per year.

Québec City
Québec City saw a strong increase in overnight visits in 2018, thanks to a boost from hosting the G7 Summit, strong growth from the U.S. and overseas markets, and a strong local economy. With continuing gains expected from international arrivals, overnight visits should expand at annual rates of growth of around 2 per cent over the next few years.

Ottawa
The number of overnight visits to Ottawa fell in 2018 but should pick up this year, thanks to new infrastructure, and growth in international visits. Major investments such as renovations to the Ottawa International Airport terminal, and the addition of a light-rail station at the airport, are expected to pay dividends in the years to come.

Toronto
Coming off a modest year, tourism activity in Toronto should pick up speed in 2019. The city has marketed itself as a stopover destination for international travellers and should see a rebound in U.S. and overseas visits this year. A major upgrade to its public transit system should benefit tourist activity in the years to come. Overnight visits are projected to increase by 2.6 per cent in 2019.

St. Catharines-Niagara
Tourism activity in St. Catharines-Niagara region will benefit from the expanded direct air capacity in neighbouring Toronto. In all, overseas visits are expected to grow by a stronger 2.2 per cent in 2019 and will increase at a steady pace over the next few years.

Winnipeg
Following strong growth in 2018, overnight visits to Winnipeg are expected to moderate this year. Tourism activity should get a strong boost in 2020 as Manitoba celebrates the 150th anniversary of its joining Confederation.

Calgary
Pleasure travel will receive a boost with the city’s hosting of large events in 2019, including the Grey Cup and the Canadian Country Music Awards. In all, overnight visits to Calgary are expected to grow by 2.8 per cent this year.

Edmonton
Edmonton will see growth of 2.3 per cent in overnight this year. Domestic visits should get a boost as the city hosts a leg of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Mixed Relay Series and the World Triathlon Series. Meanwhile, visits from the U.S. and overseas are projected to pick up speed.

Vancouver
The projected robust economic growth in the province and strong influx of tourists from overseas markets will continue to be the major sources of growth for tourism in Vancouver. One potential challenge to future growth would be the worsening wildfires, which don’t directly impact Vancouver but leave a heavy lingering haze over the city and surrounding areas during fire season. In all, overnight visits are forecast to grow by 3.3 per cent this year.

The Travel Markets Outlook: National Focus provides a tourism forecast for each of the 10 provinces and Yukon. The Travel Markets Outlook: Metropolitan Focus analyzes and provides a forecast for the tourism industry in Canada, and in 10 metropolitan areas.

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Swoop inaugurates the first commercial flight from Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta

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CALGARY, Jan. 8, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop celebrates its first of four inaugural flights to Mexico.  Flight WO660 departs John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) at 8:00 a.m. EST and arrives at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) at 12:28 p.m. CST.

This is the first time an airline has offered service to Puerto Vallarta from the Hamilton International Airport. Travellers can also enjoy flights from Hamilton to Cancun beginning January 14, 2019 and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán beginning January 12, 2019 and January 20, 2019 respectively.

The Puerto Vallarta International Airport and tourism partners are welcoming the arrival of the first Swoop aircraft and its travellers with a water arch, refreshments, gift bags and a lively mariachi band.

“Not only are we celebrating Swoop’s entry into its fourth country in under six months of operation, but also a brand-new route for the Hamilton airport”, said Karen McIsaac, Senior Advisor of Communications at Swoop. “Swoop continues to write a progressive narrative in the history of Canadian air travel, benefitting the thousands of Canadians that choose to fly with us every day and influencing growth in the tourism industry.”

“Today’s inaugural flight on Swoop from Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is an exciting one for the Airport and our customers,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “Puerto Vallarta is a brand-new destination offered for the first time from Hamilton and is a popular destination for Canadian and U.S. customers heading south to escape the cold winter weather. Hamilton is proud to fulfil this demand and see its list of sun destinations continue to grow in 2019.”

“Puerto Vallarta’s airport has been enjoying a continual increase in flights in the past two seasons and these new flights are a sign on the continuous interest in Puerto Vallarta’s tourism offerings,” said Javier Aranda Pedrero, General Director, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “Our guests will find that Puerto Vallarta can offer an exceptional warm and sunny vacation at every budget.”

Flights are now available for booking through to April 27, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s service to Mexico: 

Service BetweenService OfferedWeekly FrequencyTotal One-Way
Price From*
Hamilton and Puerto
Vallarta
Tuesday,
Saturday
2 x per week$139 CAD
Hamilton and CancunMonday, Friday, 
Saturday
3 x per week$139 CAD
Abbotsford and Puerto 
Vallarta
Monday, 
Saturday
2 x per week$159 CAD
Abbotsford and MazatlánThursday,
Sunday
2 x per week$159 CAD
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

Flair Airlines Expands to the USA

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The addition of six US destinations nearly doubles the airline’s route network for the winter

17 December 2018 – Flair Airlines (Edmonton, AB): Flair, Canada’s only independent low-fare airline, is the first carrier in the history of  both Edmonton International Airport and Winnipeg International Airport to offer non-stop service to Miami, Florida.  In addition to Miami, Flair launched non-stop flights from Winnipeg, Edmonton and Toronto to destinations like Orlando, Phoenix/Mesa, Las Vegas, St.Pete/Tampa Bay, and Palm Springs this weekend.

Over the last twelve months, Flair has rapidly expanded its network and fleet to include newly leased Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. Two of these three aircraft are presently operating flights to the US. Since June, Flair has also welcomed almost 100 new staff to accommodate this rapid growth.  This winter, to destinations like Las Vegas, the airline offers US flights for as low as $99*one-way.

Flair’s Executive Chairman, David Tait, commented, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the terrific support of Canadians and are delighted to offer six popular – snow-free – southern destinations; all with low fares.”

“Flair has been a welcome addition to Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, and these new routes exemplify their commitment to our city,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Our mission is to connect Winnipeg and the surrounding region to the world. As a result of our partnership with Flair, travellers now have more options, to more sunny destinations this winter and beyond.”

“Fresh on the heels of its inaugural US service to Las Vegas, Flair’s announcement of four new US routes is creating exceptional travel options for the Edmonton Metro Region,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Multiple routes and low fares make air travel more accessible while supporting tourism, business growth and continued investment in our region.”

“We proudly welcome Flair and its new routes to the Miami service area,” said Lester Sola, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director and CEO. “South Florida residents can now choose from multiple options for travel to Canada.”

As a scheduled airline, Flair has flown more than 1.3 million passengers throughout Canada. Today is a significant milestone as the independently owned airline makes major strides into the U.S.