The WestJet Group introduces comprehensive COVID-19 testing program for guests through AZOVA

Approved self-administered test kits and expansive AZOVA network of in person testing locations for easy and  convenient testing across most WestJet and Swoop destinations 

Easy-to-use self-testing options also available for convenient and quick results that can be taken with guests and used in any destination to meet pre-entry PCR requirements

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 26, 2021 /CNW/ – The WestJet Group today announced a significant expansion to its COVID-19 testing program through AZOVA, a leading digital health technology platform, giving guests the confidence to book their holiday travel knowing all their COVID testing requirements are available through a convenient and easy-to-use site at https://www.azova.com/westjetswoop/.

With AZOVA’s app-based program, guests have access to a vast network of approved testing locations across Canada and the majority of WestJet transborder and international destinations. Additionally, AZOVA offers rapid molecular self-administered testing options with video proctoring services that allow for testing and validation certificates. Guests can take these tests from the comfort of home, or in any destination to meet the Government of Canada’s pre-entry PCR test requirements AZOVA’s COVID-19 testing services meet entry requirements for each destination and enable travellers to take self-administered or in-person tests prior to departure.

“As many of our guests look to book holiday travel outside Canada for the first time in almost two years, it’s critical that we provide our guests with the peace of mind knowing that all the COVID testing requirements they will face throughout their journey can be conveniently booked, conducted and stored in the AZOVA app,” said Dr. Tammy McKnight, WestJet’s Chief Medical Officer. “We’ve heard from our guests that pre-departure testing, and entry requirements are confusing, complex and inconsistent. We are confident that AZOVA’s easy-to-use self-testing options and network of testing locations will give guests the confidence they need to plan their next flight or vacation.”

“COVID testing requirements can be overwhelming and confusing with different requirements for every destination. AZOVA provides an end to end and seamless solution to enable guests to quickly identify what test is needed for any destination and to quickly purchase or schedule the tests that are needed anywhere in the world through a single application. We are thrilled to be working with WestJet and Swoop to bring this solution to guests and travellers everywhere,” said Cheryl Lee Eberting, MD, CEO and Founder of AZOVA. “Once you have received your test results, enter your AZOVA Credential ID into the AZOVA WestJet and Swoop site and receive a travel clearance on the AZOVA app for your destination. You can simply show your travel clearance at the gate with no paperwork and no confusing forms required.”    

Portable Self-Administered Testing & In-Destination Lab Testing

Guests who are travelling outside of Canada for a period of more than 72 hours after November 30th will be required to present a negative molecular test taken within 72 hours of their flight. AZOVA offers an at-home RT-LAMP test, called the Lucira Check-It COVID-19 test kit with video proctoring which can be purchased and delivered to your home in Canada. These tests can be taken in the comfort of your home to meet the entrance requirements of most destinations, and can be packed and taken with you to be taken in destination to meet the requirements for return travel back to Canada.

In addition to availability in Canada, AZOVA also offers the Lucira Check-It COVID-19 test kit to be purchased and delivered to your destination in the United States.    

Self-administered tests can be purchased at https://www.azova.com/westjetswoop/at-home/.

When booking flights for travel outside Canada, guests can visit the AZOVA’s website and select their destination to understand what testing is required and can either book and in person test through AZOVA’s comprehensive lab network or order the self-administered testing kits, where applicable.

About WestJet 

In 25 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 promise. During this time, WestJet has maintained its status as one of the top-10 on-time airlines in North America as named by Cirium.

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

Price wars, budget options coming to airline market amid COVID recovery

From The Toronto Star – link to source story

Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press | 19 November 2021

MONTREAL – Canada has so far been a difficult place for budget airlines to thrive, but that appears to be changing, thanks mainly to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian market, long defined by two dominant incumbents and consumer reluctance to embrace the ultra-low-cost model, is now poised to enter a period of price wars and suppressed fares as the pandemic upends the aviation sector.

“The pandemic has clearly changed the game for everyone,” Stephen Jones, CEO of discount carrier Flair Airlines, said in an interview.

“The emergence of ultra-low-cost carriers and competition can only be good for consumers. It’s driving efficiency into what was a relatively inefficient industry and lowering prices, I think permanently.”

While the pandemic saw billions of dollars in revenue go up in smoke over the past 20 months, it also burned down barriers to entry for upstarts.

Plummeting demand for aircraft meant carriers could access them more quickly and cheaply. A pilot shortage that had plagued the industry is no longer as severe. And greater availability of airport slots has given companies leverage when striking deals with airport authorities.

“All the competitors are relatively stretched — their balance sheets are stressed, their fleets are contracting. And so the conditions for expansion for a ULCC [ultralow cost carrier]are fantastic right now,” Jones said.

ULCCs, which offer bare-bones discount fares and charge extra for services such as checked bags and cancellations, have expanded their global market share, largely outside of Canada, to more than 37 per cent from about one-quarter a few years earlier, according to Jones..

Several carriers have been beefing up over the past six monthsin preparation for a clash with Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. — and with each other — particularly for domestic flights and to sun destinations.

Flair was down to one aircraft in April. It now has a dozen planes, with four more coming next year as the Edmonton-based airline adds routes from Victoria to St. John’s, N.L.

Lynx (formerly Enerjet) announced this week it will launch commercial routes next year with three new Boeing 737 Max airliners, part of an eventual fleet of up to 46 within seven years.

Meanwhile, WestJet budget subsidiary Swoop continues to expand, unveiling nine new routes out of Edmonton this week.

Demand remains the big caveat, though airlines say they are confident it will continue to rise next year, particularly among recreational travellers. Business travel — which can yield fatter profit margins and make up for seasonal lulls — continues to lag, a problem that hits bigger airlines harder than discount carriers, which offer no business-class tickets and fewer international flights to commercial hubs.

“Canadians are finally embracing the ULCC model,” said Robert Kokonis, president of consulting firm AirTrav Inc.

“You’d go to chat boards online and people were grumbling about having to pay extra to check in a bag or even to pay money for a carry-on bag. But Canadians are starting to realize that, hey, if I can pay a really rock-bottom airfare, I’ve got money left over to spend at the destination.”

Porter Airlines, while not a ULCC, is another smaller player that is expanding its fleet, securing 30 Embraer E2 narrow-body jets for delivery between mid-2022 and the end of 2023, with an option for 50 more.

Bound for sun destinations and Canadian cities, they will fly from Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax as well as Toronto’s Pearson airport — rather than Porter’s current downtown base at Billy Bishop airport — allowing for head-to-head competition with Air Canada, WestJet, Transat AT Inc. and Sunwing Airlines.

“Air Canada and WestJet won’t take the new incursion by Porter lying down. They’re going to come out and be robust competitors,” Kokonis said, adding that prices will fall “for sure” compared to pre-pandemic fares.

“As the ULCCs gain traction in the deeper sun destinations — places like the Caribbean and Mexico — I think it’s going to pose a significant competitive issue for both Sunwing and Transat. Both of those players are heavily oriented around package vacations.”

However, history has shown that success in this market is far from guaranteed. Between 1995 and 2015, no fewer than six low-cost carriers tried and failed to get off the ground: Greyhound Air, Roots Air, Air Canada’s Zip, Jetsgo, Zoom Airlines and Canjet.

“Before, some of the new entrants that came in were not terribly well-financed or well-backed,” said David Huttner, a commercial aviation expert who has worked with Flair.

“You have three Alberta-headquartered parties in there now” — Flair, Lynx and WestJet’s Swoop — “who are extremely well-structured.”

Flair remains undeterred, with flights to nine U.S. airports so far — mainly U.S. sun destinations — as well as Cancun and Cabo in Mexico.

“They could become the price leader in the Canadian marketplace,” said aviation expert and McGill University lecturer John Gradek.

“You are now talking about a carrier that has risen like a phoenix from the ashes.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 19, 2021.

Swoop Announces Major Expansion and Investment in Edmonton and Brings Nine New Routes to Alberta Capital

  • Ultra-low fare airline announces its largest expansion ever with eight new domestic routes as part of summer schedule and new non-stop service to Palm Springs
  • Brings enhanced connectivity to Atlantic Canada with first ever non-stop flights from Edmonton to New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and new non-stops to Nova Scotia
  • Reaffirms commitment to city by naming its newest aircraft #Edmonton
Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport welcomes Swoop's newest aircraft #Edmonton (CNW Group/Swoop)
Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport welcomes Swoop’s newest aircraft #Edmonton (CNW Group/Swoop)

EDMONTON, AB, Nov. 15, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, reaffirmed its commitment to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region with the announcement of new service to one U.S. and eight domestic destinations from its Western Canadian base. The airline’s significant new investments were celebrated this morning alongside the unveiling of Swoop’s newest aircraft, which will fly with the name #Edmonton.

The airline’s growth will see Swoop’s flight capacity in Alberta’s capital increase 76% compared to pre-pandemic levels, supporting the creation of 140 additional direct and spin-off jobs and an anticipated $120M of economic output activityi in 2022.

From left to right (Juanita Marois, CEO, Métis Crossing, Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport, Charles Duncan, President of Swoop, Rajan Sawhney, Alberta Minister of Transportation, Rick Smith, Deputy Mayor of Leduc County, Tim Cartmell, City Councillor, City of Edmonton) (CNW Group/Swoop)
From left to right (Juanita Marois, CEO, Métis Crossing, Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport, Charles Duncan, President of Swoop, Rajan Sawhney, Alberta Minister of Transportation, Rick Smith, Deputy Mayor of Leduc County, Tim Cartmell, City Councillor, City of Edmonton) (CNW Group/Swoop)

“This is a major milestone for Swoop as we underscore our commitment to leading the way for ultra-low fare air travel in Canada and reaffirm our position as the airline with the most destinations from Edmonton,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “With a strong focus on growth and Edmonton as our partner, we will continue to provide our travellers with more non-stop flights and ultra-low fares while supporting the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism economy.”

New non-stop flights to eight Canadian cities 

The addition of eight new Canadian destinations to Swoop’s summer schedule will see non-stop service from Edmonton to Charlottetown, Comox, Halifax, Kelowna, Moncton, Ottawa, Regina and Saskatoon. Swoop will be the first carrier to bring non-stop connectivity from Edmonton International Airport to Charlottetown and Moncton and the airline’s summer schedule will also see the restoration of service to London, Ont. 

Hello, Palm Springs!

Beginning December 16, Swoop’s transborder presence is growing from Edmonton with the addition of new service to Palm Springs. The scheduled non-stop service to Palm Springs will operate twice weekly.

#Edmonton

To commemorate its history and commitment to Edmonton, Swoop celebrated the naming of its newest aircraft #Edmonton alongside key government leaders and business stakeholders at Edmonton International Airport.

Following the event, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft entered service for the operation of flight WO 770 departing Edmonton at 12:00 local time, en route to Phoenix (Mesa), Arizona with a scheduled arrival of 3:30 PM local time. Edmontonians can expect to see #Edmonton operating several of Swoop’s newly announced routes.

Full schedule details of Swoop’s service from Edmonton can be found below.

 Domestic Routes

RoutePeak Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 †
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
 
Edmonton – Halifax*5x weeklyMay 1, 2022$159$104.35$54.65
Edmonton – Charlottetown*2x weeklyJune 16, 2022$159$104.35$54.65
Edmonton – Kelowna*7x weeklyMay 5, 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Ottawa*4x weeklyApril 25, 2022$59$9.12$49.88
Edmonton – Comox*3x weeklyJune 9, 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Regina*2x weeklyJune 16. 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Saskatoon*2x weeklyJune 14, 2022$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Moncton*2x weeklyJune 17, 2022$159$104.35$54.65
Edmonton – London3x weeklyJune 2, 2022$59$9.11$49.88
Edmonton – Winnipeg4x weeklyContinuing$160$105.30$54.69
Edmonton – Toronto14x weeklyContinuing$59$9.12$49.88
Edmonton – Hamilton7x weeklyContinuing$60$10.06$49.94
Edmonton – Abbotsford7x weeklyContinuing$49$1.59$47.41
Edmonton – Victoria7x weeklyContinuing$60$12.06$47.94
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by November 29, 2021 for travel between May 2 and June 22, 2022.

Transborder Routes

RoutePeak Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 †
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
 
Edmonton – Las Vegas7x weeklyContinuing$99$8.84$90.16
Edmonton – Phoenix (Mesa)1x weeklyContinuing$110$18.36$91.63
† Book by November 29, 2021 for travel between May 2 and June 22, 2022.

New Service to Palm Springs

RoutePeak Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 †
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
Edmonton – Palm Springs*2x WeeklyDecember 16, 2021$99$7.89$91.11
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by November 29, 2021 for travel between January 10 and February 19, 2022.

Supporting Quotes

“Swoop’s commitment to Edmonton is a clear sign that there is confidence in Alberta’s Recovery Plan. The new routes across Canada and to Palm Springs open up exciting opportunities for tourism and business.”

  • Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation

“I want to thank Swoop for supporting the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Having increased connections across Canada and beyond through Edmonton International Airport is vital for our region. As a major city contributing to Alberta’s recovery, strong air service will help us create jobs and grow our economy.”

  • Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton

“Next time you hear a plane passing over, look up, look way up, and you just might see #Edmonton flying by. Thank you Swoop for naming one of your fleet after our great community, we’re honoured you will help carry the name Edmonton across Canada and North America. Your dedication to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is helping bring more low-cost travel options for our passengers and we can’t wait for these new destinations to start.”

  • Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport

To learn more about Swoop please visit FlySwoop.com and for information on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience visit FlySwoop.com/traveller-safety.

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 modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. FlySwoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.     

Source: Swoop 2022 Edmonton International Airport Economic Impacts performed by the Chris Lowe Group

Second low-cost carrier set to land at Comox Valley Airport

Swoop Airlines is set to service the Comox Valley Airport in June 2022. (Contributed)

From Comox Valley Record – link to source story – Thanks to CW

Swoop Airlines is set to service the Comox Valley Airport in June 2022. (Contributed)

Swoop Airlines arriving at YQQ in June 2022

ERIN HALUSCHAK | November 15, 2021

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) welcomes Swoop Airlines to the Comox Valley with service starting in June 2022.

“Swoop’s arrival will generate a lot of excitement for travellers looking for affordable options to reconnect with their friends and family,” said Mike Atkins, Comox Valley Airport’s CEO.

“We are delighted to have Swoop support travel to the Comox Valley, particularly for our tourism partners ready to welcome visitors to the spectacular region we serve.”

Swoop will commence three times weekly service from Edmonton, using their modern fleet of Boeing 737-800NG aircraft, on Thursday, June 9, 2022.

“We are thrilled to begin service to Comox Valley Airport with the announcement of our new non-stop service to Edmonton,” said Charles Duncan, president of Swoop. “With more than three million travellers having already experienced Swoop’s incredible service and ultra-low fares we are confident this new route will be a huge success.”

In October, Flair Airlines announced they will commence flying out of YQQ in March, 2022, with three weekly non-stop flights to both Edmonton and Calgary.

Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop – like Flair Airlines – is an Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC). ULCCs offer unbundled low base fares that only includes the seat; baggage, seat selection, snacks and carry-on bags come at additional fees.

On Vancouver Island, Swoop currently flies to the Victoria International Airport.

Swoop Launches New Service at St. Pete-Clearwater Int’l Airport

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop celebrated its inaugural flight to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) with a warm welcome reception to the Tampa Bay area.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our U.S. network with the launch of today’s inaugural flight to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “We know Canadians are eager to travel south to sunny Florida this winter and are pleased to be offering yet another convenient, affordable option to our travellers.”

As the airline continues to add capacity and increase service to the U.S., St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport’s accessibility to Florida’s Gulf Coast make it the perfect destination for Canadians to travel to all at swoop’s always available ultra-low fares.

“We are excited to welcome Canada based Swoop to our family of airlines”, said St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport Director, Tom Jewsbury.  “Canadians will have a convenient, non-stop option to fly to our award-winning destination from Toronto and Hamilton, Canada, and we are so excited to welcome our Canadian friends with borders open!  We want to thank our partners at Visit St. Pete/Clearwater and Volaire Aviation for helping us make this possible.”

Details of Swoop’s service currently for sale:

Service BetweenServices Start DatePeak Weekly Frequency
Toronto – St. Pete-ClearwaterNov 5, 20213x (Mon, Fri, Sat)
Hamilton – St. Pete-Clearwater Nov 9, 20212x (Tue, Sat)

To celebrate this new route, Swoop’s Head of Commercial and Finance, Bert van der Stege and Head of Flight Operations, Shane Workman were joined by St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) Airport Director, Tom Jewsbury and several key stakeholders for an inaugural ceremony upon arrival at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Travellers were also treated to inflight refreshments and giveaways. 

To learn more about Swoop visit FlySwoop.com and for information on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience visit FlySwoop.com/traveller-safety.  

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 modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation.

Swoop celebrates return of international departures from Abbotsford and Hamilton

Airline operating southbound international flights in November, reaccommodating northbound travellers through approved airports until NOTAM updates are in effect

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 3, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop resumed international flight departures from Abbotsford International Airport with flight WO 602 bound for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Earlier this week, the ultra-low-cost carrier also resumed transborder flying from John C. Munro Hamilton Airport with its inaugural flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport. 

Prior to yesterday’s federal government announcement adding eight airports to the approved international list, Swoop made the decision to proceed with scheduled southbound flights, arranging for northbound travellers to be re-routed or reaccommodated through approved airports until at least November 29, 2021. 

“We welcome this important and overdue update allowing for international passenger arrivals in Hamilton, Abbotsford and Victoria as of November 30,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “We know how eager Canadians are to travel and we are going to great lengths to prevent further disruption or delay to our travellers’ plans.”

Travellers returning from Orlando to the Hamilton area are being reaccommodated on Swoop flights operating to Toronto Pearson International Airport, while travellers returning from Puerto Vallarta are connecting in Edmonton before carrying on to Abbotsford. 

“As Canada transitions to a fully-vaccinated air sector and to ensure the right measures are in place for Canadians to safely and affordably travel this winter, we urge the federal government to next update the advance PCR/molecular testing requirements and implement a new practical policy for travelling children under-12 returning to Canada,” continued Duncan. 

On November 30, Swoop will operate its St. Pete-Clearwater to Hamilton flight as scheduled, marking Hamilton Airport’s first international arrival since February 6, 2020. The airline will also begin transborder flights between Victoria and Puerto Vallarta starting December 19. 

To learn more about Swoop and find ultra-low fare flights to destinations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, please visit FlySwoop.com. Find out more on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience at FlySwoop.com/traveller-safety.   

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 modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. FlySwoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

Swoop to Reconnect Winnipeg to the Sun and Sand

Airline celebrates return of its international departures from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and brings back popular sun flights to region

WINNIPEG, MB, Nov. 1, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop resumed international flight operations at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport with the departure of flight WO 728 bound for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The ultra-low-cost carrier is set to bring even more sun service to Winnipeg with the return of non-stop flights to Puerto Vallarta on November 4, 2021 and launch of service to new destinations including Cancun on December 3, 2021 and Orlando (Sanford) on December 11, 2021.  

To celebrate the return of Swoop’s sun and fun destinations, between now and November 8, 2021, Winnipeg travellers can use the promo code GET50 to receive 50% off base fares from Winnipeg to Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando (Sanford), Puerto Vallarta and Cancun.

“We are extremely proud to be the first Canadian airline to resume international operations out of Winnipeg,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “The return of our non-stop service to popular sun destinations, like Phoenix-Mesa plays an important role in our commitment to meeting the demand for ultra-low-cost fares in Winnipeg, while supporting the rebound of air travel in the region.”

Today’s departure signals a significant milestone for Swoop and Winnipeg Airport Authority, with flight WO 728 marking the first international departure from Winnipeg to a sun destination since the onset of the pandemic.

“Swoop reintroducing non-stop flights between Winnipeg and Phoenix-Mesa represents an important milestone for our community,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “The return of this service marks the first flights to a winter sun destination available out of Winnipeg Richardson International Airport since the onset of the pandemic. We are excited to see this popular route return to help meet demand within the Winnipeg market and kickstart the winter travel season at the airport.”

GET50 Terms and Conditions:

Book by November 8, 2021 (11:59 p.m. MT) | Travel between November 2, 2021 and December 16, 2022. | Eligible markets: Winnipeg to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. | Limit of 100 redemptions. | Fares are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted. | Flights are subject to availability and may not operate on all days. | Non-refundable. | Promo code applicable on new, web bookings only. | One promo code per booking. | Cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer. | Discount applicable to base fare only. Not applicable on taxes, fees, or ancillary products and services. | Learn more about baggage and optional fees at www.FlySwoop.com/Optional-Services-and-Fees.

To learn more about Swoop and find ultra-low fare flights to destinations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, please visit FlySwoop.com. Find out more on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience at FlySwoop.com/traveller-safety.

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 modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. FlySwoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

Swoop Takes Off for San Diego

Ultra-low cost airline brings new destination to Edmonton with launch of inaugural route

EDMONTON, AB, Oct. 31, 2021 /CNW/ -Today, Swoop celebrated its first flight from Edmonton International Airport (YEG) to San Diego International Airport (SAN). The ultra-low cost airline’s new service between Edmonton and San Diego will operate three times weekly during peak season on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with introductory fares available at $99† CAD all-in.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this new destination to the city of Edmonton and add San Diego to our growing list of non-stop destinations available for Edmontonians to explore,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “Edmonton is an important part of both Swoop’s history and future and we remain as committed as ever to providing the region with always available low-fares and connectivity to beautiful destinations like San Diego.”

The addition of San Diego to Swoop’s network furthers the airline’s commitment and strategic focus on providing more choice and ultra-low fares to Edmontonians. As its western Canadian base city, Swoop continues to lead the way for ultra-low-cost service in Edmonton, with the airline expanding its capacity and flying from the city to include non-stop service from Edmonton International Airport to 11 destinations across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, with that number growing to 14 with service to Los Cabos, Cancun and Orlando (Sanford) set to begin in the coming weeks.

“It’s no trick, we’re thrilled to have a new treat for Edmonton sunseekers with the launch of non-stop service to San Diego from EIA. This popular family destination offers plenty to experience for all ages, along with sunny, warm weather year-round. Thank you Swoop for helping bring new destinations to our community.” – Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development

“Canada is the number one international visitor market to San Diego and this new nonstop flight from Edmonton will continue to strengthen both regions’ tourism economies,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. “With Canada’s border open and the U.S. border opening to fully vaccinated travelers on November 8, we anticipate this route will be popular for even more Canadians wishing to enjoy our sunny shores and for San Diegans looking for a great winter escape in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. We welcome Swoop to San Diego International Airport and are thrilled to be the first and only California airport they currently fly to.” 

To celebrate this new route, Swoop’s Head of Commercial and Finance, Bert van der Stege was joined by Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Services and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport, Kimberly Becker, President and CEO, San Diego International Airport and Julie Coker, President and CEO, San Diego Tourism Authority for an inaugural ceremony upon arrival at San Diego International Airport. Travellers were also treated to inflight refreshments and giveaways.

To learn more about Swoop and for flights to San Diego please visit FlySwoop.com and for information on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience visit FlySwoop.com/traveller-safety.

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Nov 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel until January 30, 2022 (blackouts over December 19-26 2021).

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 modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation. FlySwoop.com allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.     

Swoop lands in Mazatlán

From Travelweek Group – link to source story

Swoop lands in Mazatlán with first flight of the season

By: Travelweek Group | October 27, 2021

MAZATLAN — Swoop Airlines is flying high following its arrival in Mazatlán, Mexico.

Swoop lands in Mazatlán with first flight of the season

After an 18-month pause due to the pandemic, the airline departed Edmonton on Oct. 23 and landed at Mazatlán’s International Airport to a water salute with 189 passengers onboard.

“Canadians are always welcome in Mazatlán and it’s the second home for thousands of them. The value of the destination and the wide array of activities and attractions are unmatched,” said Oscar Perez, Secretary of Tourism for the state.

Swoop’s Boeing 737-800 will continue to fly from Edmonton to the Mexican destination for the remainder of the year, doubling frequency at the start of 2022 until the end of the season in late April.

Throughout the pandemic, Mazatlán invested heavily in its tourist infrastructure and various improvements, including renovating its tourist zone and introducing new attractions like the Sea of Cortez Aquarium.

This Press Release is a Coupon – Swoop

This press release is not in-fact a coupon, but today, a Mazatlán beach was

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 27, 2021 /CNW/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, today announced a hot new take on coupons, with the launch of Swoopons: weekday deals offering deep discounts on flights. As the airline continues to see demand for returning in response to updated travel advisories and the widespread availability of vaccinations, Swoop is making it even easier to fly for less.

Swoopons drop every Monday through Friday at 2:00 p.m. EST and invite travellers to unlock the airline’s unbundled fares at jaw-dropping discounts.  Known for its big deals and ultra-low fares, Swoop kicked off its new campaign with the release of its biggest Swoopon yet: a 60% off promo code streamed from the beaches of Mazatlán. The super-sized beach coupon was stamped in the sand and used the help of the tide to countdown the clock on this time-limited offer.

“On a mission to make air travel more affordable and accessible, Swoop is always looking for innovative ways to save Canadian travellers money on flights,” said Kelly Steward, Senior Leader, Marketing and Digital at Swoop. “Canadians have embraced the last-minute vacation deal concept and whether they are looking for a spontaneous trip to Mexico or an impromptu family visit, Swoopons can help them get there for less.”

Swoopons launch every weekday at FlySwoop.com/Swoopon, because even Steve in IT needs a weekend. These limited-time daily deals are available Monday to Friday, between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST, or while quantities last. Travellers are encouraged to follow Swoop’s social channels to be the first in the know about the Swoopon deals of the day and any upcoming offers.

“Since 2018, over 3 million travellers have relied on us for their travel needs,” continued Steward. “As we look towards welcoming the next 3 million travellers, we will be relentless in our pursuit of making it more affordable for Canadians to travel wherever life takes them.”

To learn more about Swoop, visit FlySwoop.com and for information on how Swoop is ensuring a safe and healthy travel experience, visit FlySwoop.com/traveller-safety.

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 modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity has safely carried more than 3 million travellers in three years of operation.