Swoop touches down in Newfoundland with new non-stop service to Deer Lake

The ultra-not-expensive airline continues its Atlantic expansion with its first flights from Hamilton to Deer Lake

DEER LAKE, NL, May 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, launched its inaugural flight to Deer Lake Regional Airport (YDF) from Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport (YHM). Swoop flight WO186 landed in Deer Lake at 8:35 p.m. local time, inaugurating the ULCC’s presence in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

“As Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, we are pleased to continue our Atlantic expansion into Newfoundland today with our inaugural flight to Deer Lake from Hamilton,” said Ryan Hubbard, Senior Leader, Airports, Swoop. “Air travel is critical to the recovery of Newfoundland’s tourist economy, and we’re proud to support the province’s Come Home Year 2022 campaign with ultra-convenient, ultra-low fares for Canadians.”

In addition to today’s inaugural flight between Hamilton and Deer Lake, Swoop will begin non-stop service between Hamilton and St. John’s on June 13. The ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) will add flights between Toronto and Deer Lake on June 20, offering even more ultra-affordable opportunities for Canadians to find themselves in Newfoundland this summer.

The arrival of the inaugural flight was warmly welcomed with a locally inspired celebration at Deer Lake Regional Airport, where travellers were joined by Swoop’s Ryan Hubbard and Julie Pondant Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, and Tammy Priddle, President and CEO, Deer Lake Regional Airport.

“The Town of Deer Lake is very excited for Swoop Airlines to begin flights through the Deer Lake Regional Airport. Deer Lake is an ideal location for those looking to explore the Western Region of Newfoundland & Labrador. Having Swoop coincide with the provincial Come Home Year 2022 campaign will greatly assist those who may want to visit the Deer Lake area at an affordable cost.” Mike Goosney – Mayor of Deer Lake

With introductory fares from Hamilton to Deer Lake starting at just $49 CAD, Swoop is showing Canadians just how affordable experiencing the Newfoundland can be this summer. 

RouteStart DatePeak Weekly FrequencyOne-way total price (CAD)Base Fare (CAD)Taxes & Fees (CAD)
Hamilton to Deer LakeMay 21, 20224x weekly$49$7.29$41.71
Deer Lake to HamiltonMay 21, 20224x weekly$49$6.53$42.47
Deer Lake to TorontoJune 20, 20222x weekly$99$50.01$48.99
Toronto to Deer LakeJune 20, 20222x weekly$99$46.54$52.46

For travel between September 15-October 31, 2022 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until June 2, 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.

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“We are excited to welcome Swoop to Deer Lake as a new airline with new destinations for travelers leaving our region. It will also allow access to a new market for people in Western and South Western Ontario and, for the first time, Alberta. Swoop provides affordable air travel, making it easier for families and friends to reconnect more often. It will also increase access for tourists to take in the many great experiences we offer in Western Newfoundland & Labrador.” Tammy Priddle, President and CEO, Deer Lake Regional Airport.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Swoop to Deer Lake Regional Airport.  This new service will provide residents of Corner Brook with yet another affordable option to visit friends and family across North America. It will also bring a whole new group of visitors to the west coast of Newfoundland. An exciting opportunity for all! Congratulations to Swoop and Deer Lake Regional Airport.”- Jim Parsons- Mayor of the City of Corner Brook

“Deer Lake Regional Airport is a gateway for Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and a renowned travel destination which sits at the entrance to the greater Northern Peninsula. The large and diverse area relies on connectivity to support its cultural, tourism, and economic industries. Adding Swoop, an additional airline, to Deer Lake Regional Airport will benefit both residents and visitors alike as the tourism industry rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Colleen Kennedy, Executive Director-Gros Morne Cooperation Association.

“Pjila’q. Qalipu is very excited to be supporting their partner Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority. Any time we can build capacity for our members and the region is a great day”- Chief Brendan Mitchell

To learn more about Swoop and for flight schedules and bookings, please visit FlySwoop.com. 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 fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.

Swoop Continues Canadian Expansion with new Saint John – Toronto Route

The ultra-not-expensive airline adds more connectivity for New Brunswick

SAINT JOHN, NB, May 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low cost airline, launched its inaugural flight to the Saint John Airport (YSJ) from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Swoop flight WO366 took off from Toronto this afternoon at 5:25 p.m. ET, receiving a warm welcome upon arrival in Saint John at 8:40 p.m. local time.

Earlier this week, Swoop marked its first flight into New Brunswick with an inaugural service between Hamilton and Moncton, and later this summer, the airline will launch service from Moncton to Edmonton. The leading ULCC is expanding rapidly across the country, focusing on Atlantic Canada, where demand for affordable air service has reached new heights.

“As Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline, we are thrilled to continue our expansion in New Brunswick today with this inaugural flight to Saint John,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “We know that affordable air travel is integral to the restart and recovery of tourism and are pleased to expand our presence across Atlantic Canada this summer.”

“Swoop Airline’s arrival adds to the incredible momentum growing in our province while contributing to our economy and creating more jobs for New Brunswickers,” New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said. “We know people are interested in visiting and moving to our beautiful province and having another option available for them to do so will help us as we continue to build on our success.”

“I’m excited to hear that Swoop Airlines is making its inaugural flight into Saint John Airport. This is further proof that our city is an important tourist destination and that our economic recovery is strong.” – Donna Noade Reardon, Mayor of Saint John

With introductory fares from Toronto to Saint John starting at just $49 CAD, Swoop is showing Canadians just how affordable experiencing the east coast can be this summer.  

RouteStart DatePeak Weekly FrequencyOne-way total price (CAD)Base Fare (CAD)Taxes & Fees (CAD)
Toronto to Saint JohnMay 12, 20224x weekly$49$2.29$46.71
Saint John to TorontoMay 12, 20224x weekly$59$5.23$53.77

For travel between September 1 – October 15, 2022 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until May 19, 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.

To learn more about Swoop and for flight schedules and bookings, please visit FlySwoop.com. 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 fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.

Swoop Celebrates Inaugural Flight to New Brunswick

Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline continues Atlantic Canada expansion with new non-stop service to Moncton

MONCTON, NB, May 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low cost airline, is celebrating its inaugural flight between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) and Greater Moncton Roméo Leblanc International Airport (YQM). Swoop flight WO168 took off from Hamilton this morning at 8:00 a.m. ET and arrived in Moncton at 10:55 a.m. local time.

“As Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, we are excited to continue our Atlantic Canada expansion with this inaugural flight to Moncton today,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance at Swoop. “As the demand for travel resurges, Swoop is very excited to offer this non-stop service as one of 11 new routes to the east coast this summer.”

In addition to today’s inaugural service from Hamilton to Moncton, Swoop will soon be offering new non-stop service between Edmonton and Moncton beginning on June 17, as well as service between Toronto and Saint John, beginning later this week. “Canadians are excited to travel again this summer and reconnect with friends and family and we know Swoop’s ultra-not-expensive fares will help make this possible,” continued van der Stege, “We recognize the importance of tourism across Atlantic Canada, and we are proud to be celebrating this investment in the recovery of New Brunswick’s tourism economy.”

“Swoop Airline’s arrival adds to the incredible momentum growing in our province while contributing to our economy and creating more jobs for New Brunswickers,” New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said. “We know people are interested in visiting and moving to our beautiful province and having another option available for them to do so will help us as we continue to build on our success.” – Premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs.

In celebration of the new service, Swoop’s Head of Commercial and Finance, Bert van der Stege and Julie Pondant, Swoop’s Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, were pleased to join Courtney Burns, Incoming President and CEO for Greater Moncton International Airport Authority (GMIAA) and other YQM airport executives for a gate-side celebration prior to the arrival of the inaugural flight.

“The Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport is very excited to welcome Swoop to our airport and the province of New Brunswick. The presence of a low-cost carrier at an airport can significantly grow passenger traffic and allow more travel options for cost conscious or budget restricted travellers. It is anticipated that our partnership with Swoop will do just that and provide more air travel and destination options for our region. We look forward to the start of the new Hamilton and Edmonton routes and even more new destinations over the long term. Welcome to YQM Swoop!” – Bernard F. LeBlanc, President and CEO GMIAA – Managing Director YQM.

“The arrival of Swoop Airlines is a great sign for both the business community and the economic recovery of air travel through the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport,” said Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton CEO John Wishart. “Swoop will give our region a low-cost option to reaching the air hubs of central Canada, making connections for business that much easier and cost effective.”

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

For more information on Swoop’s ultra-low-cost fares on new routes launching in Spring and Summer 2022, please see below!

RouteStart DatePeak Weekly
Frequency
One-way total
price (CAD)
Base Fare
(CAD)
Taxes & Fees
(CAD)
Hamilton to MonctonMay 9, 2022 4x weekly$59.00$16.14$42.86
Moncton to HamiltonMay 9, 2022 4x weekly$59.00$11.23$47.77
Moncton to EdmontonJune 17, 20222x weekly$129.00$72.10$56.90
Edmonton to MonctonJune 17, 20222x weekly$129.00$76.78$52.22

For travel between September 1 to October 15, 2022 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until May 19, 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

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 will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.

Swoop Expanding Service to Kelowna

The ultra-not-expensive airline introduces flights between Edmonton, AB and Kelowna, BC

KELOWNA, BC, May 5, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, launched its new daily, non-stop, flights between Kelowna and Edmonton with inaugural flight WO213 taking off from Edmonton International Airport at 8:35 a.m. MT and arriving at Kelowna International Airport at 10:45 a.m. local time. 

“We’re pleased to be adding new flights between Edmonton and Kelowna, providing more ultra-low-cost connectivity for the Okanagan region,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “With summer fast approaching, we’re seeing record demand for domestic travel, and we’re proud to meet that demand by introducing more convenient and affordable air travel options.”

Today’s inaugural flight marks nearly three years of Swoop bringing ultra-affordable air service to the region. Canada’s leading ULCC introduced service between Kelowna and Winnipeg in May 2019.  The ULCC will restart service between these two markets tomorrow, May 6, with its inaugural flight WO502 from Kelowna to Winnipeg. In addition to connecting Kelowna with both Edmonton and Winnipeg, Swoop will also continue serving Toronto with four flights per week. 

“We know how important affordable air travel is to the recovery of the tourism economy and are proud to mark this occasion,” continued van der Stege. “Swoop is thankful for the ongoing support the residents of Kelowna and the Okanagan region have demonstrated over the past three years.”

“YLW is excited to see this new route from Swoop providing daily service to/from Edmonton,” says Sam Samaddar, Kelowna Airport Director. “Swoop first came to YLW three years ago and we are happy to see them continue to expand their destinations, providing affordable options for Okanagan residents.”

With introductory fares from Kelowna to Edmonton starting at just $49 CAD, Swoop is showing Canadians just how affordable and easy experiencing the Okanagan region can be this summer.

RouteFrequencyTotal Price (CAD)     Base Fare(CAD)          Tax(CAD)     
Kelowna to Edmonton     Daily$49.00$10.59$38.41
Edmonton to Kelowna“”$49.00$0.59$48.41
Kelowna to Winnipeg3x weekly$79.00$39.16$39.84
Winnipeg to Kelowna“”$79.00$26.16$52.84
Kelowna to Toronto4x weekly$89.00$48.69$40.31
Toronto to Kelowna“”$89.00$37.69$51.31

 
For travel between September 1 – October 15, 2022 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until May 19, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MT) or while seats last.   

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 will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

Swoop celebrates first route of Atlantic expansion with service to Charlottetown

The ultra-not-expensive airline connects Prince Edward Island with new non-stop flights from Hamilton and Toronto.  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, May 1, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, launched its inaugural flight to Charlottetown Airport (YYG) from Hamilton International Airport (YHM). Swoop flight WO170 took off from Hamilton this morning at 7:50 a.m. EST, receiving a warm welcome upon arrival in Charlottetown at 11:00 a.m. local time.  

“As Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, we are pleased to kick off our Atlantic Canada expansion with this inaugural flight to Charlottetown today,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “This is the first of 11 inaugurals Swoop will celebrate across the region this summer as we expand our ultra-low fare offering on the east coast.” 

In the coming weeks, Swoop will be adding service to Moncton and Saint John, NB and Deer Lake and St. John’s, NL, as well as adding frequencies on existing routes to Halifax. “With this investment, we highlight our commitment to Atlantic Canada and recognize the importance of the tourism economy,” continued Van der Stege.

Later today, Swoop will operate its first non-stop service between Edmonton and Halifax and tomorrow, May 2, Swoop will launch non-stop Charlottetown service from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Starting June 16, Swoop will begin non-stop service to Charlottetown from Edmonton International Airport.

The arrival of the inaugural flight was warmly welcomed with a gate-side celebration at Charlottetown Airport, where travellers were joined by Bert van der Stege, Swoop’s Head of Commercial and Finance, James Aylward, PEI Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Jason Coady, City of Charlottetown Deputy Mayor, Doug Newson, CEO, Charlottetown Airport Authority, and Patrick MacFadyen, Vice-Chair, Charlottetown Airport Authority. Cathie Puckering, President and CEO of Hamilton International Airport, joined travellers on the inaugural flight from Hamilton.

“We know how important affordable air travel is to the recovery of the tourism economy and are proud to mark this occasion with our partners from the City of Charlottetown, the PEI Provincial Government, Discover Charlottetown and Charlottetown Airport,” continued van der Stege. “Swoop is thankful for the ongoing partnership and support of all these organizations; and we look forward to continuing to work together to bring more ultra-low-cost options to visit Charlottetown and for Islanders to travel to Toronto, Hamilton and Edmonton.” 

With introductory fares from Hamilton to Charlottetown starting at just $49 CAD, Swoop is showing Canadians just how affordable experiencing the east coast can be this summer. 

RouteStart DatePeak Weekly FrequencyOne-way total price (CAD)Base Fare (CAD)Taxes & Fees (CAD)
Hamilton to CharlottetownMay 1, 20224x weekly$49$7.29$37.76
Toronto to CharlottetownMay 2, 20223x weekly$49$7.29$37.76
Edmonton to CharlottetownJune 16, 20222x weekly$109$57.73$47.31
Charlottetown to HamiltonMay 1, 20224x weekly$49$7.29$37.76
Charlottetown to TorontoMay 2, 20223x weekly$49$7.29$37.76
Charlottetown to EdmontonJune 16, 20222xweekly$109$57.73$47.31

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“Swoop’s inaugural flight to Charlottetown brings not only enthusiastic passengers but also several ancillary benefits to our city,” said Mayor Philip Brown, City of Charlottetown. “Charlottetown is a year-round destination, and the new carrier will help boost the local economy, create jobs, and offer more travel options to and from our wonderful city.”

“We are so pleased to welcome Swoop to YYG Charlottetown Airport today as they launch the first of three new routes from our airport,” says Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. “Swoop’s arrival into Prince Edward Island is great news for our province’s tourism industry and offers another low fare option for Islanders wanting to explore Canada this year. We are committed to working with Swoop to ensure a successful launch in Charlottetown.”

“Charlottetown is beyond excited to welcome this cool, low-cost carrier to our city,” says Heidi Zinn, Executive Director of Discover Charlottetown. “We are already loving the working relationship we have developed with Swoop and are so pleased to have some new direct flight markets coming to our province.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate Swoop’s East Coast network expansion from Hamilton International this summer, starting with today’s exciting inaugural flight to Charlottetown. With this new convenient option connecting the heart of Southern Ontario to Prince Edward Island, Canadians will have the opportunity to explore beautiful destinations, reconnect with loved ones, and make new memories at an affordable price tag.”– Cathie Puckering, President & CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, Vice President & Head, Canadian Network for Vantage Airport Group

To learn more about Swoop and for flight schedules and bookings, please visit FlySwoop.com. 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 will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.

Swoop Celebrates Start of Service to Ottawa

Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline now serving Ottawa from Edmonton, with non-stop service to Halifax and Winnipeg starting in June

OTTAWA, ON, April 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, celebrated its first inaugural flight between Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and Ottawa International Airport (YOW). Swoop flight WO 510 took off from Edmonton this morning at 10:50 a.m. MT and arrived at 4:30pm local time in Ottawa.

Swoop crew members Maricris Manalo , Captain Corey Howatt, Jeri Blair, First Officer Darius Duplessis, and Marilyn Beasley celebrate the inaugural service at Edmonton International Airport. (CNW Group/Swoop Inc.)
Swoop crew members Maricris Manalo , Captain Corey Howatt, Jeri Blair, First Officer Darius Duplessis, and Marilyn Beasley celebrate the inaugural service at Edmonton International Airport. (CNW Group/Swoop Inc.)

“Today’s inaugural service to Ottawa marks the first of many new routes for Swoop this summer, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating this non-stop connection between Edmonton, our Western Canada base, and Ottawa, our Nation’s Capital” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “We’re proud to be connecting more Canadian travellers to key destinations across the country with our ultra-affordable and convenient air travel options.”

The inaugural service signals not only a continued commitment to service in Edmonton, but also brings new, ultra-affordable air travel options to residents of Ottawa. Later this summer, Swoop will add more ultra-low fare non-stop service from Ottawa to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“At a time when the demand for air travel is reaching unprecedented heights, we know these new routes will play an important role in helping Canadians reconnect with friends and family this summer and assist in the recovery of the tourism economy” continued van der Stege.

Today, at FlySwoop.com, travellers can find one-way flights starting from $59 all-in.

RouteStart DatePeak Weekly FrequencyOne-way total price (CAD)Base Fare (CAD)Taxes & Fees (CAD)
Ottawa to EdmontonApril 25, 20225x weekly$59$6.14$52.86
Ottawa to HalifaxJune 19, 2022Daily$59$6.14$52.86
Ottawa to WinnipegJune 19, 20224x weekly$59$6.14$52.86
For travel between May 1 and June 15, 2022 (Edmonton) and July 1 to August 31, 2022 (Halifax and Winnipeg) | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until May 5, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MT) or while seats last.

”As Mayor of Ottawa, I’m pleased by this new air service offering from Swoop, which will see a number of direct flights added from the nation’s capital to key destinations across Canada. Swoop’s services will increase options and affordability for leisure and business travellers, as the demand for new flights continues to grow at YOW.” – Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa 

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

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  “Ottawa Tourism welcomes Swoop’s direct service from Edmonton, as travel gains momentum and Canadians from coast to coast to coast seek to visit inspiring destinations like Ottawa,” says Michael Crockatt, President, and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “As Canada’s capital, Ottawa tells the stories of Canada, and we look forward to welcoming travellers from Western Canada and beyond.”

“Congratulations to Swoop Airlines for providing fliers with an affordable new option for travelling across our country and to our nation’s capital,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “As we return to travel and sightseeing, I encourage everyone to make Ontario a part of their travel plans – where they can experience and enjoy the many incredible ways Ontario offers the world in one province.” 

“We are delighted to welcome Swoop to Canada’s Capital,” said Joel Tkach, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing for the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “YOW’s passengers are looking for the flexibility and choice Swoop offers, and our tourism partners are ready to showcase the exceptional experience Ottawa-Gatineau offers now that domestic travel recovery in Canada is in full swing.”

“Non-stop service to our national capital is a priority and I want to thank Swoop for providing more options for passengers. Service to Ottawa is important for our business community but as summer approaches we look forward to tourism opportunities going in both directions and welcoming visitors to our region and Jasper.” – Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport

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 will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

Bob Cummings to return to the WestJet Group as President of Swoop

Cummings homecoming demonstrates confidence in Canadian ultra-low-cost travel market  

CALGARY, AB, April 13, 2022 /CNW/ – The WestJet Group today announced the return of Bob Cummings to the airline’s Executive Leadership Team as President of Swoop, WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier. Cummings will begin his role on Monday, April 18, 2022.  

Bob Cummings with Swoop Aircraft #Bob (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
Bob Cummings with Swoop Aircraft #Bob (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“I am delighted to welcome Bob back to the WestJet Group to lead Swoop through this pivotal time for affordable air travel in Canada,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, Chief Executive Officer, the WestJet Group. “Bob’s passion and knowledge of the ULCC market, his strength in leading high-performing teams and his impressive track record with the WestJet Group, will ensure that Swoop continues to lead the way in providing Canadians with access to ultra-low fare travel.”

“Swoop was created to make travel affordable and accessible for the most price-conscious travellers, and as we continue to expand and offer more schedule options, people can book with confidence when choosing our Canadian, ultra-low-cost airline,” said Bob Cummings, President of Swoop. “I am elated to return to The WestJet Group’s leadership team and am looking forward to working alongside Swoopsters to bring more choice, lower fares and certainty to the market.”

Most recently, Cummings spent two years at the helm of Central Mountain Air as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he led through pandemic turbulence and positioned the regional airline for success in recovery, while building the airline’s culture. Prior to Central Mountain Air, Bob spent 13 years with the WestJet Group, spanning several notable Executive Vice-President positions, including President of Swoop in 2018, where he was responsible for the start-up and launch of Canada’s first successful ultra-low-cost airline.

During his tenure with WestJet, Bob led the growth of WestJet Vacations, WestJet Rewards, and was integral in the launch of WestJet Encore, WestJet’s regional airline. As WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer, Bob grew the airline’s revenue from just over one billion to more than $4.5 billion. Prior to joining WestJet, Bob spent more than 13 years in leadership positions in the utility and telecom markets.

With his extensive North American commercial aviation experience, Bob will continue to build on Swoop’s strong foundation in recovery.

“I would like to thank Charles Duncan for his leadership of Swoop over the past two years,” continued von Hoensbroech. “Charles has played a key role in Swoop’s expansion and recovery and will now transition into a new role supporting various strategic projects and initiatives as Executive Vice-President, Integration and Strategic Projects.”

About the WestJet Group of Companies

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.

For more information about everything WestJet, please visit www.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) 

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, will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. 

FLYHT and Swoop Partner to Reduce Emissions

Receives Support from Alberta Innovates for Environmental Leading Initiative

Calgary, Alberta – March 16, 2022 – FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the “Company” or “FLYHT”) announced that FLYHT is partnering with Swoop Airlines to reduce emissions by eliminating non-essential Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) usage. The program is partially funded through a grant of $150,000 from the Alberta Innovates Product Demonstration Program (“PDP”).

The FLYHT real-time APU monitoring and notification program allows an airline to reduce its APU run times by providing timely, targeted and actionable notifications, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and providing cost savings for the airline. This initiative is aligned with FLYHT’s goal of providing environmentally beneficial solutions that enhance the profit potential for an airline and that create a greener, safer world. The APU consumes approximately 250 lbs of fuel per hour under normal operation.

This APU solution leverages the power of FLYHT’s AFIRS™ family, including the latest platform, AFIRS Edge, of on-wing monitoring and ground infrastructure. The AFIRS family allows for real time monitoring of aircraft data and can be powered by the aircraft’s engines, an external ground power source, or the aircraft APU. The AFIRS Edge has been developed with repayable funding support from Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) through its Western Innovation Initiative.

Bill Tempany, CEO remarked, “FLYHT is always looking for ways to support our customers in their ongoing initiatives to reduce their environmental impact, and we are very happy to have the support of Alberta Innovates to do so. Our relationship with Swoop gives a real Alberta flavor to a global initiative. The results of this work can be rolled out around the world to our more than 80 airline customers.”

Charles Duncan, President of Swoop commented, “The FLYHT APU solution aligns with our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by operating our fleet and ground infrastructure as efficiently and safely as possible. We are proud to be working with FLYHT to move the industry forward in the effort to reduce emissions.”

About FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.

FLYHT provides airlines with Actionable Intelligence to transform operational insight into immediate, quantifiable action, delivering industry leading solutions to improve aviation safety, efficiency, and profitability. This unique capability is driven by FLYHT’s patented aircraft certified hardware products including AFIRS™, a satcom aircraft interface device which enables real-time streaming of flight information, cockpit voice and black box data streaming, AFIRS Edge a state of the art WQAR and satellite data communications device, and TAMDAR™ and the FLYHT-WVSS-II™, which deliver airborne weather and humidity data in real-time. FLYHT is headquartered in Calgary, Canada with an office in Littleton, Colorado, and is an AS9100 Quality registered company. For more information view our latest presentation here, or visit http://www.flyht.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 modern fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.   
  
About Alberta Innovates’ PDP Program

The Product Demonstration Program is designed to de-risk the commercialization process by providing funds and coaching to high potential, high growth technology Alberta small to medium-sized enterprises to commercialize their products and achieve an optimal market position to increase revenue and potentially expand into global markets.

Swoop Announces Significant U.S. Expansion with Five New Destinations

Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost carrier adds service to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Nashville

CALGARY, AB, Feb. 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, today announced it will expand its presence in the United States (U.S.) by adding non-stop flights to five new destinations this summer: New York, Chicago, Nashville, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

In addition to serving five new destinations, the fast-growing Canadian airline will also extend its current seasonal services to San Diego, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, St. Pete-Clearwater, Orlando (Sanford) and Phoenix (Mesa) into the summer season. In total Swoop will serve 11 U.S. destinations with ultra-not-expensive flights from its three main Canadian bases in Toronto, Hamilton, and Edmonton.

“As part of our planned growth in 2022, we’re excited to be adding five new popular U.S. destinations to our network,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance at Swoop. “As Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost carrier, we are growing our fleet, expanding our network, and adding service to existing destinations to ensure we are ready to meet Canadian’s pent-up demand for travel experiences south of the border.” 

In addition to the new U.S. destinations announced today, Swoop previously announced it will begin service to 10 new Canadian destinations bringing the airline’s total number of destinations served to 33 this summer.

Demand for transborder travel amid restrictive testing requirements

Swoop’s announced U.S. expansion comes as the ULCC reports significantly increased domestic passenger numbers and record bookings, on par with pre-pandemic demand. The airline expects to see that pent-up demand trend extend to U.S. leisure travel this summer as more than 30.5 million fully vaccinated Canadians look to resume their transborder travel habits.

As countries across the globe take measures to safely re-open borders for vaccinated travellers and make sensible adjustments to overall travel guidance and testing requirements, the ULCC expects to see Canadian requirements updated by March 1, when current government measures are set to expire.

“Outdated travel restrictions that were meant to be temporary, continue to severely impact the recovery of the travel and tourism sectors,” said van der Stege during the Routes Americas Conference in San Antonio where the announcement was made. “Our airline is fully vaccinated, our travellers are fully vaccinated, and yet duplicative testing requirements continue to make travel unnecessarily expensive and inaccessible.”

The ULCC continues to call on government to outline a re-opening timeline and roadmap for travel recovery that is based on science and reflective of the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full Details of Swoop’s U.S. Network Expansion  

RoutePeak FrequencyStart DateTotal fare one-way (CAD)Base Fare (CAD)Taxes and Fees (CAD)
Toronto (YYZ) – Chicago (ORD)5x weeklyMay 30$99.00$4.92$94.08
Toronto (YYZ) – New York (JFK)5x weeklyJune 20$99.00$4.92$94.08
Toronto (YYZ) – Nashville (BNA)4x weeklyMay 26$99.00$4.92$94.08
Toronto (YYZ) – Las Vegas (LAS)3x weeklyMay 20$99.00$4.92$94.08
Toronto (YYZ) – Orlando / Sanford (SFB)2x weeklyOngoing$99.00$4.92$94.08
Toronto (YYZ) – St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE)2x weeklyOngoing$99.00$4.92$94.08
Hamilton (YHM) – Las Vegas (LAS)2x weeklyJune 23$99.00$10.30$88.70
Hamilton (YHM) – Orlando / Sanford (SFB)2x weeklyOngoing$99.00$10.30$88.70
Hamilton (YHM) – St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE)2x weeklyOngoing$99.00$10.30$88.70
Edmonton (YEG) – San Francisco (SFO)4x weeklyJune 6$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton (YEG) – Los Angeles (BUR)3x weeklyJune 23$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton (YEG) – Nashville (BNA)2x weeklyJune 19$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton (YEG) – Las Vegas (LAS)DailyOngoing$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton (YEG) – San Diego (SAN)3x weeklyOngoing$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton (YEG) – Palm Springs (PSP)1x weeklyOngoing$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton (YEG) – Phoenix Mesa (AZA)1x weeklyOngoing$99.00$2.21$96.79

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by February 18, 2022, for travel between June 1 and July 27, 2022. Blackout Period: June 28 – July 4, 2022.

Additional Quotes

  • “John F. Kennedy International Airport is delighted to see five new, non-stop flights to Toronto beginning later this year. This new route will provide customers with more affordable flight options when traveling to the NYC region.”
    – Charles Everett, General Manager, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • “On behalf of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Chicago is honored to welcome Swoop to offer additional, affordable travel options between O’Hare International Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Canadians are invited to the ‘Windy City’ for the diverse tourist attractions and eclectic cuisine across our 77 community areas.”
    – Chicago Commissioner of Aviation, Jamie L. Rhee.
  • “It’s always a great day when we add new nonstop international flights to Nashville, and it’s even better when we can welcome a new airline to the BNA family. Swoop’s service to both Toronto and Edmonton make it easier for Canadian friends to make their way down to Music City, and for southern hospitality to make its way up north.”
    –  Doug Kreulen, President and CEO, Nashville International Airport
  • “SFO is pleased to welcome Swoop Airlines to offer non-stop service between Edmonton and San Francisco, starting this Summer. This new Canadian service helps to define SFO as a world-class gateway airport, strengthening our ties with our neighbor to the North, and we hope this new service will be a great success.”
    – Ivar C. Satero, Airport Director, San Francisco Airport (SFO)
  • “Swoop customers will soon get to experience the most convenient way to visit the Los Angeles metro area. Swoop is also offering our local passengers a convenient opportunity to visit and explore the natural beauty, culture, and attractions of Edmonton and Canada.”
    – Frank Miller, Executive Director, Hollywood Burbank 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, will grow to 16 with the addition of six Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.     

Commercial airliner diverted during high-speed chase in the Fraser Valley

From The Vancouver Sun 🔗 link to source story

The chopper followed the SUV and worked with air traffic controllers at Abbotsford’s airport to redirect an incoming Swoop Airlines flight that was in the helicopter’s flight path.

The Canadian Press The Canadian Press  •  February 10, 2022

Abbotsford police enforce the evacuation order that remains in most of the flooded Sumas Prairie on Nov. 24, 2021. Exact location not provided. City of Abbotsford [PNG Merlin Archive]
Photo by City of Abbotsford /PNG

Police say a man has been charged following a high-speed chase that ended with a collision with a police vehicle in Langley.

Abbotsford police said in a news release that an RCMP helicopter was following a sport utility vehicle with mismatched licence plates Tuesday that was later confirmed to be stolen.

They say the Mounties alerted them to the chase and Abbotsford police officers attempted a traffic stop on the ground, at which point the driver sped away.

Police say the helicopter followed the SUV and worked with air traffic controllers at Abbotsford’s airport to get a course change for an incoming Swoop Airlines flight that was in the helicopter’s flight path.

Police allege the SUV was observed driving into oncoming traffic labes to pass vehicles, using the shoulder of the road, going through red lights and stop signs, and driving at high speeds that put other motorists at risk.

An hour after the chase began, they say the SUV collided with a police vehicle in Langley, but Abbotsford police say neither the driver nor the officer were injured.

They say the driver drove a few more blocks, then fled on foot and was taken into custody with help from police dogs.

A 39-year-old Surrey man has been charged with flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property over $5,000, breach of probation and prohibited driving.