Museum Celebrates New Flight Path with Grand Opening Ceremony, May 19 at 10:00 AM

(WINNIPEG, MB – May 19, 2022) – With an eye to the future, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) is cleared for takeoff.

After three years of planning and construction, the new museum is slated to open its doors to the public on May 21, 2022.
 
Many of the aircraft and artefacts displayed in the state-of-the-art 86,000 square-foot building will be familiar, but there are also some exciting new differences.
 
A focus on storytelling, the contributions of Indigenous peoples to Canadian aviation history, and a commitment to Truth and Reconciliation are front and centre.
 
“The aircraft on display in our museum represent the rich history of Canadian aviation and the wealth of stories that accompanies it,” explains President and CEO Terry Slobodian. “We’re excited to be able to tell those stories in the new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
 
Visitors will discover an immersive and engaging experience as they journey throughout the meticulously curated exhibits, including stunning videos produced by Centric Productions and Foundation Films throughout the museum. Visitors will also notice a dynamic soundscape throughout the museum, courtesy of PSB Integration.
 
In addition to the stunning exhibit space, the museum includes a Galaxy Exploration Zone play area for children, an observation lounge overlooking the airport runways, meeting spaces, a new boutique giftshop, and more.
 
Of course, none of this would have been possible without generous public and private sector support including $10M each from the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba and more than $22.5M from private and corporate donors.
 
“On behalf of all Manitobans, I want to congratulate RAMWC’s team and board, and their donors and dedicated volunteers as they ‘take off’ on this new chapter in their new state-of-the-art facility that is sure to be a must-see tourist destination for generations to come,” says Premier Heather Stefanson. “With enhanced exhibits and visitor experiences, the RAMWC will continue to be a place to gather and celebrate, learn and reflect, and I look forward to seeing the unique ways RAMWC will share the diverse stories of Canadian aviation to Manitobans and visitors from around the world.”
 
“We’re so thankful for the generous support we’ve received from our federal, provincial and municipal governments,” notes Slobodian. “We would not be able to fulfill our mission to educate, inspire, and entertain without their contributions, and those of our community.” 
 
To celebrate this exciting new addition to Winnipeg’s impressive collection of museums, RAMWC will be hosting a private grand opening ceremony on May 19 for those who have helped make this dream a reality. The scheduled program includes opening remarks from Her Honour The Honourable Janice C. Filmon. Also slated to appear are Premier Heather Stefanson, Mayor Brian Bowman, and others.
 
The event will also include an Indigenous blessing from Elder Carl Stone and Dr. Niigaan Sinclair and entertainment from the Royal Canadian Air Force Band.
 
The museum opens to the public on May 21, 2022. Hours will be 10 AM to 5 PM daily. Annual passes and single-entry tickets are now available at royalaviationmuseum.com.
 
WHEN
Ceremony to take place Thursday, May 19, beginning at 10:00 am.
 
WHERE
The celebration will take place in the museum’s new home: 2088 Wellington Avenue at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.
 
About the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (RAMWC) was established in 1974 by a small group of visionaries committed to preserving Canada’s distinct aviation heritage. Today, with nearly 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artefacts and archival records, the museum remains one of Canada’s largest and most complete aviation heritage collections. Through remarkable storytelling and engaging exhibits that enable visitors and students to discover the science behind flight, this collection is sure to inspire future generations of aviators and inventors. RAMWC is located on the campus of the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and will be a premier attraction for the city of Winnipeg.

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. 

Air Transat and WestJet launch Transatlantic codeshare

MONTREAL and CALGARY, AB, April 28, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Air Transat and WestJet have launched a new transatlantic codeshare. WestJet’s “WS” code is now activated for sale on select Air Transat operated flights to/from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Croatia. Connections via Montreal and Toronto are now available for flight dates beginning May 17, 2022.

On May 4, 2022, Air Transat’s “TS” code will be activated on select WestJet flights, and from that date Air Transat will also offer itineraries connecting select WestJet flights with appealing Air Transat European destinations. 

“We are very excited to launch this codeshare agreement with WestJet,” said Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat.  “The complementarity of our respective networks allows us to offer more alternatives to our customers, providing them with a quality and affordable product. This partnership is part of Air Transat’s development strategy, enhancing our long-standing presence in the transatlantic market.”

“This new codeshare with Air Transat complements our growing global network, allowing WestJet to offer guests exciting new destinations in Europe,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet.  “As our guests return to travel, these new options will connect North America and Europe in new ways and benefit guests on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

With this new codeshare, guests now have more options for their transatlantic travel, and will enjoy conveniences such as a single purchase for connecting flights, the ability to check in for all flights at their first departure, and baggage checked through to their final destination.

Once activated, both Air Transat and WestJet codeshare ticket sales will be available via the carriers’ websites and call centers, as well as via major GDS systems and travel agencies.

Subject to connectivity between their scheduled flights, Air Transat and WestJet will both offer the following transatlantic routings:

WestJet
Operated Flights
Air Transat “TS”
Codeshare
Applied
Connection
Via
Air Transat Operated Flights
WestJet “WS” Codeshare Applied
Deer Lake
St. John’s
Halifax
Sydney
Fredericton
Moncton
Charlottetown
Montreal
Quebec City 
London, ON
Ottawa
Thunder Bay
Toronto
Winnipeg
Regina
Saskatoon
Boston
N.Y. LaGuardia
Montreal

Toronto
France:  Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Nice 

Italy:  Lamezia, Rome

Spain: Malaga  

Portugal:  Faro

Switzerland: Basel-Mulhouse

Croatia: Zagreb

About Air Transat

Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that has achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

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

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.

Additional Quotes

  “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. 

Community embraces the return of Hug Rug at Winnipeg YWG

March 25, 2022

After 736 days in storage, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport’s beloved Hug Rug has been placed back at the bottom of the Arrivals Hall escalator.

Since it was initially introduced in October 2013, the Hug Rug has become an iconic meeting place at YWG for family and friends to greet arriving travellers. It was temporarily removed shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared to help promote physical distancing and minimize touch encounters.

“With restrictions continuing to be lifted, community members are telling us they’re ready to connect again with loved ones,” said Nick Hays, President & CEO of WAA. “We can’t wait to welcome back more travellers safely. What a better way to do so than rolling back out the unofficial welcome mat for our province.”

The return of the Hug Rug coincides with the start of spring break in Manitoba and what is lining up to be one of the busiest weeks in two years at YWG. On Sunday, March 27 alone, in upwards of 9,000 travellers are expected to pass through the airport – the highest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic. 

Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. (WAA) is a community-based, non-share capital corporation that operates, manages, maintains, and invests in Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. Control of the airport was transferred from the federal government to WAA on January 1, 1997.

All routes restored: WestJet summer schedule signals strong recovery for Manitoba

Enhanced domestic options key part of plan to accelerate province’s economic recovery 

CALGARY, AB, March 14, 2022 /CNW/ – Together with Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and business leaders, WestJet today announced its 2022 summer schedule, marking a significant milestone in the airline’s recovery through the restoration of its network to near pre-pandemic levels. As the number one carrier across Manitoba, and the only commercial airline to serve Western Manitoba, the airline continues to focus on strengthening its network to offer more service and increased connectivity critical to so many sectors of the Manitoba economy.

“We recognize the importance of our investments in Manitoba, as the province works to rebuild from the impacts of the pandemic,” said John Weatherill, Chief Commercial Officer, WestJet. “This summer, we know Manitobans are ready to welcome visitors and travel again themselves. Our service is critical to restoring the pipeline of western Canadians who visit Manitoba for both business or leisure and we are committed to working together with our partners to expedite the region’s recovery.”

“WestJet is an important partner to Manitoba’s economy, connecting Winnipeg and Brandon to the world,” said Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. “Air connectivity is crucial to Manitoba’s long-term recovery and our government is committed to working collaboratively with our economic development partners, business and industry leaders, like WestJet, to promote Manitoba as a vibrant place to live, work, visit and do business in.”

Restoring non-stop domestic options and regional connectivity across Canada
At its peak this summer, WestJet will serve 43 domestic, 23 transborder, 16 Caribbean and eight transatlantic destinations, restoring 94 per cent of its pre-pandemic routes with more than 600 daily departures network wide.

WestJet will continue to forge ahead in its service restoration plans for Manitoba, enhancing connectivity and adding back non-stop routes with 10 domestic destinations and one transborder option to Las Vegas. The airline will continue to provide increased connectivity and convenience with daily service between Brandon and Winnipeg to Calgary, WestJet’s home hub. From there, the airline offers 142 daily departures to 35 domestic, 16 transborder and seven non-stop international destinations including Rome, Paris, London and Dublin.

RoutePeak Frequency
Winnipeg-Calgary6x daily
Winnipeg-Edmonton1x daily
Winnipeg-Vancouver3x daily
Winnipeg-Regina5x weekly
Winnipeg-Saskatoon1x daily
Winnipeg-Ottawa6x weekly
Winnipeg-Thunder Bay1x daily
Winnipeg-Toronto4x daily
Winnipeg-Halifax6x weekly
Winnipeg-Las Vegas2x weekly
Brandon-Calgary1x daily

Complementing WestJet’s offerings, Swoop previously announced significant expansion plans in preparation for Canada’s busy summer travel season. Swoop will service Winnipeg with 34 weekly departures across nine destinations including Edmonton, Hamilton, Kelowna, Ottawa, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Abbotsford and Halifax (via Ottawa).

To discover all the direct flights across WestJet’s network, visit WestJet.com.

Additional quotes:

“Since day one, WestJet has been a great partner for Winnipeg Richardson International Airport,” said Nick Hays, Winnipeg Airports Authority President and CEO. “We’re excited to see our longstanding relationship deepen and thank WestJet for their continued confidence in this market. Today’s commitment to restore pre-pandemic routes will enhance connectivity from the airport as well as help our region’s social and economic recovery.”

“Revitalized air links are key to the recovery of Manitoba’s tourism industry”, said Colin Ferguson, President and CEO of Travel Manitoba.  “WestJet’s return to a pre-pandemic number of flights is a positive sign that a return to near normal conditions is imminent, and that Manitoba’s tourism industry will once again play a central role in the province’s future economic success.”

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)

Lynx Air’s network continues to bloom as it adds Victoria, BC as its sixth destination

The ultra-affordable airline adds “The City of Gardens” to its network and has also announced a new route between Toronto and Winnipeg

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, Lynx Air (Lynx), is continuing to take off in the Canadian market with the addition of Victoria, BC to its growing network and the expansion of its presence in Toronto, ON, and Winnipeg, MB.

With this announcement, Lynx’s network expands to six Canadian cities: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Victoria.

Passengers will now be able to fly between Winnipeg, MB, and Toronto, ON to connect with loved ones or take a long awaited vacation. Lynx will offer two flights per week between these two cities beginning Thursday, May 5, 2022 starting at the price of $69* one way.

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Lynx sets its sights on the breathtaking coastal views of Victoria, BC. Canadian travellers now have an ultra-affordable option to check out the vibrant city’s historic architecture and endless opportunities for adventure. The airline will offer two services a week between Calgary, AB and Victoria, BC, increasing to three weekly services on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, with prices starting from $39* one way from Victoria to Calgary. Prices from Calgary to Victoria start at $49* one way.

“We are excited to be adding beautiful Victoria to our network and to be offering more ultra-affordable travel options for travelers wanting to fly between Toronto and Winnipeg,” said Merren McArthur, CEO, Lynx Air. “We will continue to ramp up our schedule in the lead up to summer, so please stay tuned for more updates, as we continue our mission to make air travel more affordable for all Canadians.”

“As the economy begins to reopen, we are pleased to see Lynx introduce service between Calgary and Victoria commencing in May. A low-cost airline like Lynx will offer affordable travel options for our community and provide opportunities for travellers to explore the beauty and culture of Victoria,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO, Victoria Airport Authority.

Passengers can visit www.FlyLynx.com for full schedule details and to book their Lynx flight to enjoy a well-deserved vacation, visit loved ones or experience convenient travel for business.

*including taxes and fees, prices are subject to availability.

New Route Details

RouteService StartsWeekly Roundtrip

Frequency
 Winnipeg, MB – Toronto, ONMay 5, 20222x
 Calgary, AB – Victoria, BCMay 12, 20222x
3x (from June 22, 2022)

About Lynx Air

Lynx Air (Lynx) is Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, on a mission to make air travel accessible to all, with low fares, a fleet of brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft and great customer service. Lynx is a privately owned Canadian airline with the financial backing and industry expertise required to transform the Canadian aviation landscape.

Government of Canada supports Winnipeg International Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

WINNIPEG, MB, Feb. 10, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers, and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, announced over $5.3 million in new funding to help the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

The funding, from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, will support: 

  • the establishment of a new permanent structure for the security screening of non-passenger vehicles;
  • the addition of a dedicated vehicle access lane for processing cargo;
  • improvements to air terminal security;
  • upgrades to airport roadway infrastructure; and
  • projects to enable COVID-19 testing and screening at the airport.

This funding is in addition to $7 million announced under the Airport Critical Infrastructure Program in August 2021, for the rehabilitation of the airport’s airfield paved surfaces, and $5.7 million from Transport Canada’s  Airport Relief Fund to help the airport maintain continued operations and essential air services for residents and workers in Winnipeg and surrounding communities.

Quotes

“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector—in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians—it will be imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“As Manitoba’s primary airport, the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is a key transportation hub not just for the Greater Winnipeg Area, but for much of Manitoba and the North. Our government’s infrastructure investment at our airport will help ensure communities in Manitoba and the North continue to have access to safe and efficient air transportation services so Manitobans as well as Northerners can remain connected with loved ones.” 

The Honourable Daniel Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency 

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada continues to advise all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada at this time.
  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Associated Link

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.

Swoop Announces Significant Fleet Growth and Domestic Network Expansion

  • Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline to add six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft
  • Airline to introduce non-stop service to Newfoundland this spring – enabling Canadians to reconnect coast-to-coast
  • Domestic network expansion adds 14 new non-stop routes including service to Deer Lake and St. John’s, Newfoundland; and Saint John, New Brunswick

CALGARY, AB, Feb. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, today announced it will grow its fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft. Canada’s fast growing ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) confirmed it will begin receiving all six aircraft this summer as the airline rapidly expands to meet peak season travel demand.

Alongside this fleet growth, Swoop will significantly expand its domestic network, adding non-stop flights to Newfoundland and increasing service in Atlantic Canada. The ULCC will also add six new routes and capacity in Ontario and the Prairies in preparation for Canada’s busy summer travel season. The airline’s announced expansion comes as Swoop reports significantly increased passenger numbers and record bookings domestically.

“We saw demand for travel return in a very meaningful way over the holidays, signalling that Canadians are ready to reunite with family and friends,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance, Swoop. “The acquisition of six new aircraft in response to anticipated demand will ensure Swoop reconnects more Canadians this summer while accelerating Canada’s economic recovery.”

Today’s announced expansion will bring the ULCC’s total non-stop domestic routes served to 37 this summer and includes a significant investment in Atlantic Canada.

Significant Expansion and Investment in Atlantic Canada

Swoop’s investments in Atlantic Canada will see the airline begin service at three new destinations while increasing capacity across the region by 273 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels.

“Swoop is pleased to support Newfoundland and Labrador’s Come Home 2022 campaign and stimulate recovery of the visitor economy with access to affordable air travel,” said van der Stege. “We know how important the re-opening of travel and tourism is for regional economic recovery and continue to call on the federal government to outline a roadmap for the recovery of air travel that is based on science and reflective of the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Deer Lake – Hamilton, 2x weekly (May 21)
  • St. John’s – Hamilton, 5x weekly (June 13)
  • Deer Lake – Toronto, 2x weekly (June 20)

New Brunswick

  • Moncton – Hamilton – 4x weekly (May 9)
  • Saint John – Toronto – 4x weekly (May 12)
  • Moncton – Edmonton – 2x weekly (May 9)

Prince Edward Island

  • Charlottetown – Hamilton – 4x weekly (May 1)
  • Charlottetown – Toronto – 3x weekly (May 2)
  • Charlottetown – Edmonton – 2x weekly (May 1)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Halifax – Edmonton – 5x weekly (May 1)
  • Halifax – Ottawa – Daily (June 19)

Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to benefit from increased domestic capacity

Today’s network expansion announcement also includes new routes and increased frequencies in previously announced new stations: Ottawa, Saskatoon and Regina.

Ontario

  • Ottawa – Winnipeg – 4x weekly (June 19)
  • Winnipeg – Toronto – Daily (June 20)

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatoon – Winnipeg – 2x weekly (June 14)
  • Saskatoon – Toronto – 2x weekly (June 22)
  • Regina – Winnipeg – 2x weekly (June 16)
  • Regina – Toronto – 2x weekly (June 22)

Demand for affordable travel equates to record new bookings and job opportunities across Canada

Throughout the pandemic the ULCC model has proven especially resilient, with Swoop carrying around one million travellers in 2021. Despite ongoing travel restrictions Swoop saw strong demand for both domestic and international travel over the peak holiday period, a trend that has continued into the new year. The airline further demonstrated operational resilience, ranking amongst the most reliable airlines in Canada/North America, with a flight completion rate of 99.4 per cent and on-time arrival of 78 per cent in 2021.

In preparation of the airline’s fleet growth and network expansion, Swoop is ramping up staffing across Canada, creating jobs to support economic recovery and stimulating hospitality and tourism sectors from coast-to-coast.

Full Details of Swoop’s New Domestic Routes

RoutePeak
Weekly
Frequency
Start DateTotal one-
way fare
(CAD)
 
Base
Fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
Fees (CAD)
Hamilton to Charlottetown4x weeklyMay 1, 2022$49.00$1.29$47.71
Edmonton to Halifax5x weeklyMay 1, 2022$179.00$118.40$60.60
Toronto to Charlottetown3x weeklyMay 2, 2022$59.00$5.14$53.86
Hamilton to Moncton4x weeklyMay 9, 2022$79.00$27.84$51.16
Toronto to Saint John4x weeklyMay 12, 2022$59.00$5.14$53.86
Hamilton to Deer Lake2x weeklyMay 21, 2022$59.00$9.23$49.77
Hamilton to St. John’s5x weeklyJune 13, 2022$99.00$45.54$53.46
Winnipeg to Saskatoon2x weeklyJune 14, 2022$59.00$3.12$55.88
Winnipeg to Regina2x weeklyJune 16, 2022$59.00$3.12$55.88
Winnipeg to Ottawa4x weeklyJune 19, 2022$65.00$6.83$58.17
Halifax to OttawaDailyJune 19, 2022$60.00$0.10$59.90
Edmonton to Charlottetown2x weeklyJune 19, 2022$179.00$118.40$60.60
Toronto to Deer Lake2x weeklyJune 20, 2022$99.00$40.54$58.46
Toronto to WinnipegDailyJune 20, 2022$69.00$13.99$55.01
Edmonton to Moncton2x weeklyJune 20, 2022$179.00$118.40$60.60
Toronto to Regina2x weeklyJune 22, 2022$59.00$19.12$39.88
Toronto to Saskatoon2x weeklyJune 22, 2022$69.00$25.64$43.36
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by February 23, 2022 for travel between June 1 and July 15, 2022.

Additional Quotes

  • “Welcome Swoop to Newfoundland and Labrador! This is good news for the province as travel restrictions begin to ease and we prepare to host friends, family, and guests for Come Home Year in 2022. While offering travellers another airline option for leisure travel, this will also help spur economic recovery and the building of important business connections.”

–      The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

  • “We’re delighted to welcome Swoop Airlines to the Saint John Airport. We are committed to exceeding passenger expectations and travellers will love Swoop’s ultra-low fares and direct service from Saint John to Toronto.”

–       Alexander (Sandy) Ross, Saint John Airport (YSJ) President and CEO

  • “The Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport is very excited to welcome ultra-low fare airline Swoop to our airport and to New Brunswick! This is great news for our region and the traveling public, with a May 6th launch date and non-stop flights to both Hamilton and Edmonton from YQM in 2022, We are proud to be one of the 28 airports where Swoop operates and look forward to further growing their presence and activity at YQM. Fly Swoop!”

–       Bernard F. LeBlanc, President & CEO GMIAA – Managing Director YQM 

  • We are excited to welcome Swoop to Deer Lake as a new airline with new destinations for travellers 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. As we are recovering it will make it easy 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 Airport

  • “We are pleased to welcome Swoop as our newest airline partner. This link to Hamilton will enhance access to Ontario and provide travellers with a new and exciting option that we haven’t had before.”

–       Peter Avery, Chief Executive Officer, St. John’s International Airport Authority

  • “We are excited to see Swoop’s announcement of two new destinations for Prince Edward Island. This new service from Toronto and Hamilton, along with Swoop’s new flights from Edmonton this summer, is welcome news for our Island’s tourism industry and for Islanders looking for additional low fare travel options.”

–       Doug Newson, YYG Charlottetown Airport CEO

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.     

Winnipeg Airports Authority welcomed highest travel volumes since onset of the pandemic in fourth quarter of 2021

January 28, 2022

Increased passenger traffic and steady air cargo growth propelled WAA forward in the last quarter of 2021.  

Building on a stronger third quarter, the last three months of the year saw 518,726 passengers travel through the airport, an increase of almost 300 percent compared to the same period in 2020, but still only 50 percent of pre-pandemic levels. WAA closed 2021 having welcomed 1,223,054 passengers, slightly below the 1.3 million passengers in 2020 and well below the 4.5 million passengers the airport saw in 2019.  The encouraging sign is YWG saw 42 percent of its total annual traffic in the final quarter of the year.  

WAA’s consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $25.1 million, compared to $13.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. Earnings before interest, depreciation and taxes were $9.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, versus $2.7 million during the same period last year.  

“We continued to see promising signs of recovery in the fourth quarter as restrictions on travel abated as vaccination levels increased,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of WAA.  “The holiday season was a considerable improvement over 2020, with families and loved ones enjoying reconnecting, many for the first time since the start of the pandemic.” 

The increase in traffic in the fourth quarter of 2021 was the result of WAA working closely with airline partners to restore service for the region. Winter charter season kicked off in November with direct service to several sought-after sun destinations, such as Cancun, Palm Springs, and Puerto Vallarta.  

WAA continued to support the growth of the airport’s booming cargo sector in the fourth quarter. The number of cargo planes landing at YWG jumped by 4.7% in the fourth quarter of 2021 versus the same period in 2020. Each quarter in 2021, the cargo sector exhibited steady growth over the previous year, reaffirming WAA’s plans for future cargo expansion. 

Other highlights from the quarter included celebrating the 10th anniversary of the terminal’s opening, as well opening two new exhibition spaces in the terminal for travellers to explore post-security. Gathering restrictions didn’t allow the airport to repeat the previous season’s celebratory homecoming of the CFL Grey Cup Champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers with the community; however, the airport did welcome home curling legends Team Jennifer Jones after they secured their place on Canada’s Winter Olympic Team.  

WAA also continued to support the communities we serve in the fourth quarter. The WAA team proudly rolled up their sleeves for the 25th year in a row to harvest the airport garden in support of Harvest Manitoba. Employees also organized a donation drive for Main Street Project, helping deliver in-demand items in advance of the holiday season. WAA’s subsidiary WASCO worked closely with partners in Iqaluit to help bring bottled water into the community and bring empty bottles out of the community for recycling amid their drinking water emergency.   

The year did end with a new challenge for the industry as the Omicron variant started to take hold across the country, creating uncertainty for the new year. WAA continues to work with our partners to mitigate the risk Omicron poses to travellers and airport employees and continue to provide a safe and healthy travel environment. 

Looking ahead, 2022 will be another exciting year for WAA as it works to restore choice for passenger service to the region while also expanding YWG’s cargo campus. Demolition work will begin in early 2022 to allow for the construction of the Multi-tenant Air Cargo Logistics Facility, which received funding under the federal government’s National Trade Corridors Fund. 2022 also marks the 25th anniversary of WAA and the shift to local management of the airport campus. WAA will also welcome a new President and CEO in the first half of 2022.