Tag: Abbotsford YXX

‘We’re very disappointed’: Swoop flight from Hamilton to B.C. cancelled

News provided by CBC News – link to full story and updates

The airline cancelled 30 flights during the first 10 days of July alone

CBC News · Posted: Aug 15, 2019

Yet another Swoop flight out of Hamilton has been cancelled, stranding passengers planning to travel to British Columbia. (Chris Squires)

Yet another Swoop flight out of Hamilton has been cancelled, this time stranding a plane-full of people destined for British Columbia.

Flight 109 scheduled to take off at 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday and land in Abbotsford, B.C. at 8:39 p.m. was cancelled, according to the airline’s website. It does not provide an explanation of why.

News of this latest cancellation follows frustration and confusion sparked by a rash of 30 cancellations the airline made during the first 10 days in July that left some customers paying out-of-pocket to salvage travel plans. 

Chris Squires says it meant a rocky start to vacation for him and his family, who were supposed to take their first trip back to B.C. in four years on Wednesday.

They live in Kingston, but booked a flight out of Hamilton way back in March.

Squires, along with his wife and two kids, was dropped off by friends at the John C. Munro International Airport. They had made it through customs when he says they received an email saying the flight had been cancelled due to a “mechanical” issue.

Chris Squires says the cancellation left his family very disappointed. (Chris Squires)

After months of planning and a three-hour drive from Kingston, Squires says notice of the cancellation came just two hours before their plane was supposed to take off, leaving little time to come up with a contingency plan.

“We’re going back because my mother-in-law had surgery,” he explained. “We chose Swoop because it seemed to be a great deal. We’re very disappointed.”

The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Squires says he was initially told he and his family were being moved to another flight that wasn’t scheduled to take off for another three days.

That left his kids feeling “pretty torn apart.”

But, following some negotiation with Swoop staff at the airport, he says the airline agreed to put his family in a hotel overnight and get them on a flight out Thursday.

Still, he says others weren’t as lucky and he’s left unimpressed by the whole experience.

“In a customer service business you take care of your customers,” he said. “They should have concessions [and] policies in place for when things go wrong.”

CBC News with files from Sophia Harris

Departure after 14 minutes in heavy snowfall led to 2018 collision with terrain at Abbotsford Airport

Provided by Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)/CNW


RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW/ – In the release of its investigation report (A18P0031) today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) found that pilot decision-making and winter weather conditions contributed to a 2018 accident in which a Beechcraft King Air B100, operated by Island Express Air Inc. (Island Express), collided with terrain shortly after take-off from Abbotsford Airport, British Columbia.

On 23 February 2018, the pilot, who was also the owner of Island Express at that time, and nine family members boarded the Beechcraft King Air for a trip to California. Seconds after takeoff, the aircraft experienced an aerodynamic stall resulting from ice contamination on the wings. In an attempt to make an immediate off-field emergency landing, the pilot applied forward pressure on the control column to land the aircraft. The aircraft collided with the terrain and slid to a stop north of the runway. The pilot and five passengers sustained serious injuries while the four remaining passengers received minor injuries. The aircraft was destroyed by the impact.

The investigation found that the decision to take-off came after 14 minutes of exposure to heavy snowfall, which resulted in conditions highly conducive to severe ground icing. The pilot’s decision making was affected by continuation bias, illustrated by his desire to complete the flight with his family and the attempt to take off despite exposure to severe ground icing conditions. The investigation also found that the pilot and one passenger sustained serious head injuries as a result of not wearing available shoulder harnesses.

In addition, the investigation highlights the severity of heavy snowfall conditions from a ground icing standpoint. If pilots rely only on the snowfall intensity reported in aviation routine weather reports or automated terminal information service broadcasts, they will not correctly determine de-icing and anti-icing holdover times (the estimated time that an application of de-icing/anti-icing fluid is effective in preventing frost, ice, or snow from adhering to treated surfaces), increasing the risk of aircraft accidents.

Immediately following the accident, Island Express voluntarily ceased operations, and Transport Canada suspended the company’s operating certificates pending a thorough recertification process. Island Express subsequently changed ownership, made personnel changes, modified procedures and training programs, set higher standards for pilot training, and introduced new operational equipment and processes to improve safety. Following review by Transport Canada, the operating certificate for Island Express was reinstated on 26 June 2018.

See the investigation page for more information.

Abbotsford Airshow a success despite stubborn weather, says spokesperson

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Pilot Kent Pietsch performs some upside-down aerobatics with his 1942 “Jelly Belly” Interstate Cadet plane. Pietsch has performed more than 400 aerobatic shows since 1973. (Patrick Penner photo.)

By Patrick Penner, The Abbotsford News, August 13, 2019

Early estimates show significant drop in attendence from last year

Despite challenging weather keeping some people at home, the Abbotsford International Airshow was still a success, say airshow organizers.

“Mother Nature threw us some interesting weather on Saturday and Sunday. So that kept our air boss and our announcers tap-dancing for the weekend,” said airshow spokesperson Jadene Mah. Nevertheless, she deemed the event “a great show.”

The rough estimates for attendance for the 57th annual airshow, which ran Friday to Sunday, was 60,000 over the weekend, a decrease from the 90,000 last year.

“People definitely checked the weather forecast before they came out to the show,” Mah said.

Due to unco-operative weather, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were unable to perform Saturday, but they took to the skies on Sunday.

Mah said the performance scheduling made the road congestion more manageable this year.

“We were able to get in people in faster, certainly on the Friday night.”

Abbotsford Airshow features Snowbirds, Thunderbirds and more

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57th annual event runs Aug. 9 to 11 at Abbotsford Airport

The Abbotsford International Airshow runs Aug. 9 to 11 at the Abbotsford International Airport. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Aug. 7, 2019 12:46 p.m.

It will be “Thunder Over the Valley” this weekend as the 57th annual Abbotsford International Airshow comes to town.

The show runs Friday to Sunday at Abbotsford International Airport.

The event kicks off with the Friday Twilight Show from 3 to 10:30 p.m. featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Hornet Twilight Demo, and a fireworks finale.

After sunset, several hot air balloons will become giant colourful lanterns across the airshow grounds.

Saturday and Sunday are full-day shows, with flying events, attractions, exhibits and attractions from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

More than 40 food trucks and vendors will be on hand serving everything from classic festival fare to ethnic cuisine.

Featured performances include the USAF Thunderbirds, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the US Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight, the Canadian Forces Skyhawks Parachute Demonstration Team, and demos from RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III and Canadian Forces Search and Rescue.

On-ground attractions include the McDonald’s Kidzone, Science World on the Road, STEM exhibits, the Air Canada Autograph Booth, and Precision Exotics Autocross.

Visit abbotsfordairshow.com for more information.

BC Transit is providing a special shuttle to and from the airshow.

The Airshow Shuttle leaves from Bourquin Exchange downtown and travels on South Fraser Way to Highstreet Mall, with stops at Old Yale and Clearbrook, and Townline and Old Yale.

From Highstreet, it travels down Mt. Lehman to the Abbotsford Airport without stopping. Drop-off and pick-up take place on Threshold Drive at the campground.

On Friday, the first shuttle leaves from town at 3:05 p.m., with the last trip leaving the airport at 10:45 p.m.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the first shuttle from downtown leaves at 9:35 a.m., and the last trip leaves the airport at 6:05 p.m.

Route 66 Fraser Valley Express (FVX) will connect to the Airshow Shuttle at Highstreet Mall. Regular fares will apply.

Visit bctransit.com/central-fraser-valley for more details.

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Flair Airlines announces 2019/2020 winter schedule

Provided by Flair Airline/Globe Newswire

Edmonton, July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Flair Airlines announced its 2019/2020 winter schedule with low fare service out of seven Canadian gateways; Abbotsford, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto’s Pearson International.  

Jim Scott, Flair’s CEO commented, “As Canada’s only independent low fare airline, our new winter schedule will bring more and more Canadians together right across the country. With over a million passengers flown in the last year, we are quietly building a very loyal group of ‘Flair Flyers’.”

Commencing on October 27th the new winter schedule sees a continuation of Flair’s recently introduced and highly competitive daily non-stop services from Toronto (YYZ) to both Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC). At its winter peak, Flair will operate some 146 flights per week utilizing its fleet which includes both Boeing 737-800s and 737-400s.

Flair’s 2019/2020 winter schedule from Oct. 27, 2019 – Mar. 27, 2020 features: 

From EdmontonWeekly DeparturesDays
to Kelowna4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Vancouver10Daily
to Abbotsford5Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From Toronto (Pearson)Weekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton7Daily
to Vancouver7Daily
to Winnipeg4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Calgary7Daily
   
From CalgaryWeekly DeparturesDays
to Vancouver7Daily
to Winnipeg4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Abbotsford7Daily
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From VancouverWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton10Daily
to Calgary7Daily
to Toronto (Pearson)7Daily
   
From AbbotsfordWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton5Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Calgary7Daily
   
From WinnipegWeekly DeparturesDays
to Calgary4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Toronto (Pearson)4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
   
From KelownaWeekly DeparturesDays
to Edmonton4Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri

Note: additional frequencies will be available during the holiday season.

For more on Flair’s 2019/2020 schedule, please visit https://flyflair.com/travel-info/schedule/

Swoop releases its 2019 Winter schedule, adds Los Cabos to its network

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Airline brings more sun flying to Canadians this winter, adds three aircraft to its fleet

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CALGARY, June 25, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop released its 2019 winter schedule with non-stop flights available for booking from June 25, 2019 through April 25, 2020. The schedule boasts 28 winter getaway routes, including the enticing new destination of Los Cabos, Mexico.

As part of the winter schedule, Swoop announced three-times weekly service between Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and twice-weekly service between Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) and Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). The Los Cabos routes start November 2, 2019 and November 17, 2019, respectively.

“The 2019 winter schedule adds Las Cabos and expands service at existing domestic locations,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “This past year we’ve learned that our network is solid and now we’re tweaking it using our next three planned aircraft deliveries. Our travellers have been asking for more sun-service and we have responded by adding routes from Winnipeg, Edmonton and London, Ont.”

Swoop’s service in Winnipeg will increase from 16 to 26 weekly flights at the height of the winter schedule, 14 of which will serve transborder and international destinations. Winnipeg will enjoy new service toPuerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; Mesa, Arizona; and Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa Bay, Florida.

Edmonton will add service to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Los Cabos and Cancun, Mexico.

New sun-service from London, Ontario includes Cancun, Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Orlando, Florida.

Swoop has maintained its growth plan and will be accepting the delivery of three more aircraft by the end of 2019, bringing its fleet total to 10 Boeing 737-NG 800s.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 25, 2020.  

Details of Swoop’s winter schedule 

Domestic 
Markets
Service StartsService 
Offered
Weekly 
Frequency
Air 
Transportation 
Charges (ATC) 
base fare from
Taxes, 
Fees and 
Charges
Total One-
Way Price 
From *
Abbotsford 
and London
June 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$87.17$11.83$99CAD
Abbotsford 
and Winnipeg
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday 
& Friday
3x$115.73$13.26$129CAD
Edmonton 
and 
Abbotsford
June 25Daily16x$19.07$39.93$59CAD
Edmonton 
and Winnipeg
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday 
& Friday
3x$19.07$39.93$59CAD
Edmonton 
and Hamilton
June 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$76.21$42.79$119CAD
Edmonton 
and London
June 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$57.17$41.83$99CAD
Hamilton and AbbotsfordJune 25Daily except 
Saturday
6x$108.59$50.41$159CAD
Hamilton and 
Winnipeg
June 25Daily except 
Thursday
6x$46.64$42.36$89CAD
Hamilton and 
Halifax
June 25Tuesday, 
Thursday, 
Friday & 
Saturday
4x$55.49$43.51$99CAD
Transborder 
Markets
Service StartsService OfferedWeekly 
Frequency
Air 
Transportation 
Charges (ATC) 
base fare from
Taxes,
Fees and 
Charges
Total One-
Way Price 
From *
Abbotsford 
and Las 
Vegas
June 25Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$38.44$60.56$99CAD
Kelowna and 
Las Vegas
June 25Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$18.44$80.56$99CAD
Edmonton 
and Las 
Vegas
June 25Daily7x$27.49$91.51$119CAD
Edmonton 
and Orlando
June 25Monday & 
Friday
2x$65.58$93.41$159CAD
Edmonton 
and Mesa
June 25Wednesday & 
Sunday
2x$85.00$94.39$179.39CAD
Winnipeg and Las VegasNovember 15Monday & 
Friday
2x$51.53$87.47$139CAD
Winnipeg and 
Orlando
November 15Tuesday & 
Friday
2x$51.53$87.47$139CAD
Winnipeg and 
Fort 
Lauderdale
November 16Monday & 
Saturday
2x$70.58$88.42$159CAD
Winnipeg and 
Tampa Bay
November 17Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$51.53$87.47$139CAD
Winnipeg and 
Mesa
December 15Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$89.63$89.37$179CAD
London and
Las Vegas
October 3Thursday & 
Sunday
2x$69.00$70.00$139CAD
London and 
Orlando
October 26Wednesday & 
Saturday
2x$69.00$70.00$139CAD
Hamilton and 
Las Vegas
June 25Monday, 
Thursday, 
Friday & 
Sunday
4x$68.68 $90.32$159CAD
Hamilton 
and Orlando
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday, 
Thursday & 
Saturday
4x$30.58$88.42$119CAD
Hamilton and 
Tampa Bay
June 25Monday, 
Wednesday & 
Sunday
3x$30.58$88.42$119CAD
Hamilton and 
Fort 
Lauderdale
June 25Monday, 
Friday & 
Saturday
3x$30.58$88.41$119CAD
International 
Markets
Service StartsService 
Offered
Weekly 
Frequency
Air 
Transportation
Charges (ATC) 
base fare from
Taxes, 
Fees and Charges
Total One-
Way Price
From *
Abbotsford 
and Mazatlán
June 25Wednesday 
& Friday
2x$95.27$63.91$159.18CAD
Abbotsford 
and Puerto 
Vallarta
June 25Monday & 
Saturday
2x$135.27$63.91$199.18CAD
Edmonton
and Los 
Cabos
November 2Tuesday, 
Thursday & 
Saturday
3x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Edmonton 
and Puerto 
Vallarta
October 19Monday & Saturday2x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Edmonton 
and Cancun
October 24Thursday &
Saturday
2x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Edmonton 
and Mazatlán
November 2Wednesday & 
Saturday
2x$83.59$95.41$179CAD
Winnipeg and
Los Cabos
November 17Wednesday & 
Sunday
2x$108.84$90.16$199CAD
Winnipeg and 
Puerto 
Vallarta
November 27Tuesday2x$88.84$90.16$179CAD
London and 
Cancun
October 24Thursday & 
Saturday
2x$107.18$71.82$179CAD
Hamilton and 
Puerto 
Vallarta
June 25Wednesday, 
Friday & 
Sunday
3x$87.02$92.16$179.18CAD
Hamilton and 
Cancun
June 25Tuesday, 
Thursday & 
Saturday
3x$47.02$92.16$139.18CAD
Hamilton and Montego BayJune 25Wednesday & 
Saturday
2x$37.63$111.36$149CAD
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.   

“Our growing partnership with Swoop is creating more options for Winnipeg travellers while giving new visitors the opportunity to come explore our great city,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “These new non-stop direct routes enhance Winnipeg’s network for the benefit of our community.”

“We want to thank Swoop for increasing its service to the Edmonton Metro Region and helping bring those warm, sunny destinations a little closer,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO Edmonton International Airport. “Our market is always looking for new ways to explore the world.”

“We’re excited to offer passengers non-stop ultra-low-cost flights to Cancun, Las Vegas and Orlando from London” says Michael Seabrook, CEO at London International Airport. “These added flights are further indications of Swoop’s success in London. With the combination of great flight dates and ultra-low-cost fares, we hope travellers in Southwestern Ontario make the most of these new flights this winter!”

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“We are thrilled to see routes to Winnipeg and Las Vegas launch this year with Swoop,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport. “We’ve heard from the community that they want more non-stop destinations from Kelowna and working with Swoop is just one way we are making this happen.”

“Abbotsford is home to YXX, one of Canada’s fastest growing airports. I’m pleased to see that this winter, YXX will see Swoop bring back a suite of international flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Las Vegas and extend their domestic service to include London, Ontario and Winnipeg through the winter season,” said Henry Braun, Mayor of Abbotsford. “YXX and Swoop provide a significant regional benefit, offering travellers safe and accessible air travel options from the hub of the Fraser Valley.”

“To complement Swoop’s year-round services from Hamilton International to various destinations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, we are excited to welcome back the seasonal destinations of Tampa Bay and Puerto Vallarta this winter,” said Cathie Puckering, President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “Swoop’s affordable travel options to its growing list of southbound destinations will allow Canadians to escape the cold winter months ahead and travel more often from Hamilton – Swoop’s Eastern Canadian base.”

Airshow brings millions to Abbotsford, UFV study says

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The Blue Angels drew massive crowds during 2018’s air show. John Morrow/Abbotsford News

Tyler Olsen, The Abbotsford News – 22 June 1019

Out-of-town airshow spectators spend more than $4 million in the city each year

The Abbotsford International Airshow brings millions of tourist dollars to the Fraser Valley every year, according to a study conducted by University of the Fraser Valley students.

With more than 85 per cent of air show attendees coming from beyond Abbotsford’s borders, tens of thousands of non-locals spend more than $4 million in the city each year, according to the study, which was presented to council last week.

Local gas stations, restaurants, hotels and shops all reap the rewards, with more than $600,000 spent in each sector. But more could be done to boost visitors’ spending while they are in Abbotsford, according to the authors of the study, which was conducted under the guidance of professor David Dobson.

The authors suggest organizers should target more families, partner with local eateries, and advertise other Abbotsford attractions to convince visitors to do more in the region beyond just attending the air show.

Seventy per cent of air show visitors were male, and four of five were older than 35, according to the study.

“We all love the airs how and it’s great to have these numbers to back up those qualitative impressions that we all have,” Coun. Sandy Blue said. “Airports are internationally recognized as key economic drivers of cities, but it’s what we do with them that makes the difference.”

Airport board member Vali Marling told council that the air show will look at ways to help boost community spending in the future.

“Those are things we have added to our to-do list

Air show organizers also say they are adjusting their plans to try to avoid last year’s traffic jam prior to and during the Friday show.

Last year’s show drew one of the largest crowds in decades thanks to the appearance of the United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. But the Friday evening show saw many stuck in traffic, and the highway was severely congested not only by the air show audience, but by Metro Vancouver residents hitting the highway for the weekend.

To try to avoid that situation, airport president Jim Reith said this year’s star attraction, the US Air Force Thunderbirds, won’t be performing during the Friday twilight show.

“We have a different traffic plan,” Reith told council.

He said organizers are also hoping to encourage many people to carpool or take park-and-ride options. The widening of Mt. Lehman road is also expected to help.

Happy Birthday! Swoop marks a year in the skies

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Travellers’ stories tell the difference ultra-low-cost travel has made in their lives

Swoop Stories | 1 year, 1 million travellers flown and countless memories made
Swoop Stories | 1 year, 1 million travellers flown and countless memories made

CALGARY, June 20, 2019 /CNW/ – Today marks a year of ultra-low-cost flying for Swoop and its travellers. Since June 20, 2018, the ultra-low-cost airline grew from five to sixteen destinations, spanning four countries including the U.S., Jamaicaand Mexico. As part of its 2019 summer schedule, the airline also recently expanded its domestic network to include London, ON and Kelowna, BC.

“With 365 days of flying and over one million travellers flown, we are  proud to be Canada’s preferred ultra-low-cost airline, enabling dreams, reunions and providing the pleasure of ultra-low-cost travel to both new and repeat travellers,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Our travellers’ stories speak for themselves and we have so many reasons to be thankful for their trust and support. We can’t wait to see what year two brings.”

As part of the birthday celebration, Swoop today also released a video that features stories from Swoop travellers sharing the opportunities that ultra-low-cost travel has made possible this past year. See the difference Swoop is making here.

Since its first flight, Swoop has welcomed more than one million travellers onboard, proving that Canadians were waiting for a more affordable air travel option and that Swoop’s value proposition has resonated with its travellers.

  • 89 per cent of surveyed Swoop travellers have already recommended Swoop to a friend or colleague.
  • 94 per cent of surveyed travellers like Swoop’s unbundled service model.
  • 90 per cent of surveyed travellers felt their Swoop travel experience provided good value.
  • 92 per cent of surveyed travellers said Swoop met or exceeded expectations. 

†Based on a 2019 survey of 23,830 Swoop travellers.

To celebrate and thank travellers for their support, the airline is offering a web-only birthday sale.

RouteAir transportation 
charges base fare
Taxes, 
fees and 
charges
Number 
of seats
Total one-way 
price from
London (YXU) – Halifax (YHZ)$38.09$20.91200$59 †CAD
Abbotsford (YXX) – London (YXU)$49.07$9.93200$59 †CAD
Winnipeg (YWG) – Abbotsford (YXX)$43.11$35.89200$79 †CAD
Hamilton (YHM) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL)$11.54$87.46200$99 †CAD
Hamilton (YHM) – Orlando (MCO)$11.54$87.46200$99 †CAD
Hamilton (YHM) – Montego Bay (MBJ)$37.63$111.37200$149 †CAD
Edmonton (YEG) – London (YXU)$19.07$39.93200$59 †CAD
Kelowna (YLW) – Winnipeg (YWG)$48.12$30.88200$79 †CAD

†Book by June 24, 2019 (11:59 p.m. MDT) for travel between September 4, 2019 – October 27, 2019. 1600 seats available. Some blackout dates and restrictions apply. For more details, please visit FlySwoop.com/deals.

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

Swoop lifts-off with three more inaugural summer routes

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Coast-to-coast celebrations include welcoming Kelowna to the Swoop network

CALGARY, May 24, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop celebrates three inaugural routes as part of its 2019 summer schedule. The routes include service from London, ON to both Abbotsford and Halifax, as well as service between Winnipeg and Kelowna.

The day-long inaugural celebrations begin at Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) where Swoop President, Steven Greenway will send-off the 10:20a.m. flight to London International Airport (YXU). Travellers at participating airports can take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats, gifts and more.

“Not only does today highlight three new routes, but it is also the induction of Kelowna into our network,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We are welcoming many first-time Swoop travellers this month and are encouraged by research showing that more than 94% of those who try us would fly Swoop again.”

Based on a 2019 Swoop survey of 23,830 participants.

The inaugural-filled day concludes with a 9:46p.m. EST arrival at London International Airport (YXU) from Abbotsford International Airport (YXX).

Details of the May 24, 2019 inaugural flights

Flight NumberService betweenDeparture (local time)Arrival (local time) 
WO 315Halifax to London, ON10:20a.m.11:40a.m.
WO 316London, ON to Halifax12:25p.m.3:23p.m.
WO 415Winnipeg to Kelowna11:17a.m.11:48a.m.
WO 416Kelowna to Winnipeg12:40p.m.4:57p.m.
WO 223London, ON to Abbotsford12:10p.m.1:52p.m.
WO212Abbotsford to London, ON2:45p.m.9:46p.m.

To round-out the summer schedule, Swoop looks forward to celebrating two more routes between Edmonton and Orlando on June 1, 2019 and between Kelowna and Las Vegas on June 27, 2019.

“We’re delighted to welcome another destination at Halifax Stanfield with Swoop service to London, Ontario,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “We know that offering more choice and price points provides more reasons for passengers to travel to, from and through Halifax Stanfield, whether it’s for business or leisure. We appreciate Swoop’s confidence in our market through the addition of this new destination for us in Southern Ontario.”

“Swoop now offers three great options with ultra-low fares from London International, allowing passengers from Southwestern Ontario to reach cities across Canada,” says Michael Seabrook, President and CEO of London International. “Today’s additions of non-stop service to Halifax and Abbotsford (Vancouver) expands options, combining low-cost and easy, comfortable travel.”

“We serve our community by connecting our region to the world, and our collaboration with Swoop helps us continue building Winnipeg’s network,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are committed to increasing travel options for our community to discover great destinations like Kelowna. This also gives more travellers an opportunity to discover all our city and province have to offer.”

“We are proud to welcome a new ultra-low-cost carrier to YLW,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “Having Swoop in Kelowna is a great opportunity for the Okanagan, as it gives travellers more options to fly, and explore other parts of Canada this summer.”

“The City of Abbotsford is pleased to congratulate Swoop on yet another new flight option from Abbotsford International Airport,” said Abbotsford Mayor, Henry Braun. “This new daily service to London, Ontario is great news for travellers from across our region. I look forward to seeing Swoop continue to expand their flight options at YXX.” 

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

Details of Swoop’s May 24 inaugural service

Service 
Between
  
Service Offered  Weekly 
Frequency
  
Air 
transportation 
charges (ATC)
 base fare 
from  
 
Taxes, fees 
and charges 
 
Total One-
Way Price 
From*
  
Winnipeg and 
Kelowna
Monday, 
Wednesday & 
Friday
3 x weekly$81.21$37.79$119CAD
London, ON and 
Abbotsford 
Daily7 x weekly $100.04$28.96$129CAD
London, ON and 
Halifax 
Daily, except 
Saturday  
6 x weekly $91.19$27.81$119CAD

*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.