Abbotsford International Airport breaks half-million passenger mark for 2021

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The Abbotsford International Airport cracked the half million mark for passengers this year after a big dip in 2020. (File photo)

The Abbotsford International Airport cracked the half million mark for passengers this year after a big dip in 2020. (File photo)

According to numbers from Destination BC, YXX bounces back after a big dip in 2020

BEN LYPKA • March 24, 2022

After a big dip in the numbers in 2020, the Abbotsford International Airport bounced back and cracked the half-million passenger mark for 2021.

Recently released numbers from Destination British Columbia calculated a total of 503,955 passengers arriving at YXX, which was an increase of 59.7 per cent from 2020’s total of 315,578.

January, February and March of 2021 were all significantly down from 2020, seeing drops in passengers of 84.1, 88 and 78.7 per cent respectively. February saw the lowest amount of passengers all year, with 8,504 passengers touching down.

Volume began a turnaround starting in April and continued for the rest of the year. August was the busiest month, with 103,245 passengers arriving – a jump of 409 per cent from 2020.

September (83,008) and October (75,815) were the next two highest months volume wise.

The 2021 and 2020 totals were hit hard by restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2019 was YXX’s busiest year on record, as it passed the one-million mark for the year on Dec. 30, 2019. The total for 2019 ended up at 1,008,116.

Prior to 2020, YXX had increased in passenger volume five years in a row starting in 2015. The 2021 number was actually slightly higher than the 2015 number of 487,833 passengers.

Past totals also include: 530,643 (2016), 677,653 (2017) and 842,212 (2018).

For more, visit destinationbc.ca/tourism-industry-dashboard.

Government of Canada announces over $18.8 million in support for the air transportation ecosystem in British Columbia

Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) funding will help maintain regional connectivity and jobs

KELOWNA, BC, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW/ – In a country as large as Canada, air connectivity is critical to the prosperity of all Canadians. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted regional air transportation ecosystems, affecting economies, communities and businesses across the country.

The Government of Canada’s Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), launched in March 2021, is fostering access to air transportation and supporting regional ecosystems.

BC's regional airports get an economic boost (CNW Group/Pacific Economic Development Canada)
BC’s regional airports get an economic boost (CNW Group/Pacific Economic Development Canada)

Regional air ecosystem to benefit from funding

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced RATI funding of over $18.8 million in federal support for 11 airports and two air carriers in B.C.

Regional airports and carriers provide a vital service, providing commercial flight access, supporting critical supply chains and promoting economic growth. They connect patients to needed medical care and enable essential work travel. They provide important emergency services and cargo operations to supply businesses and frontline workers.

This funding will ensure airports and carriers can continue essential routine maintenance and facility operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help maintain employment and restore growth in the region as we work to build back from the pandemic.

Regional air transportation is key to the economic development of communities and businesses across Canada. This investment shows the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting economic development across the country and fostering sustainable, inclusive growth for all.

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“Air transportation is essential to community well-being and regional economic development. Today’s announcement will not only enhance airport safety and support our essential services but will also create jobs that British Columbians can rely on and bolster regional growth as we recover from the effects of the pandemic.”

–       The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

“It is essential that different levels of government partner to stimulate the economy as we recover from COVID-19. The Kelowna International Airport plays a critical role in supporting economic development in Kelowna and the region.”

–        Mayor Basran, City of Kelowna

“Thank you to the federal government for providing funding to these regional airports and airlines in B.C. This funding is critical to maintain and rebuild connectivity throughout Canada.”

–       Monette Pasher, Interim President, Canadian Airports Council 

“In my role as Airports Council International – North America Chair, I am working with my colleagues across North America as our industry recovers from COVID-19. Investments in aviation, such as the one being made by the federal government today, not only support the recovery of these airports and airlines, but also their surrounding communities.”

–       Sam Samaddar, Director, Kelowna International Airport

Projects being funded:

Legal NameCityFunding
Stikine Airport Society-Dease Lake AirportDease Lake$328,322
Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot-Tofino / Long Beach AirportTofino$328,322
City of Abbotsford-Abbotsford International AirportAbbotsford$2,320,000
Kelowna International AirportKelowna$3,261,330
Town of Smithers-Smithers Regional AirportSmithers$505,616
City of Williams Lake-Williams Lake Regional AirportWilliams Lake$130,000
Pacific Coastal Airlines LimitedRichmond$5,098,602
Central Mountain Air Ltd., 580741 British Columbia Ltd.Smithers$5,000,000
The City of Castlegar-West Kootenay Regional AirportCastlegar$524,200
The Corporation of the City of Cranbrook-Canadian Rockies International AirportCranbrook$609,584
Northern Rockies Regional Municipality-Northern Rockies Regional AirportFort Nelson$328,322
Cariboo Regional District-Cariboo Regional AirportAnahim Lake$54,720
City of Quesnel-Quesnel Regional AirportQuesnel$326,518
Total:$18,811,536

Quick facts

  • The Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI) has a national budget of $206 million.
  • The initiative supports regional air ecosystems—which include regional air carriers and airports, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations—in developing and implementing enhanced services for improved regional connectivity.
  • It is delivered by regional development agencies across Canada, including Pacific Economic Development Canada, the new regional development agency dedicated to British Columbia.
  • RATI complements measures implemented by Transport Canada.

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

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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.

Flair Airlines Brings the Heat: Service begins to Cancun & Los Cabos

  • Canada’s everyday low fare airline launches weekly service to Cancun from Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa and to Los Cabos from Abbotsford, Edmonton, and Vancouver
  • One-way flights to Mexico start at $109
  • Flair’s service launch is timely; the average temperature in Mexico in February is 27 Celsius

Edmonton, Alberta, February 5, 2022 – This weekend, Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, kicks off service to two new sun destinations, Cancun and Los Cabos. Weekly service to Cancun International Airport from Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa, and to Los Cabos International Airport from Abbotsford, Edmonton, and Vancouver. 

“Expanding to Mexico is part of Flair’s exciting growth strategy and we’re very happy to be launching service there. Canadians are tired of the ice and snow, and our affordable fares will help make it possible to take a trip,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “With one-way fares starting at $109, we’re making it easier than ever for Canadians to chase the sun in Mexico.”

“Service launch to Mexico couldn’t come at a better time, honestly,” added Stephen Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Flair Airlines. “We deployed a proprietary algorithm to determine that Canadians want to escape the cold, right now!”

Non-stop service to Cancun from Ottawa International Airport begins on February 5 and from Region of Waterloo International Airport on February 6. Flights to Los Cabos from Abbotsford Airport, Edmonton International Airport, and Vancouver International airport begin on February 5.

“We are so pleased to see the growth of the interest of Canadian airlines in bringing access from new Canadian cities to Los Cabos,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director for Los Cabos Tourism Board. “With multiple certifications and strict protocol in place, Los Cabos has and continues to be a safe and attractive destination for those that choose to travel abroad. Canada continues to be one of our priority markets and with multiple new flights it’s easier than ever to travel to Los Cabos,” he said.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Flair Airlines’ new nonstop service to Los Cabos International Airport in Mexico from Vancouver and expect it will be a very popular route with passengers here in B.C.,” said Russell Atkinson, Director, Air Service Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Flair’s continued growth at YVR reflects its exciting destinations and affordable fares, which we know are both equally important to travellers. We look forward to Flair’s continued success as it connects our community to even more destinations.”

Mexico Routes:

February 5

  • Abbotsford – Los Cabos (YXX-SJD) 1x weekly
  • Edmonton – Los Cabos (YEG-SJD) 1x weekly
  • Vancouver – Los Cabos (YVR-SJD) 1x weekly
  • Ottawa – Cancun (YOW-CUN) 1x weekly

February 6

  • Kitchener-Waterloo – Cancun (YKF-CUN) 1x weekly

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $109. There are limited seats and availability for the fares, which are one-way fares, including taxes plus additional options and services passengers may choose. All routes are available for booking at https://www.flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is on a mission to provide affordable air travel to Canadians that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com.

Swoop Heats up the New Year with Service to Los Cabos

Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, brings new sunny destination to Abbotsford with launch of inaugural route

ABBOTSFORD, BC, Jan. 31, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low cost airline, celebrated its first flight between Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) and Los Cabos International Airport (SJD).  The ultra-low-cost airline’s inaugural service took off from Abbotsford at 9:00 a.m. PST and is scheduled to arrive at 2:55pm local time. 

“As the country’s leading ultra-low fare airline, we’re pleased to add another warm-weather getaway option for residents of the Fraser Valley, with Los Cabos topping our growing list of non-stop destinations available from Abbotsford,” said Shane Workman, Head of Flight Operations, Swoop. “Abbotsford International Airport has been an integral partner back, going back to June 20th, 2018, when we operated our first Swoop flight. We’re thankful for their continued commitment to supporting the ultra-low cost model at YXX, bringing more affordable air travel and vacation options to Canadians.” 

Today’s inaugural service marks the first of many to come in 2022, as the airline furthers its commitment and strategic focus on providing more choice and ultra-low fares to the Fraser Valley and Vancouver’s Lower Mainland. Swoop’s introductory fares from Abbotsford to Los Cabos start at just $79 CAD†, and Canadians can unlock additional hotel discounts when they add a hotel or all-inclusive resort to their booking through Swoop Getaways. Beginning March 12, Swoop will also add Mazatlán to its non-stop sun flying schedule from Abbotsford, the third destination in Mexico following Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

In celebration of the new service, Swoop’s Head of Flight Operations, Shane Workman was joined by Parm Sidhu, YXX Airport General Manager for an inaugural ceremony prior to departure from Abbotsford International Airport, where travellers were treated to refreshments and giveaways.

“We look forward to expanding our connectivity with Swoop to bring travellers from Abbotsford in a direct flight to Los Cabos,” said Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board. “As Canadian tourism to the destination continues a steady recovery, we continue to implement strong health and safety protocols as travellers look to experience all that our destination has to offer from world-class gastronomy to luxury resorts.”

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

70 total seats available for travel between February 14 – April 25, 2022. Sale ends February 6 (11:59pm MT).

About Swoop

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.

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

The Rise And Fall Of Air Canada’s Budget Carrier Zip

From Simple Flying – link to source story

by Justin Hayward | January 2, 2022

The early 2000s were a peak time for low-cost airlines. There was growing competition in Europe and North American especially, with many new airlines starting service. In Canada, Air Canada launched subsidiary airlines to operate low-cost flights. Zip operated from 2001 to 2004, mostly competing directly on routes with WestJet.

Zip Air 737
Zip Air was one of the first Canadian budget airlines, operating up to 20 Boeing 737-200 aircraft. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia

Launching Zip in 2002

By the late 1990s, legacy airlines in Canada were under pressure from new low-cost airlines. WestJet, in particular, had expanded rapidly since its launch in 1996. Air Canada’s response to this competition was to launch subsidiary airlines to offer lower fares and the new no-frills unbundled fare concept. This left it free to maintain full service on Air Canada – similar to how it still operates today with Air Canada Rouge, although unbundled fares have now become mainstream, of course.

Air Canada launched its first low-cost subsidiary Air Canada Tango in 2001. This was based in Toronto and operated to many domestic destinations, as well as the southern United States and Mexico, with a strong leisure and holiday focus.

Air Canada Tango
Air Canada Tango launched just before Zip. Photo: Ken Fielding via Wikimedia

Zip followed in 2002 to compete more directly with WestJet. It focussed on alternative services on many key routes, including Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Regina, and Winnipeg. It was based in Calgary. Zip flew its first flight in September 2002, from Winnipeg to Calgary.

Boeing 737s on domestic routes

Zip only ever operated the Boeing 737-200. These were all from the main Air Canada fleet. Some of its first aircraft were transferred over from Air Canada Tango (it moved to become an Airbus A320 operator only), with more aircraft joining from the main fleet. At its peak in 2003, it operated 20 737-200s. These were all configured the same, with 118 passengers in an all-economy cabin.

Like WestJet (and as pioneered in North America by Southwest Airlines), Zip introduced the model of charging for all additional services (including baggage and limited catering). This may seem standard these days for regional flights, but at the time, it was a new move for legacy airlines.

Zip Air 737
Several of Zip’s 737s were in a more traditional livery. Photo: Ken Fielding via Wikimedia

Bold branding

Zip certainly stood out for its branding. Although it was a subsidiary of Air Canada, it distanced itself more from the Air Canada brand, unlike Air Canada Tango. Several aircraft were painted in bright, often neon colors, and had an image of a bee flying along the lower edge of the fuselage. Others remained white with just a colored tail. It also used the three-letter ‘Zip’ branding inside the aircraft, placing the word ‘yum’ on napkins and ‘yuk’ on the sick bags.

Zip Air 737
Another of Zip’s 737s in bold colors. Photo: John Davies via Wikimedia

Ending service in 2004

Zip operated domestic routes, focussed on key WestJet markets, until 2004. It then ceased operations. Just like Air Canada Tango (which ceased operations the same year), it was not a failure. It has succeeded in gaining market share in its target markets, and operations were then merged into the main Air Canada brand. Air Canada adopted lower-cost and unbundled fares into its offering, starting the trend that continues in fares today.

The 737-200 aircraft were retired from Air Canada when Zip ended service. Most ended service in 2003, but the last remained registered in the fleet until April 2004.

Air Canada 737
Air Canada operated up to 38 737-200s, retiring them with Zip Air in 2004. Photo: Aero Icarus via Wikimedia

This marked the end of a long relationship between Air Canada and the 737-200 – it had operated the type since the 1970s. It then became an all-Airbus narrowbody operator until the 737 MAX entered service in 2018.

Flair Airlines’ U.S. expansion continues as 17 transborder routes launch this week

  • 17 new Canada-U.S. routes start service on December 15 – 18
  • Additional new routes announced for 2022: Calgary-Kelowna and Calgary-Montreal

Edmonton, Alberta, December 16, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, launches its US schedule expansion as 17 transborder routes begin over the next four days. While changing advisories are currently impacting travel, the start of these routes ensures low fare travel options remain available for Canadians in the long term. The service launches are between Canada and six U.S. destinations: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Palm Springs International Airport, Hollywood-Burbank Airport, Orlando Sanford Airport, and Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

“Flair continues to grow at an impressive rate, and the launches of our U.S. routes this week are a milestone for bringing low fare travel options to Canadians. While we recognize the recent government advisories will influence travel decisions, we are committed to continuing these services at this time since many passengers are relying on our low fare service,” said Stephen Jones, President and CEO, Flair Airlines “Increasing our U.S. network means connecting families, friends, and travellers with more destinations across North America, and when the time returns for travel, Flair is ready to connect families without breaking the bank.” 

Flair’s new U.S. routes will begin from these Canadian cities: 

Abbotsford 

The inaugural flight from Abbotsford to Las Vegas is on December 16 and will be Flair’s first U.S. destination from Abbotsford. The service offers an opportunity for passengers to save beyond Flair’s ultra-low fares as there is no airport improvement fee for passengers travelling through Abbotsford. 

Calgary  

Service to Las Vegas begins from Calgary on December 16 and the inaugural flight to Phoenix-Mesa is on December 17.  Additionally, Flair announced today two new domestic routes from Calgary International Airport. Flair will begin operating service between Calgary and Kelowna     International Airport on March 31 and service between Calgary to Montreal beginning July 5.   

“We’re excited to say hello/bonjour to Flair Airlines’ first international routes to Phoenix and Las Vegas, two popular destinations for Calgarians,” said Bob Sartor, President and CEO of The Calgary Airport Authority. “We look forward to showcasing our region’s beauty, opportunity and hospitality to guests travelling to YYC from these destinations.” 

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $49 CAD to Kelowna and $59 CAD to Montreal from Calgary. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. Flights are now available for booking at https://www.flyflair.com.   

Edmonton 

Starting December 16, Flair will begin service between Edmonton and Las Vegas as well as Hollywood-Burbank. On December 17 service will begin to Phoenix and Palm Springs. Flair will connect Edmonton with these four U.S. cities with nonstop service two times per week for each destination.   

Halifax 

In Halifax, service to Orlando starts on December 17. This is Flair’s first U.S. destination from the airport. “We’re thrilled to have Flair offer a new, affordable connection between Halifax Stanfield and Florida with the introduction of non-stop service to Orlando-Sanford,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “With the ability for passengers to pre-clear U.S. Customs right here in Halifax, fun in the sun is just a short flight away this winter season.” 

Kitchener-Waterloo 

Flair will begin two new U.S. routes in Kitchener-Waterloo, with the inaugural Fort Lauderdale flight taking off on December 16 and the inaugural flight to Orlando taking off on December 17. 

“Great news continues to come from our airport’s partnership with Flair Airlines,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo International Airport. “Every additional route into and out of the Region of Waterloo means members of our community are being more conveniently connected with family, our businesses have better access to global markets, and our workforce has more opportunity for new jobs. I look forward to continued good news.” 

Montreal 

Flair will start service to two U.S. destinations from Montreal. Service to Fort Lauderdale from Montreal starts on December 15. The inaugural flight to Orlando is on December 16. Also, Flair announced today a new nonstop route between Montreal and Calgary starting in June.  

“We are pleased to see our partner enhance its service offering for the benefit of travellers. By offering these two weekly flights, YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport will consolidate its role as an air traffic hub and will now be more connected to Florida, an important destination for the community,” said Stéphane Lapierre, Airport Operations and Air Services Development, ADM Aéroports de Montréal. 

Ottawa 

Flair begins service from Ottawa to Orlando on December 17.  

“Flair has won over many with their low fares and pay for what you want service for both domestic and transborder service. If the success of their Fort Lauderdale flight is any indication, we expect Orlando to be very popular with our Ottawa-Gatineau passengers.” said Krista Kealey, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Ottawa International Airport Authority.

Toronto 

The inaugural flight from Toronto to Palm Springs takes off on December 18 and will be the only nonstop option available between the two cities this winter.  

Vancouver  

Flair is starting three new U.S. routes from Vancouver in addition to Los Angeles/Burbank which started last month. Flair’s service to Las Vegas begins on December 15 and flights to Phoenix and Palm Springs each begin on December 17.  

“We are delighted to see Flair Airlines continue to expand services at YVR,” said Russell  Atkinson, Director, Air Service Development at Vancouver Airport Authority. “We know that travellers are excited for more affordable options to fly to sun destinations in the U.S. We look forward to the continued success of Flair and seeing their growth as they connect the people of B.C. to even more new destinations.” 

U.S. Routes Starting Service:  

December 15

  • Montreal – Fort Lauderdale (YUL-FLL)
  • Vancouver – Las Vegas (YVR-LAS)

December 16

  • Abbotsford – Las Vegas (YXX-LAS)
  • Calgary – Las Vegas (YYC-AZA)
  • Edmonton – Las Vegas (YEG-LAS)
  • Edmonton – Hollywood-Burbank (YEG-BUR)
  • Kitchener-Waterloo – Fort Lauderdale (YKF-FLL)
  • Montreal – Orlando (YUL-SFB)

December 17

  • Calgary – Phoenix (YYC-AZA)
  • Edmonton – Phoenix (YEG-AZA)
  • Edmonton – Palm Springs (YEG-PSP)
  • Halifax – Orlando (YHZ-SFB)
  • Ottawa – Orlando (YOW-SFB)
  • Kitchener-Waterloo – Orlando (YKF-SFB)

About Flair Airlines 

Flair Airlines is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve over 30 cities across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. For more information, please visit www.flyflair.com

Flair Airlines says “¡Hola México!” with Low Fare Flights from Canada to Cancun and Los Cabos

Canada’s leading low-fare airline begins Mexico service in February from Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia

Edmonton, Alberta, November 16, 2021 – Flair Airlines, Canada’s only true ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), continues to expand and change the face of the Canadian aviation market as it introduces nonstop, low-fare flights to Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, from Vancouver, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Kitchener-Waterloo.

“Starting in February, Canadians will enjoy affordable, sunny winter getaways to Cancun and Los Cabos without breaking the bank,” said Garth Lund, Chief Commercial Officer, Flair Airlines. “We can’t wait to get our customers to the beach.”

“The average February temperature in Canada is -6 °C; the average temperature in Cancun is 28 °C, so February seemed like a good month to start service,” he added.

Starting February 1, Flair will offer nonstop flights to Los Cabos on Tuesdays and Saturdays from Vancouver, and Wednesdays and Saturdays from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Nonstop flights to Cancun will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Ottawa and Wednesdays and Sundays from Kitchener-Waterloo. The ultra-low fares will start from $129 CAD one-way. All routes and schedule details can be viewed at https://www.flyflair.com.

Comments from our airport partners

Vancouver International Airport (YVR):

“We are delighted to see Flair adding a new route out of YVR. Flair’s new offering of flights to Los Cabos in Mexico provides yet another great option to escape a west coast winter,” said YVR Director, Air Service Development, Russell Atkinson. “We wish all the best to Flair as they expand and offer Canadians a unique, new travel experience. With more people being vaccinated and travel measures easing, we look forward to continued increased service from Flair which will benefit the community and the economy that supports it.”

Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

“I am pleased that Flair Airlines in expanding service from the Region of Waterloo to Cancun, Mexico,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. “Expanded local service means more options for families, continued job growth, as well as a strong tourism sector and local economy.”

Abbotsford International Airport (YXX)

“On behalf of the City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford International Airport Authority, I’d like to congratulate Flair Airlines on their expanded service to Los Cabos this coming winter from YXX,” said Henry Braun, Mayor of the City of Abbotsford and chair of the Abbotsford International Airport Authority. “Expanding routes offered at Abbotsford International Airport, not only gives travellers more accessible and affordable options, it also has a positive impact on our local and regional economy and is an important step in our pandemic recovery.”

Ottawa International Airport Authority (YOW):

“With the first snowfall on the ground and temperatures falling, we are confident that passengers in Ottawa-Gatineau will embrace Flair’s service to Cancun as they escape to the beautiful beaches and warm sunshine,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “Flair’s expanded offering at YOW benefits the entire community; our passengers enjoy more travel options, and the Ottawa International Airport takes another step forward in its pandemic recovery.”

Edmonton International Airport (YEG):

“EIA is pleased for Flair to announce its first Mexico destination. Thank you Flair for your continued investment in your hometown airport and for providing capacity to Los Cabos International Airport so Edmontonians and surrounding communities can get their vitamin SEA,” said Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s only independent Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and is on a mission to liberate the lives of Canadians by providing affordable air travel that connects them to the people and experiences they love. With an expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, Flair is growing to serve 28 cities across Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.flyflair.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

New non-stop flights to eight Canadian cities 

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

Hello, Palm Springs!

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

#Edmonton

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

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

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

 Domestic Routes

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

Transborder Routes

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

New Service to Palm Springs

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

Supporting Quotes

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

  • Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation

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

  • Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton

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

  • Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport

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

About Swoop

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.

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

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

Swoop celebrates return of international departures from Abbotsford and Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Swoop

Swoop is on a mission to make travel more affordable and accessible for all Canadians. Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop is Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline. Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.

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