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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For travel between September 15-October 31, 2022 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until June 2, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MT) or while seats last. | Prices displayed above are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted.

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

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

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

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

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

About Swoop 

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

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

Air Transat Unveils Its Ambitious Winter 2022-2023 Program

The airline is diversifying and expanding its winter offering to the South, the United States and Europe by leveraging its growing network

MONTREAL, May 19, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ –  Air Transat, named World’s Best Leisure Airline in 2021 by Skytrax, is proud to announce today that it is diversifying and expanding its international offering for winter 2022–2023. For the first time in its history, it will fly to more than 350 destinations worldwide, about 50 of which will be served by its own aircraft and some 300 others through its exclusive virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat, as well as its code-sharing agreements.

“Our customers want and need to travel,” says Michèle Barre, Vice President, Network, Revenue Management and Pricing of Air Transat. “Our response to their expectations is unique, of high quality and rich in options. We are offering an unprecedented range of destinations on four continents for this coming winter as we continue to develop and strengthen our air network.”

Air Transat continues to grow in Quebec while consolidating its position in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces with flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, the United States, Canada and Europe.

Sunshine at will: more options for the South from Montreal and Toronto

Air Transat will offer direct flights from eight cities across the country: Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Halifax and Moncton. In addition to its flights to the South, Air Transat will also offer vacationers a selection of packages at more than 290 properties.

Out of Montreal, Air Transat will expand its services on the South, including to Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico (to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun), as well as in the Dominican Republic, to Punta Cana. It will also operate direct flights to Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, the Caribbean, and El Salvador, as well as Cuba, where direct flights to Havana are back in service.

Travellers out of Toronto will also have plenty of choice to enjoy the sun and beaches of the South. Air Transat will offer direct flights to Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the United States, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic and St. Maarten.

From Quebec City, nine sun destinations will be accessible by direct flight to Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Weekly Flights – South

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
ACAPULCO – Mexico1
CANCUN – Mexico14510
CARTAGENA – Colombia32
CAYO COCO – Cuba423
FORT-DE-FRANCE – Martinique2
GUANACASTE – Costa Rica33
HAVANA – Cuba3
HOLGUIN – Cuba314
LA ROMANA – Dominican Republic11
MONTEGO BAY – Jamaica36
POINTE-A-PITRE – Guadeloupe2
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti1
PUERTO PLATA – Dominican Republic414
PUERTO VALLARTA – Mexico512
PUNTA CANA – Dominican Republic12510
RIO HATO – Panama22
SAMANA – Dominican Republic412
SAN JOSÉ – Costa Rica33
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico11
SAN SALVADOR – El Salvador1
SANTA CLARA – Cuba322
ST. MAARTEN – St. Maarten21
VARADERO – Cuba424

Major increase in service to the United States

Air Transat is also pursuing its ambitious development in the U.S. market, announcing a major increase in its offering from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando and resuming its direct flights to Tampa. It will also maintain its service to New Orleans and extend service to Los Angeles year-round.

Weekly Flights – U.S.

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FORT LAUDERDALE – Florida957
LOS ANGELES – California3
MIAMI – Florida5
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana2
ORLANDO – Florida624
TAMPA – Florida2

Easy access to Europe: London year-round from Montreal and Marseille for the holidays

As for Europe, Air Transat will offer direct flights between Montreal and France, Portugal and Spain, as well as England, and offer year-round flights to London. It should also be noted that it will now offer its non-stop flights to Marseille for the holidays until January 8, 2023, and the following day for the flight back to Montreal.

In addition, there will be direct flights from Toronto to the United Kingdom, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Italy, as well as from Quebec City to France.

Weekly Flights – Europe

DestinationFrom MontrealFrom Quebec CityFrom Toronto
FARO – Portugal1
GLASGOW – United Kingdom2
LISBON – Portugal22
LONDON – United Kingdom37
MALAGA – Spain2
MANCHESTER – United Kingdom2
MARSEILLE – France2
PARIS – France121
PORTO – Portugal1

In Canada

Air Transat will also operate domestic flights between Montreal and Toronto as well as between Montreal and Vancouver.

Weekly Flights – Domestic

DestinationNumber of flights
MONTREAL–TORONTO7
MONTREAL–VANCOUVER6

Global network expansion

To enable Canadians to simplify their travel itinerary and increase international connections, Air Transat is enhancing its offering with trusted partners through its code-sharing agreements as well as its virtual interlining service, connectair by Air Transat. In total, more than 350 destinations are available for booking.

The innovative connectair by Air Transat platform lets travellers combine Air Transat’s flights with those of seven partner airlines for more than 240 additional destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and Canada.

The winter 2022–2023 flight program is available for booking today on the airtransat.com and transat.com websites and from all travel product distributors. New destinations will be announced in a few weeks. See you in June!

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 achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

Recent distinctions and awards

  • World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • Named to Forbes World’s Best Employers List
  • Best Tour Operator and Favourite Overall Supplier at the Agents’ Choice Awards presented by Baxter Travel Media
  • Ranked as Canada’s 21st best corporate citizen by Corporate Knights

Swoop Celebrates Inaugural Flight to New Brunswick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For travel between September 1 to October 15, 2022 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until May 19, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MT) or while seats last. | Prices displayed above are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is made and accepted

About Swoop 

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

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

Swoop celebrates first route of Atlantic expansion with service to Charlottetown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Swoop 

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

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

Lynx Air Announces Major Expansion from Toronto Region

To celebrate, the airline is launching a free weekend getaway contest

TORONTO, March 17, 2022 /CNW/ – Lynx Air, Canada’s new ultra-affordable airline, has today announced a major expansion out of the Toronto region, adding four new destinations and five new routes to its network, as it continues its mission to make air travel affordable for all. Canadians living in the Toronto region will have access to Lynx flights out of both Toronto Pearson Airport (Toronto Pearson) and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (Hamilton Airport), with six (6) destinations across the country to choose from: Halifax, St. John’s, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. 

To celebrate this significant commitment by Lynx to the Toronto region, the airline has launched a competition to win a free weekend getaway from Toronto to Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver. Each weekend getaway package includes two return Lynx flights, flying on the airline’s brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft, and a two-night hotel stay at one of the four destinations. For full contest details and to sign up, visit Lynx Air on Facebook or Instagram. The contest closes at 20:00 MST on March 20.

Today’s announcement includes the following new Lynx routes:

  • Toronto Pearson – Halifax: Three flights per week, commencing June 30, 2022, and increasing to five per week from July 30, 2022.
  • Toronto Pearson – St. John’s: Two flights per week, commencing June 28, 2022, and increasing to seven flights per week from July 28, 2022.
  • Toronto Pearson – Edmonton: Seven flights per week, commencing July 28, 2022.
  • Hamilton – Calgary: Two flights per week, commencing June 29, 2022, and increasing to four flights per week from July 29, 2022.
  • Hamilton – Halifax: Two flights per week, commencing June 29, 2022.

Lynx will also be increasing its frequencies between Toronto Pearson and Calgary from seven flights per week to twelve flights per week from June 28, 2022.

“We are excited to be announcing this major expansion of our network, providing Toronto residents with more choice and competition as they seek to reconnect with loved ones and to rediscover this beautiful country. By the end of July, we will be flying 92 flights per week in and out of the Toronto area, which is more than 17,000 seats per week,” said Merren McArthur, CEO of Lynx. “In keeping with our commitment to making air travel accessible to all, we are pleased to be offering travelers the opportunity to win a free weekend getaway to experience one of four great destinations on our network.” 

“Lynx Air is providing more options for those travelling to other parts of Canada, while also giving visitors to Pearson greater opportunities to explore Ontario,” said Stephan Rouleau, Director of Airside Ground Operations, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “This expansion announcement from Lynx Air is welcome news as travel restrictions continue to ease and interest in air travel on the part of the public continues to rise.”

“We are excited to see Lynx Air expand its network and destination list to bring more choice and ultra-low airfares to the city and its neighbouring communities. We look forward to watching this new airport-airline partnership between Hamilton International and Lynx Air take off at a time when Canadians are looking to make up for lost time with friends and family,” said Cathie Puckering, Vice President and Head, Canadian Network, Vantage Airport Group and President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. 

About Lynx Air
Lynx Air (Lynx), is Canada’s leading ultra-affordable airline and is 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. To learn more visit Lynxair.com or find us on social media @Lynx_Air.

Ultra-reliable and energy-efficient, Lynx Air’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircrafts are serviced by one of the most experienced teams in the business. The aircraft offer advanced aerodynamics, highly efficient engines and upgrades to the airframe and flight systems. All Lynx aircraft meet the highest internationally certified safety standards and are certified by Transport Canada.

Hamilton International Airport’s cargo flights soar, while passenger trips plunge in 2021

From The Hamilton Spectator 🔗 link to source story • thanks to CW

By Kevin Werner, Reporter • February 25, 2022

Hamilton International Airport saw an increase in cargo flights in 2021, but passenger numbers because of pandemic restrictions plunged to just over 250,000 people.

It was the best of times for the Hamilton International Airport in 2021, but also the worst of times for the facility.

The airport saw only 250,019 passengers take off from the Mount Hope facility, a 66 per cent drop from 2019 when the number of passengers hit a high of 955,373, nearing the airport’s 1 million passenger goal.

Cathie Puckering, the airport’s chief executive officer, said the COVID-19 pandemic and health restrictions continue to impact passenger service.

“We are about one-third of where we were before the pandemic,” she told Hamilton’s airport subcommittee on Feb. 24. “(The decline) is no different than what other airports are experiencing around the world.”

However, while passenger traffic dropped, the airport’s cargo business soared in 2021 with 766,394 million kilograms, a 44 per cent increase from 2019 when it was 532,235 million kilograms.

Puckering said that pre-pandemic the airport was already seeing its cargo service take off, but the pandemic has only accelerated it, especially with the increase in e-commerce.

“There are greater demands on supply chains and logistics,” she said. “We were well positioned before the pandemic.”

She said cargo growth is projected to continue to jump over the next two years.

“It is not just a blip. These are sustainable long-term goals.”

Despite the passenger number plunge, the airport’s 2021 revenue still managed to be $7.9 million, jetting ahead of last year’s $6 million, but still lower than the $8.4 million in 2019.

The airport continues to be one of Hamilton’s major economic drivers, employing just over 4,700 people, an increase from 3,400 in 2017. Cole Horncastle, the airport’s executive managing director, said the facility’s cargo service employs about 3,000 people and has about $1 billion in industry activity.

The airport is home to Purolator, Canada Post, UPS and Cargojet, along with DHL and Amazon.

The city benefited from over $950,000 in rent from the airport, and another $1.8 million in rent and taxes to the city from its tenants, an increase of $550,000 over 2020.

Puckering said about $83 million in infrastructure investment was made into the airport last year by TradePort, along with DHL, Amazon, KF Aerospace. DHL’s new $110 million International Gateway facility led the way when it opened last September adding about 150 jobs to the area.

TradePort spent about $3.3 million in capital projects including a new field electrical centre, office improvements, and planning and design work to taxiway rehabilitation projects that are scheduled for 2022.

She said not only is Hamilton one of the largest domestic cargo routes, but it has expanded internationally, including in the United States and Europe.

Puckering said despite the airport’s low passenger numbers, there is hope on the horizon. Swoop and WestJet have both announced they will add flights out of the airport for this summer to international destinations and expanding Canadian locations.

“There is an encouraging comeback,” said Puckering. “It is really about the confidence and eliminating the restrictions that are complicating the travel experience. What our role is, is really getting those bums in seats.”

Swoop recently announced adding six additional aircraft to its 10 existing fleet and will serve five new destinations including Las Vegas, St. Pete-Clearwater, Orlando and Phoenix. The low-cost Canadian airline is also expanding its domestic routes to 14 including Deer Lake and St. John’s, Newfoundland

Swoop officials are projecting pent-up demand for leisure travel this summer will see 30.5 million fully vaccinated Canadians taking a trip. It is also expected that Sunwing and Transat will return to the airport at the end of the year.

Horncastle said there will be an additional 21 weekly flights available this summer from Hamilton, predominately to Maritime destinations, about 80 per cent of the number of flights that was available in 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Demand for transborder travel amid restrictive testing requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Quotes

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

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

About Swoop

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

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

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.     

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.