Swoop restarts popular sun flying routes from London

The ultra-not-expensive airline celebrates the return of non-stop flights to Cancun and Orlando

LONDON, ON, Dec. 3, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, restarted its popular service between London International Airport (YXU) and Cancun International Airport (CUN). Swoop flight WO690 took off from London this morning at 8:00 a.m. ET.

“As Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, we are thrilled to celebrate the return of sun flying from London, beginning with today’s flight to Cancun and tomorrow’s to Orlando,” said Bob Cummings, President of Swoop. “We know residents of the London area value the convenience and affordability that their local airport offers, and so we’re proud to make winter getaways easier with more frequent ultra-affordable flights to Mexico and Florida.”

To celebrate this important restart, Swoop’s Senior Advisor, Public Affairs, Julie Pondant was joined by London International Airport President and CEO Scott McFadzean gate-side for a brief ceremony where travellers were treated to refreshments and giveaways.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Swoop back to London. People from across the region enjoy the ease, convenience, and comfort of flying out of London International Airport, and the return of Swoop provides even greater incentive to do so.” – London Mayor Josh Morgan

With introductory fares from London starting at just $119 CAD, Swoop is showing Canadians just how convenient and affordable a sunny vacation can be this winter.  

Route Peak Weekly  Frequency Lowest one-way total  price (CAD) Base Fare  (CAD) Taxes & Fees  (CAD) 
London to Cancun     2x weekly  $179.00$102.72$76.28
London to Orlando2x weekly  $119.00$46.84$69.20

For travel between January 5- April 29, 2023 | Seasonal start and end dates apply and are indicated in the booking flow. | Fares are valid until December 9, 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.

“We are thrilled to welcome Swoop back to YXU this winter with non-stop service to Orlando/Sanford and Cancun,” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of the London International Airport.  “Swoop has been a tremendous partner and helped bring affordable non-stop air service to exciting destinations for London and the surrounding region.  We look forward to continuing our growth and partnership in the years ahead.”

“The Quintana Roo Tourism Board congratulates Swoop on the new flight, and we’re excited to see airlift expanding from Ontario to the sunny destinations in the Mexican Caribbean. This will encourage more travel from the London region, especially now in the winter season, making the trip easier and more affordable for everyone. We invite and welcome more Canadian travellers to experience the wonders of the Mexican Caribbean: turquoise waters, impeccable beaches, tropical jungles, Mayan archeological sites, underground rivers, beautiful islands, lagoons and lush landscapes are just the starting point. There’s something new to experience in every town, island and beach to excite your palate, your quest for adventure or your desire to relax”, said Laura Nesteanu, Account Director for the Quintana Roo Tourism Board in US & Canada.

About Swoop

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

Swoop’s fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft has recently increased 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, and track flights.

Sunwing helps London residents escape the snow this winter with direct flights to the tropics

Customers can take advantage of great deals on holiday departures to Cancun, Varadero and Punta Cana

TORONTO, Dec. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The time has come for customers residing in London, Ontario to take a break from the snow belt and head for paradise this winter season. Starting this December, residents can do more, explore more and celebrate more on the world-famous shores of MexicoCuba and the Dominican Republic’s most popular vacation destinations with direct weekly flights to CancunVaradero and Punta Cana until April 2023.

“London residents can enjoy the gift of travel this holiday and winter season as we bring back three weekly flights to some of our most-travelled destinations down south,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing. “It’s important to us that our London customers have convenient access to the vacation spots they love and the experiences in destination they crave, and with great deals on both last-minute and future getaways plus the largest assortment of hotels than any tour operator in Canada, we’re thrilled to continue making their vacation dreams come true this winter, starting at their local airport.”

“We are very excited to welcome Sunwing back to London International Airport this winter with amazing travel options to Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba,” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of London International Airport. “Our customers can take advantage of a stress-free travel experience by flying out of London International Airport with Sunwing for their next getaway.”

The flight schedule for London will be as follows:

DestinationPeak FrequencyFromTo
Cancun1x weekly15-Dec-202206-Apr-2023
Punta Cana1x weekly14-Dec-202212-Apr-2023
Varadero1x weekly16-Dec-202207-Apr-2023

Families have unlimited opportunities to do more when travelling to Cancun this winter, starting at Dreams Natura Resort and Spa by AMR Collection, one of the many all inclusive resorts they can call home. Nestled in the Mayan jungle, guests of every age will have a blast together at the infinity pool with water slide, floating down the lazy river or zooming along the Rollglider aerial ride, a rollercoaster-zipline mash up. Plus, this resort is a Sunwing favourite with one of the best resort spas in the tropics inspired by Riviera Maya’s natural cenotes.

One of the best all inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic, customers looking to explore more of their surroundings this winter will love Riu Palace Punta Cana. Between RIU Hotels & Resorts’ signature world-class service, international dining and ocean adventures including windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling, vacationers can discover what’s near and far, right from the comfort of their resort. Plus, guests can explore more of RIU in Punta Cana with complete access to Riu Bambu and Riu Naiboa, and a wide range of excursions with Sunwing Experiences designed for every interest.

Varadero is primed for last-minute getaways with plenty of great deals on sought-after hotels to celebrate those special occasions in paradise, whether planned or spontaneous. The 2022 Travellers’ Choice award-winning Grand Memories Varadero is a beachfront oasis for families and friends, with plenty of entertainment and relaxation to offer, from supervised activities at the Kids Club to sprawling pools, non-motorized water sports, à la carte dining and late-night music at the on-site Cuban bar.

With comprehensive insurance options* plus great deals on holiday departures to each sought-after destination, whether jetting off last minute or planning ahead for that perfect spring break getaway, London residents can get where they need to go at the right price and with more peace of mind with Sunwing.

*Terms and conditions apply.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

Flair Airlines connects Canadians and Americans with Canada’s first direct flights to Tucson, Arizona

  • Flair Airlines, Canada’s third largest domestic airline, is excited to connect Canadians and Americans with Canada’s first direct route to Tucson, Arizona
  • Weekly service from Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Prince George, London, and Windsor to Tucson begins November 30, 2022
  • One-way fares starting from $99 CAD

November 30, 2022, Edmonton, Alberta – Flair Airlines, Canada’s everyday low fare airline, kicks off its inaugural flights from Edmonton and Fort McMurray today with the start of service to Tucson, Arizona. This week, Flair launches five inaugural routes across Canada, departing from Edmonton (YEG), Fort McMurray (YMM), Prince George (YXS), London (YXU), and Windsor (YQG), marking the first direct flights from Canada to Tucson, arriving at Tucson International Airport (TUS).

“Expanding service for more Canadian cities to fly to Tucson is a critical part of our overarching mission to make travel more accessible to Canadians. We believe Canadians deserve more affordable and competitive airfare to stay connected with the people and places they love,” said Stephen Jones, CEO, Flair Airlines. “We are delighted to launch our inaugural flights and connect Canadians and Americans with Canada’s first direct route to Tucson.”

“As Flair Airlines’ hub and home base, we’ve seen their growth and success first-hand in the industry, and we’re excited to host Canada’s first non-stop flight to Tucson. Flair’s desire to serve new markets provides critical access for business and tourism and showcases Edmonton and our region as a great place to be. We are glad to see Flair offering more flights to more places and continuing to connect our region with the endless places there are to explore,” said, Myron Keehn, Vice President of Air Service, Business Development, ESG and Stakeholder Relations, Edmonton International Airport (YEG)

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Flair Airlines to YMM, with non-stop flights to Tucson, Arizona,” said Denean Robinson, CFO and Interim President & CEO, Fort McMurray Airport Authority. “This new air service affords residents a quick, inexpensive sun destination and gives Tucsonans the opportunity to explore the many unique experiences Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo has to offer.”

“A direct flight to a new destination not previously served from Windsor, this is what Windsor and Essex County residents have wanted – more choice and more value to exciting places,” said Drew Dilkens, Windsor Mayor and YQG Board Chair.

“Flair has been a fantastic partner for YQG and the Windsor-Essex region, and we celebrate the Windsor to Tucson inaugural flight,” said Mark Galvin, CEO, Windsor Airport.

“The Prince George Airport Authority is thrilled to welcome Flair Airlines to YXS in an international capacity. This inaugural flight to Tucson is an exciting opportunity to offer a non-stop sunspot destination to Prince George and the surrounding communities. We are looking forward to a successful operation this winter, and for many winters to come,” said Gordon Duke, CEO, Prince George Airport Authority.

“We are thrilled to welcome Flair’s inaugural flight at London International Airport, flying nonstop to Tucson, Arizona,” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of the London International Airport. “We know the London region has been eagerly awaiting more airline service and are excited about the new low-cost flight options that Flair is bringing to London.”

Tucson, Arizona offers a signature blend of history, culture, and breathtaking natural attractions. Travellers will enjoy warm weather and scenic views of the Sonoran Desert 365-days a year.

Tucson is known for its incredible culinary heritage. In 2015 it was named a UNESCO city of gastronomy, catering to a multitude of tastes and boasting a tapestry of Indigenous cuisine and Mexican fare. From ranches to resorts, Tucson is home to a variety of unforgettable accommodations. Notably, the region boasts more than 40 golf courses, welcoming golfers of all skill levels.

One-way fares, including taxes and fees, begin at $99 CAD to Tucson. There are limited seats and availability for the fares. All routes are available for booking at www.flyflair.com.

About Flair Airlines

Flair Airlines is Canada’s leading low-fare airline and its greenest airline, on a mission to provide 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.

London International Airport Invests in Enhancement of Main Runway

London International Airport

Thursday, November 17 2022

Paving the way into the future, runway 15-33 re-opens with fresh asphalt, set to last through 2050 and beyond!

LONDON, ON – The London International Airport has invested in a rehabilitation of their main runway. The old runway surface was milled and a fresh layer of new asphalt was laid down. New low energy LED lighting was installed for all of the runway edge lights and approach lights.
London International Airport would like to take a moment to thank our partners Avia NG, and Green Infrastructure Partners Inc. Their hard work and dedication has brought this project to a close on time and on budget.

“We continue to invest in the future of the airport, as we work to build back stronger following very difficult years during the pandemic” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of the London International Airport. “We want to thank all of our partners and staff that helped make this project a success.”

Avia NG Airport Consultants CEO, Gene Cabral said “It has been a pleasure working directly with the senior leadership team at the London International Airport over the last year to ensure the success of this challenging project. Keeping the airport operational while reconstructing the primary runway was only possible through close collaboration between the London International Airport team, Avia NG and the contractor, GIP. The team at Avia NG delivered a sustainable airfield design including LED lighting technology, and a construction sequencing plan that delivered the project on time and on budget. Congratulations on this successful outcome for the Airport and the broader London community.”

Wayne Molzan is the Director of Green Infrastructure Partners Inc., he tells us; “From an operational view this project was a success. Throughout the entire project the communication between London International Airport, Avia NG Airport Consultants and GIP Paving was the key to the successful completion of the project. Staging of the different phases was the biggest challenge and open discussions between all stakeholders quickly resolved any issues. Congratulations to all involved in the successful completion of this project.”

Eric Hickey, the Construction Manager of Green Infrastructure Partners Inc. adds; “It was a pleasure to partner with the London International Airport and AviaNG on the rehabilitation of Runway 15-33. A great investment in the future of the airport and the community.”

The new and improved runway is now open and operational.

CF Snowbirds update – Investigation continues & cancellation of London Airshow 9-11 Sep appearance

3 ‑ 5 ~~ Cancelled 26 AugToronto, Ontario
9 ‑ 11 ~~ Cancelled 1 SepLondon, Ontario
14 ~~ Cancelled 21 SepTillsonburg, Ontario
17 ‑ 18 ~~ Cancelled 21 SepGatineau, Quebec
21 ~~ Added ~~ Cancelled 21 SepKitchener, Ontario
24 ‑ 25 ~~ Cancelled 21 SepMirabel, Quebec
1 ‑ 2 ~~ Cancelled 21 SepHuntington Beach, California, USA
8 ‑ 9 ~~ Cancelled 21 SepSan Francisco, California, USA
15 ‑ 16 ~~ Cancelled 21 SepSanta Maria, California, USA

Swoop heats up winter travel planning with new non-stop flights to Cuba

The ultra-not-expensive airline grows Caribbean offering with ultra-not-expensive service from Toronto to Varadero

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 31, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, expanded its winter schedule with new routes, more frequencies and new service to Cuba. Swoop will begin its seasonal, non-stop service between Toronto (YYZ) and Varadero (VRA) on January 11, 2023, and fares are starting as low as $189 one-way.

“We’re thrilled to be announcing an expansion in the Caribbean, adding Varadero to our growing list of vacation destinations,” said Tia McGrath, Leader, Distribution and Sales. “Cuba tops the list for Ontarians seeking an affordable beach getaway and we’re proud to reaffirm our commitment to the region with more ultra-convenient and ultra-low fares.”

As part of its expanding winter schedule, Swoop will restart service to some popular sun and fun routes. Swoop is bringing sun flying back to London, ON (YXU) beginning December 3 with non-stop service to Cancun (CUN) starting on December 3 and to Orlando (Sanford) on December 4. In addition, the ULCC will restart service to Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) from both Toronto (YYZ) and Hamilton (YHM) on December 8 and December 9, respectively.

“We know that choice and value are important to Canadians planning vacations,” continued McGrath, “We have several options available for our ultra-not-expensive flights to be packaged with all-inclusive resorts or vacation properties.”

Through Swoop Getaways, travellers can pair ultra-not-expensive Swoop flights with thousands of hotel, resort and vacation properties, unlocking hotel discounts. Those looking for a pre-packaged vacation can add a Swoop flight to a WestJet Vacation when they book through online travel agencies. Swoop has also partnered with The Special Travel Corporation, whose knowledgeable travel agents can book custom packages with ultra-low-fare Swoop flights.

“We are thrilled to welcome Swoop flights to Cuba, we are excited with this new partnership which means more capacity to Cuba from Canada. In this price sensitive market, Swoop’s ultra-low cost structure will make easier to Canadians this winter to enjoy beautiful Cuba” – Lessner Gomes, Director of the Cuba Tourist Board

 “The London International Airport and Swoop saw strong growth through 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 prior to the pandemic restrictions,” said Scott McFadzean, President and CEO of London International Airport. “It is amazing to have Swoop back offering these incredible destinations at low rates from your local easy and comfortable airport.”

Swoop has increased the frequency of flying on many existing routes, with daily flights from Toronto to Cancun and Las Vegas and near-daily flights to Montego Bay and Punta Cana. Full details of Swoop’s expanded winter schedule can be found below, with ultra-not-expensive flights to sun getaways starting at $89 one-way total pride (CAD).

RoutePeak Weekly
One-way total
price (CAD)
Base Fare
Taxes &
Fees (CAD)
Toronto to Varadero3x weekly$189.00$73.04$115.96
Toronto to Ft. Lauderdale6x weekly$109.00$13.05$95.95
Toronto to St. Pete-Clearwater2x weekly$119.00$23.97$95.03
Toronto to Orlando6x weekly$119.00$23.97$95.03
Toronto to Las Vegas7x weekly$99.00$4.92$94.08
Toronto to Cancun10x weekly$259.00$156.62$102.38
Toronto to Kingston5x weekly$189.00$71.68$117.32
Toronto to Montego Bay6x weekly$189.00$71.68$117.32
Toronto to Punta Cana5x weekly$179.00$65.03$113.97
Toronto to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$299.00$196.62$102.38
Toronto to Los Cabos2x weekly$239.00$136.62$102.38
Hamilton to Ft. Lauderdale2x weekly$109.00$18.43$90.57
Hamilton to Las Vegas4x weekly$119.00$29.35$89.65
Hamilton to St. Pete-Clearwater3x weekly$139.00$48.40$90.60
Hamilton to Orlando4x weekly$99.00$10.30$88.70
Hamilton to Cancun3x weekly$239.00$142.27$96.73
Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta1x weekly$199.00$90.68$108.32
London to Orlando2x weekly$89.00$18.75$70.25
London to Cancun2x weekly$129.00$53.69$75.31
Edmonton to Mesa2x weekly$219.00$115.33$103.67
Edmonton to Las Vegas6x weekly$99.00$2.21$96.79
Edmonton to Mazatlán1x weekly$299.00$230.52$68.48
Edmonton to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$259.00$153.77$105.23
Edmonton to Los Cabos2x weekly$219.00$115.53$103.47
Winnipeg to Mesa2x weekly$159.00$128.65$30.35
Winnipeg to Orlando2x weekly$149.00$46.83$102.17
Winnipeg to Puerto Vallarta2x weekly$449.00$340.62$108.38
Abbotsford to Mazatlán1x weekly$179.00$73.77$105.23
Abbotsford to Los Cabos2x weekly$269.00$200.52$68.48
Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta3x weekly$299.00$230.52$68.48

To learn more about Swoop and for flight schedules and bookings, please visit FlySwoop.com.

About Swoop    

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

Swoop’s fleet, comprised of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft and three Boeing MAX-8 aircraft will grow to 16 with the addition of three more Boeing MAX-8 in 2022. At FlySwoop.com [c212.net] travellers can quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, and track flights.