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Airshow London to take to the skies this weekend

News provided by Global News – link to full story, video and updates

13 September 2019 By Andrew Graham Reporter  980 CFPL

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) will be one of more than a dozen performers taking to London's skies this weekend.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds (431 Air Demonstration Squadron) will be one of more than a dozen performers taking to London’s skies this weekend.Merlyn Guilderson / File

WATCH: Flying with Snowbirds

London’s skies will be brimming with aircraft this weekend as Airshow London makes its annual return to the London International Airport.

More than a dozen world-class aircraft performances will take place as the aerial event celebrates its fourth year in the Forest City.

These include the world-renowned Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the CF-18 Demonstration Team and the Canadian Forces SkyHawks, as well as aerial acrobatics from London-based Red Bull Air Racer Pete McLeod.

Jim Graham, chair of Airshow London, says it’s no surprise the city is able to attract such a skilled array of performers.

“London’s got a great representation in the flight suit industry for looking after the crews so they start asking to come,” Graham said.

Graham says attendees will also have a chance to talk to pilots and meet a “whole range of personalities.”

“I’ve met guys that talk about stocks when you’re introduced to them … and I’ve seen guys that are right out there that make Maverick and Top Gun look like a figure skater,” Graham said.

“But they all have one common love of aviation.”

Families will also be pleased to learn Airshow London provides fun for all ages.

“All the crews that are parked on the ground want to talk to the kids. We’ve got a B-17 bomber of World War II vintage so grandpa is going to enjoy seeing that plane as well,” Graham said.

Londoners should also be aware that the airshow will result in a number of road closures surrounding London International Airport from Friday to Sunday this weekend, including:

  • Rebecca Road from Robin’s Hill Road to Evelyn Drive
  • Creamery Road at Dundas Street
  • Evelyn Drive from Rebecca Road to Nissouri Road
  • Robin’s Hill Road between Huron Street and Rebecca Road

Gates open at 4 p.m. for Airshow London’s Friday viewing, with performances kicking off an hour later.

Saturday and Sunday will have earlier openings at 9 a.m. with aerial shows launching at noon.

You can find a full list of performers and grounded displays on Airshow London’s website.

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Sunwing returns to London International Airport for its 14th consecutive season with two new flight services for 2019

Provided by Sunwing Vacations Inc/Globe Newswire

Sunwing returns to London International Airport for its 14th consecutive season with two new flight services for 2019 to Punta Cana and Cayo Santa Maria.

TORONTO, Aug. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sunwing is bringing two of its most popular vacation destinations a little closer to its customers in the London area this coming winter. The travel company is returning to London International Airport for a 14th consecutive season and introducing weekly flight services to Cayo Santa Maria and Punta Cana. Sun-seekers can explore Punta Cana’s renowned white-sand shores with weekly flights from December 18, 2019 to April 1, 2020 or vacation in Cayo Santa Maria’s beautiful tropical landscapes from December 17, 2019 until April 7, 2020. In addition, travellers can look forward to returning weekly flights to Montego Bay and Varadero.  

President of Tour Operations for Sunwing, Andrew Dawson, welcomed the news, “We’re delighted that our service is continually well-received by our customers in the London area and that they appreciate having convenient access to tropical destinations from their local airport. Thanks to their ongoing support we’ve been able to expand our services with flight offerings to two of our most popular destinations, Cayo Santa Maria and Punta Cana.”

“We are very excited that our passengers will have two new destinations to experience this winter with Sunwing” added Michael Seabrook, President and CEO of London International Airport. “Many of our sun-seekers are regular Sunwing travellers, and today’s announcement provides them with more destinations from the Easy and Comfortable Airport!”

Vacationers can choose from a wide selection of top-rated resorts in Punta Cana such as Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa. This luxury resort property features upscale accommodations and amenities that the whole family will love including an on-site splash pad and FlowRider ® – the ultimate surf machine. Those looking for an adults only getaway can visit Riu Republica, a perennially popular resort that’s home to the Caribbean’s only water park exclusively for adults.

Travellers who choose to take advantage of the weekly flight service to Cayo Santa Maria, can stay at Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria, an adults only oasis nestled within Grand Memories Santa Maria. This resort-within-a-resort offers a tranquil atmosphere and spacious junior suites complete with an in-room liquor dispenser and attentive butler service.  

Sun-seekers can also enjoy a host of benefits when they book their tropical getaway before September 6 for travel between December 18, 2019 and April 30, 2020. The tour operator is offering the ultimate package deal with complimentary Price Drop Guarantee with up to $600 cash back per couple*, reduced deposits of $50 per person, exclusive free perks on all new bookings to top-rated adult, top-rated family and top-rated luxury resorts with the best price guaranteed** and savings of up to 25% on select winter vacation packages.

All Sunwing vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of snacks and light meals including the brand-new Tex Mex Grilled Chicken Wrap inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance. For additional perks, including priority check-in and security line access***, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector.

* All claims are subject to a $50 per person admin fee; each passenger must register within seven days after booking to qualify for the Price Drop Guarantee promotion.
** An ongoing promotion where Sunwing will match a competitor’s published price which must be available at the time of booking. 
***Available at select Canadian airports.

Air Transat is synonymous with Sun to travellers in Ontario

Provided by Transat A.T. Inc/CNW

The airline is strengthening its position as a leader in holiday travel this winter with new Sun destinations in the South and Europe

MONTREAL, July 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat is pleased to present travellers in Ontario with its winter 2019-2020 program for Sun destinations in South and Central AmericaMexicoFlorida, the Caribbean and Europe. The addition of new Airbus A321neoLRs to its fleet next winter will allow the carrier greater flexibility to offer a broader choice of destinations to travellers. Named the 2019 World’s Best Leisure Airline by Skytrax, Air Transat will offer 36 destinations in the South and Europe from Toronto. The most scenic beaches in the South will be accessible to passengers flying out of Ottawa, London and Hamilton as well.

More flights to the most popular Sun destinations  
Toronto region beachgoers will be spoilt for choice between 25 favourite Sun destinations in 10 different countries. From London, Ontario, Air Transat will add a new direct flight to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. And from Hamilton, there will be a new direct flight to Santa Clara, Cuba, as well as a second weekly direct fight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Europe in winterFrom Toronto, along with its daily flight to London, United Kingdom, Air Transat will offer two direct flights a week all year long to Glasgow and Manchester, UK, respectively. Plus, the airline will extend to mid-January its flights to Barcelona, Spain, and Rome, Italy, with two direct flights a week to each city. Travellers will be able to fly to Portugalfrom Toronto, with two weekly direct flights to Lisbon, and one direct flight to Porto. It is also good to know that Air Transat is the only airline offering a direct flight from Toronto to Faro, in the Algarve, during the winter (one flight a week).

Discovering Canada and Europe with domestic and connecting flights 
Air Transat’s domestic flights, which link some major Canadian cities, will allow Ontarians to explore other regions in Canada as well as transatlantic destinations accessible via connecting flights. The airline will continue its daily flights between Toronto and Montreal, in addition to its five weekly direct flights between Toronto and Vancouver.

From Toronto: 36 South and Europe destinations

SouthNumber of flights (during peak season)
Caribbean
Montego Bay, Jamaica4 direct flights a week
St. Maarten1 direct flight a week
Cuba
Cayo Coco4 direct flights a week
Cayo Largo1 direct flight a week
Cayo Santa Maria4 direct flights a week
Holguin4 direct flights a week
Santiago de Cuba                  1 direct flight a week
Varadero6 direct flights a week
Dominican Republic
La Romana1 direct flight a week
Puerto Plata4 direct flights a week
Punta CanaDaily direct flights
Samana1 direct flight a week
Santo Domingo1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera MayaDaily direct flights
Cozumel1 direct flight a week
Huatulco1 direct flight a week
Puerto Vallarta2 direct flights a week
South and Central America
Cartagena, Colombia1 direct flight a week
Liberia, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
San Jose, Costa Rica2 direct flights a week
Roatan, Honduras2 direct flights a week
Rio Hato, Panama2 direct flights a week
United States
Fort Lauderdale, Florida5 direct flights a week
Orlando, Florida3 direct flights a week
San Juan, Puerto Rico1 direct flight a week
EuropeNumber of flights (during peak season)
France
ParisDaily flights via Montreal
Italy
Rome2 direct flights a week (until mid-January)
Portugal
Faro1 direct flight a week
Lisbon2 direct flights a week and 2 flights a week via Montreal
Porto1 direct flight a week
Spain
Barcelona2 direct flights a week (until mid-January)
Madrid3 flights a week via Montreal
Malaga3 flights a week via Montreal
United Kingdom
Glasgow2 direct flights a week
LondonDaily direct flights
Manchester2 direct flights a week

From Toronto: domestic flights

Canada
Vancouver5 direct flights a week
MontrealDaily direct flights

From London: 3 South destinations

Dominican RepublicNumber of flights (during peak season)
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya1 direct flight a week

From Hamilton: 6 South destinations

SouthNumber of weekly flights (during peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco1 direct flight a week
Cayo Santa Maria1 direct flight a week
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana2 direct flights a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya2 direct flights a week

From Ottawa: 7 South destinations 

SouthNumber of weekly flights (during peak season)
Cuba
Cayo Coco1 direct flight a week
Cayo Santa Maria1 direct flight a week
Varadero1 direct flight a week
Dominican Republic
Puerto Plata1 direct flight a week
Punta Cana3 direct flights a week
Samana1 direct flight a week
Mexico
Cancun-Riviera Maya2 direct flights a week

Canada’s Airlines, Airports Among World’s Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get Worse

News provided HuffingtonPost.ca – link to full article – with a hint from P.N.

By Daniel Tencer 4 July 2019

Under a new “passenger bill of rights,” airlines will be able to leave passengers stuck on the tarmac for longer than the current standard.
An airplane taking off at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International
An airplane taking off at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

MONTREAL ― Canadian airports and airlines are some of the worst performers worldwide when it comes to flight delays, and new federal rules that allow passengers to be stuck on the tarmac for longer could make things worse.

All but one of Canada’s major airlines rank in the bottom half for on-time performance in a new survey from travel data provider OAG. 

Canada’s best performer, WestJet, ranks 57th out of 125 airlines surveyed, with 77.1 per cent of all flights arriving on time. The country’s worst performer, Sunwing, ranks as the second-worst airline in the world, 124th out of 125, with only 57.8 per cent of flights on time.

Sunwing experienced numerous flight glitches in recent years, including major delays in Toronto and Montreal in April, 2018, that led to a fine from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

Looking at airports, Canada doesn’t fare much better. Our best airport, in Grande Prairie, Alta., ranks 108th out of 505 airports surveyed.

Toronto’s two commercial passenger airports, Pearson and Billy Bishop, rank as the two worst airports in Canada and among the worst in the world ― 475th and 489th, respectively.

Interestingly, there is a yawning east-west divide, with western Canadian airports performing better than others.

Canada's Airlines, Airports Among World's Worst For Delays, And It Could Soon Get

The survey comes as Canada is about to launch a new “passengers’ bill of rights” that some critics say will make it easier for airlines to delay flights.

Under the new regulations, airlines will be able to keep passengers stuck on the tarmac for up to three hours, plus an additional 45 minutes if the airline believes takeoff is imminent.

Currently, Canada has no government-enforced limits on tarmac delays, but airlines themselves had standards built into their tariffs. The industry standard was 90 minutes, which is also what a Senate committee recommended be the rule in the new passenger bill of rights. The government rejected that recommendation.

Airlines themselves have been pushing for longer tarmac delays. Air Canada extended its maximum tarmac time to four hours in 2018.

Additionally, it will be very difficult to get compensation from airlines in most cases where flights are delayed or passengers are denied boarding, said Gabor Lukacs, a prominent consumer advocate who has challenged airline practices in courts.

Watch: Here are the budget airlines in Canada. Story continues below.

Lukacs said he worries about the possibility of longer delays under the new rules because “when something becomes legal, they will do it. On the other hand, the counterargument is it’s in the airline’s best interest to get passengers to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Lukacs’ advocacy group, Air Passenger Rights, has accused the government of letting the airline industry dictate the new passengers’ bill of rights.

A spokesperson for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the tarmac delay rule was decided “based on operational realities and international best practices. For example, in the United States, air carriers are required to offer the option to disembark after a three hour delay on domestic flights, and a four hour delay on international flights.”

While airlines frequently blame weather for flight delays, data from the U.S. federal government shows that extreme weather events are responsible for fewer than 5 per cent of flight delays in the U.S. The most common reason for delays was late-arriving aircraft, meaning flights delayed because earlier flights were delayed. This accounted for nearly 42 per cent of U.S. delays. Canada does not currently keep track of this type of data.

But Lukacs points out that Canada has much harsher weather than most of the U.S., so it may not be a fair comparison. And Toronto’s worst-in-the-country Billy Bishop Airport has unique issues to deal with because it’s on an island.

“This may be an apples to oranges comparison,” he told HuffPost Canada by phone.

Nonetheless, Canada’s poor weather doesn’t explain why Alaska Airlines has a higher on-time percentage than any Canadian airline (80.7 per cent) and is the third best among U.S. airlines.

Lukacs argues these on-time rankings are incomplete: There isn’t enough data to determine, for instance, whether it’s a particular airport or a particular airline that’s behind delays in a given place.

Either way, airlines should be taking bad weather into account when planning their schedules, Lukacs said.

“If airlines and airports ignore the weather realities, then you have guaranteed, built-in failure,” he said.

Swoop schedules new routes in Winter 2019

News provided by RoutesOnline.com – Link to full story

By Jim Liu, Posted 28 June 2019

Swoop in winter 2019/20 season is adding various new routes for Sun Destinations, including flights from Edmonton, London ON and Winnipeg. Planned new routes include the following.

Edmonton – Cancun eff 24OCT19 1 weekly (2 weekly from 28DEC19)
Edmonton – Los Cabos eff 02NOV19 1 weekly (3 weekly from 17DEC19)
Edmonton – Mazatlan eff 02NOV19 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18DEC19)
Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta eff 19OCT19 1 weekly (2 weekly from 02NOV19)
London ON – Cancun eff 24OCT19 2 weekly
London ON – Las Vegas eff 02OCT19 2 weekly
London ON – Orlando eff 26OCT19 2 weekly
Winnipeg – Fort Lauderdale eff 16NOV19 2 weekly
Winnipeg – Las Vegas eff 15NOV19 2 weekly
Winnipeg – Los Cabos eff 17NOV19 1 weekly (2 weekly from 18DEC19)
Winnipeg – Orlando eff 15NOV19 2 weekly
Winnipeg – Phoenix Mesa eff 15DEC19 2 weekly
Winnipeg – Puerto Vallarta eff 10DEC19 1 weekly
Winnipeg – Tampa eff 17NOV19 2 weekly

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

Provided by Swoop/CNW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of Swoop’s winter schedule 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Birthday! Swoop marks a year in the skies

Provided by Swoop/CNW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swoop lifts-off with three more inaugural summer routes

Provided by Swoop/CNW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of the May 24, 2019 inaugural flights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details of Swoop’s May 24 inaugural service

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

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

Swoop takes flight at London International Airport

Provided by Swoop/CNW

Airline inaugurates new route between London, ON and Edmonton, AB

Credit to Alasdair McLellan

CALGARY, April 28, 2019 /CNW/ – Today Swoop celebrates the launch of air service in London, Ontario.

The inaugural flight departs Edmonton International Airport (YEG) at 7:00 a.m. local time and will be welcomed by a water cannon salute upon arrival at London International Airport (YXU) at 12:25 p.m. local time. Travellers at both airports will be invited to take part in a gate celebration that includes refreshments, sweet treats and gifts.

This is the first of three new routes launching in London, with service to Abbotsford, BC (YXX) and Halifax, NS (YHZ) beginning on May 24, 2019.

“The kick-off to our summer schedule and beginning of a very busy inaugural season starts with today’s flight between London, ON and Edmonton, AB,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “Over the course of the next two months we will be celebrating the launch of seven new routes and further establishing our place as a top choice for travellers in the Canadian ultra-low cost space.”

“Today’s inaugural flight marks the start of an exciting expansion to our Canadian network with Swoop,” said Michael Seabrook, CEO and President of the London International Airport. “We are now the second focus city in Ontario for Swoop service, and among the first airports in Canada to offer true ultra-low-cost flight options to passengers. We expect these new flights will be popular with travellers, leading to the potential for more destinations from Swoop in the future.”

“We are very pleased to have this connection into Southwestern Ontario with the new daily, non-stop service to London,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Destinations like London create excellent travel options for Edmontonians travelling to Ontario, while also supporting tourism and business growth in our region.”

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

Details of Swoop’s service from London, ON

Service
Between
 
Service
Offered
 
Weekly
Frequency
 
Air transportation
charges (ATC)
base fare from 
Taxes, fees
and charges
Total One-
Way Price
From*
 
London, ON
and
Edmonton
Daily7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$$159
London, ON
and
Abbotsford
Daily (starts May
24, 2019)
7 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
London, ON
and Halifax
Daily, except
Saturday
(starts May 24,
2019)
6 x weekly$118.59$40.41$159
*Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

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

WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal

Provided by WESTJET, an Aliberta Partnership/CNW

CALGARY, Feb. 26, 2019 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced it is adding more choice for travellers in London and Montreal this summer with a new daily service starting June 24 through October 15 on WestJet Encore.

WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

“We continue to see robust use of our service between Montreal and Toronto and are aware that many of these guests travel to and from London,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning and Alliances. “We are certain WestJet guests from Montreal and London will enjoy more convenient access to these popular leisure and business markets during the busy summer travel season.”

“We are very pleased to be able to offer passengers the option to fly to Montreal with WestJet,” said Michael Seabrook, London International Airport President and CEO. “Montreal is one of our biggest markets, and with the addition of this non-stop flight our passengers have options. It allows us to provide an easy and comfortable travel experience to even more travellers.”

WestJet is the largest airline in London, and this summer will operate six flights per day from London, ON to three Canadian cities including Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The airline will also operate 23 flights per day from Montreal including two times daily to Vancouver, three times daily to Calgary, daily to Edmonton and Winnipeg, 13 times daily to Toronto, twice daily to Halifax and daily to London, ON.

Details of WestJet’s service between London and Montreal:

RouteFrequencyDepartingArrivingEffective
London –  MontrealDaily10:20 a.m.11:45 a.m.June 24, 2019
Montreal – LondonDaily12:15 p.m.1:49 p.m.June 24, 2019

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in 2019 summer schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new.

This summer, WestJet will operate more than 750 daily flights in peak summer to 92 destinations including 42 in Canada, 23 in the United States, 27 in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, and five in Europe.