Swoop Heats Up Winter Schedule with New Service from Winnipeg to Orlando Sanford

Ultra-low cost airline to connect Winnipeg to sunny Central Florida just in time for winter travel

WINNIPEG, MB, Sept. 16, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop announced new service between Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) to its winter schedule, reaffirming Swoop’s commitment to bringing more ultra-low cost service from Winnipeg to domestic and transborder destinations. Seats from Winnipeg to Orlando Sanford are on sale now, with non-stop service set to begin in December.

“We are thrilled to be bringing more ultra-low fares and connectivity to Winnipeg through the addition of non-stop service to Orlando Sanford just in time for the winter season,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance at Swoop. “Winnipeg is an important part of our network and as we continue to recover our operations, we remain committed to supporting the recovery of inbound and outbound air travel to the region.”

Details of Swoop’s Winter Service between Winnipeg and Orlando Sanford

RoutePlanned Start DatePeak Weekly FrequencyTotal one-way price (CAD)Base Fare (CAD)Taxes and fees (CAD)
Orlando Sanford – WinnipegDecember 9, 20212x Weekly$139 † CAD $101.02$37.80
Winnipeg – Orlando SanfordDecember 10, 20212x Weekly$139 † CAD $38.13$100.87

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Sep 22, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between December 9, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Blackout dates between December 16, 2021 and January 6, 2022, March 11, 2022 – April 4, 2022.

With demand for both transborder and international travel returning, today’s announcement signals another strong sign of recovery for the airline as it gears up for the winter season. Orlando Sanford marks the fourth sun-destination for Winnipeggers to choose from when looking to book a warm-weather getaway. Swoop’s always affordable low fares from Winnipeg to Phoenix Mesa, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are all available for booking now, with flights set to begin this November.

“We’re proud to be teaming up with Swoop to restore service interrupted amid the pandemic and help our community gain access to more in-demand travel destinations,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “Today’s exciting announcement from Swoop is welcome news and further demonstrates the strong demand for travel in the Winnipeg market as more routes continue to return to serve the region.”

 “We are pleased that Swoop will be increasing the number of destinations to accommodate all the pent-up air travel between Canada and Florida.”

–  Tom Nolan, President and CEO Orlando Sanford International Airport

To learn more about Swoop, 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 nine 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.  

Swoop Heats Up Winter Schedule with Addition of Los Cabos

Ultra-low cost carrier brings back non-stop service to the Baja Peninsula from Edmonton and announces new direct route from Toronto       

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 15, 2021 /CNW/ -Today, Swoop announced the addition of non-stop service to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) to its winter schedule from both Edmonton and Toronto, bringing more choice to Canadians looking to travel south of the border at an affordable price. Swoop’s non-stop service will operate twice weekly from Toronto and once weekly from Edmonton.  

“We are thrilled to expand our winter schedule just in time for our travellers in Toronto and Edmonton to book that long-awaited vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance, Swoop. “With non-stop flights available for as low as $139.00 †  one-way, we are pleased to be offering even more affordable travel options to Canadians, while strengthening our position as Canada’s ultra-low cost carrier with the most flights to popular sun destinations.”

Los Cabos joins Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán as the fourth Mexican destination available for booking this winter, all at Swoop’s always available ultra-low fares. With demand for international travel and all-inclusive Getaway packages returning, today’s announcement signals another strong sign of recovery for the airline as it gears up for further growth through the addition of its tenth aircraft, expected to enter service this winter.

Details of Swoop’s Winter Service to Los Cabos

RoutePlanned Start DatePeak Weekly FrequencyTotal one-way price (CAD)Base fare (CAD)Taxes and Fees (CAD)
Edmonton – Los CabosNovember 20, 20211x Weekly$139 † CAD $43.10$95.90
 Los Cabos – EdmontonNovember 20, 20211x Weekly$139 † CAD $64.83 $74.17
Toronto – Los CabosDecember 4, 20212x Weekly$139 † CAD $40.70$98.30
Los Cabos – TorontoDecember 4, 20212x Weekly$139 † CAD $64.83$74.17
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Sep 22, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between November 20, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Blackout dates between December 16, 2021 and January 6, 2022, March 11, 2022 – April 4, 2022.

“Thank you Swoop for supporting the return of international flights to EIA. We’re thrilled to add another sunny location to our growing list of non-stop destinations. Health and safety continue to be our top priorities for our passengers as they access the world, non-stop from EIA.”

– Myron Keehn, Vice-President, Air Service and Business Development, EIA

“Los Cabos International Airport has been one of the most resilient airports in Mexico. As the recovery continues, we are glad to welcome Swoop with their brand-new route, Toronto, and the return of Edmonton”, said Raúl Revuelta Musalem, CEO of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico. “Just in July, we experienced a 25% rate of growth in the international segment compared with 2019, and we are confident that Swoop will be a key player to keep Cabos in the international spotlight.”

To learn more about Swoop 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 nine 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.

Swoop Announces New Non-Stop Service between Toronto and Kingston, Jamaica

Ultra-low cost carrier celebrates expansion of service in Jamaica with fares as low as $129 CAD all-in

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2021 /CNW/ – Swoop today announced new non-stop service between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Kingston Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Jamaica. As part of the airline’s winter schedule, the new service will operate twice weekly, beginning December 8, 2021. To celebrate today’s announcement, Swoop is offering a limited quantity of introductory one-way fares between Kingston and Toronto starting from just $129† CAD all-in.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our presence in Jamaica with the introduction of service to Kingston to connect friends and families this holiday season and year ahead,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance, Swoop. “Our travellers have embraced our always affordable flights to Jamaica and we look forward to building on our success in the region with our new non-stop service connecting Toronto and Kingston.”

The ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) is also set to resume service between Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Montego Bay Sangster International Airport (MBJ) tomorrow at 7:00 am EST.  Swoop’s return to Montego Bay marks the beginning of the airline’s restoration of its international network, with flights to the U.S. and Mexico set to resume through the fall.

“The return of Swoop to MBJ is a welcome one and we are elated at Swoop’s commitment to ensure that passengers from our second largest market, Canada, and specifically the province of Ontario, have a low-cost option when visiting Jamaica to see family and friends or those who wish to vacation on our beautiful island,” said Shane Munroe, CEO of MBJ Airports Ltd. “We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our citizens and visitors in keeping with our mission of providing a “Safety-Assured” environment welcoming travellers safely to our island of Jamaica.”

Details of Swoop Service to Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica

RoutePlanned Start
Date
Peak
Weekly
Frequency
Total one-way
price (CAD)
Base fare
(CAD)
Taxes and
fees
(CAD)
NEW Toronto (YYZ) – Kingston (KIN)December 8, 20212x weekly$129 CAD$13.44$115.56
NEW Kingston (KIN) – Toronto (YYZ)December 8, 20212x weekly$129 † CAD$6.36$122.64
Toronto (YYZ) – Montego Bay (MBJ)September 11, 20213x weekly$129† CAD$13.44$115.56
Montego Bay (MBJ) – Toronto (YYZ)September 11, 20213x weekly$129 † CAD$30.94$98.06

†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by Sep 15, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between October 2, 2021 and January 18, 2022. Blackout dates between December 11, 2021 and January 6, 2022.

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.

Additional Quotes

“The Jamaica Tourist Board is thrilled to see Swoop returning to the destination with the resumption of its Montego Bay flight this month, in addition to the exciting launch of the airline’s new Kingston service this December,” said Angella Bennett, Regional Director, Canada, Jamaica Tourist Board. “Swoop is an important airline partner for us in the Ontario market and we truly value their continued support and confidence in the destination. Whether you’re looking for sun and sand or a cultural city escape, Jamaica is ready to welcome customers for a safe and seamless getaway this fall and winter season.”

“We’re excited to support the introduction of this new route as well as Swoop’s resumption of flights to Montego Bay,” said Janik Reigate, Director, Strategic Customer Relationships, Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “Swoop passengers will find Toronto Pearson has many measures in place to protect their health and safety throughout the airport, such as improved air quality, low and no-touch check-in and bag drop and contactless shopping and dining options.”  

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 nine 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.  

Swoop Reaches Tentative Agreement with CUPE

CUPE Local 4070 represents Swoop Inflight

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 8, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with CUPE Local 4070, representation for Swoop’s Inflight (flight attendant) group. Both parties now await the ratification vote to be put forward to membership.

“We are pleased to have come to tentative terms on our first collective agreement with CUPE Local 4070,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “Our inflight group plays an integral role in our operations and we are grateful for their commitment to safety and enhancing the traveller experience at Swoop.”

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 nine 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. 

Airline Updates Summary

From Travel Week – link to source story

Air Canada, WestJet, Transat, Sunwing and more: The latest updates amid the coronavirus pandemic

Air Canada, WestJet, Transat, Sunwing and more: The latest updates amid the coronavirus pandemic

As of 15 July 2021

By: Travelweek Group

TORONTO — Canada’s airlines took swift action amid border closures and travel restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s the latest from Canada’s airlines. This list is updated as we receive new information from each company. The latest information can always be found at the company’s website.

LATEST UPDATE: July 9, 2021 – Flair Airlines; July 6, 2021 – Porter Airlines


AIR CANADA

UPDATED JULY 6, 2021: Air Canada’s domestic schedule for summer 2021 includes 50 airports across Canada and 3 new routes. Air Canada has also announced details about its international schedule for summer 2021; click here for more details.


AIR NORTH

Air North, Yukon’s Airline is currently flying with a reduced schedule due to COVID and offering flights between Whitehorse and Vancouver, Kelowna, and Victoria. Effective May 5 Air North will be resuming flights between Whitehorse and Calgary & Edmonton as well. For more information on Air North’s schedule go to https://www.flyairnorth.com/flights/flight-schedules


FLAIR AIRLINES

UPDATED JULY 9, 2021: Flair is adding to its network and the airline now has flights scheduled to 20 and counting Canadian cities, plus 6 U.S. cities. The airline’s latest change policies are at https://flyflair.com/travel-info/customer-service/covid-19-updates.


PORTER AIRLINES

UPDATED JULY 6, 2021: Porter Airlines will resume domestic operations on Sept. 8, followed by the U.S. on Sept. 17, to select destinations. Porter is making all fares purchased by July 20, for travel through December 15, 2021, fully refundable, with no fees. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages. The aim is to provide flexibility and give travellers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel.


SUNWING

UPDATED JUNE 24, 2021: Sunwing plans to resume partial service to select sun destinations from Toronto and Montreal, starting July 30, 2021. Sunwing’s initial lineup of destinations includes Cancun, Punta Cana, Varadero and Montego Bay. Sunwing’s domestic summer program is also open for bookings. Flights started in May 2021and run until the beginning of September 2021. Customers or their travel agents impacted by cancelled flights are being contacted by Sunwing directly to review their options. For the most up to date information see https://www.sunwing.ca/en/promotion/packages/important-travel-advisories.


SWOOP

UPDATED JUNE 10, 2021: Swoop will operate all nine of its aircraft domestically during summer 2021. The airline’s winter schedule will offer flights across Canada, as well as to sun destinations including Montego Bay, Las Vegas and Mesa/Phoenix and Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán.


TRANSAT

UPDATED JUNE 16, 2021: Transat is gearing up to restart operations on July 30, 2021. Air Transat’s winter 2021-2022 flight program features flights to nearly 50 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, the U.S and Europe. Transat’s FTCs are fully transferable, with no expiry date.  More information for Transat can be found here.


WESTJET

UPDATED JUNE 25, 2021: WestJet is ready for summer 2021 with a long list of resumed flights. Complete details can be found here.

Air Canada Wants $2.5 Million Passenger Refund DOT Fine Dropped

From Simple Flying – link to source story

by Sumit Singh | July 1, 2021

In the middle of June, Simple Flying reported that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking to fine Air Canada over $25.5 million due to its failure to provide refunds in a timely manner. The flag carrier of Canada is now defending this heavy penalty, sharing details of the situation in a 46-page letter to the United States’ transport authority.

Air Canada New York
The pandemic forced several cancellations and amendments, forcing airlines to dish out refunds and vouchers over the last year and a half. Photo: Getty Images

Frustration across the board

More than 6,000 passengers complained that Air Canada canceled or massively amended flights while refusing to give refunds. However, the DOT mandates refunds for passengers in specific circumstances. Thus, the DOT filed a formal complaint to the operator.

Air Canada had 15 days to respond to the complaint, which it now has. Notably, in the lengthy document, the company expresses that the DOT hasn’t alleged specific facts and didn’t establish that Air Canada’s policy of offering flight vouchers is unfair practice.

The firm adds that its contractual refund policy is both fair and entirely consistent with its “General Terms and Conditions of Carriage (“Conditions of Carriage”) and International Tariff (“Tariff”)” that govern the contractual relationship between it and its customers.

The airline shares that as the pandemic grew and started to affect operations in North America, the carrier was forced to amend its services and policies based on the ever-changing conditions. Despite the restrictions in place, Air Canada states that it responded in a manner that complies with all related CTA and DOT regulations.

Air Canada
Air Canada claims that its refund policy complied with all DOT and CTA regulations at the time. Photo: Getty Images

The offerings

Air Canada adds that it also adhered to US and Canadian health and safety requirements. Altogether, the airline had to cancel numerous transborder services and refocused its attention on repatriation operations.

“Throughout the pandemic, Air Canada’s Contractual Refund Policy, which complied with the terms of its Conditions of Carriage and Tariff, applicable fare rules, and DOT and CTA regulations, uniformly provided customers whose non-refundable flight reservations were cancelled by Air Canada on or after March 19, 2020 due to government restrictions caused by COVID-19, with flight vouchers,” Air Canada shares in the document.

“Specifically, Air Canada offered its customers a number of refund options (collectively referred to as “AC Refunds”) to choose from based on their individual situations and needs. The first option was a full refund in the form of a travel credit. Initially after the pandemic hit, Air Canada provided flight travel credits (“FTCs”) which lasted for two years and were similar to vouchers offered by most other carriers.”

After the middle of the summer, the airline began offering Air Canada Travel Vouchers (“ACTVs”). It calls these cash equivalent products that do not expire and are reusable. They are also transferrable without restriction. Air Canada adds these vouchers can be transferred for cash or any other lawful consideration to any other person “for use without restriction.” They can also be used for travel on flights served by one of the carrier’s codeshare partners.

Air Canada
The airline highlights that that passenger had a choice to book a refundable or non-refundable ticket, and could have avoided issues if they chose the former. Photo: Getty Images

Troubles across the industry

The carrier recently extended its refund policy, allowing those that made bookings before April 13th, 2021, for travel on or after February 1st, 2020, to submit their refund requests if they did not fly for any reason.

The airline is by far the not only airline facing scrutiny amid its refund processes since the rise of the pandemic. The company, along with compatriots WestJet Airlines, Swoop, Sunwing Airlines, and Air Transat, had been facing court action since last fall. Sunwing Airlines will now borrow $100 million from the government to provide refunds. Across the nations, the likes of Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and Ryanair faced criticism over the last year or so.

Transport Canada, Boeing 737 MAX, Recertified
Air Canada and WestJet are planning to fly their Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to London. Photo: Getty Images

Overall, Air Canada requests that its “Motion to Dismiss” is granted. It wants the DOT complaint to be dismissed due to the reasons provided in its letter.

Simple Flying reached out to Air Canada for comment on the fine. We will update the article with any further announcements from the airline.

Interview: Swoop’s Kevin Chan

From Routes Online – link to source story

Routes hears how the ULCC has been breaking new ground despite the impact of the pandemic.

By David Casey | 25 June 2021

Kevin Chan, Swoop’s leader of network and business planning, has used the pandemic to reassess the Canadian ULCC’s network strategy and seek out new opportunities.

How has your network changed over the past year?

When the pandemic hit, we realized that we needed to adapt very quickly. We have nine aircraft in our fleet and the utilization went from around 14 hours per day to hardly anything. It was obviously really important to cut our flying so drastically as we needed to minimize cash burn.

However, that meant in April 2020 our network reduced from flying to four countries with more than 30 routes, to operating a skeleton service between four cities in Canada with just a single aircraft. It was during this time that we decided to take a step back and analyze our network and look at what we could do differently once travel restrictions allowed.

At this point, we decided to engage Routes to help launch a request for proposals (RFP) to find new airport partners in North America, Central America and the Caribbean—basically any airport in range of our Boeing 737-800NGs. We thought it was important to assess our network with fresh eyes and find new, innovative partners we could work with.

What was the outcome of the RFP?

There was an excellent response to the RFP and lots of good engagement with airports that were aligned with our vision. We would have obviously liked to progress some of the new opportunities quicker, but the travel regulations imposed on the aviation industry in Canada have made that very difficult.

However, with the rollout of vaccinations, restrictions are likely to start loosening so now is the perfect time to outline our future plans. One of the big changes we’ve made to our network is how we assess Florida, which is such a massive leisure market for Canadians.

We’ve decided to focus on both Orlando Sanford (SFB) and St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE), rather than some of the more traditional markets like Orlando International (MCO) and Tampa (TPA). There is a lot of competitive differentiation at play with these two Florida alternate airports and we’ve received some fantastic support. It also provides a way for us to differentiate ourselves between the traditional service providers and will enable us to stimulate demand, which is what we’re all about as a ULCC.

Additionally, we’re beginning flights to San Diego (SAN) in California, which is a market we’ve been interested in for quite some time and emerged as an ideal partner during the RFP process. On the domestic front, we’ve also added routes to Victoria (YYJ) in British Columbia from both Toronto (YYZ) and Edmonton (YEG). A good chunk of our traditional network will also resume—routes that have worked well in the past where there is sustained demand and we have a market presence.

Has the process of planning your network changed during the pandemic?

Network planning is obviously very data driven, but many of the traditional methods used to assess market demand have been thrown out of the window, especially in the short-term as the industry recovers. That means you have to be ready to adapt and act accordingly. Thankfully, we’ve been able to do that because we’re small and nimble—we can turn on a dime, unlike many of the larger carriers which are set in their ways.

At the moment, we need to lean on our airport partners because they have so much insight—especially on local trends—that may not be visible to us. That’s not to say that we can forget about historical demand we would usually look at. As we operate the denser 189-seat 737-800s, we need to ensure that there is already sufficient demand—or we will be able to stimulate sufficient demand—otherwise the route will never be sustainable.

Our airport partners can be instrumental in helping us to determine what routes will work and what are likely to be profitable. Identifying services that will be sustainable will result in a win-win situation for both us and the destination.

What support from airports are you seeking as you begin to scale up your flying?

The cost per turn at a lot of Canada’s major airports is through the roof and so we’ve worked hard with some of our partners to look at how we minimize that cost.

Domestically and internationally, we’re really looking to work with airports to build an incentive structure that aligns both of us to drive volumes. It doesn’t matter if the cost per turn is zero—if there’s no one on the plane we’re still going to bleed. Airport partners therefore need to buy into the ULCC strategy of aligning costs with demand.

What level of demand are you seeing at the moment?

Canadians have been in their homes for a year and a half and so the pent-up travel demand is real. Our forward bookings of late have been very encouraging and I think that will continue over the coming months. This leads me to believe that winter will be the first full season where we’ll start to see a true recovery in air travel.

Do you think there will be any change in the way people travel post-pandemic?

I think there is going to be a marked change in travel behavior—and that presents a very interesting opportunity for us. Canadians have traditionally taken a winter vacation, spending one or two weeks in an all-inclusive resort in a sunny destination. But that’s not how things are in other parts of the world.

In Europe, for example, the idea of a three- to four-day backpacking trip where you just bring a carry-on bag is very common. There is a real opportunity for us to change the narrative of travel in Canada in terms of how people think about vacations. There are a ton of leisure destinations we could offer where you’d be able to hop on a plane for less than $100 and have a three-day trip. That means you’d be able to have three or four shorter vacations a year, rather than just one longer one during winter.

It’s a trend we’ve already seen in the US since the pandemic began—a lot of airlines are running point-to-point domestic services to outdoor leisure destinations that many network carriers haven’t really touched before. If there is a shift in demand like that in Canada, there are a significant number of new routes that we can tap into.

Photo credits: Swoop 

Hey Victoria! Say Hello to Non-Stop Service to Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta

Swoop continues its investment in British Columbia’s capital city, grows route offerings from Victoria to four destinations

VICTORIA, BC, June 24, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline announced new non-stop service from Victoria to Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta. The airline also will celebrate its inaugural flight from Toronto to Victoria with flight WO 424 scheduled to arrive at Victoria International Airport at 12:38 p.m., local time and returning to Toronto at 1:30 p.m.

As part of the airline’s commitment to supporting the economic recovery of the Greater Victoria Region with access to affordable air travel, Swoop now offers point-to-point service to two Canadian destinations, Toronto and Edmonton and will provide sun-seeking Vancouver Islanders two new exciting destinations to explore this winter.

“The introduction of Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta are the perfect additions to our route offerings from Victoria for those looking to take a warm-weather getaway at an affordable price,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “Today Swoop will celebrate our inaugural flight from Toronto to Victoria and we are thrilled to be furthering our commitment to Greater Victoria by bringing more service and ultra-low fares to the region.”

With flights now available for booking, service between Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and McCarran International Airport (LAS) will begin October 31 and operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights to Puerto Vallarta’s  Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) will go on sale on June 30 with the airline set to offer non-stop service once weekly on Sundays.

“We’re really pleased that Swoop has announced new non-stop service to Las Vegas and Puerto-Vallarta,” said Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority President and CEO. “We know Greater Victoria is very appreciative of the support Swoop is showing in our community and the contribution to our local economy. This announcement will be sure to generate a lot of excitement as Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta are very popular destinations and many people are looking forward to enjoying travel again.”

“We are thrilled that Swoop has announced this new direct route from Victoria to Las Vegas,” said Fletch Brunelle, vice president of marketing and sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Canadian visitors have always enjoyed the adult freedom that Las Vegas offers and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them back to experience new resorts, dynamic entertainment, a variety of culinary experiences and world-class sporting events. The pent-up demand to travel is strong, and this route offers a quick, convenient way for Swoop passengers to resume their ‘Only Vegas’ experience.”

“We are thrilled that Swoop has launched direct air service from Victoria to Puerto Vallarta,” said Luis Villaseñor, Managing Director of Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “Puerto Vallarta has long been a beloved sun destination among Canadian travellers, and, as travel restrictions begin to ease, we are ready to welcome Swoop passengers from British Columbia to enjoy year-round sunshine, sea-to-mountain views, inclusive experiences, and our signature brand of authentic Mexican hospitality.”

To learn more about Swoop 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 nine 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.

COVID-19: Kelowna International Airport seeing increase in passenger traffic

From Global News – link to source story

By Travis Lowe, Global News | June 22, 2021

Kelowna International Airport is seeing an increase in air traffic passengers.
Kelowna International Airport is seeing an increase in air traffic passengers. Kelowna International Airport

After almost a year-and-a-half of COVID-19, Canadians are ready to pack their bags and go on vacation.

The director of Kelowna’s airport, Sam Samaddar, said there’s already been an increase in the number of people looking to fly the friendly skies, thanks to the loosening of some travel restrictions.

“We’re expecting a very, very busy summer,” Samaddar told Global News.

“We’re anticipating by July 1, the province is going to make the announcement that they are going to welcome Canadians from coast to coast to British Columbia.”

Staff at Kelowna International Airport are already dealing with what’s being called a “pent-up demand” by passengers looking to take a vacation from COVID-19 quarantining.

“On a daily basis, we were down to about 300,” said Samaddar. “We’re seeing now at least our outbound numbers are up 1,000.”

Samaddar says those passenger numbers will only rise as the number of domestic routes is set to increase at YLW.

“Prior to COVID, we had nine destinations in Canada that we flew to,” Samaddar said.

But as air traffic takes off at YLW once again, that number will rise to 16, including a connection to Canada’s other wine region, Niagra.

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Just this past Sunday, YLW also saw the inaugural flight of Swoop’s new non-stop service to Hamilton.

Swoop is an ultra-low-fare airline.

And besides Toronto and Hamilton, next Sunday, June 27, Swoop will add another YLW route to its list of destinations: Kelowna to Winnipeg.

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YLW will also see flights expanded to include Kitchener-Waterloo and Ottawa in August.

But the big expansion in service that Samaddar is excited about is Quebec with Air Canada on June 26.

“We are going to launch Montreal to Kelowna — a tremendous opportunity for the region and a tremendous opportunity for the people of our region to go to Montreal and Quebec,” Samaddar said.

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But YLW’s director wants to remind the public that COVID-19 has likely changed air travel forever.

And, as such, travellers will have to be patient as the industry continues to ensure the safety of its passengers.

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Swoop Celebrates Three Years of Painting the Skies Magenta

Swoop Celebrates Three Years of Painting the Skies Magenta

Airline launches new route between Hamilton and Kelowna and invites travellers to the party with 30% off SWOOPONS in recognition of third birthday

Calgary, A.B. – June 20, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low- cost airline is celebrating three years of making air travel more accessible and affordable for Canadians with their unbundled, ultra-low fare flights.   Since the airline’s first flight on June 20, 2018, Swoop has proudly served three million travellers, connected Canadians to 17 destinations, operating over 20,000 flights to Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean.   

Swoop was founded in 2018 with a mission to make air travel more affordable, introducing the ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) model to Canadians and saving travellers more than $159 million in direct fare savings in 2019 alone*. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the airline maintained domestic service, ensuring Canadians had continued access to affordable flight for essential air travel coast to coast.   

“The last 15-months have demonstrated how important air travel is for the connectivity and economic stability of the communities we serve,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop. “We are so pleased to be able to celebrate our third birthday with the positivity of new route announcements and a renewed demand for air travel.”

As the airline that always has affordable flights, Swoop is celebrating with extra savings on already ultra-low fares. Travellers can save 30% off base fare with the promo code SWOOPON when booking by June 24, 2021 for travel between July 8, 2021 and April 30, 2022. Travellers can visit FlySwoop.com/deals for more information. 

Today’s celebration will also see Swoop operate its inaugural flight from Hamilton, ON to Kelowna, BC, connecting Canada’s wine countries from east to west. Scheduled to arrive in Kelowna at 10:25 a.m. local time, the flight will be welcomed on the ground by a water cannon salute and greeted by representatives from both Swoop and Kelowna International Airport. 

“Today’s inaugural flight is another milestone for Swoop as we continue in our recovery efforts to re-build our network,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “Swoop’s success would not be possible without the support of our airport partners just like John C. Munro Hamilton Airport and Kelowna International Airport as well as our Swoopsters who share in our mission of making air travel more affordable for all.” 

“We are proud to welcome Hamilton non-stop to YLW this summer,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport. “Swoop’s additional destinations will allow Canadians more direct options to the Okanagan this summer season.” 

“Looking back to Swoop’s very first flight from Hamilton International Airport to Abbotsford on June 20, 2018, it’s amazing to know our partnership is now three years strong as we celebrate Swoop’s 3rd birthday!” said Cathie Puckering, President and CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “Today, another milestone is proudly celebrated with new service from Hamilton to Kelowna, connecting one wine country to another!”  

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

*Swoop Economic Impacts 2019, a study conducted by Chris Lowe Group in January 2020.  

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 nine 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.