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Swoop Paints the Skies Pink in Celebration of Pink Shirt Day

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The ultra-low-cost carrier encourages Canadians to#LiftEachOtherUp

CALGARY, Feb. 26, 2020 /CNW/ – Today on Pink Shirt Day, Swoop is calling on Canadians to #LiftEachOtherUp through an exciting social media campaign in support of anti-bullying initiatives. Canada’s ultra-low fare airline is partnering with CKNW Kids’ Fund’s Pink Shirt Day and donating $20,000 to programs supporting children’s healthy self-esteem across Canada.

#LiftEachOtherUp (CNW Group/Swoop)
#LiftEachOtherUp (CNW Group/Swoop)

“We are thrilled to be the official social media sponsor of Pink Shirt Day, helping to create positive spaces where people can say ‘no’ to bullying behaviour and say ‘yes’ to encouraging and supporting each other,” says Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. “Pink Shirt Day is a powerful day to highlight the importance of compassion and how kind words and small actions can have meaningful impacts in our communities.”

Today, on Pink Shirt Day, social media posts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be posted by FlySwoop and Pink Shirt Day that will encourage viewers to like, comment, share and retweet. For every cumulative engagement on the posts, Swoop will donate $1 to anti-bullying initiatives, up to $20,000. Canadians are asked to share these posts using the #LiftEachOtherUp hashtag.

“Since 2008, Pink Shirt Day has raised more than $2.3 million to support youth anti-bullying programs throughout Western Canada, sending a strong message that we care,” says Sara Dubois-Phillips, Executive Director of the CKNW Kids’ Fund. “Often, this one day can start conversations and raise awareness which can be a big step towards healing and helping. We are excited for Swoop to be joining us, demonstrating the power of positive and encouraging behavior.”

Pink Shirt Day has grown from a small group of Canadians to an internationally recognized movement, seeing global partners come together, wearing pink to affirm that we, as a society, will not tolerate bullying anywhere. Canadians are encouraged to join Swoop in practicing kindness and wearing pink to symbolize that bullying doesn’t belong in our communities. 

Today, all Swoop employees will wear custom pink shirts to go along with their already pink wardrobes to show their support for this initiative. Also participating in Pink Shirt Day are Swoop’s airport partners at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, St.  John’s International Airport, Charlottetown Airport, London International Airport, John C.  Munro Hamilton International Airport and Abbotsford International Airport.

For more information about Pink Shirt Day, visit: https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/.

Swoop Names Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial

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CALGARY, Feb. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – Swoop is delighted to announce Bert van der Stege will be joining its operations as Head of Commercial effective Feb. 24. With more than 20 years of international aviation experience, Bert brings a wealth of knowledge, most recently from his position as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at the Halifax International Airport Authority.

Bert van der Stege headshot (CNW Group/Swoop)
Bert van der Stege headshot (CNW Group/Swoop)

“I am thrilled to have Bert as part of Swoop’s executive team,” says Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. “Bert has built an incredible reputation for himself within our industry and with his strategic and innovative approach to airline operations, I know he will help us continue to deliver on our mission to make air travel more affordable for Canadians.”

Bert will oversee Swoop’s Network and Planning, Pricing and Revenue, Distribution and Sales, and Marketing with a focus on helping the airline drive revenue and growth. He will join Swoop’s executive team and report directly to Steven Greenway.

“Swoop is changing the way Canadians travel and allowing more of them to see and experience the world,” says Bert van der Stege. “I am excited to join an airline that is disrupting the industry while making a positive impact on the lives of its travellers.”

Having studied in a variety of countries with a Bachelor and a Master of Science in International Business, Bert continued to travel the world extensively in management and executive roles with Lufthansa German Airlines, RwandAir, First Air and most recently the Halifax International Airport Authority. He is a natural fit to lead Swoop’s Commercial operations.

Swoop Celebrates Second Anniversary of its First Retail Sale with Extended Sale at FlySwoop.com

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The airline’s rapid growth affirms Canadians’ need to have  more affordable air travel

CALGARY, Jan. 31, 2020 /CNW/ – Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Group Ltd., is excited to announce it is celebrating the two-year anniversary of its website, FlySwoop.com, on Feb. 1, 2020. To celebrate, Swoop will be extending its weekly FlyDay sale until Sunday, Feb. 2 (until 11:59 p.m. MT) to continue its mandate to make air travel more accessible to more Canadians. Swoop delivers on this by offering ultra-low fares through its unbundled model where travellers pay only for what they need and nothing they don’t.

“We are thrilled to be able to mark this milestone and thank our travellers with an added incentive to take that trip they have been dreaming about,” says Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. “FlySwoop.com is an essential tool for our travellers to book their vacations, business trips and other getaways with us. This platform allows our travellers to get an inside scoop on just how affordable air travel can be, while still receiving critical information on our airline operations.”

What started as offering flights to five destinations in Canada, has expanded to 23 destinations in four countries. Swoop has grown substantially since its inception in 2018, recently welcoming its two-millionth traveller, and is looking to continue entering new markets while filling a critical gap in the Canadian airline industry.

Today’s news follows the airline’s recent CAPA 2019 Airline Start-Up of the Year award and announcement of its expansion into Atlantic Canada. According to results from a third-party traveller satisfaction survey conducted in Nov. 2019, Swoop has also experienced impressive satisfaction rates in less than two years of operation, with 90 per cent of Swoop travellers recommending Swoop to a friend or colleague, 93 per cent of travellers saying Swoop met or exceeded their expectations, and 96 per cent confirming they would fly with Swoop again.

The fares sold on Swoop’s website are not only a convenient way for travellers to plan their air travel, but a way to stimulate the Canadian economy. In addition, Swoop directly employs more than 500 Canadians from coast to coast in three cities; its headquarters in Calgary and operational bases in Edmonton and Hamilton.

Charlottetown Airport saw boost in passenger traffic for 2019

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Most of the growth can be attributed to increased capacity from Air Canada

CBC News · Posted: Jan 29, 2020

With new WestJet flights to Calgary and the introduction of Swoop, the Charlottetown Airport Authority’s CEO said he’s optimistic for 2020 after a record-breaking 2019. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

The Charlottetown Airport had a record-breaking year for passenger traffic in 2019.

Passenger movement through the Charlottetown Airport last year was up 3.4 per cent from 2018 — an increase of about 12,000 people. 

Most of that growth can be attributed to increased capacity from Air Canada this past summer, as well as the addition of a second flight to Ottawa, said Doug Newson, CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority.  

“Obviously [we’re] pleased to see that growth and pleased to see the airlines continuing to add more capacity and options for Islanders,” he said. 

With new WestJet flights to Calgary and the introduction of Swoop, Newson said he’s optimistic for 2020 as well. 

Swoop will offer three flights a week to Hamilton, Ont., starting at the end of June. The flights will be offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 27 to Oct. 22.

“We haven’t seen final schedules from all the carriers yet for the peak summer but we’re certainly optimistic that 2020 should be another strong year for the airport,” Newson said. 

The new flights are expected to bring in 30,000 additional seats to the P.E.I. market in 2020.

With files from Angela Walker

'Seasonality' proving a challenge for Swoop Airlines, CEO says

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‘It’s almost like your holiday home — it’s a bit expensive, you lock it up six months of the year and it’s not used’

JULIA MASTROIANNI January 23, 2020

A Swoop airplane is seen in this undated handout photo. HANDOUT, WESTJET

The Canadian market is still proving to be a challenge for ultra-low cost carriers, even as airlines such as WestJet affiliate Swoop Airlines try to gain a foothold in the market.

“I’ve never seen seasonality like in Canada. In summertime it’s a beautiful country, everyone loves going domestically around Canada, and in winter everyone grows feathers and goes south to the sun,” Steven Greenway, Swoop’s CEO, said at a media event Thursday in Toronto.

“We try to look for something perennial that we can operate all-year round,” he said. “If you don’t do that, it’s almost like your holiday home — it’s a bit expensive, you lock it up six months of the year and it’s not used.”

Greenway, who worked in the travel industry in Asia before joining Swoop soon after the airline launched in 2018, also noted that the geography of Canada poses a challenge for the airline. “The geographical expanse and sparseness of the country, with 35 million people…, it’s very unique to Canada,” he said. Longer flights mean lower productivity in a day, Greenway said.

On top of the scheduling challenges, Greenway also said Canadians are sometimes hesitant to consider airlines such as Swoop because there are so few ultra-low cost carriers (ULCC) in Canada. Currently, Flair Airlines, a Kelowna, B.C.-based airline, is the only other ULCC in Canada.

Canada has a history of low cost and ULCCs gone wrong, including JetsGo, Tango and Zoom. ULCCs operate by including only the seat in the price of their tickets, and then charging extra for everything from assigned seating to checked or carry-on bags.

Swoop’s plan has been to “stimulate the market” with extremely discounted seats, including a loonie seat sale where the base cost for a seat was only a dollar before taxes, fees and extras. “We’re putting fares out there that are so attractive that people say, ‘There’s no way I’m going to miss out on this,’” Greenway said.

We try to look for something perennial that we can operate all-year round.Steven Greenway, CEO, Swoop Airlines

Swoop is currently under investigation by the Competition Bureau of Canada regarding accusations of “predatory pricing,” which involves selling seats at less than it costs the company to fly in order to drive out competition on the same routes.

Greenway didn’t comment on the investigation, but he said sales such as the loonie seat sale are a marketing technique to get Canadians interested in trying out Swoop. “Once they get to actually experience the airport, they say it’s actually a really good experience, it’s comparable or better than what they’re used to or it’s a price point they can afford, and that word of mouth then generates more demand,” he said.

Greenway knows he isn’t making money on those heavily discounted seats, but said that those sales are necessary if they want to introduce more Canadians to ULCCs.

He has noticed that U.S. travellers have started to make their way over the border to fly with Swoop, counteracting the five million Canadians a year crossing the border to the U.S. to fly out from there due to cheaper costs, according to the Conference Board of Canada.  

So far, ULCCs haven’t grown much in popularity. Canada Jetlines, another ULCC hopeful, postponed its first flight in December and laid off staff, blaming Swoop for anti-competitive pricing. Enerjet, a charter carrier with sights set on a transition to an ULCC, planned to launch in 2019 but has yet to officially enter the market.

Swoop currently operates a fleet of nine aircraft and flies to 23 destinations, many in Canada and some in the U.S., Mexico and the Carribean. Swoop is independently operated under WestJet, which was acquired by Onex Corp. in December in a $5 billion deal that turned WestJet into a privately owned company.

Swoop is looking to expand to a 10th aircraft, and an 11th as a “spare” for emergencies, but Greenway said they’ve been held back by the halted production of Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

“There are really only two suppliers of large, narrow-bodied aircraft in the world, so if you take one supplier out, the market gets quite distorted,” Greenway said.

Though Swoop only operates Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, the version before the 737 Max, the search for its next aircraft has been affected by the limited market.

Swoop Airlines introduces $2.56 surcharge to offset cost of new passenger rights rules

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BY KERRI BREEN GLOBAL NEWSPosted January 16, 2020 4:38 pm

Swoop Airlines Boeing 737 on display during their media event, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ont.
 Swoop Airlines Boeing 737 on display during their media event, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

Swoop airlines is charging a new $2.56 fee on every flight to offset the cost of new federal regulations intended to protect air passengers.

In a statement, the airline said the Passenger Protection Regulation (APPR) Surcharge was introduced to maintain Swoop’s ability to provide “unbundled, ultra-low fares.”

The airline says the fee was introduced on Jan. 9.

“The surcharge provides compensation funds for travellers experiencing irregular operations that are within the airline’s control and not related to safety under the APPR,” a spokesman said.

Gábor Lukács, an air passenger rights advocate, said the airline is trying to send a political message with regards to the new federal rules.

“Swoop could have simply raised its fares without identifying the increase as an APPR surcharge. But for some reason, Swoop wants to publicly declare that it is passing on the costs to passengers.”

The second phase of the new air passengers’ rights protections took effect last month.

The regulations set compensation standards for passengers who face delays and outlines where children can be seated on planes.

If flight cancellations or delays are within the airline’s control and not related to safety, the airline will be required to compensate inconvenienced passengers. Delays resulting from weather or mechanical issues are exempted.

The amount a passenger will be compensated is based on the length of the delay the passenger endured before they reached their destination, and it depends on whether the flight in question was on a large or small airline.

In mid-July, regulators enacted the first phase, which focused primarily on remedying travel mishaps like tarmac delays, lost baggage and overbooking.STORY CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

The office of Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the objective of the rules was to enhance “passenger experience” without undue additional costs for airlines and travellers.

“By taking this balanced approach, we believe that airlines can meet their obligations to passengers with little to no increases in fares,” said spokesperson Amy Butcher. “Swoop is a private corporation and we don’t … have jurisdiction over surcharges charged by airlines.”

Swoop said the surcharge amount is consistent with a cost-benefit analysis completed by the Canadian Transportation Agency.

The airline, which is owned by WestJet, began offering flights in 2018.

Swoop flies out of cities including Victoria, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Ont., and Halifax.

–With files from Erica Alini and Hannah Jackson, Global News

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More than 100 Swoop passengers stranded in Mexico after flight attendant injured

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Ben Cousins CTVNews.ca Writer Published Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Swoop Airlines Boeing 737 on display during their media event, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at John C. Munro International Airport in Hamilton, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tara Walton

TORONTO — A flight attendant injury onboard a Swoop airlines flight heading to Cancun left more than 100 passengers scheduled for the return flight stranded in Mexico for days.

Ann Marie Tulett, who was supposed to be on the flight back to Hamilton after a vacation with her husband, said Swoop employees did not inform them of the situation until much later and gave passengers two nights’ accommodation in hotels that were less than desired.

“They were shipping everybody into the downtown core of Cancun, which is not a safe area at all,” Tulett told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview.

Tulett called the hotel that Swoop had directed her and her husband to an “absolute dump,” to the point where she opted to sleep on the patio furniture outside instead of the room.

“Our beds were on concrete slabs, there were cockroaches running around the hotel,” she said. “It was just disgusting.”

Tulett is scheduled to return back to Hamilton on Thursday evening, but said other passengers were told they would not be able to fly back using Swoop until as late as Jan. 23, more than a week after they were scheduled to land back in Hamilton. Tulett added that some passengers — including some of her travel companions — chose to pay out of pocket for a flight home on another airline.

Tulett said the biggest issue she has with the Swoop’s handling of the situation is the lack of communication on their behalf, including when it comes to informing passengers how they can apply for their expenses to be reimbursed.

“It’s just awful,” she said.

“You can’t get a hold of anybody at Swoop. I’ve messaged them. I’ve emailed them. I’ve called them (and) sat on the phone for an hour and a half on hold. I finally gave up.”

Swoop Airlines said flight WO651 scheduled for Jan. 14 was cancelled after a flight attendant on the inbound flight was injured.

“Industry regulations stipulate that we cannot operate a flight without a full complement of crew,” the company said in a statement. “All impacted travellers were offered several reaccommodation options to get them where they need to go in accordance to our Flight Interruption Policies. Travellers were also offered hotel and meal vouchers.”

Swoop added when a cancellation like this occurs “call centre wait times do increase.”

“We understand how frustrating it is when travel doesn’t go as planned and apologize for the inconvenience,” she said.

Swoop Launches The Loonie Seat Sale

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The taxes and fees are extra but they’re easier to swallow when base fares are only a loonie

CALGARY, Jan. 14, 2020 /CNW/ – Base fares for a dollar? No, this isn’t an early April Fool’s joke. Today, Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-fare airline, launched The Loonie Seat Sale, offering 100,000 seats for a base fare of just a loonie, before taxes and fees.

With one-way fares from Abbotsford to Hamilton, London, ON, Edmonton or Winnipeg for as little $12 CAD all-in*, Swoop’s Loonie Seat Sale emphasizes the airline’s commitment to transparency, breaking down the fees and taxes associated with Canadian airfare and giving travellers more visibility into where each dollar of their airfare goes. 

“This sale not only gives Canadians more opportunities to explore North America, but also speaks to our continued commitment to making air travel more affordable and accessible,” said Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. “As an ultra-low fare airline with unbundled fares and a mandate of transparency, we’re showing travellers exactly what they pay for when they fly with Swoop.”

The airline recently announced its 2020 summer schedule and expansion into Atlantic Canada, now offering service to 12 domestic, six U.S. and five international destinations for Swoop travellers to enjoy.

Since its June 2018 launch, Swoop has been giving Canadian’s more reasons to travel with ultra-low fares. Having recently celebrated its two millionth traveller milestone, Swoop demonstrates how affordable and accessible air travel can be when you unbundle, paying only for what you need and nothing you don’t.

As Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, Swoop is fulfilling an important need in the Canadian marketplace and has seen unprecedented satisfaction rates in less than two years of operation, with 90 per cent of Swoop travellers recommending Swoop to a friend or colleague, 93 per cent of travellers saying Swoop met or exceeded their expectations, and 96 per cent confirming they would fly with Swoop again.

The Loonie Seat Sale runs January 14 – 21 (11:59 p.m. MT) with 100,000 seats on sale across most of the airline’s network. To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on FacebookTwitterInstagram

*Sale ends January 21, 2020 (11:59 p.m. MT) for travel between Feb 4 – Oct 24, 2020. Some restrictions apply.

Swoop grows its East Coast network

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The ultra-low-fare airline’s 10 aircraft allows for flights between Hamilton and St. John’s, Moncton and Charlottetown

CALGARY, Jan. 9, 2020 /CNW/ – As part of it’s 2020 summer schedule, Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., announced its East Coast network expansion, with flights between Hamilton, Ontario and St. John’s, NL; Moncton, NB; and Charlottetown, PEI. The new service will begin in June as Swoop receives its tenth aircraft.

“The growth of our fleet means more opportunities for Canadians as we continue our mission of making air travel simple, affordable and accessible for every traveller,” said Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. “Our growth in Eastern Canada is an exciting milestone for Swoop, proving our ability to develop our network domestically, while also adding to our U.S. and international destinations,”

The tenth aircraft means greater opportunities for Canadians to travel throughout North America, increasing the airline’s weekly frequencies to popular domestic, U.S. and international destinations.

The new service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and St. John’s, Moncton and Charlottetown will run from June through October 2020, serving those travellers looking to experience Canada’s exceptional East Coast.

“This announcement by Swoop is very exciting as these new routes into the Maritimes will allow customers from Hamilton to explore even more destinations from coast to coast within Canada,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “These new services will offer a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty of Atlantic Canada and are a fantastic complement to the current Swoop schedule in Hamilton which includes destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.”

Details of Swoop’s new service to Atlantic Canada:

Service BetweenService OfferedWeekly FrequencyService Run-time
Hamilton, ON to St. John’s, NLDaily7 x per weekJune 22, 2020 – October 23, 2020
Hamilton, ON to Moncton, NBMonday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday4 x per weekJune 24, 2020 – October 23, 2020
Hamilton, ON to Charlottetown, PEITuesday, Thursday and Saturday3 x per weekJune 27, 2020 – October 22, 2020

The ultra-low-cost carrier’s Summer 2020 network serves 12 domestic, five transborder and three international destinations, offering the unbundled model to travellers across North America. Ensuring fares remain low, Swoop’s model offers a base fare that starts with just a seat, giving travellers the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don’t, fulfilling a need in the Canadian marketplace.

“We’re delighted to welcome Swoop as our newest airline partner, providing service to our community at competitive fares,” said Peter Avery, CEO at St. John’s International Airport. “This new link to Hamilton will increase accessibility to Ontario, our largest market, and will facilitate the already strong connections between Newfoundland and the Hamilton region.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Swoop to Charlottetown,” said Doug Newson, CEO for Charlottetown Airport. “With Swoop’s non-stop flight between Charlottetown and Hamilton, Swoop is making it easier for visitors to travel to our beautiful Island in the summer months while also providing Islanders with a direct, low-cost travel option to Ontario.”

“We are absolutely delighted to have Swoop serve our market and that they have selected the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport as their New Brunswick destination partner,” said Bernard LeBlanc, President and CEO of Greater Moncton International Airport Authority. “A low-cost carrier like Swoop will offer new travel opportunities for our community and this will ultimately benefit not only this region, but the Province of New Brunswick as a whole.”

Swoop celebrated its two-millionth traveller

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In less than two years, Canada’s ultra-low-cost carrier embraced a milestone achievement

CALGARY, Jan. 6, 2020 /CNW/ – Over the weekend, Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., proudly announced that it has carried two million travellers since its first flight took off in June 2018. To commemorate this milestone achievement, Swoop presented an unsuspecting guest with a round-trip flight to anywhere Swoop flies. The lucky traveller, Travis Pickering, was surprised by Swoop on-board a flight from Edmonton International Airport (EIA) to McCarran International Airport with his wife and two children.

Onboard a flight from Edmonton to Las Vegas on January 4, Swoop marked an exciting milestone, having flown more than two million travellers since taking to the skies on June 20, 2018.
Swoop surprised unsuspecting travellers onboard flight WO 752 from Edmonton to Las Vegas on January 4, with an inflight pop-up party to celebrate having flown 2 million travellers in just over 18 months. (CNW Group/Swoop)
Swoop surprised unsuspecting travellers onboard flight WO 752 from Edmonton to Las Vegas on January 4, with an inflight pop-up party to celebrate having flown 2 million travellers in just over 18 months. (CNW Group/Swoop)
To celebrate their two millionth traveller milestone, Swoop surprised unsuspecting travellers with treats and giveaways on January 4, 2020. Congratulations to Travis Pickering - the winner of round-trip flights for two anywhere Swoop flies - who was on his way from Edmonton to Las Vegas with his family. (CNW Group/Swoop)
To celebrate their two millionth traveller milestone, Swoop surprised unsuspecting travellers with treats and giveaways on January 4, 2020. Congratulations to Travis Pickering – the winner of round-trip flights for two anywhere Swoop flies – who was on his way from Edmonton to Las Vegas with his family. (CNW Group/Swoop)

“Reaching this milestone of having flown two million travellers in this short timeframe affirms the need for Canadians to have affordable air travel options,” said Shane Workman, Head of Flight Operations, Swoop. “Swoop is humbled for the opportunity to be part of so many Canadians’ travel plans. Whether they were travelling to visit family, take a vacation or for business, we are honoured that Swoop has been the airline of choice for two million travellers.”

Since its launch, Swoop’s network has grown to serve 14 domestic, 10 transborder and four international markets, rapidly expanding the airline’s network across North America. Fulfilling a need in the Canadian marketplace, Swoop continues to make a positive impact in the aviation industry, becoming Canada’s leading domestic, transborder and international ultra-low-cost carrier, with the new 2020 summer schedule set to increase Swoop’s frequency to 328 ultra-low fare weekly flights.

The low-cost, unbundled model that Swoop has introduced to the Canadian air travel landscape, ensures fares remain ultra-low, with a base fare that starts with just the seat, giving travellers the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don’t.

In addition to the round-trip flight giveaway, Swoop also provided all travellers on the flight from Edmonton to Las Vegas with cookies, champagne and some fun Swoop swag. You can watch the surprise and celebration here: https://youtu.be/vbet2z1-xag

“Congratulations to Swoop on its great milestone. We’re happy that Edmonton International Airport can share in this achievement,” said Tom Ruth, president & CEO for EIA. “We look forward to Swoop’s continued success offering more flights to more places for our passengers.”

“Since launching Las Vegas routes in 2018, Swoop has been an incredible partner in expanding affordable opportunities for Canadians to experience our world-class destination,” said Chris Jones, chief marketing officer for McCarran International Airport. “In 2019, we celebrated serving 50 million passengers for the first time in a single year thanks in part to Swoop passengers.  We are honored to return the favor by helping to welcome its 2 millionth passenger.”

“Swoop has been a welcome addition to the Las Vegas market and we are proud to celebrate this milestone with them,” said H. Fletch Brunelle, vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Canada is our number one source for international visitors and it’s important to have convenient and affordable service to Las Vegas through airlines like Swoop to further encourage Canadians to visit. With nearly $17 billion in new development including new resorts, convention and meeting space, sports and entertainment venues and more, there’s no better time to visit Las Vegas. The airline has been a great partner for us, and we’re excited to continue working with them to increase connectivity to showcase all the new amenities the destination has to offer.”

The past 18 months has seen Swoop grow tremendously. From an initial fleet of three aircraft and a network of five Canadian cities, the airline now boasts nine aircraft and service to 20 destinations throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop also has plans for additional fleet and service to more destinations in 2020.