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Swoop returns to Winnipeg

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Swoop on April 25 marked its return to Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG). The airline’s reintroduction of its ultra-low fares now connects Winnipeg with Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport (YHM) and Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), with operations to Kelowna International Airport (YLW) set to begin in June.

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Top Copyright Photo: Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FLBV (msn 40836) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 949878.

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Swoop to expand operations in British Columbia

Swoop has announced an expansion to its summer schedule, bringing new routes and more ultra-low fares to British Columbia. The airline’s expanded summer operations will bring new service to Victoria and celebrates the return and addition of new routes from Kelowna.

The airline, which had previously postponed planned operations to Victoria in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now see an increase of flights and routes in three cities within British Columbia, ensuring that Canadians across the province have access to domestic air travel at an affordable price tag. Today’s announcement is the first of several to come for the airline as they intend to bring even more ultra-low-fares coast-to-coast.

Swoop’s new service to Victoria will include flights from Toronto, ON and Edmonton, AB. In addition, beginning June 20, 2021, service to Kelowna will now be available from Hamilton, ON and once again from Winnipeg, MB. Full details of Swoop’s expanded service in British Columbia can be found below.

Planned Network Service: New and Returning Routes  

Route 

Frequency 

Planned Start Date  

Toronto – Victoria  

Up to 6x weekly

May 20, 2021  

Edmonton – Victoria

Up to 7x weekly

May 20, 2021  

Hamilton – Kelowna

Up to 6x weekly

June 20, 2021

Winnipeg – Kelowna

Up to 3x weekly

June 20, 2021

Additional BC Network Service

Route 

Frequency 

Abbotsford – Edmonton  

Up to 21x weekly

Abbotsford – Hamilton

Up to 7x weekly

Abbotsford – Toronto

Up to 7x weekly

Abbotsford – Winnipeg

Up to 7x weekly

Kelowna – Toronto

Up to 7x weekly

 

Swoop announces ‘Trusted Travel Getaways’ with COVID-19 testing

Swoop has announced Trusted Travel Getaways: packaged vacations designed to enable Canadians to enjoy a warm-weather vacation with confidence this winter. This limited offering of vacation packages aims to provide travellers with enhanced peace of mind throughout their travel journey. Trusted Travel Getaways will operate to Montego Bay, Jamaica, departing from Toronto beginning December 19. 

Launched in partnership with IHG® Hotels & Resorts, travellers will be provided with  accommodation at the Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay All-Inclusive. As an added measure of comfort, travelers will receive complimentary access to mandatory pre-travel COVID-19 testing to ensure that all passengers on-board a departing Trusted Travel Getaway flight have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

To reassure those on board a Trusted Travel Getaway flight, all travelers will be required to undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Swoop has arranged for a leading Canadian laboratory service provider to administer the required testing at no additional cost to the traveller.

As per current regulations, travelers returning home must complete the ArriveCAN entry requirements and follow the Government of Canada’s mandated quarantine, regardless of the results of their pre-departure COVID-19 test.

 

Swoop reaffirms its commitment to Edmonton

Swoop reaffirmed its commitment to Edmonton International Airport with the launch of its winter schedule including the addition of nonstop service to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The inaugural winter schedule operations this week will also include a return to popular sun destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Phoenix-Mesa, while continuing to serve Abbotsford and Hamilton from Edmonton International Airport.

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Swoop takes off from Toronto Pearson Airport

Swoop today launched its operations at Toronto Pearson Airport, safely completing flights from Toronto to destinations in Montego Bay, Edmonton, Kelowna and Halifax. The inaugural operations continue this week with additional flights to destinations such as Abbotsford and Cancun.

Swoop Takes Off From Toronto Pearson Airport (CNW Group/Swoop)

This begins the airline’s winter schedule which includes the return to Kelowna International Airport and the addition of nonstop service to popular sun destinations. With its accessible and affordable airfares, Swoop is connecting more Canadians in the GTA with a safe and responsible travel option.

The airline’s scheduled winter service from Toronto Pearson International Airport includes direct flights to Kelowna, Abbotsford, Halifax and Edmonton. Popular sun destinations are also available such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Montego Bay and Cancun supported by Swoop Getaways flight plus hotel packages, powered by Expedia. As part of its winter schedule and Swoop’s commitment to the region, the airline will continue to serve Hamilton with multiple flights per week to Edmonton and Abbotsford.

Swoop Takes Off From Toronto Pearson Airport (CNW Group/Swoop)

Some of the health and safety measures Swoop has introduced includes stricter boarding processes allowing for shorter queue wait times, traveller screening measures, increased sanitization, and enforcing face masks to be worn for the duration of the flight.

Additionally, every transborder and international round-trip Swoop flight and Getaways booking now includes no-charge COVID-19 travel insurance coverage. This complimentary coverage is automatically included on eligible bookings at time of purchase for bookings made on and after October 15, 2020, for travel until April 24, 2021, and is valid for up to 21 days. One-way travel is excluded.

The start of its winter schedule marks the next step in Swoop’s recovery efforts while remaining true to its mission of offering accessible and affordable air travel to Canadians. As the country’s largest ultra-low cost carrier, the airline is uniquely positioned to help drive industry recovery with price-sensitive travellers.

Highlights about Swoop’s service from Toronto for travel between October 25, 2020 – April 24, 2021 are outlined below. Schedules are subject to change due to travel advisories, health and safety conditions and traveller demand. For peace of mind, travellers can purchase ModiFly, which allows them to make a one-time change to the date and time of their booking.

  • Toronto and Abbotsford will operate up to 6x weekly, with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Edmonton will operate 6x weekly with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Kelowna will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Halifax will operate daily
  • Toronto and Las Vegas will operate up to 4x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Orlando will operate up to 5x weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Tampa Bay will operate up to 4x weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Cancun will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Toronto and Montego Bay will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Swoop announces its winter schedule

Swoop released its winter schedule, unveiling the new markets the ultra-low fare airline will serve as it begins operations from Toronto Pearson International Airport on October 25, 2020.

Swoop’s winter schedule includes the restart of operations at Kelowna International Airport and the addition of non-stop service to popular sun destinations. These consist of flights from Toronto to Montego Bay, Cancun, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa Bay.

Highlights of Swoop’s winter schedule operating between Oct. 25, 2020 – Apr. 24, 2021, can be found below. Winter flying from Edmonton, with service to six destinations, was previously announced. Traveller demand, travel advisories, and health and safety conditions will be monitored over the coming weeks and months, which may cause adjustments to this schedule. For added flexibility, Swoop travellers have the option to purchase ModiFly, which grants them a one-time date and time change to their booking.

  • Toronto and Abbotsford will operate up to 6x weekly, with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Edmonton will operate 6x weekly with service every day except Saturday
  • Toronto and Kelowna will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Halifax will operate daily
  • Toronto and Las Vegas will operate up to 4x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Orlando will operate up to 5x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Tampa Bay will operate up to 4x weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Cancun will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Toronto and Montego Bay will operate up to 5x weekly, with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Edmonton and Hamilton will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Edmonton and Abbotsford will operate up to 14x weekly with double daily service.
  • Edmonton and Mesa will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Edmonton and Las Vegas will operate up to 4x weekly with service on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
  • Edmonton and Puerto Vallarta will operate 2x weekly, with service on Tuesday and Saturday
  • Edmonton and Mazatlán will operate 2x weekly with service on Wednesday and Saturday

Swoop takes off with recovery strategy and the start of operations at Toronto Pearson Airport

Swoop has made this announcement:

As part of its continued recovery plans, Swoop is announcing the start of operations at Toronto Pearson Airport beginning on October 25, 2020. As Canada’s leading ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC), Swoop is well-positioned to serve price-sensitive travellers while stimulating demand in Canada’s largest market.

Swoop’s service at Toronto Pearson Airport will include a mix of domestic and international routes. The winter schedule outlining the destinations and routes will be released in September.

Since the start of the pandemic, Swoop continues to deliver on its mission of providing accessible and affordable air travel. The airline helped to connect Canadians from coast to coast with essential travel at affordable airfares. Today’s announcement builds off those early recovery plans to remain Canada’s ultra-low cost carrier of choice. Swoop will continue to serve Hamilton as part of its network.

As part of the WestJet Group, Swoop has proven the ULCC model to be successful. The airline has welcomed 2.5 million travellers in its two years of operations, who have saved $159 million in direct fare savings in 2019, according to a recent economic impact study. These investments by Swoop have lowered fares and increased choice and competition within the marketplace.*

Swoop announces support for Canada’s healthcare workers through the Frontline Fund

Swoop has announced a new charitable initiative with The Frontline Fund, raising funds in support of Canada’s healthcare workers and hospital foundations.

Beginning Thursday, June 4, Swoop will be making disposable masks available at check-in, for a suggested minimum donation of $2.00, with 100 percent of after-tax proceeds going directly to The Frontline Fund until August 31, 2020.  Additionally, Swoop will donate $5.00 per traveller, per booking from new bookings made during the month of June.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Swoop has relied on the guidance of public health professionals, implementing enhanced measures to ensure a healthy travel and work environment. Faced with the question of how best to support the health care workers that protect our communities, Swoop turned to the Frontline Fund: a coalition of 165 hospital foundations enabling Canadians and Canadian corporations to support in ways big and small.

The Frontline Fund was created as a way for all Canadians and Canadian corporations to help arm frontline healthcare providers as they battle this public health emergency and to support northern communities and Indigenous health. Organizations, such as Swoop, are providing their support for the unanticipated incremental costs that continue to climb as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, adding pressure to healthcare budgets that are already strained.

The funds raised go towards supporting three main areas:

  • Supplies – personal protective equipment like masks, disinfectants, and disposable clothing; ventilators, diagnostic and testing equipment, digital infrastructure needed to enable virtual patient care;
  • Supports – Peer-to-peer mental health support, counselling, accommodation and food for healthcare workers that need to self-isolate, recognition and appreciation initiatives;
  • Research – Support for clinical and basic research, COVID-19 clinical trials, and vaccine development.

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Swoop suspends all international flights, commits to bringing home 2,349 Canadians

Swoop made this announcement:

 

Swoop is altering its international operations to help with the global efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. At the end of the operating day on Sunday, March 22, Swoop is suspending all international and transborder flights and will begin its efforts to bring home the 2,349 Swoop travellers who are currently outside of Canada. This suspension will be in place until May 31, 2020.

On Monday, March 23, extra flights will begin operating for those Canadians abroad. There will be a total of 15 flights operating over three days to repatriate 2,349 Swoop travellers to Canada.

Impacted travellers are being contacted via email with more specific information on how to re-book on these repatriation flights, as well as how to cancel any upcoming international travel.

“As a result of how quickly the COVID-19 outbreak is changing demand for international air travel, we are in constant communication with our travellers through our various channels. We apologize for longer than average response times as we work through these changes,” van der Stege states.

Swoop is committed to helping Canadians get to where they need to be, whether that be coming home to Canada or for travel within the domestic network. The airline prides itself on making all seats available at fair fares to support Canadians through these unsettling times.  

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Swoop grows its East Coast network

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 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.

Details of Swoop’s new service to Atlantic Canada:

Service Between Service Offered Weekly Frequency Service Run-time
Hamilton, ON to St. John’s, NL Daily 7 x per week June 22, 2020 – October 23, 2020
Hamilton, ON to Moncton, NB Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 4 x per week June 24, 2020 – October 23, 2020
Hamilton, ON to Charlottetown, PEI Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 3 x per week June 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 travelers the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don’t, fulfilling a need in the Canadian marketplace.

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