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WestJet requires mandatory employee vaccination and mandatory traveller vaccination

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-GQWJ (msn 35505) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955621.

WestJet made this announcement:

The WestJet Group has shared the evolution of its Safety Above All program to reflect mandatory employee vaccination and mandatory traveller vaccination, in line with the Government of Canada mandate.

Effective October 30, 2021, The WestJet Group will implement the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy for air travelers and will operate as a fully vaccinated airline, managing minimal accommodations pursuant to human rights law.

Mandatory vaccination policy for travelers

For travel on or after October 30, 2021, the implementation of the federal government’s mandatory vaccination policy for travelers marks a major change to the Canadian travel journey.

For Phase I, for travel between October 30 and November 29, 2021, in order to travel with The WestJet Group, guests must prepare to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a valid PCR test to demonstrate the requirements for travel.

For Phase II, for travel on or after November 30, 2021, only proof of vaccination for guests 12 years or older, with narrow exceptions, will be acceptable for travel on the WestJet Group.

The WestJet Group mandatory employee vaccination policy

As announced, effective October 30, 2021, WestJet and Swoop will transition to fully vaccinated airlines with the implementation of the company’s mandatory employee vaccination policy.

All WestJet Group employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and full vaccination status is a requirement of employment for all future employees hired by the WestJet Group, with accommodations managed pursuant to human rights law.

Employees who failed to achieve full vaccination status by October 30, 2021, face unpaid leave and termination of employment.

International travel vaccination passport

The WestJet Group welcomes a standardized and digital proof of vaccination that will enable Canadians to securely and quickly demonstrate their vaccination status in order to travel abroad and is awaiting additional details on timelines, nationwide availability and global acceptance.

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-7CT WL C-GQWJ (msn 35505) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955621.

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Swoop arrives in Sanford

Swoop on October 9 celebrated its first flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport. The ultra-low-cost airline’s inaugural service took off from Toronto Pearson International Airport at 8:00 a.m. EST and safely arrived at 11:00 a.m. local time.

The inaugural flight kicked off the first of four new nonstop routes to Orlando Sanford International Airport for the ultra-low-cost airline. In the coming months, additional nonstop service to Orlando Sanford is set to begin from Hamilton, ONWinnipeg, MB and Edmonton, AB.

Details of Swoop’s service to Orlando Sanford

Route

Planned Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Toronto (YYZ) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)

October 9, 2021

3x Weekly

Hamilton (YHM) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)

November 1, 2021

2x Weekly

Edmonton (YEG) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)

December 3, 2021

2x Weekly

Winnipeg (YWG) – Orlando Sanford (SFB)

December 10, 2021

2x Weekly

To celebrate this new route, Swoop’s Head of Flight Operations, Shane Workman, was joined by Tom Nolan, President of Sanford Airport Authority and Elizabeth Brown, President & CEO, Sanford Internal Inc., for an inaugural ceremony upon arrival at Sanford International Airport. Travelers were also treated to inflight refreshments and giveaways.

Swoop announces new seasonal service to Punta Cana

Swoop today announced new nonstop service from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). Flights to Punta Cana are set to take off on December 5, 2021.

Details of Swoop’s ultra-low fare service to Punta Cana

Route

Planned Start
Date

Peak Weekly
Frequency

Total one-way
price (CAD)

Base fare
(CAD)

Taxes and
fees (CAD)

Toronto (YYZ) –
Punta Cana (PUJ)

December 5,
2021

2x weekly

$199.99†

$87.67

$112.32

† Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by October 15, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET) or while seats last, for travel between December 5, 2021 and February 16, 2022. Blackout dates: December 17, 2021 to January 4, 2022.

Swoop’s flight attendants ratify the new contract

Swoop has announced the successful ratification of the airline’s first five-year agreement for its Inflight Crew Members (Flight Attendants), represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

This ratified agreement is in place from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2026.

Swoop to fly from Winnipeg to Sanford (near Orlando) this winter

Swoop announced today 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.

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

Route

Planned Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Total one-way price (CAD)

Base Fare (CAD)

Taxes and fees (CAD)

Orlando Sanford – Winnipeg

December 9, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$101.02

$37.80

Winnipeg – Orlando Sanford

December 10, 2021

2x 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, 2022March 11, 2022 – April 4, 2022.

Swoop to add Los Cabos in Baja, Mexico

Swoop announced the addition of nonstop 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 nonstop service will operate twice weekly from Toronto and once weekly from Edmonton.

Los Cabos joins CancunPuerto 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

Route

Planned Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Total one-way price (CAD)

Base fare (CAD)

Taxes and Fees (CAD)

Edmonton – Los Cabos

November 20, 2021

1x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$43.10

$95.90

 Los Cabos – Edmonton

November 20, 2021

1x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$64.83

$74.17

Toronto – Los Cabos

December 4, 2021

2x Weekly

$139 † CAD

$40.70

$98.30

Los Cabos – Toronto

December 4, 2021

2x 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.

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Swoop announces nonstop service between Toronto and Kingston

Swoop today announced new nonstop 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.

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.

Details of Swoop Service to Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica

Route

Planned Start
Date

Peak
Weekly
Frequency

Total one-way
price (CAD)

Base fare
(CAD)

Taxes and
fees
(CAD)

NEW Toronto (YYZ) – Kingston (KIN)

December 8, 2021

2x weekly

$129 CAD

$13.44

$115.56

NEW Kingston (KIN) – Toronto (YYZ)

December 8, 2021

2x weekly

$129 † CAD

$6.36

$122.64

Toronto (YYZ) – Montego Bay (MBJ)

September 11, 2021

3x weekly

$129† CAD

$13.44

$115.56

Montego Bay (MBJ) – Toronto (YYZ)

September 11, 2021

3x 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.

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Swoop reaches tentative agreement with CUPE

Named #Abottsford

Swoop has 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.”

Top Copyright Photo: Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8CT SSWL C-FPLS (msn 60132) LAS (Gunter Mayer). Image: 954940.

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Swoop to fly from Victoria to Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta. 

Swoop has announced new nonstop 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.

Swoop Logo | FlySwoop.com (CNW Group/Swoop)

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.

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Swoop announces three new destinations – Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater and San Diego

Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), today unveiled plans to add three new U.S. destinations to its network with non-stop flights to San Diego (SAN), St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE) and Orlando Sanford (SFB) beginning this winter.

Swooping into Central Florida

Non-stop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport will be available from Toronto beginning October 9, from Hamilton beginning November 1 and from Edmonton beginning November 5.

Non-stop service to San Diego

Travelers from Edmonton looking to explore the vibrant city and sandy beaches of San Diego can find direct flights beginning October 31.

Say hello to sunny St. Pete-Clearwater

With nonstop flights and its proximity to Tampa Bay, Swoop’s service to sunny St. Petersburg-Clearwater will begin on November 5 from Toronto and on November 9 from Hamilton.

Details of Swoop’s new service currently for sale:

Service Between

Services Start Date

Peak Weekly Frequency

Edmonton – Orlando (Sanford)

Nov 5, 2021

2x (Mon, Fri)

Edmonton – San Diego

Oct 31, 2021

3x (Tue, Thu, Sun)

Hamilton – Orlando (Sanford)

Nov 1, 2021

2x (Mon, Fri)

Hamilton – St. Pete-Clearwater  

Nov 9, 2021

2x (Tue, Sat)

Toronto – Orlando (Sanford)

Oct 9, 2021

4x (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)

Toronto – St. Pete-Clearwater

Nov 5, 2021

3x (Mon, Fri, Sat)

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