Swoop Airlines, a Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier owned by WestJet, announced on January 22nd, 2018 that they would be releasing their flight schedule for April 28, 2019 through October 26, 2019, which includes new routes to London ON, Kelowna BC and Oakland CA. This new schedule will also include five new domestic markets, two new transborder markets and an extension of two international routes.
“The summer 2019 schedule focuses on realizing economies of scale,” said Steven Greenway, president of Swoop. “We have created a schedule that leverages our existing network while expanding to a limited number of strategic destinations. Our travelers have been eager for the summer schedule, and we are delighted to have now released the full details.”
Orlando is receiving new routes from Edmonton to Orlando as well as a route between Hamilton and Orlando. The route between Edmonton and Orlando will be available once a week, while the route between Hamilton and Orlando will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Both of these flights will cost under $200 USD roundtrip.
“Swoop’s announcement is another great milestone for the airport as it expands its year-round program for passengers traveling from Hamilton,” said Cathie Puckering, president and CEO of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “The increased frequencies in domestic travel will offer customers more opportunities to explore Canada from coast to coast. In addition, Swoop’s service from Hamilton will continue this summer to several U.S. and international markets such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Cancun, and Montego Bay and is an exciting development for our customers with summer travel plans to these popular destinations.”
Swoop began flights on June 20, 2018, and is based in Calgary, Alberta. It was named after WestJet’s desire to “swoop” into the Canadian market with a new business model. Swoop operates a modern fleet of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft, each of which has in-seat power and plane wide Wi-Fi. The airline expects a total of ten aircraft to be in operation by the end of 2019. Swoop relies on a mobile app to help customers book and reschedule flights, as well as access the inflight Wi-Fi. The airline offers 17 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean.
“Swoop’s decision to expand service from Edmonton to Orlando is one we applaud,” said Phil Brown, chief executive officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Enhancing Canadian service options provides our friends to the north a greater opportunity to enjoy all that Orlando and Central Florida have to offer.”
For more details on Swoop, including employment opportunities, Swoop’s destinations, schedules, and ultra-low-cost model, visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.