Swoop, the team’s Canadian low-cost carrier behind WestJet, continues to add routes ahead of a busy summer season.
The carrier launched its inaugural service to Charlottetown Airport from Hamilton International Airport on Sunday, the first of a number of routes from Swoop this summer. The service, which landed in Charlottetown at 11 a.m. Sunday, is the first of the first 11 Swoops celebrated this summer.
Shortly after that flight landed, Swoop celebrated another inaugural flight, this one from Edmonton to Halifax, another addition which was then followed by new Charlottetown service from Toronto Pearson on Monday.
The rest of the service en route includes flights to Moncton, Saint John (NB), Deer Lake and St. John’s (NL).
“As Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, we are thrilled to kick off our expansion into Atlantic Canada with this inaugural flight to Charlottetown today,” said Bert van der Stege, Chief Commercial and finance at Swoop.
“This is the first of 11 grand openings Swoop will be celebrating in the region this summer as we expand our ultra-low rate offering on the East Coast.”
Along with these new routes, Swoop is also expanding service to the United States this summer. Swoop adds five new nonstop routes to five new US cities: New York, Chicago, Nashville, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
These five join Swoop’s already established service to San Diego, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, St. Pete-Clearwater, Orlando Sanford and Phoenix, all of which will be extended through the summer season, giving Swoop a total of 11 US destinations this summer.
Swoop will offer this service from its three main hubs: Toronto, Hamilton and Edmonton.
Swoop expects demand for cross-border travel this summer to continue to increase as more than 30 million Canadians are fully immunized and current government travel measures expire on March 1, which van der said. Stege, continues “to have a significant impact on the recovery of travel and tourism”. sectors”.