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Canadian Low-Cost Carrier Swoop Outlines Summer Expansion Plans
Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop has announced an expansion of routes for the upcoming summer season. The WestJet owned airline will introduce three new destinations as well as increases in service on select routes. The 18-month-old airline has experienced success in the Canadian market, offering domestic, transborder flights as well as flights to the Caribbean and Mexico. The expansion will bring Swoop up to 328 weekly flights over the summer to 20 destinations.
Two of the new destinations are domestic flights within Canada. Starting in April 2020, the airline will begin flying to Victoria, BC and Kamloops, BC. Victoria will see flights five times a week to Winnipeg, while Kamloops will get four flights a week to Edmonton. In addition to these new routes, Swoop will begin flying four times a week from Winnipeg to London, ON. Victoria starts on April 27, while Kamloops starts three days later on April 30.
In addition to the new route and destinations in Canada, the airline is also increasing service on routes. Flights between Edmonton to Abbotsford will be increased to 24 a week from 16 a week. Hamilton to Winnipeg will increase from six times a week to 10 times a week, and Abbotsford to Winnipeg will increase to daily service from four times a week. All Swoop flights are operated on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Across the border, the airline will start flights between Edmonton and San Diego, operating three times a week. San Diego will become the airline’s sixth destination in the United States. Swoop has found success in the strong transborder market from Canada to sun destinations in the United States. The airline has become one of the first successful ultra-low-cost carriers in Canada, a market that typically stays with full-service carrier Air Canada and low-cost airline WestJet.
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