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Canadian Low-cost Carrier Swoop Celebrates 2 Million Passengers

Updated: Jan 12

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Two Swoop 737-800 NG aircraft sit at London International Airports gates boarding passengers for their next flights. (Image / Nick Chute)

CALGARY - Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-cost airline and subsidiary of WestJet, proudly announced that it has carried two million travelers since its first flight took off in June 2018. In celebration of this amazing achievement, Swoop presented an unsuspecting guest with a round-trip flight to anywhere Swoop flies.

“Reaching this milestone of having flown two million travelers in this short time frame affirms the need for Canadians to have affordable air travel options,” said Shane Workman, Head of Flight Operations, Swoop. “Swoop is humbled for the opportunity to be part of so many Canadians’ travel plans. Whether they were travelling to visit family, take a vacation or for business, we are honored that Swoop has been the airline of choice for two million travelers.”

Since its launch, Swoop’s network has grown to serve 14 domestic, 10 trans-border and four international markets, rapidly expanding the airline’s network across North America. Fulfilling a need in the Canadian marketplace, Swoop continues to make a positive impact in the aviation industry, becoming Canada’s leading domestic, trans-border and international ultra-low-cost carrier, with the new 2020 summer schedule set to increase Swoop’s frequency to 328 ultra-low fare weekly flights.

The past 18 months has seen Swoop grow tremendously. From an initial fleet of three aircraft and a network of five Canadian cities, the airline now boasts nine aircraft and service to 20 destinations throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop also has plans for additional fleet and service to more destinations in 2020.

A Swoop 737-800 NG taxis into London International Airports apron during a water canon salute, celebrating the inaugural flight between London and Halifax. (Image / Nick Chute)

“In only 18 months, Swoop has experienced significant growth, and we are excited to continue this momentum with the release of our 2020 summer schedule,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “By introducing Swoop to more markets, we are achieving our mission of providing Canadians with accessible summer travel opportunities throughout North America.”

Highlights of Swoop’s 2020 summer schedule includes service between:

- Edmonton-Kamloops up to four times weekly

- Winnipeg-London up to four times weekly

- Winnipeg-Victoria up to five times weekly

- Edmonton-San Diego up to three times weekly

- Edmonton-Abbotsford from 16 times weekly, to 24 times weekly

- Hamilton-Winnipeg, from six times weekly, to 10 times weekly

- Abbotsford to Winnipeg, from four times weekly, to daily

Swoop’s unbundled model ensures fares remain ultra-low, with a base fare that starts with just the seat, giving travelers the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don’t.

Flights are now available for booking through until October 24, 2020. To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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