Airline is the first Canadian ULCC to cross the border, offering affordable service from five U.S. airports
Calgary, Alberta, 2018-Aug-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Swoop, Canada’s first true ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), today (August 02, 2018) announced its entrance into the U.S. market with five new international flight routes available for purchase through April 27, 2019. The 2018/19 winter schedule includes routes from Mesa (Phoenix) to Edmonton; Las Vegas to Hamilton (near Toronto), Edmonton and Abbotsford (near Vancouver); and Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay to Hamilton.
Tickets are now available at FlySwoop.com.
“Swoop’s success in the Canadian ULCC space combined with the evident success of ULCCs in the U.S. affirms that North American travelers are ready for an airline to open up the border to ultra-low-cost air travel,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “There has been a lot of interest in our plans for the remaining three aircraft we receive this year and revealing this schedule today is a proud moment for the whole Swoop team.”
Swoop started Canadian operations on June 20, 2018 as a subsidiary of WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline. Swoop operates a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 189 seats and is the first ULCC in North America to offer in-seat power, Wi-Fi, and TV/movie streaming. The airline will have six aircraft in operation by the end of 2018, with four more expected in 2019.
Flights are available for booking from October 11, 2018 to April 27, 2019.
|Route||Service starts||Service Offered||Frequency|
|Las Vegas and Edmonton||October 11, 2018||Daily||11x weekly|
|Las Vegas and Abbotsford||October 11, 2018||Mon, Thu, Sun||3x weekly|
|Las Vegas and Hamilton||October 26, 2018||Mon, Thu, Fri, Sun||4x weekly|
|Mesa and Edmonton||October 27, 2018||Wed, Sat||2x weekly|
|Fort Lauderdale and Hamilton||October 26, 2018||Fri, Sat||2x weekly|
|Orlando and Hamilton||October 17, 2018||Tue, Wed, Sat||3x weekly|
|Tampa Bay and Hamilton||October 20, 2018||Wed, Thu, Sat||3x weekly|
Offering completely unbundled air travel, travelers pay only for their seat and are able to customize the Swoop experience by adding the for-purchase products and services they desire including: carry-on baggage, checked baggage, priority boarding, seats with extra legroom, food, drink and inflight entertainment.
Swoop has a user-friendly mobile app that facilitates booking, booking modifications and purchasing extras. It allows for flight check in and connectivity to Swoop Stream (program steaming and Wi-Fi) on board. The Swoop app is available for iOS 10 or newer, and Android 5 or newer, and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport
“We are excited to welcome Swoop to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport,” said Mayor Jeff Serdy, Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. “The Greater Phoenix area has become one of the top destinations for Canadian air travelers looking to escape the cold winter weather. The addition of Swoop in Mesa increases the opportunity for even more sun-seeking visitors to come and experience the many top-quality restaurants, golf courses, and entertainment venues the Valley of the Sun has to offer.”
Edmonton International Airport
“Today marks a significant milestone for Swoop as they introduce new non-stop transborder service,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “The addition of ultra-low-cost service from Edmonton to Las Vegas and Mesa will create new opportunities for passengers and emphasizes Swoop’s confidence in the Edmonton Metro Region.”
Headquartered in Calgary, AB and founded in 2017, Swoop has flown into the Canadian travel market to provide the country with a no-frills, lower-fare air travel option. Swoop has the unique position of being the only ultra-low-cost carrier in Canada with a strong balance sheet, a modern fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft and a management team with deep knowledge of the aviation market. For more details on Swoop including employment opportunities, sign up at FlySwoop.com.
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Source: Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport