Swoop announces release of initial schedule
Swoop, the new ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) from WestJet, has announced its initial schedule release with service starting from Abbotsford, B.C.; Hamilton, Ont., Edmonton, Alta.; Winnipeg, Man.; and Halifax, N.S.
“Swoop is travel without the flair,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, Strategy and the executive member responsible for the launch of Swoop. “Buy the seat and customize the features you want. Why would you jet with anyone else? Canadians can book with us knowing that we have modern aircraft, strong financial backing and an experienced team that will get you there and back. All at fares that won’t break the bank!”
Starting June 20, 2018, the airline will launch six weekly flights between Abbotsford and Hamilton and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax. On June 25, 2018, Swoop will start six weekly flights between Hamilton and Edmonton and between Hamilton and Winnipeg.
Swoop’s service between Abbotsford and Edmonton will start July 25, 2018 and will operate three-times daily. Overall, the airline will have 45 weekly flights: 24 weekly flights from Hamilton and 27 from Abbotsford.
Swoop is offering the first 2,000 seats with limited $0 fares plus taxes and fees (each way) on launch routes.
To confirm, this is not a typo–a limited number of introductory fares will be available where the customer will only pay the associated taxes and fees.
Routes will operate on Swoop’s fleet of modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 189 seats. Swoop is travel without the flair–the customer is in control of what they pay, purchasing only the seat and adding the features they want without having to pay for those they don’t.
Features for purchase include a bag, movies and Wi-Fi, more legroom or less, and buy-on-board snacks and beverages. Bringing a small personal item on board is free.
“Today is the first day that a real ULCC is now available to Canadians,” said Cummings. “We thank our launch airports for their support in getting Swoop off the ground. Low cost is the key and Hamilton and Abbotsford are examples to be followed. Keeping costs low so that the savings can be passed on to the travellers is what Swoop is all about. These airports are on the exact same page as us and we have worked side by side to make today happen.”