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Swoop celebrates inaugural flight between Toronto and Varadero, Cuba

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  •   01-11-2023  10:14 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Swoop celebrates inaugural flight between Toronto and Varadero, Cuba
Lessner Gomez, director of Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto (centre) celebrates Swoop's inaugural flight to Varadero with staff at YYZ. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

Swoop is celebrating its inaugural service between Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport (VRA) in Varadero, Cuba.

Swoop flight WO652 took off from Toronto on Wednesday morning at 9:10 a.m. ET and will land in sunny Varadero at 12:50 p.m. local time.

"As Canada's favourite sun and fun ultra-low-cost carrier, we are thrilled to celebrate our launch into Cuba," said Bob Cummings, President of Swoop. "Varadero is widely known as a Canadian favourite for affordable beach vacations, and so we're proud to provide Torontonians a new ultra-convenient, ultra-not-expensive option for travel to Playa Azul."

Pre-packaged vacations to an all-inclusive beach resort using Swoop flights can be accessed via WestJet Vacations Packages through travel advisors. 

"We are thrilled to have Swoop flying to Cuba, it means additional air lift to our country and a growth opportunity to the destination. There is a large part of the market that like to explore Cuba on their own and now they can take advantage of these affordable prices and satisfy their travel needs," said Lessner Gomez, Director of Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto. 

"With over two months of winter still remaining, travellers now have more choice for sun destinations served out of Toronto Pearson," added Janik Reigate, director of strategic customer relationships at Greater Toronto Airports Authority. "We're proud to partner with Swoop to help our valued passengers break up the cold and snow with a bit of sun and fun this winter season."

In addition to the Varadero inaugural flight, Swoop also began new, non-stop service between Hamilton and Punta Cana

The "ultra-not-expensive" airline will operate over 100 flights per week to 13 vacation destinations across the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean this winter season with  one-way all-in prices starting at $99 CAD for flights and WestJet Vacations packages starting at $356 CAD.

Swoop's schedule

Route
Lowest 7-
day WestJet
Vacation
Package
Price (CAD) †

Lowest one-
way total price (CAD)†

Base Fare (CAD)
Taxes &
Fees (CAD)

Operating Days
Toronto to
Varadero

$842
$159
$46.99
$113.01
Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Fridays
Toronto to
Cancun

$1,470
$159
$50.02
$108.98
All
Toronto to Las
Vegas

$356 (3
nights)
$105
$3.52
$101.48
Mondays, Wednesdays,
Thursdays, Fridays and
Saturdays
Hamilton to Punta
Cana

$1,309
$199
$90.68
$112.27
Wednesdays and
Saturdays
Hamilton to
Cancun

$1,439
$139
$41.32
$97.68
Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Saturdays
Hamilton to Las
Vegas

$401 (4
nights)
$99
$8.57
$90.43
Thursdays and Sundays
Hamilton to
Montego Bay

$1,173
$159
$47.33
$111.67
Wednesdays and
Saturdays

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