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Swoop grows fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft, expands Atlantic Canada network

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  •   02-09-2022  11:01 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Swoop grows fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft, expands Atlantic Canada network
Pax Global Media

Swoop will grow its fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft, the ultra-low fare airline announced Wednesday (Feb. 9). 

The carrier confirmed it will begin receiving all six aircraft this summer as it expands to meet peak season travel demand.

Alongside this growth, Swoop will significantly expand its domestic network, adding non-stop flights to Newfoundland and increasing service in Atlantic Canada

The ULCC will also add six new routes and capacity in Ontario and the Prairies in preparation for Canada's summer travel season. 

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The expansion comes as Swoop reports significantly increased passenger numbers and record bookings domestically.

"We saw demand for travel return in a very meaningful way over the holidays, signalling that Canadians are ready to reunite with family and friends," said Bert van der Stege, head of commercial & finance, Swoop. "The acquisition of six new aircraft in response to anticipated demand will ensure Swoop reconnects more Canadians this summer while accelerating Canada's economic recovery."

Today's announced expansion will bring the ULCC's total non-stop domestic routes served to 37 this summer and includes a significant investment in Atlantic Canada.

Expansion & investment in Atlantic Canada

Swoop's investments in Atlantic Canada will see the airline begin service at three new destinations while increasing capacity across the region by 273 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels.

"Swoop is pleased to support Newfoundland and Labrador's Come Home 2022 campaign and stimulate recovery of the visitor economy with access to affordable air travel," said van der Stege. "We know how important the re-opening of travel and tourism is for regional economic recovery and continue to call on the federal government to outline a roadmap for the recovery of air travel that is based on science and reflective of the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Deer Lake Hamilton, 2x weekly (May 21)
  • St. John's Hamilton, 5x weekly (June 13)
  • Deer Lake Toronto, 2x weekly (June 20)

New Brunswick

  • Moncton Hamilton – 4x weekly (May 9)
  • Saint John Toronto – 4x weekly (May 12)
  • Moncton Edmonton – 2x weekly (May 9)

Prince Edward Island

  • Charlottetown Hamilton – 4x weekly (May 1)
  • Charlottetown Toronto – 3x weekly (May 2)
  • Charlottetown Edmonton – 2x weekly (May 1)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Halifax Edmonton – 5x weekly (May 1)
  • Halifax Ottawa – Daily (June 19)

Ontario, Manitoba & Saskatchewan to benefit from increased domestic capacity

Today's network expansion announcement also includes new routes and increased frequencies in previously announced new stations: Ottawa, Saskatoon and Regina.

Ontario

  • Ottawa Winnipeg – 4x weekly (June 19)
  • Winnipeg Toronto – Daily (June 20)

Saskatchewan

  • Saskatoon Winnipeg – 2x weekly (June 14)
  • Saskatoon Toronto – 2x weekly (June 22)
  • Regina Winnipeg – 2x weekly (June 16)
  • Regina Toronto – 2x weekly (June 22)

1 million passengers

Throughout the pandemic the ULCC model has proven especially resilient, with Swoop carrying around one million travellers in 2021. 

Despite ongoing travel restrictions Swoop saw strong demand for both domestic and international travel over the peak holiday period, a trend that has continued into the new year. 

The airline further demonstrated operational resilience, ranking amongst the most reliable airlines in Canada/North America, with a flight completion rate of 99.4 per cent and on-time arrival of 78 per cent in 2021.

In preparation of the airline's fleet growth and network expansion, Swoop is ramping up staffing across Canada, creating jobs to support economic recovery and stimulating hospitality and tourism sectors from coast-to-coast.

New domestic routes

Route
Peak
Weekly
Frequency

Start Date
Total one-
way fare
(CAD)
 
Base
Fare
(CAD)

Taxes and
Fees (CAD)

Hamilton to Charlottetown
4x weekly
May 1, 2022
$49.00
$1.29
$47.71
Edmonton to Halifax
5x weekly
May 1, 2022
$179.00
$118.40
$60.60
Toronto to Charlottetown
3x weekly
May 2, 2022
$59.00
$5.14
$53.86
Hamilton to Moncton
4x weekly
May 9, 2022
$79.00
$27.84
$51.16
Toronto to Saint John
4x weekly
May 12, 2022
$59.00
$5.14
$53.86
Hamilton to Deer Lake
2x weekly
May 21, 2022
$59.00
$9.23
$49.77
Hamilton to St. John's
5x weekly
June 13, 2022
$99.00
$45.54
$53.46
Winnipeg to Saskatoon
2x weekly
June 14, 2022
$59.00
$3.12
$55.88
Winnipeg to Regina
2x weekly
June 16, 2022
$59.00
$3.12
$55.88
Winnipeg to Ottawa
4x weekly
June 19, 2022
$65.00
$6.83
$58.17
Halifax to Ottawa
Daily
June 19, 2022
$60.00
$0.10
$59.90
Edmonton to Charlottetown
2x weekly
June 19, 2022
$179.00
$118.40
$60.60
Toronto to Deer Lake
2x weekly
June 20, 2022
$99.00
$40.54
$58.46
Toronto to Winnipeg
Daily
June 20, 2022
$69.00
$13.99
$55.01
Edmonton to Moncton
2x weekly
June 20, 2022
$179.00
$118.40
$60.60
Toronto to Regina
2x weekly
June 22, 2022
$59.00
$19.12
$39.88
Toronto to Saskatoon
2x weekly
June 22, 2022
$69.00
$25.64
$43.36
†Special introductory fares are limited quantity. Book by February 23, 2022 for travel between June 1 and July 15, 2022.

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