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Swoop Airlines announces major expansion in Edmonton; to start 9 new routes

Canada-based Swoop Airlines has announced a major expansion plan in Edmonton that will see 9 new route launches including a new service to Palm Springs, United States.

Swoop Airlines will start new flights from Edmonton International Airport to 8 Canadian cities and 1 U.S. city. The airline’s significant new investments were celebrated on 15th November 2021 alongside the unveiling of Swoop’s newest aircraft, which will fly with the name #Edmonton.

The airline’s growth will see Swoop’s flight capacity in Alberta’s capital increase 76% compared to pre-pandemic levels, supporting the creation of 140 additional direct and spin-off jobs and an anticipated $120M of economic output activity in 2022.

Charles Duncan, President, Swoop Airlines, said:

This is a major milestone for Swoop as we underscore our commitment to leading the way for ultra-low fare air travel in Canada and reaffirm our position as the airline with the most destinations from Edmonton. With a strong focus on growth and Edmonton as our partner, we will continue to provide our travellers with more non-stop flights and ultra-low fares while supporting the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism economy.

9 new routes

Swoop will add new flights from Edmonton to the following destinations:

  • Ottawa : starting 25th April 2022 – 4-flights-a-week
  • Halifax : starting 1st May 2022 – 5-flights-a-week
  • Kelowna : starting 5th May 2022 – daily flights
  • Comox : starting 9th June 2022 – 3-flights-a-week
  • Saskatoon : starting 14th June 2022 – 2-flights-a-week
  • Charlottetown : starting 16th June 2022 – 2-flights-a-week
  • Regina : starting 16th June 2022 – 2-flights-a-week
  • Moncton : starting 17th June 2022 – 2-flights-a-week

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In addition to these routes, starting 16th December 2021, the Ultra low-cost carrier will start service between Edmonton and Palm Springs, thus growing its transborder presence. These flights will run 2-times-a-week.

And as of 2nd June 2022, Swoop will once again operate 3-weekly flights between Edmonton and London, Ontario.

The carrier will continue to operate flights to the following destinations from Edmonton:

  • Winnipeg : 3-flights-a-week
  • Toronto : twice-daily flights
  • Hamilton : daily flight
  • Abbotsford : daily flight
  • Victoria : daily flight
  • Las Vegas : daily flight
  • Phoenix : once-weekly flight

Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport, said:

Next time you hear a plane passing over, look up, look way up, and you just might see #Edmonton flying by. Thank you Swoop for naming one of your fleet after our great community, we’re honoured you will help carry the name Edmonton across Canada and North America. Your dedication to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is helping bring more low-cost travel options for our passengers and we can’t wait for these new destinations to start.

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Transportation, said:

Swoop’s commitment to Edmonton is a clear sign that there is confidence in Alberta’s Recovery Plan. The new routes across Canada and to Palm Springs open up exciting opportunities for tourism and business.

Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton, said:

I want to thank Swoop for supporting the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Having increased connections across Canada and beyond through Edmonton International Airport is vital for our region. As a major city contributing to Alberta’s recovery, strong air service will help us create jobs and grow our economy.

Meanwhile, Swoop Airlines recently announced new flights between Winnipeg and Orlando for the winter season.

Featured image by Swoop Airlines

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