Today, Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-cost airline, announced an expansion to its summer schedule, bringing new routes and more ultra-low-fares to British Columbia. The airline’s expanded summer operations will bring new service to Victoria and celebrates the return and addition of new routes from Kelowna.
“Our summer schedule expansion is in response to strong advance sales and in anticipation of demand from Canada’s most price-conscious travelers as they look towards the accelerated pace of vaccine rollouts across the country. We are thrilled to be offering Canadians even more opportunities to connect with British Columbia’s vibrant West Coast and Okanagan region this summer.”Charles Duncan, President of Swoop
The airline, which had previously postponed planned operations to Victoria in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now see an increase of flights and routes in three cities within British Columbia, ensuring that Canadians across the province have access to domestic air travel at an affordable price tag. Today’s announcement is the first of several to come for the airline as they intend to bring even more ultra-low-fares coast-to-coast.
Swoop’s new service to Victoria will include flights from Toronto, ON and Edmonton, AB. In addition, beginning June 20, 2021, service to Kelowna will now be available from Hamilton, ON and once again from Winnipeg, MB. Full details of Swoop’s expanded service in British Columbia can be found below.
Planned Network Service: New and Returning Routes
|Route||Frequency||Planned Start Date|
|Toronto – Victoria||Up to 6x weekly||May 20, 2021|
|Edmonton – Victoria||Up to 7x weekly||May 20, 2021|
|Hamilton – Kelowna||Up to 6x weekly||June 20, 2021|
|Winnipeg – Kelowna||Up to 3x weekly||June 20, 2021|
Additional BC Network Service
|Abbotsford – Edmonton||Up to 21x weekly|
|Abbotsford – Hamilton||Up to 7x weekly|
|Abbotsford – Toronto||Up to 7x weekly|
|Abbotsford – Winnipeg||Up to 7x weekly|
|Kelowna – Toronto||Up to 7x weekly|
“As we continue to plan for recovery, our focus remains on ensuring the safe reopening of air travel within Canada,” continued Duncan. “When the time comes for a safe resumption of travel, it will be critical to ensure access to affordable travel exists within our borders, and Swoop is strategically positioned to meet that need in British Columbia and across the country.”
“As the economy begins to reopen, we are pleased that Swoop recognizes Victoria as a destination that travelers will look forward to returning to or discovering the beauty and culture that Victoria and Vancouver Island has to offer for the first time, said Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority President, and CEO.
“Swoop’s commitment to Greater Victoria is welcome news – both as we recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” said Paul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria. “It goes without saying we are located on an island. Reliable transportation to and from the destination is vital to the success of our visitor economy. There are other benefits to a low-cost carrier like Swoop entering market as well. It means Greater Victoria becomes an option for visitors that might not have considered air travel without ultra-low-cost carrier options. Increased competition amongst transportation providers means consumers have more choice for how they experience Greater Victoria.”
“We are proud to welcome Hamilton and Winnipeg non-stop to YLW this summer,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “Swoop’s additional destinations will allow Canadians more direct options to the Okanagan this summer season.”
“Safe, reliable air service with direct, non-stop flights is essential to the recovery of the tourism industry and an important contributor to our local and national economy. While we wait for interprovincial travel restrictions to lift, we hope Swoop customers from Hamilton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and surrounding areas will begin to plan their future trips to Kelowna and the Okanagan. We have incredible experiences for leisure and business visitors waiting to be enjoyed across all four seasons, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you here, soon.” Lisanne Ballantyne -President & CEO Tourism Kelowna