CALGARY — Swoop is just days away from celebrating its third anniversary and has marked the occasion by announcing three new U.S. destinations this winter.
The airline, which turns three on June 20, will be launching nonstop flights to San Diego (SAN), St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) and Orlando Sanford (SFB)
Direct flights from Edmonton to San Diego begin Oct. 31, and from Toronto and Hamilton to St. Pete-Clearwater on Nov. 5 and Nov. 9, respectively. Nonstop service to Orlando Sanford International Airport will kick off from Toronto on Oct. 9, from Hamilton on Nov. 1 and from Edmonton on Nov. 5.
“Swoop is celebrating three years of bringing ultra-low fares to Canadians and we are thrilled to continue expanding our success with the introduction of San Diego, Orlando Sanford and St. Pete-Clearwater to our network,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance, Swoop. “We are pleased to be providing our travellers looking to explore the U.S. this winter with even more choice and affordable options.”
Kimberly Becker, President & CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority said it’s “great news” that San Diego will be getting a new carrier and international route come October.
“We were in talks with Swoop pre-pandemic and are happy they are still committed to providing nonstop service between Edmonton and San Diego,” she said. “We anticipate this route will be popular for Canadians as they look to escape the snow and take in the Southern California sunshine.
Tom Jewsbury, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport Director, also said he is excited to welcome Swoop to its family of airlines. “Being one of only a few of Swoop’s U.S. destinations, we are confident that sunny St. Pete-Clearwater area will be a popular one,” he said.
And Tom Nolan, President & CEO of Sanford Airport Authority in Orlando, added: “In addition to the great service Swoop provides passengers, our new major terminal improvements will be greatly appreciated by all Canadian visitors and local residents that seek a convenient and comfortable airport experience travelling between Central Florida and multiple cities in beautiful Canada.”
Details of Swoop’s new service currently for sale:
|Service Between||Services Start Date||Peak Weekly Frequency|
|Edmonton – Orlando (Sanford)||Nov 5, 2021||2x (Mon, Fri)|
|Edmonton – San Diego||Oct 31, 2021||3x (Tue, Thu, Sun)|
|Hamilton – Orlando (Sanford)||Nov 1, 2021||2x (Mon, Fri)|
|Hamilton – St. Pete-Clearwater||Nov 9, 2021||2x (Tue, Sat)|
|Toronto – Orlando (Sanford)||Oct 9, 2021||4x (Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat)|
|Toronto – St. Pete-Clearwater||Nov 5, 2021||3x (Mon, Fri, Sat)|
Since launching in June 2018, Swoop has served three million travellers. After being temporarily grounded due the COVID-19 pandemic, the ultra-low-cost carrier resumed operations at Toronto Pearson in October 2020 with both domestic and international routes. This summer, it also announced its return to Winnipeg with service to Hamilton, Abbotsford and Kelowna.