Canada’s Swoop is preparing to swoop in and take the American market by storm. The Canadian budget carrier has announced plans to serve five destinations within the United States. Swoop officially launched operations on June 20 of this year. However, the airline’s American routes won’t launch until October.
Swoop plans to serve five destinations in the United States using a total of seven routes. The first batch of routes will only offer seasonal service throughout the fall months, the winter months and the early part of spring. Travelers can start using routes from Las Vegas to Edmonton in Alberta, Hamilton in Ontario and Abbotsford in British Columbia beginning on Oct. 11. Flights connecting Hamilton to Phoenix, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale will all launch between Oct. 17 and Oct. 27.
Most of the flights on Swoop’s seasonal roster will operate between two and four times every week. However, the route that is planned between Las Vegas and Edmonton will operate 11 times per week. All of the flights between the United States and Canada that Swoop will be offering will use the 737-800 aircraft. This single-class plane features 189 seats in total.
Swoop is a subsidiary of Canada’s WestJet. However, the carrier functions as a stand-alone brand with little connection to its parent airline. This ultra-budget carrier is promising to shake up the market in North America by creating even more competition. While the airline obviously has plans to expand, it only serves a limited number of hubs in Canada at the moment. Swoop serves passengers flying in and out of Abbotsford, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton and Winnipeg as of right now.
Swoop’s fleet only consists of six Boeing 737 aircraft for now. However, three more aircraft are scheduled to join the airline’s fleet by October. Those additional aircraft will make Swoop’s new routes to cities in the United States possible. Another four Boeing 737s will be added at some point in the early part of next year. That means that’s Swoop’s fleet will consist of 10 aircraft in 2019. There is no word yet on how many aircraft the carrier plans to have in its full fleet once operations are fully off the ground.
Where will Swoop focus on developing new routes? Travelers shouldn’t expect the budget carrier to stray very far from its North American roots for a while. The airline has revealed that its immediate plans are focused on adding routes throughout Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.