Swoop Growing Fleet, Expanding Network

Swoop is growing its fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing MAX-8 aircraft, confirming that it will begin receiving all six aircraft this summer as the airline rapidly expands to meet peak season travel demand.

Along with growing its fleet, Swoop will significantly expand its domestic network, adding non-stop flights to Newfoundland and increasing service in Atlantic Canada.

It will also add six new routes and capacity in Ontario and the Prairies in preparation for Canada’s busy summer travel season. The airline’s announced expansion comes as it reports significantly increased passenger numbers and record bookings domestically.

Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance, Swoop, said: “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. 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.”

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

In Atlantic Canada, Swoop will begin service to three new destinations while increasing capacity across the region by 273% 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.”

Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will also see new routes and increased frequencies in previously announced new stations — Ottawa, Saskatoon and Regina.

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