Swoop, which bills itself as “Canada’s first true ultra-low-cost carrier,” has announced its first flights across the US border, including new scheduled service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay, and Orlando.
“North American travellers are ready for an airline to open up the border to ultra-low-cost air travel,” said Swoop CEO Steven Greenway in announcing the flights between Mesa (Phoenix) and Edmonton; Las Vegas and Hamilton, Ontario (near Toronto), Edmonton, and Abbotsford (near Vancouver); and Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa Bay and Hamilton.
The Las Vegas-Edmonton flights will operate daily beginning on October 11, 2018; Vegas-Abbotsford will be three times weekly and launch the same day. Vegas-Hamilton will be twice weekly and commence on October 26.
Twice-weekly service between Mesa and Hamilton will begin on October 27. The Florida flights from Hamilton are as follows: Orlando (thrice weekly starting on October 17); Tampa Bay (thrice weekly beginning October 20); and Fort Lauderdale (twice weekly starting October 26).
Swoop, a subsidiary of Canada’s second-largest airline, Westjet, launched operations in 2018. The airline flies a fleet of 189-seat Boeing 737-800s, and plans to have six jets in operation by the end of 2018 and 10 by 2019.
Onboard amenities include in-seat power ports, wifi, and TV/movie streaming. Additional fees are charged for carry-on baggage, checked baggage, priority boarding, more spacious seating with, food and drink, and inflight entertainment.