Edmonton overtakes Hamilton as busiest Swoop city in winter schedule
Ultra low-cost carrier Swoop’s 10 Boeing 737s will be busy flying to sun destinations this winter and Edmonton will become the airline’s busiest city, as the airline releases details of its winter 2019 schedule,
Swoop will operate 252 weekly flights starting in November, fully 55% of them will be operated to points in the southern United States, Mexico and Jamaica, as the airline applies lessons learned from its first year of operation, when weak domestic traffic produced disappointing results.
Interestingly, however, the airline has limited itself to adding Los Cabos, Mexico as a new destination to its roster, preferring instead to reinforce the existing network with additional frequencies. The Mexican resort will see new service from Edmonton and Winnipeg.
“The 2019 winter schedule adds Las Cabos and expands service at existing domestic locations,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop, in a statement. “This past year we’ve learned that our network is solid and now we’re tweaking it using our next three planned aircraft deliveries. Our travellers have been asking for more sun-service and we have responded by adding routes from Winnipeg, Edmonton and London, Ont.”
The longest route will be between Edmonton and Cancun, Mexico, at 4,250 km. The shortest – at 776 km – is between Abbotsford and Edmonton.
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Edmonton will overtake Hamilton as the busiest Swoop city this winter for the first time, with 51 weekly departures, compared to 44 in Hamilton. Swoop maintains crew bases in the two cities.
“We want to thank Swoop for increasing its service to the Edmonton Metro Region and helping bring those warm, sunny destinations a little closer,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO Edmonton International Airport. “Our market is always looking for new ways to explore the world.”
Abbotsford, British Columbia, will be the third-busiest city, with 37 weekly departures, though Swoop will dominate the airport about an hour east of Vancouver.
Winnipeg sees a huge bump in Southern routes from Swoop, jumping from 16 weekly departures last year to 26. In addition to Los Cabos, Winnipeg will add service to Puerto Vallarta, Las Vegas, Mesa (Phoenix), Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa.
London, Ontario, a new destination in the 2019 summer schedule, will keep much of its service, with six weekly flights this winter to Edmonton and Abbotsford, along with new flights to Vegas, Orlando, and Cancun. Only flights from London to Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be dropped for the winter.
“We’re excited to offer passengers non-stop ultra-low-cost flights to Cancun, Las Vegas and Orlando from London” says Michael Seabrook, CEO at London International Airport. “These added flights are further indications of Swoop’s success in London.”
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If you include departures from London, Ontario, about an hour west of Hamilton, Swoop will fly 62 weekly departures from Southern Ontario this winter.