The number of layoffs announced in the Canadian aviation industry passed a grim milestone this week – more than 20-thousand people furloughed from their jobs keeping Canada moving.
Canadian ultra low-cost carrier Swoop says it will drop all international flights as of Sunday until the end of May as the COVID-19 pandemic hits the low-cost end of the airline market.
Swoop will offer new service to three Atlantic provinces thanks to the arrival of its 10th Boeing 737-800NG.
Swoop released its 2020 summer schedule Friday, planning up to 300 weekly departures to 16 destinations, including new service to Victoria, Kamloops, and San Diego.
Swoop dropped planned flights to San Diego from Edmonton and Abbotsford, blaming a lack of aircraft due to the Boeing 737 Max grounding.
Unplanned maintenance on two aircraft forces the grounding of almost two dozen Swoop flights, stranding hundreds.
Swoop Airlines plans to add San Diego to its list of destinations this winter, its second foray into the California market, after an unsuccessful attempt to launch service to Oakland.
Edmonton will overtake Hamilton as the busiest city in Swoop’s 2019 winter schedule, as the airline shifts its focus to Southern destinations.