Swoop (airline)

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Swoop Airlines logo.svg
C-FONK Swoop Boeing 737-8CT s n 40835 (39783249613).jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operationsJune 20, 2018
AOC #Canada 18771,[1] United States 5OOF541F[2]
Operating bases
Fleet size9[3]
Parent companyWestJet
HeadquartersCalgary, Alberta, Canada

Swoop is a Canadian ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) owned by WestJet. It was officially announced on September 27, 2017,[4] and began flights on June 20, 2018.[5] The airline is based in Calgary[4] and was named after WestJet's desire to "swoop" (or jump) into the Canadian market with a new business model.[4] Shortly after launch, WestJet announced that Swoop would not be based in Calgary, but in another nearby market like Edmonton, Abbotsford, Hamilton or Winnipeg.[6] On February 1, 2018,[5] Swoop officially began selling tickets to the public, announcing John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport as their main base and Edmonton International Airport as their western base.[7]


In April 2017, WestJet announced that it was planning to launch a new airline to enter the growing ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) market and compete against NewLeaf (now Flair Airlines). The airline was planned to launch in late 2017,[8] but in August 2017 it was delayed to June 2018 after switching to a lower-cost booking system. The delay also allowed WestJet to reconfigure aircraft for Swoop over the spring 2018 season. [9]

Swoop was officially announced on September 27, 2017, and was expected to have base fares 40% lower than WestJet's fares. It was announced that Swoop would launch with six Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Tickets first became available for sale on February 1, 2018.[4]

On June 20, 2018 Swoop officially launched with two Boeing 737-800 aircraft in its fleet. The first flight was from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport to Abbotsford International Airport, with passengers paying an average of $103 for the flight. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, and Halifax Stanfield International Airport were also launch destinations. The fleet of 2 aircraft was planned to be expanded to 6 by the end of 2018 and to 10 in 2019.[10]

On August 2, 2018, Swoop announced that it was to become the first Canadian ultra low-cost airline to fly to the United States, launching service to Las Vegas, Phoenix (Mesa), Tampa, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale throughout the month of October 2018.[11] However, prior to launching service in October, Swoop announced service to four more Mexican and Caribbean destinations launching in December 2018 and January 2019; Puerto Vallarta, Montego Bay, Cancun and Mazatlan.[12] On October 20, 2018, Swoop delayed launch of American flights until October 27, 2018, due to a lack of U.S. approval.[13] Starting April and May 2019, Swoop began launching service to London and Kelowna.[14] On June 24, 2019, Swoop announced Los Cabos as a new destination, which commenced in November 2019.[15] On December 19, 2019, Swoop announced three new summer seasonal destinations including Victoria, Kamloops, and one U.S. destination, San Diego.[16] On January 9, 2020, Swoop expands its East Coast network with three new destinations to St. John's, Charlottetown, and Moncton.[17]


Current fleet[edit]

Swoop operates a fleet composed entirely of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, specifically the Boeing 737-800. Swoop plans to operate a fleet of six aircraft in 2018, scaling up to 10 aircraft by spring 2020.[3][4][18]

Swoop fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes/sources
Boeing 737-800 9 1 189 39 seats with extra legroom
Total 9 1

Swoop's current fleet is equipped with Recaro BL3520 leather seats and pink antimacassars over the headrests. Each seat includes a tray-table, seat pocket, an adjustable headrest, and movable armrests (except in row 1).


Swoop's fleet of aircraft are painted with the Swoop logo large across the fuselage, and a pink tail with a white line leading up to a silhouette of an aircraft. The winglets are painted in a similar pattern to the tail, pink with a white stripe through it. This pattern is the same on the inside and outside of the winglets. Each aircraft is given a name painted in pink below the windows of the cockpit on both sides of the aircraft.[19]

In-flight entertainment, WiFi, and in-seat power[edit]

Swoop offers in-flight entertainment and internet through their mobile app. The Swoop app can be accessed on any web-based mobile device, including phones, tablets and laptops. The in-flight entertainment portion of the app is called "Swoop Stream". Through Swoop Stream, guests are able to watch the latest movies and television shows streaming on Swoop flights.[20] However, effective March 1, 2019, Swoop began removing the free in-flight entertainment services from its fleet of Boeing 737 NG aircraft. Swoop continues to offer internet on all flights; the internet can be accessed through Swoop Stream and is available for a fee based on time. [20]

Swoop's fleet is equipped with AC power and USB ports at every seat on each of their aircraft.[19]


Swoop focuses on point-to-point flying, not offering connections. In terms of destinations, Swoop's eastern base is Toronto Pearson International Airport, and its western base is Edmonton International Airport[21][22] Some destinations, such as Sangster International Airport are served seasonally.[23][24] Swoop has an agreement with travel company Sunwing that allows passengers out of Hamilton, Abbotsford, Winnipeg and Edmonton to book Sunwing vacation packages with Swoop flights.[25] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of destinations have been suspended.

Swoop operates or has operated to the following destinations as of April 2021:[26]

Country Province/state City Airport Notes Refs
Canada Alberta Edmonton Edmonton International Airport Western hub
Canada British Columbia Abbotsford Abbotsford International Airport
Canada British Columbia Kelowna Kelowna International Airport
Canada British Columbia Victoria Victoria International Airport Begins May 20, 2021
Canada Manitoba Winnipeg Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Canada Nova Scotia Halifax Halifax Stanfield International Airport Suspended as of January 11, 2021 [27]
Canada Ontario Hamilton John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
Canada Ontario London London International Airport Terminated
Canada Ontario Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport Eastern hub
Cuba Matanzas Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport [28]
Jamaica Saint James Parish Montego Bay Sangster International Airport
Mexico Baja California Sur Los Cabos Los Cabos International Airport Terminated
Mexico Jalisco Puerto Vallarta Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport
Mexico Quintana Roo Cancún Cancún International Airport
Mexico Sinaloa Mazatlán Mazatlán International Airport
United States Arizona Phoenix Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport
United States Florida Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport Terminated
United States Florida Orlando Orlando International Airport
United States Florida Tampa Tampa International Airport
United States Nevada Las Vegas Harry Reid Airport


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  16. ^ Swoop Inc. (December 13, 2019). "Swoop Continues North American Expansion with Release of 2020 Summer Schedule". Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  17. ^ Swoop Inc. (January 9, 2020). "Swoop grows its East Coast network". Retrieved January 30, 2020.
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  21. ^ "Ultra Low Cost Airline". Swoop. Retrieved August 23, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ Heidenreich, Phil. "Low-cost airline Swoop to offer direct flights between Edmonton and Winnipeg this fall". Global News. Retrieved August 31, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. ^ "Swoop adds Jamaica service with seasonal flights to Montego Bay from Hamilton". CTV News. Retrieved October 7, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  24. ^ "Where We Fly, Destinations, Route Map | Swoop". Swoop. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  25. ^ "Sunwing partners with Swoop". Swoop.
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  28. ^ Liu, Jim. "Swoop intends to add Toronto – Varadero route in Feb 2021". Routesonline. Retrieved September 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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