Canadian ultra-low-cost airline Swoop has celebrated its first flight to Orlando International Airport (MCO) since 2020. The service resumption commenced on Saturday 6 May, and the airline will now operate a year-round service.
Following the sun
Swoop positions itself as the leading “sun-flying ULCC”, and aims to provide a year-round service to Canadians’ favourite destinations across the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.
“As Canada’s number one sun-flying ultra-low-cost airline, we are thrilled to offer our Hamiltonian’s year-round flights to Orlando International Airport,” said Bob Cummings, President of Swoop.
“We know residents of southern Ontario value affordable connectivity to Florida so we’re proud to be unlocking year-round service to Orlando.”
Swoop recently published a new summer schedule, extending service to key leisure markets, with connectivity year-round.
In addition to the service to Orlando, Swoop will also be offering non-stop flights from southern Ontario to Las Vegas, Cancun, Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica, Punta Cana and Varadero.
“We’re thrilled that travellers can continue to take advantage of ultra-low-cost flights to Florida this summer as Swoop resumes its service between Hamilton and Orlando International Airport (MCO).
By spending less on airfare with Swoop, travellers can experience more in-destination and enjoy Orlando’s wide range of attractions, world-famous theme parks and sunny landscapes.
Your summer getaway ‘Starts Here’ with convenience and ease from Hamilton International!” says Colleen Ryan, Associate Director, Marketing, Communications & Customer Experience.
“Orlando International warmly welcomes the return of Swoop passengers and is glad Swoop is resuming its service,” said Vicki Jaramillo, Chief Development Officer for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which operates Orlando International Airport.
“Resuming this service improves connectivity between Orlando and Hamilton just in time for summer travel,” he concluded. Swoop’s return to Orlando MCO over the weekend was greeted with a water cannon salute.
Summer 2023 schedule
As part of this summer’s domestic expansion, Swoop will be adding new service between London, ON (YXU) and Abbotsford (YXX), and will restart seasonal service between Hamilton (YHM) and Charlottetown (YYG).
The airline will also return popular service to Deer Lake, NL (YDF) with enhanced connectivity from southern Ontario, with flights operating six times weekly from Hamilton (YHM) and Toronto (YYZ).
Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop operates on the ultra-low-cost model.
Offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Swoop’s unbundled fare structure put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire.
Swoop’s fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft was expanded in 2022 to add a further six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, for a total of 16 aircraft.
The fleet growth in 2022 has enabled the carrier to grow its presence across Canada, with a strong focus in Atlantic Canada where affordable air travel options are lean.