Swoop flies record 10,000 passengers on New Year’s Day

Side view of the livery on a Swoop Boeing.
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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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LONDON – Swoop, Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, has reached a new milestone, transporting over 10,000 travellers in a single day for the first time in the company’s history.

Now in its fifth year of service, the carrier has kicked off the New Year with a personal best, and they are clearly happy about it.

“We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment and grateful to our team of Swoopsters and all our travellers for helping us reach this milestone,” said Bob Cummings, President of Swoop.

“This past year posed unprecedented challenges for the entire aviation industry, but our airline expanded to reach new heights, and so we’re thrilled to kick off 2023 with a signal of that growth.”

Largest single travel day

The Christmas and New Year travel season has offered up something of a mixed bag for North American airlines, with severe weather and related issues hampering flight operations.

On January 1, 2023, Swoop had its single largest travel day, operating 64 flights and connecting 10,268 travellers to friends, family and vacation destinations.

The monumental day saw the airline flying 37 flights across Canada, 14 to the U.S. and 13 to sun and fun cities across Mexico and the Caribbean.

“This holiday season was undeniably the most difficult we have faced in nearly five years of service with the storms across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario,” continued Cummings.

“We sincerely thank all travellers for their patience and understanding as we recovered, and are proud to share that we have successfully operated 96.5% of scheduled flights since December 23rd when the cold weather and storms subsided.”

2022 network growth

This past year, the airline experienced rapid growth, with significant network expansions into Abbotsford, Hamilton, London, Toronto, and across eastern Canada, supported by a fleet increase of 60%.

The new year will mark Swoop’s fifth year of service as Canada’s number one sun and fun ultra-low-cost carrier.

Swoop will operate over 100 flights per week to 13 vacation destinations, with Swoop flights available through both WestJet Vacations all-inclusive packages and Swoop Getaways, where travellers bundle a flight and hotel to unlock exclusive discounts.

About Swoop

Established in 2018 as an independent subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, Swoop characterize themselves as ”Canada’s ultra-not-expensive airline.”

The carrier currently offers scheduled services to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the  Caribbean.

Typical of the ultra-low-cost category, Swoop’s unbundled fares put travellers in control of purchasing only the products and services they desire. 

Swoop’s base fleet of ten Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft was expanded in 2022 to add six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, for a fleet total of 16 aircraft.

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