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10:15 ETWestJet answering Italian holiday dreams with non-stop Dreamliner service between Rome and Calgary 

Airline also increases capacity by 200,000 seats on key Dreamliner routes out of Calgary

CALGARY, Oct. 30, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, WestJet announced that western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline's state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020, subject to government approvals.

WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020 (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020 (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)
WestJet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner photographed on March 5, 2018 by Chad Slattery from Wolfe Air Learjet 25. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020. (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)WestJet announced that Western Canadians looking to visit Rome, Italy will now have seasonal non-stop service on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner, starting May 2, 2020 (CNW Group/WESTJET, an Alberta Partnership)

"Whether they have Italian roots or are dreaming of a bucket list destination, western Canadians have never had convenient, non-stop access to the Eternal City," said Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO. "WestJet's continued international expansion from our home in Calgary reinforces our commitment to investing in the city as an international aviation hub. With travel via Dreamliner and an elapsed travel time as opposed to connecting through eastern hubs, this flight positions us as a preferable transatlantic option for a wonderful summer holiday in beautiful and historic Rome."

"We are extremely proud to welcome WestJet to Rome Fiumicino Airport as its new destination in Europe and first in Italy," said Fausto Palombelli, Chief Commercial Officer of Aeroporti di Roma. "Rome Fiumicino, the first airport in Europe for passenger satisfaction, is constantly developing as the main Italian hub and preferred gateway to the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe. The new WestJet flight is the answer to an increasing demand between Canada and Italy, that has been growing beyond the capacity introduced into the market. Flying non-stop to Calgary will allow Italian customers to reach and discover a destination never served before and provide preferential access to central and western Canada and the U.S."

"Our guests now have the option to avoid a long day of travel including connections, with WestJet's new non-stop flight from Calgary to Rome," said Bob Sartor, President & CEO, The Calgary Airport Authority. "WestJet is our airport's largest carrier and our strategic partner. We congratulate them on this new Dreamliner route to Italy."

WestJet seasonal service between Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino (FCO) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) will operate three-times weekly in peak season. Flights are timed for convenient connections across WestJet's network in North America, including to and from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The airline today also announced it is adding more than 300 Dreamliner departures, an increase of more than 52 per cent over 2019, to key transatlantic Dreamliner routes out of Calgary including:

  • Calgary-London (Gatwick) six-times weekly starting April 4, 2020, increases to daily service April 14, 2020.
  • Calgary-Paris starting March 12, three-times weekly, increases to four-times weekly April 6, and to six times weekly on June 2, 2020. This is an additional two weekly flights over summer 2019.
  • Calgary-Dublin resumes twice-weekly service on May 3, 2020 and increases to three-times weekly flights on May 30, 2020.

WestJet's transatlantic Dreamliner flights, based out of Calgary, are uniquely and conveniently timed in the interest of Albertans and western Canadians with late-day departures and daytime arrivals to suit guests travelling transatlantic. 

"After the success we had on our Dreamliner routes out of Calgary in summer 2019, we have added 200,000 more seats and lengthened the operating dates on our seasonal routes," continued Sims. "The reception of these flights reinforces that we are providing services that were long overlooked for travellers from the west. Our investments in Alberta are driving economic growth, boosting our visitor economy, enabling businesses and communities to grow and unlock their potential while connecting families and friends."

Details of WestJet's Dreamliner service between Rome and Calgary

Route 

Frequency 

Departing 

Arriving 

Effective 

 

Calgary-Rome

(FCO)

 

 

One-time

weekly

 

6 p.m. 

 

12 p.m. (+1)

 

May 2, 2020 

 

Rome (FCO)-

Calgary 

 

 

One-time

weekly

 

2 p.m.

 

4:33 p.m.

 

May 3, 2020

 

Calgary-Rome

(FCO)

 

 

Three-times

weekly

 

6 p.m. 

 

12 p.m. (+1)

 

May 28, 2020

 

Rome (FCO)-

Calgary 

 

 

Three-times

weekly

 

2 p.m.

 

4:33 p.m.

 

May 29, 2020

Details of WestJet's enhanced Dreamliner service between Calgary and London, Paris and Dublin

Route 

Frequency 

Departing 

Arriving 

Effective 

 

Calgary-London (LGW)

 

Daily 

7:50 p.m. 

11:25 a.m. (+1)

April 14, 2020 

 

London (LGW)-Calgary

 

Daily

1:30 p.m.

3:20 p.m.

April 15, 2020

 

Calgary-Paris (CDG)

 

 

Four-times weekly

 

7:20 p.m.

12:20 p.m. (+1)

March 12, 2020

 

Paris (CDG)-Calgary

 

 

Four-times weekly

 

2:20 p.m.

3:16 p.m.

 

March 13, 2020

 

 

Calgary-Paris (CDG)

 

Six-times weekly

7:20 p.m.

12:20 p.m. (+1)

June 2, 2020

 

Paris (CDG)-Calgary

 

Six-times weekly

2:20 p.m.

3:16 p.m.

June 3, 2020

 

Calgary-Dublin (DUB)

 

Twice-weekly

7:50 p.m.

10:55 a.m. (+1)

 

May 3, 2020

 

 

Dublin (DUB)-Calgary

 

Twice-weekly

1 p.m.

2:28 p.m.

May 4, 2020

 

Calgary-Dublin (DUB)

 

Three-times weekly

7:50 p.m.

10:55 a.m. (+1)

May 30, 2020

 

Dublin (DUB)-Calgary

 

Three-times weekly

1 p.m.

2:28 p.m.

May 31, 2020

For more information on new routes and increased frequencies in WestJet's 787-9 summer schedule, please visit westjet.com/flight-schedules-new

About WestJet

Together with WestJet's regional airlines, WestJet Encore and WestJet Link, we offer scheduled service to 110 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe and to more than 250 destinations in over 20 countries through our airline partnerships. WestJet Vacations offers affordable, flexible vacations to more than 60 destinations and the choice of more than 800 hotels, resorts, condos and villas.  Members of the WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of flights and vacations packages to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods, and have access to Member Exclusive fares offering deals to WestJet destinations throughout our network and those of our partner airlines.

WestJet is proud to be recognized for three consecutive years as Best Airline in Canada (2017-19) and awarded among travellers' favourite Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (2019). From 2017-2018, WestJet was also awarded among travellers' favourite Mid-Sized and Low-Cost Airlines in North America. The airline was also recognized among the Economy Class winners in North America, 2018. All awards are based on authentic reviews from the travelling public on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. We are one of very few airlines globally that does not commercially overbook.

WestJet is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol WJA. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2019/2018/2017 Best Airline in Canada (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2019 Winner Among Mid-Sized Airlines in North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2019 Number-One Ranked Canadian Airline Loyalty Program in Member Engagement (Bond Brand Loyalty)
2019/2018 Number-One-Ranked Airline Credit Card in Canada (Rewards Canada)
2018/2017 Winner Among Mid-Sized and Low Cost Airlines – North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 Winner – Economy, North America (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines)
2018 North America's Best Low-Cost Airline (Skytrax)
2018/2017/2016 Canada's Most Trusted Airline (Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria)

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AMA already showcasing the nonstop flights to Paris:

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My bad on the previous attempt at a post. 

Was gonna mention, I was a little surprised at the choice of FCO. Pure leisure destination.

Would have thought something more inline with the big push WJ has been going with for the business traveller. 

AMS for example.

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1 hour ago, AIP said:

My bad on the previous attempt at a post. 

Was gonna mention, I was a little surprised at the choice of FCO. Pure leisure destination.

Would have thought something more inline with the big push WJ has been going with for the business traveller. 

AMS for example.

No slots in AMS, plus future TALT JV partner already serves AMSYYC.

FCO could also be a JV partner hub if both Alitalia and WestJet are part of it.

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Swoop Adds Two New Mexican Destinations to its Edmonton Network

Swoop | www.FlySwoop.com (CNW Group/Swoop)

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Oct 31, 2019, 09:00 ET

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Albertans can now get away to three great destinations in Mexico, including Cancún and Mazatlán.

CALGARY, Oct. 31, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, Swoop, Canada's ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Inc., continues to expand its North American service with the introduction of two new routes from Edmonton International Airport (YEG); the first to Cancún International Airport (CUN) departing today, followed by the inaugural flight to Mazatlán International Airport (MZT) departing on November 2.

The new routes expand Swoop's Edmonton to Mexico service, having launched a Puerto Vallarta (PVR) service earlier this month. With Swoop's unbundled airfare, services and amenities allowing for a customized travel experience, more Canadians have the option to escape the snow this winter at an accessible price.

"We are always striving to provide our travellers with more options for their getaways. Our unbundled model allows us to do that at a price that works for them," said Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. "We are thrilled to make international travel more accessible for Canadians by offering three Mexican destinations for Albertans to enjoy."

As a testament to Swoop's success in growing its international network, the airline has been recognized as a key partner by the Mazatlán tourism community. Earlier this week, Swoop was awarded the Golden Deer Award as Canadian Airline of the Year during the 25th Gran Fiesta de Amigos de Mazatlán event.

The Cancún and Mazatlán routes launch just ahead of the holiday season, in anticipation of travellers heading to warmer climates. Swoop's growing network now connects travellers in 17 domestic, transborder and international destinations. The airline's route map is constantly expanding, bringing ultra-low fares to all.

Swoop's first direct flight to Cancún departed this morning at 7 a.m. MDT, starting a weekly service on Thursdays. Non-stop Edmonton to Mazatlán service starts November 2 at 7:30 a.m. MDT with a weekly service on Saturdays and adding a Tuesday service as of December 17.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 25, 2020.

Service Between

Service Offered

Weekly Frequency

Total one-way price
from

       

Edmonton, AB to Cancún, MX

Thursday,

1 x per week

$178.00† CAD

       

Cancún, MX to Edmonton, AB

Thursday

1 x per week

$179.00† CAD

       

Edmonton, AB to Mazatlán, MX

Tuesday,  Saturday

1x per week until
Dec. 17 2 x per week
until April 25

$178.00† CAD

       

Mazatlán, MX to Edmonton, AB

Tuesday, Saturday

1x per week until
Dec. 17 2 x per week
until April 25

$179.00† CAD

       

†Every day low fares valid through November 2, 2019 for travel between January 7 - February 12, 2020

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6 minutes ago, wizard said:

Just have to say that New Westjet commercial is so ridiculously stupid. 

As the long time super fan of WestJet that you’ve always been, I’ll pass on your concerns to HQ. We’ll have that pulled pronto!

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11 hours ago, Maverick said:

As the long time super fan of WestJet that you’ve always been, I’ll pass on your concerns to HQ. We’ll have that pulled pronto!

Did not know about the new ad , and I must admit I found it rather   MOO ving. ?   However following is a case where WestJet is treating animals like people and I say good for them.

Panda Er Shun eats bamboo at the Panda House at the Chongqing Zoo in Chongqing, China on February 11, 2012.

WestJet steps forward to solve bamboo shortage for Calgary Zoo’s picky pandas

 
By The Canadian Press
Thu., Nov. 7, 2019timer1 min. read

CALGARY—A culinary crisis has been avoided at the Calgary Zoo which was facing a bamboo shortage for its four giant pandas.

The pandas, which staff admit are picky eaters, munch on about 1,200 kilograms of bamboo a week.

The zoo was left scrambling when Chinese airline Hainan announced it was discontinuing direct flights from China to Calgary at the end of October.

 

WestJet stepped forward and is now flying fresh bamboo on its cargo planes twice weekly from Toronto to Calgary.

The zoo says Hainan still flies to Toronto and hands off the panda food to WestJet.

 

The first shipment arrived on Oct. 26.

The Calgary Zoo says it began searching for a solution as soon as it heard about Hainan’s plans.

 

“WestJet heard about the bamboo challenges and ... the WestJet cargo team offer(ed) to fly the bamboo shipments from Toronto to Calgary twice weekly,” the zoo said in a news release.

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Or one could argue they’re helping the zoo maintain an outdated tradition of keeping wild animals captive for the viewing pleasure of humans. 

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1 hour ago, J.O. said:

Or one could argue they’re helping the zoo maintain an outdated tradition of keeping wild animals captive for the viewing pleasure of humans. 

Or they could say, just like the Calgary Zoo, they are helping with the survival of animal species.

For those who do not know about the Calgary ZooCalgary Zoo Ranch: Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre

 
  1. Feb 11, 2019 - The Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, which opened in 1984 and is operated by the Calgary Zoo, is dedicated to saving endangered ...
This year the Calgary Zoo offered Inspire members the opportunity to visit the zoo's ranch just outside of the city. The Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre ...
We're thrilled to make an announcement – we have successfully breed and hatched greater sage-grouse at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, which is ...
Apr 21, 2017 - The Calgary Zoo is excited about our plan to buy 333 acres of property near Strathmore as the new home for our Wildlife Conservation Centre.
Feb 11, 2019 - The Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, which opened in 1984 and is operated by the Calgary Zoo, is dedicated to saving endangered ...
Apr 23, 2017 - Whooping cranes, greater sage grouse and the world's only breed of wild horses will have more room to roam as the Calgary Zoo's Wildlife ...

 

 
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1 hour ago, AIP said:

Westjet has cargo planes ???

YYZ grows bamboo for shipment west ???

Read the story for answers to your questions.  ?  But to help you out.   

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the zoo says Hainan still flies to Toronto

Re cargo aircraft , speaking from experience, it is amazing how much cargo you can bellyload  into a 737 and still accommodate the baggage.

and for info re WestJet cargo:

https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/book-trip/westjet-cargo/index

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3 hours ago, AIP said:

Westjet has cargo planes ???

YYZ grows bamboo for shipment west ???

 

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https://www.worldairlineawards.com/

 

World’s Best Low-Cost Airlines 2019

 
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Very Interesting, you do have to wonder how the rating is judged, based on what we have seen on this forum (which loves the negative) ,however good for them and their employees.

Swoop Announced as Start-up Airline of the Year

 
Swoop (CNW Group/Swoop)

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Dec 05, 2019, 17:00 ETlow-cost carrier takes a top prize at the 2019 CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit

CALGARY, Dec. 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, Swoop, Canada's ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., was announced as the winner of the CAPA 2019 Aviation Awards for Excellence Start-up Airline of the Year. Steven Greenway, President, Swoop, accepted the award at the CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit taking place in Malta and delivered a keynote presentation at the global summit.

The Start-up Airline of the Year is awarded annually to an innovative airline with the greatest impact on the aviation industry. Swoop's first flight took off in June 2018 and it has already experienced large success in the Canadian marketplace, currently servicing 37 markets with 17 destinations. As Canada's leading domestic and transborder ultra-low-cost carrier, Swoop's unbundled model provides travellers with low fares, services and amenities making travel more accessible for Canadians.

"Just 18 months ago, Swoop entered the marketplace to fulfill a need in the Canadian travel industry and we are proud to already be recognized globally for our success," said Greenway. "We are continually looking for ways to reach new markets and be different in our industry. This award is a testament to the hard work we are putting towards differentiating ourselves and our operations on a global scale."

"Swoop has risen to the challenge of maintaining a separate identity and strategy from its parent company," said CAPA Chairman, Emeritus Peter Harbison. "It is stimulating traffic in Canada's market and adapting quickly to successfully execute the ultra-low-cost carrier model." 

In its 16th year, the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence reward airlines and airports that are not only financially successful but have also provided industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment. The awards are independently researched, and finalists are selected by an independent international panel of judges.

To learn more about Swoop, its destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

About Swoop 
Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada's leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering point-to-point scheduled service to 17 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travellers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire. 

Swoop operates a modern fleet of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. Swoop's mobile app allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. For more details on Swoop, visit FlySwoop.com

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9 hours ago, thor said:

Exactly, what other startups were there? 

https://airlinehistory.co.uk/planned-airlines/   Our planned airlines, this list shows planned airlines that are yet to start any operations. Taken from our growing database of 20503 airlines, this list currently contains 222 planned airlines that's updated frequently.

 

Oct 18, 2017 - During 2017 78 new airlines have begun or started-up operations ... Conditions to start a new airline could not better – with favourable ... the carrier is scheduled to begin flying in June 2018, with its main hub being Calgary.
 

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WestJet CEO on Wexit: 'I won't tolerate that kind of language'

WestJet CEO Ed Sims said talk of Alberta separating from Canada runs counter to the economic interests of both the Calgary-based airline he leads and the province as a whole
 
December 8, 2019 - Financial Post
Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald

WestJet CEO Ed Sims has taken aim at the Wexit movement, saying talk of Alberta separating from Canada runs counter to the economic interests of both the Calgary-based airline he leads and the province as a whole.

“I won’t tolerate that kind of language,” Sims said, when asked in an interview for his thoughts on Wexit, the movement that promotes an independent Alberta and that has come into the spotlight in the aftermath of the recent federal election.

“Having come from the U.K., I’ve seen three years of total economic paralysis and stagnation caused by Brexit,” Sims added. “I don’t envy our (U.K.) colleagues trying to deal with attracting people to a U.K. that feels very divided. And there’s no reason for Alberta to feel divided from the rest of Canada.”

While Sims said he doesn’t for a second underestimate the difficulties the Alberta economy has faced in the last year — pointing to continued pipeline delays, recent layoffs at Husky Energy and Encana Corp.’s decision to move its corporate headquarters to the U.S. as examples — he said most economists are forecasting some degree of economic improvement in 2020.

And he pointed out WestJet itself is confident enough in Alberta and its future that it chose Calgary to be the hub for its international Dreamliner service, launched earlier this year. In addition, three-quarters of WestJet’s total national capacity growth from 2015-2019 (the downturn years) has taken place in Calgary.

Sims said he is increasingly concerned that talk of Western alienation and economic stagnation is reverberating beyond Alberta’s borders and creating the impression that this province is not an attractive place to invest.

“If we are not careful we will start using the language of a depression rather than a recession,” he said. “I worry because we (WestJet) are a Canadian operation headquartered here.”

Sims is not the first in recent days to express concerns about Wexit and the impact it is having on Alberta’s reputation as an investment destination. Last week, Mary Moran — CEO of Calgary Economic Development — said in a speech at a business forum in Lake Louise that the rise of separatist sentiment in Alberta cost Calgary an opportunity to attract a major technology head office.

The city was high on the unnamed firm’s shortlist of potential hosts until alarms were raised over Wexit, she said in an interview after the speech.

Sims said he has shared his concerns with municipal governments as well as the provincial government, and warned that overly negative talk could also damage Alberta’s reputation as a tourist destination.

“We need to start adapting a more ‘whole-of-Canada’ voice than a provincial voice,” Sims said. “I am more than happy to take a lead role … in saying ‘there is no wall, and there will be no wall around Alberta.’ ”

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Swoop Adds Second Mexico Destination to its Winnipeg Network

 
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Dec 10, 2019, 09:00 ETTravellers can now visit Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos at an accessible price

CALGARY and WINNIPEG, Dec. 10, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, Swoop, Canada's ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., launches its inaugural flight from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG) to Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) departing at 8:45 a.m. CST.

This is Swoop's second route from Winnipeg to Mexico, offering travellers the choice to vacation on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos from Manitoba's capital. Having just recently launched a series of new routes from YWG, including Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay and Las Vegas, Winnipeggers can enjoy a total of nine destinations through Swoop's year-round and seasonal operations.

"Our route map is constantly expanding, working towards our mission of making travel more affordable, easy and accessible for all," said Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. "We are continuing to grow our Winnipeg network, providing more options for Canadians to escape Winter'peg and head to warmer destinations."

Direct flights from Winnipeg to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta are providing more Canadians the opportunity to head south of the border this winter. Swoop prides itself on its low price-point because of its unbundled model, with a base fare that includes only a seat, giving travellers the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don't.

"Our partnership with Swoop continues to grow, providing our community more direct, low-cost travel options to visit and experience sought-after destinations across North America," said Barry Rempel, President and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. "These additional routes are helping further strengthen Winnipeg's connection to the world by opening the door for Winnipeg Richardson International Airport to welcome more travellers to Winnipeg. Swoop continues to be a valuable partner who recognizes Winnipeg's potential."

"We welcome Swoop's new flight from Winnipeg as this will provide direct access to Puerto Vallarta's diverse offering this winter," said Javier Aranda, Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. "Puerto Vallarta will be the land of celebrations in the upcoming months as we start the holiday season with the Virgen of Guadalupe pilgrimages, Christmas, Hanukah, New Years and many other cultural events. We invite all our visitors to join in the celebrations and experience Puerto Vallarta."

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Swoop in the launch of a direct flight from Winnipeg to Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport and with the possibility to provide new, convenient connectivity options to visit Riviera Nayarit from Canada. From charming coastal towns like Sayulita to sophisticated resorts like Punta de Mita, our destinations will lure Canadian travellers through a differentiated offering that will have them visit this region over and over again," said Marc Murphy, General Director of CVB Riviera Nayarit.

Swoop currently serves 17 domestic, transborder and international destinations, with its summer 2020 schedule set to add even more options for Canadian travellers beginning April 2020.

Winnipeg flights to Puerto Vallarta are now available for booking through until April 21, 2020. Details of Swoop's new service out of Winnipeg include:

 Service Between

Service Offered

Weekly Frequency

Service Run-time

Winnipeg, MB to
Puerto Vallarta, MX

Tuesday

1 x per week

December 10, 2019 -
April 21, 2020

Puerto Vallarta, MX
to Winnipeg, MB

Tuesday

1 x per week

December 10, 2019 -
April 21, 2020

For further flight information, including service days and availability, visit FlySwoop.com.

To learn more about Swoop's destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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