WestJet Airlines’ new ultra low-cost carrier Swoop will launch weekly flights in Canada in June and will soon announce new trans-border routes, in a move aimed at attracting budget-conscious Canadian passengers both inside the country and away from U.S. rivals.
The new airline began selling tickets yesterday, with the first 2,000 lucky customers getting them for free (still had to pay taxes and fees). Those tickets are already sold out but you can still buy tickets starting at just $39 each way, directly on flyswoop.com.
Swoop will remain a distinct operation from WestJet Airline. It will have separate employees and check-in counters at airports. It will begin flying passengers on June 20 and average Swoop fares will be 30 percent lower than WestJet’s regular economy fare.
Canadian carriers have long struggled to compete with their U.S. rivals on ticket prices because Canada charges significantly higher fees and taxes on air travel. The new ultra low-cost will offer six weekly flights from Hamilton to Abbotsford, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax; six weekly flights from Abbotsford to Hamilton; and three daily flights between Abbotsford and Edmonton. More Canadian, US and Mexican cities are expected to added later on.
As it’s the case with all ultra low-cost carriers, any extras will cost you with Swoop. Fares include a seat and one personal item. Ancillary fees and services, including seat selection, seat upgrades, carry-on and checked baggage, food & beverage service and in-flight entertainment are not included.