Swoop will grow their fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing 737-8 MAX airplanes. The carrier is also expanding their domestic network with 14 new nonstop routes, including service to Deer Lake, St. John’s (Newfoundland), and St. John (NB).
On Wednesday (February 9, 2022), Swoop announced the addition of six new Boeing 737-8 MAX jets, expanding their fleet to 16 aircraft. All six of the new aircraft are expected to be delivered in time to meet peak summer 2022 travel demand. The airline is also expanding their domestic network with the addition of 14 new destinations, including nonstop flights to Deer lake, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Saint John New Brunswick. With the new routes, Swoop will offer nonstop service to 37 destinations this summer, including increased service and investment in Atlantic Canada, with three new destinations and a capacity increase of 273 percent versus pre-pandemic levels.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Swoop’s Head of Commercial and Finance, Bert van der Stege, said,
“We saw demand for travel return in a very meaningful way over the holidays, signalling that Canadians are ready to reunite with family and friends. The acquisition of six new aircraft in response to anticipated demand will ensure Swoop reconnects more Canadians this summer while accelerating Canada's economic recovery.
Speaking on Swoop's new direct service to Newfoundland, Mr. van der Stege added,
“Swoop is pleased to support Newfoundland and Labrador's Come Home 2022 campaign and stimulate recovery of the visitor economy with access to affordable air travel. We know how important the re-opening of travel and tourism is for regional economic recovery and continue to call on the federal government to outline a roadmap for the recovery of air travel that is based on science and reflective of the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Founded in 2018, Swoop is a subsidiary of the WestJet Group. The airline is Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) and operates a fleet of ten modern Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with in-seat power and Wi-Fi. By summer 2022, the carrier’s fleet will grow to 16 aircraft with the addition of six new Boeing 737-8 MAX jets. The Swoop business model offers low base fares which only include a seat, allowing guests to customize ancillary services to suit their personal needs and budget. The Canadian ULCC offers service to seasonal and year-round destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.