WestJet subsidiary Swoop will become the first Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) to enter the U.S. market when it heads south to five destinations this winter.
The schedule includes routes from Edmonton to Las Vegas and Mesa; Hamilton to Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay; and Abbotsford to Las Vegas.
"Our immediate success in Canada shows us travellers want more Swoop," said President Steven Greenway. "Canadians have been waiting for ultra-low-cost fares into the U.S. for years and we are proud to be the airline to make it happen.
“There has been a lot of interest in our plans for the remaining three aircraft we receive this year and revealing this schedule today is a proud moment for the whole Swoop team."
Swoop has been vocal about its intention to repatriate the estimated 5 million Canadians that drive across the border each year to take ULCC flights in the U.S., and says its winter schedule is positioned to attract both cross-border travellers and price-sensitive sun-seekers.
Flights are available for booking from 11OCT, 2018 to 27APR, 2019.
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