Swoop Named ‘Start-Up Airline Of The Year” By CAPA

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Swoop President Steven Greenway accepts the CAPA Start-Up Airline of the Year Award in Malta.

Swoop, the Canadian ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet, has been named winner of the CAPA 2019 Aviation Awards for Excellence nbsp;Start-up Airline of the Year. 

Steven Greenway, Swoop President, accepted the award at the CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit in Malta and delivered a keynote presentation at the global summit.

Swoop's first flight took off in June 2018 and it already services 37 markets with 17 destinations, using a fleet of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

"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. 

CAPA - Centre for Aviation is a source of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry. Since its establishment in 1990, CAPA has developed a global network of aviation researchers and analysts located across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.