Swoop, a low-cost Canadian airline, has launched its first route from Hamilton International Airport to Charlottetown Airport.
Swoop flight WO170 departed Hamilton at 7:50 a.m. EST this morning, arriving in Charlottetown at 11:00 a.m. local time to a hearty greeting.
“As Canada’s leading ultra-low fare airline, we are pleased to kick off our Atlantic Canada expansion with this inaugural flight to Charlottetown today,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial and Finance, Swoop. “This is the first of 11 inaugurals Swoop will celebrate across the region this summer as we expand our ultra-low fare offering on the east coast.”
Swoop will expand service to Moncton and Saint John, NB, as well as Deer Lake and St. John’s, NL, in the coming weeks, as well as increase frequency on existing routes to Halifax.
“With this investment, we demonstrate our commitment to Atlantic Canada and acknowledge the importance of the tourism industry,” Van der Stege stated.
Swoop will also establish a non-stop service between Edmonton and Halifax, as well as a non-stop service from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to Charlottetown. Swoop will commence nonstop flights from Edmonton International Airport to Charlottetown on June 16.
The inaugural flight was greeted with a gate-side celebration at Charlottetown Airport, where Bert van der Stege, Swoop’s Head of Commercial and Finance, James Aylward, PEI Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Jason Coady, City of Charlottetown Deputy Mayor, Doug Newson, CEO, Charlottetown Airport Authority, and Patrick MacFadyen, Vice-Chair, Charlottetown Airport Authority, were among those in attendance. On the inaugural flight from Hamilton, Cathie Puckering, President and CEO of Hamilton International Airport, was among the passengers.
“We know how important affordable air travel is to the recovery of the tourism economy and are proud to mark this occasion with our partners from the City of Charlottetown, the PEI Provincial Government, Discover Charlottetown, and Charlottetown Airport,” continued van der Stege.
“Swoop is thankful for the ongoing partnership and support of all these organizations; and we look forward to continuing to work together to bring more ultra-low-cost options to visit Charlottetown and for Islanders to travel to Toronto, Hamilton, and Edmonton.”