Swoop Airlines is the newest ultra-low-cost carrier to launch in Canada, and it's already making a killer first impression.
The airline, which is the latest endeavour by WestJet, surprised Canadians on Thursday morning with the announcement that it would be offering its first 2,000 flights across the country at a base price of $0. Effectively, travellers would only need to pay for taxes, making their grand total just $7.50 for the flight.
Additional costs will also be incurred for extra luggages, but at that price, it's still a steal.
But is it all too good to be true? Here are some important details to know about Swoop:
What Is Swoop?
Swoop is WestJet's ultra-low-cost carrier in Canada. It was launched by Bob Cummings, the WestJet Executive Vice-President. It is a "no-frills, lower-fare travel option" for Canadians; one that is "backed by an airline with a proven track record of bringing lower fares to Canadians and an investment-grade credit rating." Calgary has been chosen as the location for the airline's official headquarters.
Canadians can avail of select one-way flights at a $0 base fare if they book by 11:59 p.m. MT on February 4, 2018 . Fares include a seat and one personal item. The available travel dates are between Jun 20 and Sep 4 (500 seat limit) and Sep 5 to Dec 2018 (1500 seat limit). See the blackout periods here. Several of the flights have already sold out, but you might still be able to snag one if you're quick:
Swoop is also offering one-way flights for less than $100 all-in, if you book by 11:59 p.m. MT on February 7 ,2018. Fares include a seat and one personal item. The travel dates available are between Jun 20 and Dec 13 (10,000 seat limit. See the blackout periods here. Several flights are currently available online, and they are non-refundable once purchased:
Swoop Airlines follows the same pricing model as other ultra-low-cost carriers, offering flights where fares will only include a seat and one personal item, which must fit under the seat (16 in. x 6 in. x 13 in.). Ancillary services like seat selection, seat upgrades, in-flight snacks, movies, Wi-Fi, carry-ons and checked baggage are not included and will incur additional costs to the passenger.
Destinations and schedule
Currently, Swoop offers service to Abbotsford, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton and Winnipeg. The airline assures that more destinations will be included in the future once more airports have been added. A total of 45 weekly flights will be offered, and they will operate under the following schedule:
- Six flights between Hamilton and Abbotsford per week
- Six flights between Hamilton and Halifax per week
- Six flights between Hamilton and Edmonton per week
- Six flights between Hamilton and Winnipeg per week
- Three flights between Abbotsford and Edmonton daily
Swoop Airlines employs Boeing 737-800 aircrafts, which are each equipped with 189 seats.