Swoop announces new flights for Charlottetown

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Swoop is planning direct flights between Charlottetown and Edmonton. (Canadian Press/WestJet - image credit)
Swoop is planning direct flights between Charlottetown and Edmonton. (Canadian Press/WestJet - image credit)

Swoop, WestJet's discount airline, will make a second attempt to provide service out of Charlottetown Airport next summer.

Starting in June, Swoop plans to offer twice-weekly direct flights to Edmonton.

"We are very pleased to see Swoop announce this new service connecting two capital cities for the first time," said Charlottetown Airport CEO Doug Newson in a news release.

"Swoop had originally planned to serve YYG in 2020 and after a two-year delay, we are thrilled they are able to officially bring their low fare service here next summer."

Newson said that even though the industry has a "long way to go" before things return to normal after COVID-19, he's seeing a lot of optimism from his airline partners as they plan ahead for summer 2022.

"A lot of the country has taken notice at how well P.E.I. has handled the pandemic, with relatively few cases of COVID-19," he said. "I think people believe that there will be a lot of desire and pent-up demand to come visit Prince Edward Island next summer and that's, I think, what we're seeing today with this announcement."

Newson said he's currently in active discussions with some partners who are looking to expand service in the province.

In January of 2020 Swoop announced it would provide direct flights to Hamilton that summer, but COVID-19 virtually shut down all flights at Charlottetown Airport in the summer of 2020, and Swoop delayed its Charlottetown plans.

The airline will fly out of Charlottetown on Thursdays and Sundays, with return flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

"We are thrilled to begin service to Charlottetown," said Swoop president Charles Duncan.

"We are confident this new route will be a huge success."

Flights are currently available for booking on the Swoop website. A return flight in June currently costs $330, and $603 in the summer months.

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