For many US travelers, flying to Canada is about to get a lot more affordable. Ultra low-cost Swoop airline announced this morning that it will start nonstop service this summer to five major American cities, including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Nashville, and the Los Angeles area (Burbank airport). Swoop’s airfares, which are currently going for as little as $80 one-way, are open for booking out of all five new gateways starting today.
The carrier will also expand on its current seasonal service to Las Vegas, San Diego, Palm Springs, St. Pete-Clearwater, Orlando Sanford, and Mesa (Phoenix) into the summer months, adding up to 11 US airports that Swoop airline will serve from its Canadian hubs in Toronto, Hamilton, and Edmonton.
“Swoop has traditionally served fun-and-sun destinations in winter in the US,” says Bert van der Stege, Swoop’s head of commercial and finance. “As we embark on significant fleet growth, an area of great opportunity is year-round leisure demand to the United States.”
To celebrate its US expansion, the airline—which is a subsidiary of budget airline WestJet—has launched a sale with one-way flights starting at $99 CAD (Canadian dollars), which is about $78 USD. The fares must be booked by February 18 for travel between June 1 and July 27, with a blackout period from June 28 through July 4. Only a limited number of tickets are available at the price level for each flight.
While the low fares are certainly enticing, it’s important to note that like on board other ultra-low cost carriers (ULCC), you’ll pay a la carte for services that might seem basic on more traditional airlines, including seat selection, carry- on bags, checked bags, extra legroom, in-flight Wi-Fi, and onboard refreshments. After all, Swoop does tout itself as a “low frills and low fares” airline.
The new Swoop airlines flights are scheduled to launch early this summer. From Canada’s largest airport in Toronto, flights will start operating to Chicago O’Hare on May 30 and to New York’s JFK starting June 20, each running five times a week. Swoop will begin serving Nashville four times a week starting May 26, and Las Vegas three times a week from May 20. The airline’s current service to Orlando and St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida, will continue twice weekly. Nearby, out of Canada’s Hamilton airport—about an hour’s drive southwest of Toronto—a twice-weekly Las Vegas service will launch starting June 23.