Canada’s ultra low cost carrier Swoop, a subsidiary of WestJet, announced on February 15, 2022 that it is expanding its routes  to the United States. 

For the summer season of 2022, it is adding the following US cities to its flight operations: New York, Chicago, Nashville, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. 

In addition to the new destinations, Swoop will also extend its current seasonal services to San Diego, Palm Springs, Las Vegas, St. Pete-Clearwater, Orlando (Sanford) and Phoenix (Mesa) into the summer season.

In total, Swoop will serve 11 U.S. destinations with ultra-not-expensive flights from its three main Canadian bases in Toronto, Hamilton, and Edmonton.

Swoop’s announcement of US expansion came as the carrier reported significantly increased domestic passenger numbers and record bookings, on par with pre-pandemic demand. 

The airline said that it expects to see that pent-up demand trend extend to US leisure travel this summer of 2022 as more than 30.5 million fully vaccinated Canadians look to resume their transborder travel habits.  

“As part of our planned growth in 2022, we’re excited to be adding five new popular U.S. destinations to our network,” Swoop’s Head of commercial and finance  Bert van der Stege said. 

“As Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost carrier, we are growing our fleet, expanding our network, and adding service to existing destinations to ensure we are ready to meet Canadian’s pent-up demand for travel experiences south of the border.”   

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