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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Swoop has announced new Charlottetown flights

In the summer of 2020, the airline had planned to fly out of Charlottetown.

Swoop, WestJet’s discount airline, will attempt to fly out of Charlottetown Airport for the second time next summer.

Swoop will begin offering twice-weekly direct flights to Edmonton in June.

In a news release, Charlottetown Airport C.E.O. Doug Newson commented, “We are very happy to see Swoop announce this new service connecting two major cities for the first time.”

“Swoop had planned to serve Y.Y.G. in 2020, and we’re happy they’ll be able to deliver their low-cost service here next summer after a two-year wait.”

Even though the industry has a “far way to go” until things return to normal after COVID-19, Newson says his airline partners are hopeful as they plan for summer 2022.

“A lot of the country has noticed how well P.E.I. has handled the epidemic, with relatively few COVID-19 cases,” he added. “I think there will be a number of desire and pent-up demand to visit Prince Edward Island next summer, and I believe that’s what we’re experiencing today with this news,” says the author.

Newson said he’s currently in talks with a couple of partners about expanding service in the province.

Swoop said in January 2020 that it would offer direct flights to Hamilton that summer; however, COVID-19 effectively stopped all flights at Charlottetown Airport in the summer of 2020, delaying Swoop’s Charlottetown plans.

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