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Swoop arrives at YLW

Kirk Penton

There were smiles all around Friday when Swoop flew in and out of Kelowna International Airport for the first time.

The ultra-low-cost carrier conducted its inaugural voyage to Kelowna, arriving 20 minutes after noon from Winnipeg, and it was greeted by the traditional water cannon salute on the YLW tarmac.

“For a guy who runs an airport, having a new airline launch in your airport is just a wonderful day,” YLW airport director Sam Samaddar said. “It has a huge impact, because we’re adding more seats into the market place. We’re providing the travellers with more choice, and when you add that into a ultra-low-cost model, you potentially have people that would not necessarily fly that would enter into the market place. And those that do fly will actually fly more often.”

Swoop, whose parent company is WestJet, is beginning with three weekly flights to Winnipeg on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will add two weekly non-stop trips to Las Vegas starting June 27.

For more on this story, visit Okanagan Edge.



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