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Oakland International welcomes Canadian airline with new service to Edmonton, Alberta

OAK now connected to Canada by Swoop, new, ultra low-cost carrier

Press Releases, Airport, Community
January 23rd, 2019

Oakland, CA - January 23, 2019: Officials at Oakland International Airport (OAK) today announce that Oakland has been selected by ultra-low-cost Canadian carrier, Swoop, for service to Edmonton International Airport (YEG) in Alberta, Canada.  Flights will operate 3-times-weekly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

The news came with the release of Swoop’s full summer schedule announcement, in which the airline revealed that it would begin seasonal air service from Oakland on May 26, 2019. The flight will operate on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, using a single class configuration. Of the aircraft’s 189 available seats, 39 are noted with “Extra Legroom.”

“The summer 2019 schedule focuses on realizing economies of scale,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We have created a schedule that leverages our existing network while expanding to a limited number of strategic destinations.”

“It is with a great enthusiasm that we welcome Swoop and its new service to Edmonton International,” said Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “It is very exciting to begin 2019 by sharing that OAK’s global roster of destinations will now extend to Canada. We trust that business and leisure travelers in both metropolitan areas will benefit from this new connectivity, and we look forward to growing with our partners at Swoop as it expands further into U.S. and Canadian markets.”

“Swoop’s growing list of Canadian and U.S. routes from Edmonton International Airport is an investment in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport. “Popular destinations and low fares are creating exceptional travel options while supporting tourism and business growth in our region.

Swoop is owned by WestJet, Canada’s second largest air carrier, and has been in operation since June 20, 2018.

 

About Oakland International Airport

Serving over 13 million travelers annually, OAK is the closest airport to the region’s top business and tourism venues. It is also the closest airport for most local residents.

Oakland’s air service roster to over 60 nonstop destinations is offered on 14 different airline brands – seven of which operate with OAK as their sole gateway into the San Francisco Bay region.

The vision of Oakland International Airport is to offer customers a world-class experience and be the airport of choice for Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States.

For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details on shopping, dining, transportation, and more, visit www.oaklandairport.com. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

About Swoop

Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering point-to-point scheduled service to 17 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travelers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire.

Swoop operates a modern fleet of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. A total of ten aircraft are expected in operation by the end of 2019.

Swoop’s mobile app allows travelers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.

For more details on Swoop, including employment opportunities, visit FlySwoop.com.

 

Media contacts:

Swoop: media@flyswoop.com

Oakland International Airport: Keonnis R. Taylor | 510-563-6500 |  KRTaylor@portoakland.com