Big news for Canada’s frequent flyers. After 5 years, low-cost airline Swoop will be shut down, but it’s not all bad news. According to parent company WestJet, the budget airline will cease operations later this year, but you’ll still have several months to fly before it’s gone for good.

A month after near-strike rocked travellers, an agreement has been made between the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and WestJet.

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“The WestJet Group is pleased to have reached an industry-leading agreement in negotiation with ALPA that recognizes the value and instrumental contributions of our current and future pilots,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, WestJet Group, Chief Executive Officer.

“This agreement bolsters our ability to provide certainty and career opportunities across our organization for years to come while ensuring the competitive sustainability of the WestJet Group.”

As part of the ratification, slated to be in effect from January 1st, 2023 until December 31, 2026, the WestJet Group will begin integration efforts of Swoop, which will include its staff.

Luckily, for those who may have future plane tickets, flights will continue to run until October 28th, 2023 – the end of its published schedule.


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“The WestJet Group is confident in the outcome of this negotiated decision and the path forward to integrate Swoop into WestJet’s operations,” continued von Hoensbroech.

“We continue our strategy toward providing reliable, affordable travel across the WestJet Group, leveraging the valuable experiences and learnings from the Swoop business model. This integration will enhance our ability to serve a broader spectrum of guests. Instead of only 16 aircraft serving the ultra-low-cost market, each aircraft, in our 180-strong fleet, will offer ultra-affordable travel options through to a premium inflight experience.”

Want to know more? We’ll keep you updated as more information rolls in so stay tuned. Until then, keep flying and enjoy your trip. This is huge.