Beginning today, Swoop, Canada's ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., launches a series of inaugural flights from Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG), starting with a direct flight to Orlando International Airport (MCO) departing at 8 a.m. CST.

Over the weekend, Swoop travellers will be taking off on inaugural routes to McCarran International Airport (LAS) on November 15, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on November 16, and Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) on November 17.

"This weekend marks an exciting milestone for Winnipeg travellers, gaining access to more destinations across North America at an affordable price," said Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. "Swoop's growing network offers more flights to popular destinations at an ultra-low fare for all Canadians to enjoy."

These additions to Swoop's Winnipeg network connect travellers from Manitoba's capital to 11 domestic, transborder and international destinations. Swoop's growing service and its unbundled fares, services and amenities, makes travel more accessible for Canadians by giving them the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don't.

"Winnipeg Richardson International Airport travellers now have more options to explore North America thanks to Swoop," said Barry Rempel, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority. "Swoop recognizes the demand in this market for ultra low-cost air travel and WAA is pleased our partnership continues to evolve with the addition of these new routes."

"Increased connectivity has the potential to strengthen our economy and is good for our community. With Swoop adding more routes, it shows they are confident in Winnipeg as a place to grow their business," said Dayna Spiring, President and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. "These additional international flights make it easier for visitors to make their way to Winnipeg. We look forward to welcoming tourists from or connecting through these destinations to check out our world-class attractions, meet our friendly people and discover what Winnipeg has to offer."

Whether you're booking a family trip to Walt Disney World Resort, a romantic getaway to Mexico or a fun-filled adventure to Las Vegas, Swoop makes travel affordable, easy and accessible for Winnipeggers looking for their sun destination getaway.

"We are delighted to welcome new seasonal service from Winnipeg with Swoop Airlines," said Chris Meyer, Vice President of Global Sales, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "The airline has been a great partner in adding several budget-friendly flights to Las Vegas over the past year, and the timing of this flight gives our Canadian friends a great excuse for a weekend escape where Vegas takes every experience to the next level."