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WestJet's new carrier Swoop will launch next week on June 20. (Swoop)

Victorians will have one more low-cost option for flights next year with the introduction of Swoop Airlines to the island. 

Starting in April 2020, the budget airline will be running a Victoria to Winnipeg route, the first from the WestJet subsidiary to land this far west. 

The Victoria-Winnipeg service will run up to five times weekly, and is one of several new routes introduced by the airline in a press release made today, Friday December 13th. Victoria itself is one of three new cities added as a Swoop destination along with Kamloops and San Diego.

“By introducing Swoop to more markets, we are achieving our mission of providing Canadians with accessible summer travel opportunities throughout North America.” said Swoop President Steven Greenway in the statement.

“We are very pleased to welcome Swoop to Victoria International Airport with new service to Winnipeg,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO of Victoria Airport Authority. “We are one of the lowest cost airports in Canada and that makes us a natural fit with the low-cost business model of Swoop.”

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The announcement comes just before new rules from Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) come into effect this weekend. 

Among many new rules, passengers on Canadian flights are to be provided compensation of up to $1,000 for flight delays and cancellations within an airline’s control that are not safety-related. 

Swoop is an independently operated company that exists under the WestJet Group. Passengers pay low fares for just the seat they travel in, with further pricing options for luggage.