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Low-cost airline Swoop is adding two new routes to Victoria this summer as they move to expand their operations.

Starting May 20, 2021, Swoop will be flying from Edmonton to Victoria up to seven times weekly, and Toronto to Victoria up to six times weekly.

In addition to the routes to the provincial capital, Swoop is renewing and adding routes to Abbotsford and Kelowna from other major Canadian cities.

“As we continue to plan for recovery, our focus remains on ensuring the safe reopening of air travel within Canada,” said Charles Duncan, President of Swoop.

“When the time comes for a safe resumption of travel, it will be critical to ensure access to affordable travel exists within our borders and Swoop is strategically positioned to meet that need in British Columbia and across the country.”

Swoop was established in 2018 as an independently operated subsidiary of Westjet. They currently offer service to 23 seasonal and year-round destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean.

The airline says they had previously postponed planned operations to Victoria in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Swoop’s commitment to Greater Victoria is welcome news – both as we recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” said Paul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria.

“It goes without saying we are located on an island. Reliable transportation to and from the destination is vital to the success of our visitor economy.”

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