Edmonton International Airport and WestJet Group ready to launch

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By WestJet | | 4 min read

Top leaders in aviation, travel and business joined by Premier Kenney as they work to safely reinvigorate travel

Leaders in travel, business and government, including the Honourable Premier Kenney met with aviation leaders from WestJet, Swoop and the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) today to reignite the economic recovery of the Edmonton region through the safe restart of flying.

The WestJet / EIA Restart Roundtable, hosted by WestJet Executive Vice-President, Angela Avery and EIA President and CEO, Tom Ruth, took place after COVID-19 has decimated the industry and the region lost more than $1.5 billion in international travel revenue. More than 40 participants attended the virtual meeting.

“EIA's success is also the WestJet Group’s success and we thank the EIA team and Tom Ruth for their collaboration over the past 16 months and in bringing together this group today,” said Angela Avery, WestJet Executive Vice-President. “Thank you also to the Honourable Premier Kenney and all attendees today. WestJet and Swoop as the number one and number three airlines in Edmonton, are proud to lead the safe restart of travel for the region and will continue to work with our partners at EIA, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada on the safe restart of international travel.”

From left: Shae Bird, Indigenous Tourism Alberta, CEO; Angela Avery, WestJet EVP; Bert van der Stege, Swoop head of commercial and finance, Mike Lake, MP Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, Tom Ruth, Edmonton International Airport President and CEO. From left: Shae Bird, Indigenous Tourism Alberta, CEO; Angela Avery, WestJet EVP; Bert van der Stege, Swoop head of commercial and finance, Mike Lake, MP Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, Tom Ruth, Edmonton International Airport President and CEO.

Participants from the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Indigenous Tourism Alberta, Tourism Jasper, Edmonton Global, Edmonton Destination Marketing Hotels, Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, MacEwan University, University of Alberta, Sturgeon County, NAIT along with members from the airport’s board of directors spoke of how deeply they have been impacted and discussed how the EIA and the investments being made by WestJet and Swoop to safely restart travel are beneficial and how the organizations could continue to support recovery in the region.

“WestJet and Swoop act as critical partners of Edmonton International Airport by providing a network of non-stop air services that our region relies on for business and leisure travel,” said Tom Ruth President and CEO Edmonton International Airport. “Convening our business, community and government partners reflects the priority that we all share to use air service as a fundamental driver of our region’s economic recovery. We look forward to working together to build further air services as we look forward to the safe return of air travel.”

“Edmonton has played a critical role in Swoop’s success and we are grateful to the Honourable Jason Kenney and our partners who joined us today,” said Bert van der Stege, Head of commercial and Finance, Swoop. “Swoop maintained service to Edmonton throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, not only ensuring our travellers had access to affordable essential air travel domestically but also sustained operations as the only airline providing connectivity to the U.S. and Mexico up until February of 2021. We remain committed to supporting the rebound of tourism to the region and stimulating demand for air travel as Edmontonians look to travel domestically or internationally by air once again.”

With Albertan’s uptake on vaccines at more than 70 per cent for the first shot, the Government of Alberta has led the opportunity to safely enable Albertans to start reconnecting with family, re-establish business markets and travel to new or much-loved destinations through their Open for Summer plan. 

Both WestJet and Swoop announced their plans in late spring for Edmonton’s domestic recovery with the addition of new routes and the restart of more than 15 routes that had been suspended due to lack of demand.  Most of the routes begin operation late June/early July.

WestJet and Swoop Restart and New Routes

WestJet Route

Peak Frequency

Route restart date

Edmonton – Nanaimo* 

2x weekly 

June 25, 2021 *New Route

Edmonton – Regina  

6x weekly 

June 25, 2021 

Edmonton – Comox  

5x weekly 

June 25, 2021 

Edmonton – Winnipeg  

6x weekly 

June 30, 2021 

Edmonton – Halifax  

2x weekly 

July 1, 2021 

Edmonton – Penticton* 

2x weekly 

July 3, 2021 *New Route

Edmonton – Kamloops* 

2x weekly 

July 4, 2021 *New Route

Edmonton – Saskatoon  

6x weekly 

July 6, 2021 

 

Swoop Route

Peak Frequency

Route restart date

Edmonton – Toronto 

2x daily 

Already in service

Edmonton – Hamilton

Daily 

Already in service

Edmonton – Abbottsford

2x daily

Already in service

Edmonton – Winnipeg  

2x weekly 

November 1, 2021 

Edmonton – Victoria  

Daily

Already in service

Edmonton – Mesa/Phoenix 

4x weekly

September 17, 2021

Edmonton – Las Vegas 

5x weekly

September 23, 2021

Edmonton – Cancun

3x weekly

October 2, 2021

Edmonton – Puerto Vallarta

3x weekly

October 5, 2021

Edmonton – Mazatlán

2x weekly

October 23, 2021

Edmonton – San Diego

3x weekly

October 31, 2021