WestJet and Swoop were privileged to be joined by more than 30 of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley’s key stakeholders for the WestJet Group’s fourth Restart Roundtable.
WestJet began service at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) on June 18, 1997. Since that time, both YXX and WestJet have seen tremendous growth where YXX has grown from 3,000 passengers in 1997 to more than 1 million in 2019. WestJet and Swoop together in 2019 brought in more than 920,000 guests into Abbotsford, or 92 per cent of passenger traffic, making the airline group number one in seats, destinations and routes for the Lower Mainland.
While COVID-19 brought much of this to a halt, both WestJet and Swoop maintained essential skeleton service to the region. With restrictions in B.C. lifting, the airline group has restarted even more essential service, that not only provides access to markets across the country but brings economic stimulation in the form of travellers, tourists, business connections back and spending much-needed funds in the region.
"With the two brands, WestJet and Swoop being in Abbotsford, we are leading the recovery of the tourism and hospitality industry sector in the Lower Mainland," said Charles Duncan, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Swoop President.