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Budget airline Swoop is shutting down

Discount flights are about to become more scarce as WestJet announces plans to end their budget airline Swoop

A release on June 9th explains that WestJet will wind down Swoop at the end of its published schedule on October 28th of this year and will subsequently move all Swoop employees to WestJet. 

The move comes as the second collective bargaining agreement between WestJet and the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) was ratified, promising 24 per cent raises for WestJet and Swoop pilots over four years. 

Instead of the separate Swoop fleet of low-cost flights, WestJet indicates that they will be moving towards an integrated approach with low-cost options made available on existing WestJet aircrafts. 

“This integration will enhance our ability to serve a broader spectrum of guests. Instead of only 16 aircraft serving the ultra-low-cost market, each aircraft, in our 180-strong fleet, will offer ultra-affordable travel options through to a premium inflight experience,” said Alexis von Hoensbroech, CEO of WestJet Group. 

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