Tuesday,  November 19, 2019  7:02 pm

Swoop cancels 23 flights due to unscheduled maintenance issue

Swoop cancels 23 flights due to unscheduled maintenance issue
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

Many passengers who booked with Swoop were met with an unpleasant surprise, after the low-cost airline was forced to cancel 23 flights from July 5 through July 10, after unscheduled maintenance was required to replace an engine aboard one of its aircraft.

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The engine had a leaking oil seal, which requires "a significant amount of work and disassembly in order to fully repair the issue," Karen McIssac, senior communications advisor, Swoop, told PAX

"Safety is our number one priority and we sincerely apologize to our travellers for the interruption in their plans," McIssac said in a statement. "We know how disruptive it is when travel doesn’t go as planned, and we’re sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused."

The cancelled routes impacted travellers flying out of Hamilton International Airport (YHM), Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG), Edmonton International Airport (YEG), Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), and London International Airport (YXU).

Now what?

In accordance with its tariff, affected travellers will be provided with accommodation, meal and transportation as needed. Those affected by the cancellations will be rebooked on the next available flight. Swoop is working with travellers on a case by case basis. According to McIssac, those that wish to cancel can do so for a full refund and we have brought in additional resources to assist with the recovery as quickly as possible.

Swoop states clearly on its website that it does not operate the Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, therefore, the airline is facing limited possibilities when it comes to rebooking stranded passengers. 

"Swoop operates Boeing 737-80NG aircraft," McIssac confirmed. "We are exploring options to charter aircraft to assist with the relief, however there are few options available."

The routes that have been impacted for travel today (July 9) and tomorrow (July 10) are listed below:

July 9

Unscheduled maintenance on two of Swoop's aircraft has resulted in the cancellation of the following flights:

  • WO 112 (YHM-YHZ) - July 9 - Flight Cancelled
  • WO 315 (YHZ-YXU) - July 9 - Flight Cancelled
  • WO 316 (YXU-YHZ) - July 9 - Flight Cancelled
  • WO 115 (YHZ-YHM) - July 9 - Flight Cancelled

July 10

Unscheduled maintenance on two of Swoop's aircraft has resulted in the cancellation of the following flights:

  • WO 111 (YHM-YWG) - July 10 - Flight Cancelled
  • WO 505 (YWG-YEG) - July 10 - Flight Cancelled
  • WO 102 (YEG-YHM) - July 10 - Flight Cancelled

For a full list of Swoop's advisories, click here.


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