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Swoop gains CTA approval for flights to Cuba & Dominican Republic

Swoop gains CTA approval for flights to Cuba & Dominican Republic
Michael Pihach

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This story was updated on September 16th at 3:08 p.m.

 The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has approved a licence that will allow ultra-low fare airline Swoop to operate a scheduled international service to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, PAX has learned. 

According to an official decision posted to the CTA's website on Monday (Sept. 14), Swoop has met all the applicable requirements of subsection 69(1) of the CTA to start a Cuba service. 

"The Agency also finds that the pertinent terms and conditions of the Arrangement have been complied with," the CTA wrote. 

Pursuant to subsection 71(1) of the CTA, the licence is subject to the conditions prescribed by the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88‑58, and the following conditions:

  1. The Licensee is authorized to operate a scheduled international service on the route(s) set out in the Arrangement.
  2. The scheduled international service is to be conducted in accordance with the Arrangement and any applicable arrangements agreed to between Canada and Republic of Cuba. 

The CTA also approved a similar licence for Swoop to operate a schedule to the Dominican Republic. 

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PAX reached out to Swoop for comment and was issued the following statement: 

"Swoop is currently finalizing its winter schedule, which includes a mix of domestic and international routes. Like many airlines, we are analyzing market opportunities as we continue to make air travel safe and accessible for Canadians who are looking to reconnect with family and friends or are looking for a change in scenery this winter," wrote spokesperson Larissa Mark in an email to PAX.

It is still unclear as to when Swoop will potentially launch the new routes and where in Cuba and the Dominican Republic the airline will fly to. 

Swoop released its winter schedule on Sept. 2nd, unveiling new markets that the airline will serve as it begins operations from Toronto Pearson International Airport on Oct. 25, 2020.

The upcoming schedule includes the restart of operations at Kelowna International Airport and the addition of non-stop service to popular sun destinations, including flights from Toronto to Montego Bay, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa Bay.  

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