A Canadian budget airline has swooped in with new flights out of the country as pandemic restrictions begin to ease.
Swoop Airlines announced new non-stop flights from Victoria to Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Thursday.
The company says booking for flights from Victoria to Las Vegas is available and service will begin on Thursdays and Sundays, starting Oct. 31.
Flights to Puerto Vallarta will go on sale on June 30. Swoop says the flights will be offered once a week on Sundays.
Victoria Airport Authority President and CEO Geoff Dickson said in a press release Thursday that the authority is pleased with the announcement and future contributions to the local economy.
“We know Greater Victoria is very appreciative of the support Swoop is showing in our community and the contribution to our local economy,” said Dickson. “This announcement will be sure to generate a lot of excitement as Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta are very popular destinations and many people are looking forward to enjoying travel again.”
The announcement of new flights also came as good news for the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, which is looking to welcome back Canadians.
“Puerto Vallarta has long been a beloved sun destination among Canadian travellers,” said Luis Villasenor, managing director of Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “As travel restrictions begin to ease, we are ready to welcome Swoop passengers from British Columbia to enjoy year-round sunshine.”
Swoop is also introducing travel to Toronto and Edmonton. The company had its first flight from Toronto to Victoria and back on Thursday.