Goodbye Swoop

Created by WestJet as a tailormade and brand-new platform to tackle the rise of ‘budget carriers’ in Canada – which remains a hugely fast-growing segment – Swoop entered service in June 2018. Now with 16 Boeing 737-800s and MAX 8s, it will – unusually – be subsumed into parent WestJet’s operations. Swoop’s own operations will […]

Happy birthday WestJet

WestJet celebrated its 27th birthday at the end of February having taken to the sky on 29 February 1996 (yes, a leap day!). The carrier has undertaken a huge network transformation. Most recently, it ended all long-haul routes except from Calgary, its original and biggest airport – a real retreat-to-core. Over the past few years, […]

Located just 100 kilometres from the border with Mexico, Tucson is the second biggest city in Arizona (after Phoenix) with a population of over 500,000. The airport serving the city is located around 13 kilometres south of the city centre and is a joint civil-military facility. Between 2009 and 2019 annual passenger numbers had been […]

Canadian Air Service Market October 2021

Passenger demand in Canada, which saw a significant recovery in August, appears to have stalled in September. During last month passenger numbers through the country’s eight busiest airports were consistently between 40% and 45% of the figures from 2019, when adjusted on a rolling week basis. Capacity at 58% of 2019 levels in October Analysis […]

Canadian Passenger Demand

Passenger demand in Canada is finally starting to recover. Latest passenger figures collected by CATSA at Canada’s eight busiest airports shows a rapid improvement since early June. At that time demand was only at 10% of the 2019 figure. However, by the end of August, demand was up to around 45% of the pre-pandemic figure, […]

Canada sees significant demand

Canada’s commercial aviation industry has been slow to recover from the pandemic as the government introduced severe restrictions, even on domestic travel. Last autumn passenger numbers were at around 15% of the level of 2019. Between February and May of this year that figure had fallen to less than 10%, according to passenger data collected […]