Swoop Airlines, the ultra-low-cost-carrier that belongs to Canadian WestJet Airlines, inaugurated the first of two routes operating to the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region.
The 737-800 NG arrived from Hamilton, Canada with 120 passengers on board.
The new route (YHM-PVR-YHM) will fly in twice a week Tuesdays and Saturdays and began January 8th operating through April 27, 2019 with aircraft carrying up to 189 passengers.
Swoop will also operate the YXX-PVR-YXX route simultaneously, linking Abbotsford, British Columbia, with this region twice a week, Mondays and Saturdays.
The flights that connect the destination with the John C. Munro international airport in Hamilton as their main hub together represent an increase of 12 thousand seats during the winter season.
Of note is the fact Swoop Airlines only picked Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit, Mazatlán, and Cancún as their direct flight destinations in Mexico.
After the plane landed at the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, passengers and crew were warmly received by Jalisco and Nayarit tourism authorities led by Marc Murphy, managing director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB); Javier Aranda Pedrero, his counterpart at the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur); and Saúl Sanabria Gibert, the airport administrator.
The welcome included mariachi music, traditional beverages from the region, and gifts for each of the passengers, all courtesy of the Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur.
Swoop President Steven Greenway was aboard the flight and expressed his satisfaction and enthusiasm for the opening of this new route: “Mexico continues to be one of the most popular vacation destinations for Canadians. The combination of Swoop’s ultra-low-cost fares and the favorable exchange between the Canadian dollar and the Mexican peso makes exploring this country a very attractive value proposition for families and travelers on a budget,” he said.
A destination beloved by Canadians
Marc Murphy, managing director of the CVB and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) said the dual destination made up of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit is “one of the most beloved by Canadians” and the Swoop flight is an excellent option for them to come visit.
“This flight indicates the Canadian market wants to come to this region; here they can experience a sense of place in Mexico, where visitors feel they’re a part of something important,” added Murphy. “Meanwhile, the Puerto Vallarta international airport is the best-connected airport with Canada in all Mexico with nearly 20 flights per day. This proves the Canadian tourist is very passionate about our destination.”
Swoop is an ultra-low-cost company owned by WestJet, based out of Calgary, Alberta, a Canadian province. The airline began operations on June 20, 2018. The company currently operates a fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation planes, specifically Boeing 737-800s. Airfare is approximately C$179. For more details please visit: www.flyswoop.com
Source: Blog Riviera Nayarit