The ultra-low fare airline adds increased service, including Victoria see more
The ultra-low fare airline adds increased service and three new destinations to its network, including Victoria
CALGARY, AB – Dec. 13, 2019 – Today, Swoop, Canada’s ultra-low-fare airline and subsidiary of WestJet Airlines Ltd., released its 2020 summer schedule, announcing increased service and three new destinations. Starting in April 2020, Swoop’s newest routes will take travellers to two new domestic destinations including Victoria, Kamloops, and one U.S. destination, San Diego.
With summer being a busy travel season for Canadians, Swoop is also increasing its weekly frequency service between many markets including Hamilton to Winnipeg, Edmonton to Abbotsford, and Abbotsford to Winnipeg.
”In only 18 months, Swoop has experienced significant growth, and we are excited to continue this momentum with the release of our 2020 summer schedule,” said Steven Greenway, President, Swoop. “By introducing Swoop to more markets, we are achieving our mission of providing Canadians with accessible summer travel opportunities throughout North America.”
Highlights of Swoop’s 2020 summer schedule includes service between:
- Edmonton-Kamloops up to four times weekly
- Winnipeg-London up to four times weekly
- Winnipeg-Victoria up to five times weekly
- Edmonton-San Diego up to three times weekly
- Edmonton-Abbotsford from 16 times weekly, to 24 times weekly
- Hamilton-Winnipeg, from six times weekly, to 10 times weekly
- Abbotsford to Winnipeg, from four times weekly, to daily
Since its June 2018 launch, Swoop’s summer network has grown to serve 14 domestic, 10 transborder and four international markets, rapidly expanding the airline’s network across North America. Fulfilling a need in the Canadian marketplace, Swoop continues to make a positive impact on the aviation industry, becoming Canada’s leading domestic, transborder and international ultra-low-cost carrier, with the new schedule set to increase Swoop’s frequency to 328 ultra-low fare weekly flights.
“We are very pleased to welcome Swoop to Victoria International Airport with new service to Winnipeg,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO, Victoria Airport Authority. “We are one of the lowest cost airports in Canada and that makes us a natural fit with the low-cost business model of Swoop. We look forward to a growing partnership and welcome the new destination and travel options for our local community and visitors to our region.”
“We’re glad to see Swoop’s growth plan includes increased service for Edmonton International Airport,” said Tom Ruth, President and CEO, Edmonton International Airport. “We look forward to more flights both for the Edmonton Metro Region and for other communities to come here and experience our great area.”
“Winnipeg Richardson International Airport travellers will have more options this summer thanks to two new direct routes from Swoop,” said Barry Rempel, President and CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority. “We are pleased to grow our partnership with Swoop as they continue to expand our community’s connectivity, giving travellers new places to discover and bringing more people to Winnipeg to explore everything our city has to offer.”
“Expanding flight services and destinations continues to be a priority for us at San Diego International Airport,” said Kim Becker, President and CEO, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. “We are proud and excited to welcome Swoop with service to Edmonton as our newest travel destination, bringing even more offerings to our passengers in San Diego and Canada.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Swoop to Kamloops Airport this coming summer season,” said Ed Ratuski, Managing Director, Kamloops Airport. “The return of service between Kamloops and Edmonton will be welcomed by our community and offer great opportunities for adventures on both ends of the route.”
Swoop’s unbundled model ensures fares remain ultra-low, with a base fare that starts with just the seat, giving travellers the power to add the things they want, and nothing they don’t.
Flights are now available for booking through until October 24, 2020. To learn more about Swoop’s destinations, schedule and ultra-low-cost model visit FlySwoop.com or connect with Swoop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering point-to-point scheduled service to 20 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travellers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire.
Swoop operates a modern fleet of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. Swoop’s mobile app allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight. For more details on Swoop, visit FlySwoop.com.
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Victoria Airport Authority Receives British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) Environmental Award for TenTen Creek RemediationVictoria Airport Authority Receives British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) Environmental Award for see more
Victoria Airport Authority Receives British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) Environmental Award for TenTen Creek Remediation
British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) has announced winners of the Environmental Achievement Award. Each year BCAC recognizes an outstanding environmental initiative, program or accomplishment in one or more areas of protection, rejuvenation and awareness.
Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) was selected as this year’s recipient of the BCAC Environmental Achievement Award for the TenTen Creek Sediment Reduction Project. The official presentation was made to VAA at the Annual Silver Wings Awards celebration held yesterday evening in Vancouver.
About the TenTen Creek Remediation Project:
Historic activities on Airport lands had reduced the aquatic ecosystems in TenTen Creek to the point that fish and other aquatic life were rarely observed. Lands adjacent to the stream contain a federal dump site which contributed to poor water quality in the steam. Near TenTen Creek, VAA constructed a wetlands complex to provide much needed treatment for nutrient-heavy water from nearby farming operations. In 2012, discovery of juvenile sea-run cutthroat trout and three-spined stickleback fish highlighted the importance to continue to reduce harmful pollutants and revitalize creek habitat. In 2013, a two-phase project was completed to enhance existing facilities and create a diversion channel to direct pond overflow into a retention area, reducing sediment and limiting nutrient-rich stormwater from entering TenTen Creek.
This most-recent phase of work completed in 2017 was a self-funded $540,000 capital project. It included re-profiling and armouring two large over-steepened banks, constructing two large sediment traps to reduce sediment load into Patricia Bay, improving creek plantings, removing visible garbage and modifying the water flow in sections to reduce future erosion. All efforts to encourage future aquatic life and reduce the downstream impacts into Patricia Bay.
“We are very pleased to receive recognition for this important environmental project. Our mandate is to lead the way in environmental management. Our operations are supported and guided by a strong environmental management plan and we are committed to being exemplary stewards of local watersheds and airport lands,” said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO.
The TenTen Creek Remediation project included the involvement and support of a number of stakeholders including Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Peninsula Streams, Shore Keepers, Transport Canada, Tseycum First Nation and environmental consultants Kerr Wood Liedel and SLR Environmental.
About Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.93 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 100 daily flights throughout North America. YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and was twice named ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International (ACI).
Victoria Airport Authority is a not-for-profit authority that has managed the safe and secure operations of the Victoria International Airport on behalf of the surrounding communities since April 1, 1997.
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4,200 person years of employment, $270 million of wages in British Columbia, $420 million in GDP... see more
Victoria International Airport Facilitates Economic Growth
Airport operations generate $880 million in economic impact annually
VICTORIA, BC (January 17, 2018) - Victoria Airport Authority engaged InterVISTAS Consulting to conduct an economic impact study. The study was conducted to measure the economic contribution associated with the ongoing activities of Victoria International Airport. The study concluded that in 2017, the operations of Victoria International Airport generated 4,200 person years of employment, $270 million of wages in British Columbia, $420 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and $880 million in economic output; the gross dollar value of industrial output produced and reflects the spending by firms, organizations and individuals.
The last economic impact study was conducted in 2005 which at that time indicated $441 million in economic output and 2,920 FTEs.
“It is no surprise the overall increase in economic impact, given the growth in passenger numbers at the airport which have almost doubled since then, and the increase in the number of businesses that have chosen to operate on the airport property. Intuitively people understand the importance of an airport to the local community, but not necessarily the actual economic impact. We wanted to quantify the annual dollar amount, and when you see numbers approaching one billion dollars in annual impact, it drives home the importance of a vibrant and growing airport”, said Geoff Dickson, President and CEO of the Victoria Airport Authority.
For more information on the Economic Impact Study, please visit the Victoria International Airport website: www.victoriaairport.com
About Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.93 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 100 daily flights throughout North America. YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and was twice named ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International.
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Results will be used to raise public awareness of the airport, the airlines and other businesses see more
Victoria International Airport Economic Impact Study
A critical factor in earning support for future initiatives that benefit all airport-related businesses is our ability to demonstrate the significant economic impact of Victoria International Airport (YYJ) upon our community and province.
The Victoria Airport Authority has commissioned an economic impact study. The results of the study will be used to raise public awareness of the airport, the airlines and other related businesses’ contribution to local employment and economic activity. We receive many requests for economic impact information, and it is important that the public continues to appreciate the benefits of the Victoria International Airport to the economy of British Columbia. InterVISTAS has conducted similar economic impact research for airports across Canada.
In order to undertake this study, we kindly ask that you participate in a survey. In order to keep this initiative on time and on budget, we request that you complete this survey as soon as possible, so that InterVISTAS can compile the results without delay or additional cost.
Please click on the following link to your secure online survey access:
Should you have any questions about the study or the survey, please contact Doris Mak or Celina Estrella at 1-877-717-6246.
We appreciate that some of the information requested in the survey may be of a sensitive nature to your firm. Please be assured that InterVISTAS will maintain the confidentiality of your survey response, and that the completed surveys will not be viewed by any other party other than researchers at InterVISTAS. InterVISTAS will maintain the confidentiality of your survey response and will not provide individual firm results to Victoria International Airport. Only the aggregate survey totals will be provided in the final report. The published document will not reveal employment figures or other data for any individual firm.
Thank you for your cooperation in this important study. We all look forward to the results as they will benefit all members of the Victoria International Airport business community.
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Victoria Airport Authority
The TenTen Sediment Reduction Project is a massive undertaking that has been going for over 2 years see more
Victoria Airport Authority completes TenTen Creek Project at YYJ
The VAA has been working with local partners on this project such as Peninsula Streams, Shore keepers, Transport Canada and the Tseycum First Nation. The project team includes, Kerr Wood Leidal as lead engineer, SLR Environmental and Watershed Ecological for environmental management and Rodd Excavating as the general contractor.
The TenTen Sediment Reduction Project is a massive undertaking that has been in the planning phase for over two years.
The scope of the project includes:
- Reprofiling and armouring two large over-steepened banks that are part of the federal dumpsite to reduce future erosion.
- Construction of two large sediment traps to reduce sediment load into the receiving waters at Patricia Bay.
- Improve creek plantings and rip-rap to encourage aquatic habitat.
- Remove visible garbage from the sections of the dumpsite.
- Modify the current water flow in sections of the creek to reduce future bank erosion.
VAA and its partners have been active stewards of the local watersheds for many years. This project continues to show strong environmental leadership by restoring areas of concern that pre-date the airport authority taking control of the property in 1997.
On February 20, 2017 the Tectoria Innovation Station installation was unveiled at the #yyj Airport see more
Tectoria #InnovationStation unveiling [VIDEO]
On February 20, 2017 the Tectoria Innovation Station installation was unveiled at the Victoria International Airport.
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A portion of Victoria's Airport has been transformed into the “Tectoria Innovation Station" see more
“Tectoria Innovation Station” to launch at the Victoria International Airport
Ribbon cutting to take place February 20, 2017 at 11am
VICTORIA, BC (February 15, 2017) - A portion of Victoria International Airport’s Arrival Rotunda has been transformed into the “Tectoria Innovation Station,” a new interactive exhibit heralding Greater Victoria’s long history of innovation and entrepreneurship and the thriving tech sector that developed as a result.
The installation features a mad scientist's laboratory complete with transparent video screens and detailed historical accounts of our region’s innovations all surrounded by intricate pipes, gauges and switches to catch the attention of passersby and draw them in for a closer look. It was developed specifically to give the local technology sector added awareness, airport guests an added experience, and potential talent and investors a place to go for more information, whYYJ.ca.
VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council) and the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA), have spent the last 10 years informally exploring ways to work together to spread the word about our top local industry, technology. ”When we heard that the Victoria Airport Authority had a potential area that we could utilize to build an intriguing interactive exhibit we jumped at the chance,” Dan Gunn, VIATEC CEO explained. “We quickly started developing concepts on something that would be out of the ordinary and soon after opened discussions with potential funding partners.”
“Technology plays such an integral role in our local economy,” says Geoff Dickson, VAA President and CEO. “We’re pleased to partner with VIATEC and showcase this interactive display. It’s a great way for us to support Victoria’s technology sector and to provide our passengers and the public with a unique experience and opportunity to learn about the positive contributions it makes to the region.”
The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and South Island Prosperity Project (Prosperity Project) were intrigued and agreed to dedicate some of the funding they had received from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to the project.
”It takes a village to raise an economy and we are very grateful to the Victoria Airport Authority and our funding partners for making this possible,” acclaimed Dan Gunn. “With 1.85 million visitors walking through the gates at one of the world’s greatest airports, we are fortunate to be offered the opportunity to build a presence at the primary gateway to our community. Tourism is our best draw and once people are hooked on our island lifestyle many of them want to stay. We believe this exhibit will give the ones that want to move here, the info they need to understand how they might find a job or, better yet, invest in or create a new company here.”
"We're proud to be part of the team that brought this project to life,” said Emilie de Rosenroll, Executive Director of the Prosperity Project. “The Tectoria Innovation Station is a way to raise the profile of our local entrepreneurial culture, and it will help the Prosperity Project connect with new companies and established entrepreneurs through the whYYJ.ca website."
“The Tectoria Innovation Station is one of several joint projects that the Greater Victoria Chamber has undertaken over the past three years to support trade and investment,” said Catherine Holt, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada and stakeholders throughout the region, we have been able to bring the right people together to see outcomes, like this one, that will resonate within our community and economy for years.”
The unveiling will take place on February 20, 2017 at 11am in the Arrivals Rotunda of the Victoria International Airport. Following a few announcements and a ribbon cutting, media and the public are encouraged to take the first steps through the installation.
ABOUT THE DESIGN
With the vision statement that, “Innovation, entrepreneurship and technology has shaped Victoria’s present, past and inspires our potential going forward.” VIATEC sought out local designer and fabricator, Russell Papp, to bring a “Mad Scientist’s Lab” theme to fruition. Russell is well known for projects around town including the Phillip’s Beer Wagons and some of Tourism Victoria’s exhibits last October.
Airport visitors will get to peer into portals containing Holografyx Showcase video displays, press buttons and gears, and flip through drafting table designs containing bits of Victoria’s rich, innovative history. From aviation, to shipbuilding, ocean sciences and education. The first video features short overviews of AXYS Technologies, FTS and Viking Air. The drafting table features are opening with historical overviews of key elements of our economy, and VIATEC is encouraging locals to submit suggested additions and corrections, so that the exhibit is ever-changing and improving. A feedback form on the whYYJ.ca web site will make it easy for people to provide suggested edits and updates.
Your readers, listeners and viewers are welcome to learn even more about how to connect with, join or learn more about the local tech scene by attending Discover Tectoria on February 24, 2017 from 11am to 6pm at the Crystal Garden. www.discovertectoria.com
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Massive growth prompting officials to consider embarking on expansion and upgrades sooner... see more
Source: Times Colonist
Author: Carla Wilson
Victoria airport, spurred by passenger surge, could speed expansion plan
A “massive” growth in passenger numbers at Victoria International Airport is prompting officials to consider embarking on expansion and upgrades sooner than originally planned.
Last year brought a high of 1,856,421 passengers through the airport. That’s up by 8.5 per cent from the previous record of 1,710,825 in 2015.
“We’ve seen consistently strong growth among our domestic air carriers,” Geoff Dickson, president and chief executive officer of the Victoria Airport Authority, said Monday.
New Delta Air Lines service to Seattle boosted trans-border passenger numbers, he said. Higher capacity in charters heading to sunny climates during winter increased international traffic. “The challenge now is to continue to facilitate and enable continued growth through prudent and timely infrastructure investments,” Dickson said.
The airport had expected to hit the two million mark in 2020, but it appears that could happen sooner, said James Bogusz, airport authority vice-president of operations and development.
“We are quite well ahead of what we would have anticipated going into 2017. So if anything, we are looking to advance our capital program, even beyond what our master plan had shown. That’s very exciting.”
The growth has prompted reviews of surface parking for passengers, capacity for jet bridges and capacity at the terminal building, he said. A jet bridge is a passenger boarding system connecting a terminal to a plane.
“We are really looking at taking plans that we thought may be five or six years out and bringing those in a little bit, depending on if this growth continues,” Bogusz said.
A $5.75-million job to repave the 5,000-foot-long secondary runway will likely run from early summer to early fall this year. The well-used runway does not normally handle full-sized jets, but rather Dash 8s, Q400s, and other smaller planes, Bogusz said.
It will be fitted with new LED lighting that will reduce maintenance needs and use of electricity.
“I can’t underscore enough that overlaying a runway on an active airfield is a very complicated project,” he said.
“It’s not as if you can just close your airport for three weeks and say: ‘Go ahead and pave.’ So a lot of the work is done at night, during off hours, and portions of the work could be done during the daytime when operations could allow for that,” Bogusz said.
The main 7,000-foot-long runway was repaved in 2014.
As with the main runway, the secondary runway will be covered by a grid of grooves to direct rainwater away and avoid pooling of water. “When a plane lands, it just cannot hydroplane and that is a really, really important safety improvement,” Bogusz said.
Design work is underway for a $10-million to $12-million proposal to expand the terminal building to the north. It would create more seating and more concession space.
The plan is to go before the airport authority board in the summer. If approved, the work would be completed over 18 to 24 months, Bogusz said.
The airport authority is constantly seeking new airlines to serve Victoria. It’s not clear if the low-cost airline NewLeaf will return. It served Victoria between July and early December last year. Asked about its plans, a spokesperson indicated there might be some word in about a week.
Still to come on airport lands is the $35-million Gateway shopping centre at the corner of Beacon Avenue and Patricia Bay Highway. The airport authority is waiting for a development permit application from developer Omicron, Bogusz said.
There are 4 dedicated charging spots in the long term parking lot & 2 in the short term parking lot. see more
VICTORIA, BC - March 11, 2016 - Victoria Airport Authority has installed three new Sun Country Level 2 charging stations. Each new station has two connections for vehicles, which allows for up to six electric vehicles to be charged in total. VAA has four dedicated charging spots in the long term parking lot and two in the short term parking lot. There are no additional fees to use the stations outside of the standard parking rates charged for the lot. The short term lot is only $1 to park for up to two hours, so it’s very easy for people to come and get a quick charge when picking up passengers. As part of the project to install the charging stations, the VAA has installed the required electrical infrastructure to install additional chargers in the parking lots. The VAA will monitor the usage of the new stations and assess when to install more as it is expected that demand for electric vehicle charging will increase in the future.
“With the introduction of electric vehicle charging stations in both our parking lots, electric vehicle users can feel confident that they can get a charge while at the airport,” said James Bogusz, Vice President, Operations & Development. “We have installed additional underground infrastructure to accommodate future charging stations and will monitor the usage of the stations to ensure we keep pace with demand.”
The VAA would like to extend a special thank you to Jim Hindson from the Victoria EV Club for his assistance in the planning of signage and requirements for electric vehicles. The electrical engineer for the project was Raj Atwal of PBX Engineering, with operational support provided by VAA staff. The total value of the project, including all of the required infrastructure for future charging stations was approximately 100K. The VAA has plans to increase the size of the long term parking lot later this year which will add over 300 new parking spots, with additional vehicle charging stations being considered.
About Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.7 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights throughout North America. YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and is the 2012 and 2014 winner of ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International.
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