Swoop suspends all international and transborder flights to aid in repatriation

Mar 19 2020, 2:40 pm

Swoop has announced that starting this weekend, they will be suspending all of their international and transborder flights, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This suspension will begin on Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 pm. According to an emailed statement from the company, this “follow’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement imposing travel restrictions for all flights entering Canada.”

The suspension will be in place until May 31, 2020.

As part of the travel restrictions, they will deny boarding for non-Canadians Citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-immediate family members.

The airline has also announced that starting next Monday, they will begin repatriation flights for their passengers that are currently in the United States, Mexico, or Jamaica.

“Currently, we have arranged 15 flights over three days to bring more than 2,300 travellers home,” says Swoop.

The company adds that they’re “reaching out directly to these impacted travellers via email with more specific information.” Anyone scheduled to fly to the United States, Mexico, or Jamaica after flights are suspended is reportedly being reached out to via email.

Air Canada and WestJet have also announced that they’ve suspended international and transborder operations amidst the spread of coronavirus.