Kamloops Airport interested in new Westjet low-cost carrier?

By Greg Fry
September 28, 2017 - 1:41pm Updated: September 28, 2017 - 5:14pm

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Could a new ultra-low-cost airline take off in Kamloops?

On Wednesday, WestJet unveiled Swoop, a low-cost carrier that will begin selling flights for the Canadian market next year. The airline says Swoop will offer more seats, less legroom, and extra costs for the low fare option.

CFJC Today asked Heather McCarley, managing director of Kamloops Airport, if this would be an airline that could hit the Kamloops skies in the near future.

"This is exciting news from WestJet and we certainly wish them well with the launch of Swoop," she said. "I understand they'll have their first flights operating next summer so we'll see how that goes for them. And you know we're always looking for opportunities to welcome new air services and to connect to other cities via Kamloops Airport."

And though she hasn't contacted WestJet about the new airline, McCarley noted she "welcomes the conversation."

Does she think an ultra-low-cost carrier would work here?

"That's a good question. I think the services that are offered by the carriers here now are at reasonable prices and the ultra low-cost concept is something really new in the Lower Mainland and Interior. It would be an interesting mix."

Currently, Kamloops Airport offers direct WestJet flights to Calgary.

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