CALGARY, ALBERTACanada's ultra-low-cost airline Swoop, will grow its fleet from 10 to 16 aircraft with the acquisition of six new Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft.

The Calgary-based airline confirmed that it will begin receiving all six aircraft this summer as the airline aims to rapidly expand to meet peak season travel demand.

Alongside this fleet growth, Swoop will significantly expand its domestic network, adding non-stop flights to Newfoundland and increasing service in Atlantic Canada.

The ULCC will also add six new routes and capacity in Ontario and the Prairies in preparation for Canada's busy summer travel season. The airline's announced expansion comes as Swoop reports significantly increased passenger numbers and record bookings domestically.

"We saw demand for travel return in a very meaningful way over the holidays, signaling that Canadians are ready to reunite with family and friends," said Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial & Finance, Swoop.

"The acquisition of six new aircraft in response to anticipated demand will ensure Swoop reconnects more Canadians this summer while accelerating Canada's economic recovery."

Today's announced expansion will bring the ULCC's total non-stop domestic routes served to 37. Swoop's investments in Atlantic Canada will see the airline begin service at three new destinations while increasing capacity across the region by 273 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Swoop currently operates 10 Boeing 737-800s.