Swoop announces new way for Canadians to vacation with confidence this winter


Pre-departure COVID-19 testing for peak holiday travel now available


TORONTO,¬†Nov. 12, 2020¬†/CNW/ –¬†Swoop, the¬†ultra-not-expensive airline, today announced Trusted Travel Getaways:¬†packaged vacations designed to enable Canadians to enjoy a warm-weather vacation with confidence this winter. This limited offering of vacation packages aims to provide travellers with enhanced peace of mind throughout their travel journey. Trusted Travel Getaways will operate to¬†Montego Bay, Jamaica, departing from¬†Toronto¬†beginning¬†December 19.

Launched in partnership with¬†IHG¬ģ¬†Hotels & Resorts, travellers will be provided with¬† accommodation at the¬†Holiday Inn Resort¬ģ¬†Montego Bay All-Inclusive. As an added measure of comfort, travellers will receive complimentary access to mandatory pre-travel COVID-19 testing to ensure that all passengers on-board a departing Trusted Travel Getaway flight have proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

“We’ve heard from many Canadians who are eager to get away this winter but want to do so responsibly,” said¬†Bert van der Stege, Head of Commercial, Swoop. “Swoop and IHG Hotels & Resorts have a shared focus on thorough health and hygiene protocols. We believe that the inclusion of free COVID-19 insurance along with the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding will ensure that sun-seeking Ontarians can travel confidently from Toronto Pearson.”

Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay (CNW Group/Swoop)
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay (CNW Group/Swoop)

To reassure those on board a Trusted Travel Getaway flight, all travellers will be required to undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Swoop has arranged for a leading Canadian laboratory service provider to administer the required testing at no additional cost to the traveller.

“While testing is currently not a requirement for Canadians to enter¬†Jamaica, we look forward to offering this additional screening measure to provide enhanced peace of mind for our travellers,” continued van der Stege.

With¬†service from¬†Toronto¬†to¬†Montego Bay, Jamaica¬†on¬†December 19,¬†December 26, and¬†January 2, travellers departing from Toronto Pearson International Airport will find Trusted Travel Getaway packages starting at $1450¬†per traveller, including round-trip flights, 7-nights all-inclusive accommodation at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive, hotel ground transfers, and Swoop’s complimentary¬†TuGo¬ģ Travel Insurance COVID-19 coverage.

The Holiday Inn Resort property in¬†Montego Bay¬†offers travellers beachfront access, all-inclusive meal plans and enhanced cleanliness measures to support a worry-free vacation. Through its¬†IHG¬ģ Clean Promise, the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive has expanded its commitment to cleanliness by increasing COVID-19 precautions, including proactive cleaning, regular temperature checks of employees and mask requirements for both employees and guests.

“In response to COVID-19, we have redefined our already rigorous commitment to cleanliness,” said¬†Nicola Madden-Greig, Director of Marketing & Sales, Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive. “Through our IHG¬†Clean Promise, Canadians staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive can expect their well-being to be our top priority throughout their stay.”

The Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive is located in one of¬†Jamaica’s¬†Resilient Corridors, which were created to manage movement and require all operating hotels to conform to a rigorous set of COVID-19 protocols,¬†approved by the World Travel and Tourism Council.

As per current regulations, travellers returning home must complete the ArriveCAN entry requirements and follow the Government of¬†Canada’s¬†mandated quarantine, regardless of the results of their pre-departure COVID-19 test.

Trusted Travel Getaways will be available for booking at¬†FlySwoop.com, beginning¬†November 12, 2020, through Swoop’s Getaways booking engine.