Pacific Coastal Airlines’ inaugural flight from Victoria arrives at Kelowna International Airport Monday.

Pacific Coastal Airlines’ inaugural flight from Victoria arrives at Kelowna International Airport Monday.

Flight options expand

Pacific Coastal Airlines launches a new non-stop service t the Okanagan and Central Mountain Air increases capacity

There are more opportunities for North Okanagan residents to soar.

Monday marked the launch of Pacific Coastal Airlines’ new non-stop service between the Okanagan and Victoria. And on Dec. 1, Central Mountain Air will increase capacity on its route between Kelowna, Prince George and Terrace.

Pacific Coastal’s new flights will operate seven days a week using a Saab 340 aircraft. The new flights will operate twice a day Monday to Friday and once a day Saturday and Sunday.

“We know there is a significant market opportunity for this new route,” says Sam Samaddar, Kelowna International Airport director.

With the establishment of this new air service, PASCO has chosen to set up a new permanent base at YLW, which includes the hiring of six new staff.

“This is a significant move for Pacific Coastal Airlines,” said Jenelle Hynes, PASCO’s business development and customer service manager for the Okanagan.

Central Mountain’s route will now be serviced by a 37-seat Dash 8, in place of a Beech 1900D.

“We’re excited to increase travel opportunities for both business and leisure travelers throughout the Interior,” said Douglas McCrea, Central Mountain Air president. “This change enhances our already comprehensive flight network across B.C. and Alberta.”

Flights between Kelowna, Prince George and Terrace are offered every day except Saturday and, starting Dec. 1, will be operated by Central Mountain Air’s partner company Hawkair.