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  1. Landing limits lowered at the Comox Valley Airport
  2. New service to Bella Bella announced
  3. Arrive early to avoid being turned away from your flight
  4. Calling all local artists!
  5. Fuel team wins safety award for third year in a row
  6. YQQ cares about children's health
  7. Community pays tribute to the Snowbirds at the Comox Valley Airport
  8. Local artwork for sale at YQQ's Mid Island Gifts

Landing limits lowered at the Comox Valley Airport

Landing limits lowered at the Comox Valley Airport
Landing limits have been brought back to normal at the Comox Valley Airport following the early adoption of Transport Canada's new standards by the Department of National Defence. The move prevents unnecessary cancellations and diversions during poor weather conditions.

"We would like to thank all of the passengers that stood by us and continued to use our services while we worked to find a solution to restore landing limits at YQQ," said Frank van Gisbergen, Chair of the Comox Valley Airport Commission.

"We are absolutely thrilled with this decision," said Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. "With a minimum instrument approach height of 250 feet, YQQ is now one of the most reliable and capable airports in BC."

Obstacles which previously penetrated the limitation surfaces around the Comox aerodrome are no longer an issue under the new standards.

"By implementing the new standards this summer, the Department of National Defence has ended the need for the restrictions imposed on the Comox Valley Airport nearly three years ago," explained John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North. "YQQ is an essential economic driver in this community and I couldn't be more pleased for my constituents, many of whom depend on the airport to access their place of employment."

"The provincial government was engaged early on in this process, in particular working with BC Hydro to eliminate any barriers to achieving full operational capability at the airport," said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae. "I am delighted the situation has been resolved and Comox Valley and area residents can once again have the pleasure of utilizing one of the most reliable airports in the province."

"Working with 19 Wing, the RCAF headquarters in Winnipeg, Transport Canada officials, our airlines and with the full support of our MP, MLA and local governments, we rallied support to restore our operational capability," concluded Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. "We are extremely grateful for the support of all involved."

New service to Bella Bella announced

New service to Bella Bella announced
The Comox Valley Airport is pleased to offer a new direct flight to Bella Bella with Pacific Coastal Airlines Monday through Thursday each week.

"We have a number of passengers that travel to and from Bella Bella for work and this service will really improve their commute," said Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow.

Bella Bella is located about 98 nautical miles north of Port Hardy and 78 nautical miles west of Bella Coola. Its strategic location on the Inside Passage makes it the major transportation hub for the Central Coast of British Columbia. Bella Bella has a regional airport, ferry terminal, regional hospital, regional RCMP detachment and a Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue facility.

"Our flights between Vancouver Island and Bella Bella provide an efficient and competitively priced travel option for residents who are looking for better access to services, and for companies conducting business between the two regions," said Pacific Coastal Airlines' Vice President of Commercial Services Spencer Smith. "Adding Comox to the schedule will further strengthen this route and increase the benefit to the local economy."

The flight will depart Comox at 11:05 a.m. on Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Pacific Coastal will be adding an additional flight to Vancouver from Comox, also departing at 11:05 a.m.

"We are so pleased that Pacific Coastal is increasing its capacity at YQQ," said Bigelow. "They have been a long-term tenant here at the airport and we are pleased to support the growth of an airline with a strong history of connecting remote communities in BC."

Arrive early to avoid being turned away from your flight

Arrive early to avoid being turned away from your flight
The Comox Valley Airport is reminding passengers to arrive to the airport 60 to 90 minutes before scheduled departure time to avoid being turned away from their WestJet flight. This rule applies to any passengers checking luggage, including those who check in via the web, kiosk or a mobile device.

"WestJet has a consistent policy across all of its stations that domestic check-in counters will close 45 minutes prior to departure with no exceptions," explained Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow. "The last thing we want is for passengers to be turned away from their flights because they haven't given themselves enough time to get checked in for their flight."

Bigelow explained that when a passenger checks in late, it is not just a matter of the passengers themselves making it through security and onto the plane. The luggage must also be screened and loaded onto the aircraft, which can cause further delay. Waiting for even one passenger can sometimes mean the loss of a landing slot at the destination airport.

"It particularly becomes a problem with the early-morning flight offered in the summer," explained Bigelow. "It is hard to get up that early and we've had people arriving to the airport just before the flight departs at 5:55 a.m. expecting to be let onto the plane. Just because you can physically see the aircraft on the ramp does not necessarily mean that you and/or your bag will be let onto the flight."

Early morning departures often have a large component of connecting passengers, making it very important that the aircraft leaves on time so that all passengers can get to their destinations as planned. To prevent unnecessary delays, the airport is advising that passengers give themselves plenty of time to get to the terminal, including planning for extras such as parking or booking a taxi.

For more information about check-in times for WestJet visit the Travel Info tab at www.westjet.com.

Calling all local artists

Calling all local artists
The Comox Valley Airport Commission and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council are seeking submissions for the 2014 Art and Culture Program at the Comox Valley Airport. This year's exhibition entitled: Wanderlust Vancouver Island will run for six months from November 2014 to May 2016.

Click Here for additional information.



Fuel team wins safety award for third year in a row

Fuel team wins safety award for third year in a row
Congratulations to YQQ's fuel staff who received the Shell Operational Excellence 2013 Double Platinum Award for the safe delivery of 2.4 million litres of fuel last year.


YQQ cares about children's health

YQQ cares about children

Photo caption:
Anita Brassard educates attendees about the Children's Health Foundation.

A good time was had by all at the summer fundraising barbeque and all money raised benefitted the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

"The Comox Valley Airport was to partner on this event to help support projects that benefit the community we serve as an airport," said Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. "The foundation makes Island-wide projects like Jeneece Place possible and it also supports several local programs, like the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Association and the Comox Valley Child Development Society."

"Coming together in community partnerships like this one helps to create meaningful impact that supports the health of kids in the Comox Valley," said Anita Brassard, Community relations coordinator for Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

The barbeque was hosted by On the Fly Cafe with $2.00 from each purchase donated to the Children's Health Foundation. All donations were matched by the Comox Valley Airport Commission, enabling the airport to donate over $500 to help the kids.

Entertainment was donated by Kenny Shaw, two tickets to the sold-out Vancouver Island MusicFest were given away, thanks to On the Fly Cafe, and more great giveaways were available from Mid Island Gifts.

Community pays tribute to Snowbirds at the Comox Valley Airport

Community pays tribute to Snowbirds at the Comox Valley Airport

From left to right: LCol Glenn Watters, Jan Lindstrom, Captain Steve MacDonald, Roger McKinnon, Captain Trevor Shawaga, Major Patrick Gobeil, Fred Bigelow and Captain Greg Mendes.

A beautiful stained glass window dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds now welcomes passengers to the Comox Valley Airport, thanks to a donation from the Old House Hotel & Spa Mayors' Golf Charity Classic.

"The Canadian Forces have a major presence in the Comox Valley and have been an important part of this community for more than 70 years," said Old House Hotel & Spa owner Roger McKinnon. "This is a wonderful way to recognize the contributions of the military to the Comox Valley and to acknowledge our appreciation for the spectacular display the Snowbirds put on for us each year."

"For several decades, 19 Wing has hosted the Snowbirds as they come to the Comox Valley each year to finalize their training leading up to the air show season," said Colonel Jim Benninger, Commander 19 Wing Comox. "Our ability to provide an exceptional training venue would not be possible without our partnership with the Comox Valley Airport and the perennial support of the residents of Comox."

The window was created by local glass artist Jan Lindstrom and depicts the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, an aircraft ideally suited for the Snowbirds' formation demonstrations. The Snowbirds train at 19 Wing Comox each year prior to the start of air show season to familiarize the pilots with over-water maneuvers and challenging topography. As a result, Comox Valley residents are treated to impressive aerial demonstrations for about two weeks every spring.

"The window is a great reminder of the long relationship that the Snowbirds have with the Comox Valley," said Major Patrick Gobeil, the Snowbird Team Lead. "We get fantastic support here and appreciate that for a few weeks each year we get to call this area home."

Local artwork for sale at YQQ's Mid Island Gifts

Local artwork for sale at YQQs Mid Island Gifts
Looking to take a piece of the west coast home with you? Mid Island Gifts at the Comox Valley Airport is proud to offer a premier selection of local artists at its summer art sale Visions from Vancouver Island.

Please click here for additional information.

  1. Landing limits lowered at the Comox Valley Airport
  2. New service to Bella Bella announced
  3. Arrive early to avoid being turned away from your flight
  4. Calling all local artists!
  5. Fuel team wins safety award for third year in a row
  6. YQQ cares about children's health
  7. Community pays tribute to the Snowbirds at the Comox Valley Airport
  8. Local artwork for sale at YQQ's Mid Island Gifts

Landing limits lowered at the Comox Valley Airport

Landing limits lowered at the Comox Valley Airport
Landing limits have been brought back to normal at the Comox Valley Airport following the early adoption of Transport Canada's new standards by the Department of National Defence. The move prevents unnecessary cancellations and diversions during poor weather conditions.

"We would like to thank all of the passengers that stood by us and continued to use our services while we worked to find a solution to restore landing limits at YQQ," said Frank van Gisbergen, Chair of the Comox Valley Airport Commission.

"We are absolutely thrilled with this decision," said Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. "With a minimum instrument approach height of 250 feet, YQQ is now one of the most reliable and capable airports in BC."

Obstacles which previously penetrated the limitation surfaces around the Comox aerodrome are no longer an issue under the new standards.

"By implementing the new standards this summer, the Department of National Defence has ended the need for the restrictions imposed on the Comox Valley Airport nearly three years ago," explained John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North. "YQQ is an essential economic driver in this community and I couldn't be more pleased for my constituents, many of whom depend on the airport to access their place of employment."

"The provincial government was engaged early on in this process, in particular working with BC Hydro to eliminate any barriers to achieving full operational capability at the airport," said Comox Valley MLA Don McRae. "I am delighted the situation has been resolved and Comox Valley and area residents can once again have the pleasure of utilizing one of the most reliable airports in the province."

"Working with 19 Wing, the RCAF headquarters in Winnipeg, Transport Canada officials, our airlines and with the full support of our MP, MLA and local governments, we rallied support to restore our operational capability," concluded Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. "We are extremely grateful for the support of all involved."

New service to Bella Bella announced

New service to Bella Bella announced
The Comox Valley Airport is pleased to offer a new direct flight to Bella Bella with Pacific Coastal Airlines Monday through Thursday each week.

"We have a number of passengers that travel to and from Bella Bella for work and this service will really improve their commute," said Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow.

Bella Bella is located about 98 nautical miles north of Port Hardy and 78 nautical miles west of Bella Coola. Its strategic location on the Inside Passage makes it the major transportation hub for the Central Coast of British Columbia. Bella Bella has a regional airport, ferry terminal, regional hospital, regional RCMP detachment and a Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue facility.

"Our flights between Vancouver Island and Bella Bella provide an efficient and competitively priced travel option for residents who are looking for better access to services, and for companies conducting business between the two regions," said Pacific Coastal Airlines' Vice President of Commercial Services Spencer Smith. "Adding Comox to the schedule will further strengthen this route and increase the benefit to the local economy."

The flight will depart Comox at 11:05 a.m. on Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Pacific Coastal will be adding an additional flight to Vancouver from Comox, also departing at 11:05 a.m.

"We are so pleased that Pacific Coastal is increasing its capacity at YQQ," said Bigelow. "They have been a long-term tenant here at the airport and we are pleased to support the growth of an airline with a strong history of connecting remote communities in BC."

Arrive early to avoid being turned away from your flight

Arrive early to avoid being turned away from your flight
The Comox Valley Airport is reminding passengers to arrive to the airport 60 to 90 minutes before scheduled departure time to avoid being turned away from their WestJet flight. This rule applies to any passengers checking luggage, including those who check in via the web, kiosk or a mobile device.

"WestJet has a consistent policy across all of its stations that domestic check-in counters will close 45 minutes prior to departure with no exceptions," explained Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow. "The last thing we want is for passengers to be turned away from their flights because they haven't given themselves enough time to get checked in for their flight."

Bigelow explained that when a passenger checks in late, it is not just a matter of the passengers themselves making it through security and onto the plane. The luggage must also be screened and loaded onto the aircraft, which can cause further delay. Waiting for even one passenger can sometimes mean the loss of a landing slot at the destination airport.

"It particularly becomes a problem with the early-morning flight offered in the summer," explained Bigelow. "It is hard to get up that early and we've had people arriving to the airport just before the flight departs at 5:55 a.m. expecting to be let onto the plane. Just because you can physically see the aircraft on the ramp does not necessarily mean that you and/or your bag will be let onto the flight."

Early morning departures often have a large component of connecting passengers, making it very important that the aircraft leaves on time so that all passengers can get to their destinations as planned. To prevent unnecessary delays, the airport is advising that passengers give themselves plenty of time to get to the terminal, including planning for extras such as parking or booking a taxi.

For more information about check-in times for WestJet visit the Travel Info tab at www.westjet.com.

Calling all local artists

Calling all local artists
The Comox Valley Airport Commission and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council are seeking submissions for the 2014 Art and Culture Program at the Comox Valley Airport. This year's exhibition entitled: Wanderlust Vancouver Island will run for six months from November 2014 to May 2016.

Click Here for additional information.



Fuel team wins safety award for third year in a row

Fuel team wins safety award for third year in a row
Congratulations to YQQ's fuel staff who received the Shell Operational Excellence 2013 Double Platinum Award for the safe delivery of 2.4 million litres of fuel last year.


YQQ cares about children's health

YQQ cares about children

Photo caption:
Anita Brassard educates attendees about the Children's Health Foundation.

A good time was had by all at the summer fundraising barbeque and all money raised benefitted the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

"The Comox Valley Airport was to partner on this event to help support projects that benefit the community we serve as an airport," said Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. "The foundation makes Island-wide projects like Jeneece Place possible and it also supports several local programs, like the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Association and the Comox Valley Child Development Society."

"Coming together in community partnerships like this one helps to create meaningful impact that supports the health of kids in the Comox Valley," said Anita Brassard, Community relations coordinator for Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

The barbeque was hosted by On the Fly Cafe with $2.00 from each purchase donated to the Children's Health Foundation. All donations were matched by the Comox Valley Airport Commission, enabling the airport to donate over $500 to help the kids.

Entertainment was donated by Kenny Shaw, two tickets to the sold-out Vancouver Island MusicFest were given away, thanks to On the Fly Cafe, and more great giveaways were available from Mid Island Gifts.

Community pays tribute to Snowbirds at the Comox Valley Airport

Community pays tribute to Snowbirds at the Comox Valley Airport

From left to right: LCol Glenn Watters, Jan Lindstrom, Captain Steve MacDonald, Roger McKinnon, Captain Trevor Shawaga, Major Patrick Gobeil, Fred Bigelow and Captain Greg Mendes.

A beautiful stained glass window dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds now welcomes passengers to the Comox Valley Airport, thanks to a donation from the Old House Hotel & Spa Mayors' Golf Charity Classic.

"The Canadian Forces have a major presence in the Comox Valley and have been an important part of this community for more than 70 years," said Old House Hotel & Spa owner Roger McKinnon. "This is a wonderful way to recognize the contributions of the military to the Comox Valley and to acknowledge our appreciation for the spectacular display the Snowbirds put on for us each year."

"For several decades, 19 Wing has hosted the Snowbirds as they come to the Comox Valley each year to finalize their training leading up to the air show season," said Colonel Jim Benninger, Commander 19 Wing Comox. "Our ability to provide an exceptional training venue would not be possible without our partnership with the Comox Valley Airport and the perennial support of the residents of Comox."

The window was created by local glass artist Jan Lindstrom and depicts the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, an aircraft ideally suited for the Snowbirds' formation demonstrations. The Snowbirds train at 19 Wing Comox each year prior to the start of air show season to familiarize the pilots with over-water maneuvers and challenging topography. As a result, Comox Valley residents are treated to impressive aerial demonstrations for about two weeks every spring.

"The window is a great reminder of the long relationship that the Snowbirds have with the Comox Valley," said Major Patrick Gobeil, the Snowbird Team Lead. "We get fantastic support here and appreciate that for a few weeks each year we get to call this area home."

Local artwork for sale at YQQ's Mid Island Gifts

Local artwork for sale at YQQs Mid Island Gifts
Looking to take a piece of the west coast home with you? Mid Island Gifts at the Comox Valley Airport is proud to offer a premier selection of local artists at its summer art sale Visions from Vancouver Island.

Please click here for additional information.

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