"The Comox Valley Airport is pleased to report to all North Island residents that YQQ has returned to the level of reliability that our passengers expect and deserve," Bigelow explained recently to Courtenay City Council. "Thankfully, landing limits have been brought back to normal at Comox and we are once again one of the most reliable airports in the province."
In addition to radio advertising, the Comox Valley Airport also launched a social media campaign throughout the month of September to encourage local residents to share this news with their friends and family.
"Supporting your local airport means helping to protect all of the positive economic benefits it creates for the North Island. Our airport supports hundreds of jobs and injects millions of dollars per year into our local economy," said Bigelow in a recent newspaper editorial. "Including the influence on tourism in the area, combined economic output for the North Island is estimated at about $26 million a year for a single daily Boeing 737 flight."
"Last year more than 5,400 guests took advantage of this non-stop service to Mexico," explained Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. "This is the perfect option for residents who are seeking a quick getaway to somewhere sunny without any travel hassles. In just under five hours after taking off at YQQ, you could be taxiing into the gate at Puerto Vallarta and ready to hit the beach."
To reach the same destination on the same day, starting from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), would add an additional five hours of travel time, plus an overnight stay in a hotel due to ferry schedules. The Comox Valley Airport has been working hard through its latest advertising campaign to remind North Island residents to do the math before booking a trip from another airport this winter.
"It is easy to get enticed by a lower air fare on the mainland," explained Bigelow. "But before you book that ticket, do the math and make sure you are taking into account the real cost of your trip including: gas, ferry, hotel and your time."
For more information on Puerto Vallarta and other WestJet destinations accessible from Comox, visit: www.westjet.com. Guests are also reminded that their first checked bag is still free for flights booked in Flex or Plus fares, as well as all international flights to and from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. For additional details on baggage fees visit: www.westjet.com and click on the Travel Info tab.
For more information about calculating the real cost of your trip from the mainland visit: www.comoxairport.com/realcost.
"We have been lobbying WestJet to provide us with a daily early-morning flight and we really saw an opportunity to make this happen with the introduction of the Q400s," explained Comox Valley Airport CEO, Fred Bigelow. They agreed there was a market for more service and now we are pleased to offer our passengers same-day access in both directions to sun spots like Varadero, Cancun and Palm Springs, as well as improved connections to many other vacation destinations."
For more information on WestJet destinations accessible from Comox, visit: www.westjet.com. Guests are also reminded that their first checked bag is still free for flights booked in Flex or Plus fares, as well as all international flights to and from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and Europe. For additional details on baggage fees visit: www.westjet.com and click on the Travel Info tab.
The extra flight, combined with one additional flight per week to Edmonton, will likely result in a five per cent increase in the airport's passenger numbers year over year.
To accommodate the additional service, the daily evening departure to Calgary will leave Comox at 4:45 p.m. instead of 7:15 p.m. This change takes effect on January 15, 2015.
|Comox-Calgary||Daily||6:00 a.m.||8:41 a.m.||January 16, 2015|
|Calgary-Comox||Daily||8:15 p.m.||9:10 p.m.||January 15, 2015|
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The exhibition runs for six months from November 2014 to May 2015 and offers passengers and members of the public 23 stunning pieces of artwork. Tofino, the Salish Shore, Strathcona, Campbell River, the Comox Valley and other island locations are featured.
"All work presented in this year's exhibit celebrates the desire to travel to the many special places on Vancouver Island that are accessible through the Comox Valley Airport," said Dallas Stevenson, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council. "We are really pleased to display such a unique and diverse selection of artwork to enjoy in the terminal building."
The exhibition will feature photography, sculpture, painting and textiles by Heather Alton, Brian Argyle, Bert Badey, Anna May Bennett, Leslie Bennett, Ron Bridge, Brian Buckrell, Jean Cockburn, April Dyck, Bill Kerr, Marsha Mackinnon, Ron Moffat, David Netterville, Marilyn Peeters, Susan Schaefer, Andrew Talbot, Althea White, Paul Wullum and Katie Wylie.
"The Comox Valley Art and Culture Program exhibition provides a passenger with a very strong sense of place upon arriving to Vancouver Island," said YQQ CEO, Fred Bigelow. "This is an excellent way to support the local art community, while providing a truly unique west coast experience for all of those who enter the terminal."
The Comox Valley Airport Art and Culture Program, a partnership between YQQ and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, is intended to showcase the rich artistic tradition of northern Vancouver Island by presenting an annual public art exhibition for YQQ passengers and the community. A call for submissions is issued each spring and artwork is selected by a jury made up of representatives from the airport and the Arts Council.
Community partners, including the Comox Fire Department and 19 Wing Comox, participated in a simulated aviation fuel spill.
Emergency preparedness is an important component of YQQ's strategic plan and ensures airport employees are prepared to respond in the unlikely event of an emergency.