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YQQ Spring 2015 Newsletter

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  1. See the world starting from Comox
  2. Passenger numbers on the rise at YQQ
  3. More WestJet winter escape options available from Comox than ever before
  4. YQQ helps increase airport awareness through School Tours
  5. Airport Director honoured with Business and Leadership Award

See the world starting from Comox

See the world starting from Comox
This summer Air Canada is bringing the world to Comox. This spring, Northern Vancouver Island residents can start their trip at the Comox Valley Airport and then conveniently connect to destinations around the world via Vancouver. The new twice-daily, non-stop service from Comox to Vancouver begins on May 1.

Air Canada and Central Mountain Air will also continue their code-share arrangement, enabling those travelling on an Air Canada ticket to fly the Vancouver leg of their trip with Central Mountain Air.

"This new service will provide another choice for island residents to access the mainland, particularly those that want to fly onto additional destinations within the expansive Air Canada route network," said Fred Bigelow, CEO of the Comox Valley Airport.

"Customers can fly either point-to-point between Comox and Vancouver, or conveniently connect in Vancouver to and from our worldwide network at our Vancouver hub to destinations in Asia and the South Pacific, Europe, and our extensive North American route network. All Air Canada flights offer Aeroplan accumulation and redemption benefits," said Kevin C. Howlett, Air Canada's Senior Vice President of Regional Markets.

The Comox/Vancouver route will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express brand using a 50-seat, made-in-Canada Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft. Flight times are as follows:

AC 8307Vancouver 8:55 amComox 9:35 am
AC 8308Comox 9:55 amVancouver 10:33 am
AC 8309Vancouver 4:25 pmComox 5:05 pm
AC 8310Comox 5:25 pmVancouver 6:03 pm

The Comox schedule has been carefully planned to provide comprehensive connection options within the Air Canada route network. Possible same-day connections from Comox with Air Canada include: all points within B.C., Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo-Narita, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Honolulu, Maui, Sydney Australia and London Heathrow.

Visit www.comoxairport.com/aircanada for more details.

Passenger numbers on the rise at YQQ

Passenger numbers are rising at YQQ with the airport serving 318,830 passengers in 2014, an increase of two per cent over the previous year.

Historical Annual Passenger Loads


Passenger numbers on the rise at YQQ

With additional capacity planned in the first half of the year, YQQ is expecting continued passenger growth into 2015.

"The last seven years at YQQ have seen a number of spikes and dips and we expect now to enter into a period of modest growth thanks to more seats and scheduling improvements from WestJet Encore and new service from Air Canada in 2015," explained Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow.

A key focus of the Comox Valley Airport has been to increase the number of destinations available from Comox while travelling on the same ticket. More frequent service into Calgary and Vancouver will allow for better connection options and access to more destinations for YQQ passengers.

"We believe our numbers will continue to grow as more people choose to start their journey from the Comox Valley Airport," concluded Bigelow.

More WestJet winter escape options available from Comox than ever before

More WestJet winter escape options available from Comox than ever before
Passengers looking to escape winter should look no further than YQQ in 2015. The Comox Valley Airport now offers more connections than ever before through the WestJet network with same-day access to nine sunny vacation destinations starting in Comox.

With just one stop-over in Calgary, you could be on your way to California, Mexico and even the Caribbean. And don't forget about WestJet's direct flight from Comox to Puerto Vallarta every Saturday until May.

Click Here for more details.

YQQ helps increase airport awareness through School Tours

YQQ helps increase airport awareness through School Tours
YQQ has been helping to increase awareness among Comox Valley students about the airport and its operations since the launch of its formal school tour program in 2012.

Tours are designed for students in kindergarten through grade three. There are also special shorter versions of the tour available for pre-school aged students from three to five years.

"The feedback from students, parents and teachers about the tours has been overwhelmingly positive," said Operations Manager, Alex Robertson who manages the program. "YQQ staff and tenants really enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the educational experience of students in our community through these tours."

For more information or to book a tour click here.

Airport Director honoured with Business and Leadership Award

Congratulations to Comox Valley Airport Commission
Congratulations to Comox Valley Airport Commission (CVAC) Director and former Chair, Linda Oprica for her recent community award from the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce. Oprica was presented top honours for Business and Leadership at the gala held on January 31.

Linda is the past president of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Comox Valley Women's Business Network, which named her Woman of the Year in 2002. An active Rotarian, she has also served as president of the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial.

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