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News Release - March 16, 2017

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Air Canada's YQQ-YVR Service to Double in Coming Months

Air Canada (AC) will increase its current Comox-Vancouver service of two flights per day to four flights in preparation for the summer season. The extra capacity resulting from the service addition is well timed to meet YQQ's peak summer demand. Flights begin May 19th and June 1st, effectively allowing travellers to take advantage of Air Canada's extensive network.

Particularly welcome is an early morning departure from YQQ and late evening return. "This is huge," comments airport CEO Fred Bigelow. "Not only does it solve the early morning departure issue (previously served by CMA), but also fixes a long standing problem of connecting returning passengers back through YVR in the evening."

"It's great to see Air Canada making this kind of investment in our market", continues Bigelow. "Hopefully the passenger loads will prove strong and encourage continued growth in frequency and capacity on this route."

The additional flights will operate daily, except Saturday, by Air Canada Express using a 50-seat, Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft.

New flight schedule:

Depart YQQArrive YVRDepart YVRArrive YQQ
6:10 a.m.6:46 a.m.10:05 a.m.10:42 a.m.
11:05 a.m.11:45 a.m.*1:35 p.m.*2:12 p.m.
*2:35 p.m.*3:15 p.m.4:40 p.m.5:17 p.m.
5:40 p.m.6:16 p.m.8:40 p.m.9:17 p.m.
*summer seasonal service

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Contact Information:

Maxine Montgomery
Comox Valley Airport
mmontgomery@comoxairport.com
250-890-0829 ext 253
About the Comox Valley Airport

The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is an economic driver for Northern Vancouver Island, supporting about 193 direct jobs including airlines, airport management, security, food and beverage, retail and ground transportation. The airport and tourism business community together generate $367 million in Gross Domestic Product and $701 million in direct economic output for the community. YQQ is operated by the Comox Valley Airport Commission, which was established in 1996 as a non-share capital and not-for-profit organization to operate the civil aviation facilities, including the terminal and apron at YQQ. The airfield and its associated systems, including air traffic control, are operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force at 19 Wing Comox on a continuous 24-hour basis. For more information, please visit www.comoxairport.com.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2016 served close to 45 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 91 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

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