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News Release - September 15, 2017

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August Record Month for Air Travel at YQQ

A record setting 43,072 travelers passed through the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) this August, breaking the previous record of just over 42,000 set in the same month of 2016.

"It's been a great summer for tourism in the Comox Valley and North Island," commented Fred Bigelow, CEO at YQQ. "We're happy to see people are choosing YQQ as the best way to get on and off the island."

"I know you have heard me say it before, but we are very fortunate to have the level of air service we do," continues Bigelow. "I don't know of a similar sized community in Canada that has the level of service we enjoy. With our nation's two largest airlines providing service to three major Canadian hubs, travelers have endless options to access their global networks."

YQQ is served by regional carrier Pacific Coastal and by Canada's two main carriers WestJet and Air Canada. Earlier this year both Pacific Coastal and Air Canada added additional YVR service and WestJet added an additional weekly flight to Edmonton over the peak summer months.

WestJet's direct season service to Puerta Vallarta begins November 4.

YQQ Air Service and Destinations:

  • Air Canada daily service to Vancouver
  • WestJet daily service to Calgary and Edmonton; weekly service to Puerto Vallarta
  • Pacific Coastal Airlines - daily service to Vancouver (South terminal)
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Media Contact:

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.
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