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News Release - April 15, 2024

Pacific Coastal Airlines adds Comox – Kelowna Route with YQQ

Comox Valley Airport is proud to host Pacific Coastal Airlines' new route between Comox and Kelowna. This strategic expansion underscores Pacific Coastal Airlines' commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and providing travellers with convenient options for seamless journeys within British Columbia.

Operating from Sunday to Friday, this service will offer travellers flexibility in planning their trips and cater to a variety of travel needs. The new route will be introduced in the 2024 summer schedule, with its inaugural flight scheduled for June 25. The new route will be serviced by reliable Beechcraft 1900 aircraft, ensuring passengers enjoy a comfortable and efficient travel experience.

The flight schedule for the Comox - Kelowna route is outlined below:

Flight Number Route Departure Arrival Effective Date
8P1962 Kelowna (YLW) to Comox (YQQ) 08:45 09:55 June 25, 2024
8P1963 Comox (YQQ) to Kelowna (YLW) 10:20 11:30 June 25, 2024

"We're excited to welcome Pacific Coastal Airlines' new direct service to Kelowna. Our residents love to travel and an Okanagan connection has been in high demand. With quick and convenient service six days a week, we're eager to show off the nature and culture of the Comox Valley and be the perfect gateway to Vancouver Island for travellers from BC's Interior. Our partnership with Pacific Coastal Airlines has been very successful and we couldn't be happier to assist them to expand service to the Comox Valley Airport," said Mike Atkins, CEO, Comox Valley Airport Commission.

"Pacific Coastal Airlines continues to demonstrate the time value and economic benefits of connecting B.C. communities with non-stop flight options avoiding the need to connect through major hub airports," said Johnathan Richardson, VP of Customer & Commercial at Pacific Coastal Airlines. "Building on the success of our non-stop flights from Kelowna to Victoria and Nanaimo, we are excited to provide customers with a third gateway option to Vancouver Island from Kelowna with the introduction of our new Kelowna - Comox flight service."

"The announcement of this new direct flight to Comox means yet another link for Kelowna to Vancouver Island, which further enhances regional connectivity and provides more opportunities for economic growth. It also aligns with YLW's commitment to providing more efficient and seamless travel options to our residents and visitors," says Mayor Tom Dyas. "I am grateful to our long-standing partnership with Pacific Coastal Airlines as our city continues to grow and our airport evolves."

"We are thrilled to partner with Pacific Coastal Airlines to launch new direct flights to Comox and provide more options for our passengers as we continue to grow the network between Vancouver Island and the Okanagan region," said Sam Samaddar, YLW CEO. "Vancouver Island is a popular destination for Okanagan residents, for both business and leisure, and we look forward to welcoming Comox Valley visitors to our region as well."

YQQ has been proud to partner with Pacific Coastal Airlines for the past 24 years, bringing convenient and reliable service to Vancouver Island residents.

Passengers can now book their flights for the Comox - Kelowna route through the Pacific Coastal Airlines website, by contacting the Call Centre at 1-800-663-2872, or by reaching out to their preferred travel agent.

To celebrate the launch of this new route, Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to offer a special promotion. Passengers can enjoy a 20% discount on bookings using the promo code: KELCOM. Further details regarding the promotion can be found on the Pacific Coastal Airlines website.

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About YQQ

YQQ serves passengers from central and northern Vancouver Island with its daily direct flights through British Columbia and Alberta, and seasonal service to Toronto and Puerto Vallarta. Our Vancouver Island airport is located in the Comox Valley, which is connected by two major provincial highways, making it a natural hub for travelers seeking to enter or exit Vancouver Island.

For more information, contact:

Grant McNeil
Marketing and Communications Manager
Comox Valley Airport
250-890-0829 Ext. 253
About Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines is a privately-owned British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport's South Terminal (YVR) that currently flies to 18 airports in British Columbia. Connecting to additional destinations along the south coast of British Columbia through its affiliate airline Wilderness Seaplanes, located in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.

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Quentin Smith, President
Email: corpcom@pacificcoastal.com