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YQQ Comox 2016 Airport Spring Newsletter

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  1. Record breaking year for YQQ
  2. The Comox Valley Airport welcomes Martin Crilly to its Board of Directors
  3. Generous spirits keeps YQQ employees warm on the Coldest Night of the Year
  4. Charitable giving part of YQQs commitment to provide an economic benefit to the Comox Valley
  5. Just two months left to take in annual art exhibition at YQQ
  6. New way to pay for your parking at YQQ

Record breaking year for YQQ

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The Comox Valley Airport had a record breaking year in 2015, hitting an all time high of 351,530 passengers. That is an incredible 40 per cent increase in travellers since the Airport Commission opened the doors to the new terminal building in 2004.

Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow says the impressive annual results are directly linked to Air Canada's new service to Vancouver from Comox, as well as increased flights and scheduling improvements to Calgary with WestJet and WestJet Encore.

Air Canada's new Vancouver route now offers about 30 connections for Comox passengers, including: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Seoul, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Honolulu, Maui, and London Heathrow. WestJet's added capacity opened up more than 14 additional WestJet connections for YQQ passengers, including sunspot destinations like Varadero, Orlando, Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale and Cabo San Lucas. This has increased the number of passengers choosing Comox as their originating airport.

"A key focus of the Comox Valley Airport in 2015 was to increase the number of same-day connections available from YQQ," explained Bigelow. "With more flights moving in and out of Calgary and Vancouver, it is now easier than ever for passengers to start their journey from the Comox Valley Airport, instead of driving to the mainland to access the flights they need."

  • Read more about great connection options with Air Canada

  • Read more about great connection options with WestJet

The Comox Valley Airport welcomes Martin Crilly to its Board of Directors

The Comox Valley Airport Commissions newest Director brings more than 40 years of experience in transportation policy, planning, regulation, economics and logistics with him to the Board.

Click here to read more about Martin.

Generous spirits keep YQQ employees warm on the Coldest Night of the Year

Coldest Night of the Year
Airport employees Angie Davis, Alex Robertson and Claire Munroe walked with their loved ones to form part of Team YQQ.
Comox Valley Airport employees were proud to walk in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser to raise money and awareness for homelessness initiatives in the Comox Valley. YQQ was thrilled to beat our fundraising goal and raise $730 thanks to a donation from the Airport Commission and the generosity of our employees and board members.

Money raised from the event supported the Comox Valley Transition Society, an organization that helps women who have experienced abuse, along with their children. Dawn to Dawn: Action On Homelessness Society, a local organization that offers temporary housing for the homeless, was also supported through this fundraiser. The Comox Valley as a community raised a total of $54,741 with 51 teams walking in the event.

Charitable giving part of YQQs commitment to provide an economic benefit to the Comox Valley

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Did you know the Comox Valley Airport donates thousands of dollars to local charities each year? Throughout the year, a committee made up of YQQ employees reviews all charitable donation requests received through the airport's website.

If you are seeking sponsorship for your fundraising event or a donation for your charitable organization, we invite you to review our sponsorship and donation policy and then fill out our online application form.

Just two months left to take in annual art exhibition at YQQ

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The Comox Valley Airport's annual Public Art and Culture exhibition closes in May to make room for YQQ's summer art program. Seventeen talented local artists have been showcasing their work since November in the terminal building.

The exhibition, which celebrates Island Connections, includes photography, sculpture, painting and textiles by Heather Alton, Karena Austin, Bert Badey, Ingrid Bollegraaf, Liz Carter, Ardythe Crawford, April Dyck, Angela Farquharson, Jayson Fuerstenberg, Heather Hughson, Cindy Mawle, Kimberly Roukkula, Laurie Savard, Patt Scrivener, Trish Smith, Perrin Sparks, Pam Young.

Island connections include links to the many special places, people and experiences available on Northern Vancouver Island. Works are representative of the emotional, physical, literal and/or ethereal sense of being linked or associated with this part of the Island.

"When a person, an idea or a thing is brought together, associated or attached with something else, it is a connection," explained Dallas Stevenson, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council." It is always incredibly exciting to see the interpretations on our annual theme and we are very pleased with the diversity and talent on display at this year's exhibition."

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.

To view this year's exhibition click here.

For more information about the Comox Valley Community Arts Council visit www.comoxvalleyarts.com

New way to pay for your parking at YQQ

New way to pay for your parking at YQQ
There is a new, quick and hassle-free way to pay for parking at the Comox Valley Airport. Using the Passport Parking app (available at Google play or the App Store) or by visiting the Passport Parking website, you can pay for your parking remotely and add more time if you need it.

The service also includes alerts to remind you when your parking ticket is about to expire.

Click here for more information.

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