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