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YQQ Spring 2017 Newsletter

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  1. Air Canada and Pacific Coastal Airlines Add YVR Service
  2. Challenging Winter Operations
  3. Passenger Growth Continues at YQQ in 2016
  4. The History of Aviation in Stained Glass at YQQ
  5. CVAC Board Member, Keith Tatton, named Citizen of the Year
  6. Annual Art Exhibit on display at Comox Valley Airport
  7. Mid Island Gifts celebrates 15 years

Air Canada and Pacific Coastal Airlines Add YVR Service

Air Canada and Pacific Coastal Airlines will both increase air service at YQQ to Vancouver this spring. The announcement is welcome news and will serve to fill a void left by the departure of Central Mountain Air in February. Going forward, the Comox Valley community will be well served with the additional capacity.

Pacific Coastal Airlines
Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines has announced the addition of new evening service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal to Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) and Campbell River Airport (YBL) effective April 2, 2017.

The flights will operate six days a week from Sunday through Friday.

Depart YVR - South TerminalArrive YQQ
9:00 p.m.9:35 p.m.

"We've been providing regularly scheduled service to the Campbell River and Comox airports for many years and the addition of these new later evening flights are a reflection of our continued commitment to the people who live and work in these, and other mid-island communities," says Pacific Coastal Airlines' President Quentin Smith.

  • For more information on additional service with PCA click here
  • For more information on Pacific Coastal Airlines click here.

Air Canada

Air Canada Adds Capacity
Air Canada Express
Air Canada (AC) will double its Comox-Vancouver service this summer. The flights will put an additional 200 seats into the market daily, effectively allowing travellers to take advantage of Air Canada's extensive network. The service additions are well timed to meet YQQ's peak summer season demand.

"This is huge," comments airport CEO Fred Bigelow, "Not only does it solve the early morning departure issue (that was lost with 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." For more information click here.

For more information on Air Canada's extensive network click here.

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

Challenging Winter Operations

Challenging Winter Operations
The past months have undoubtedly been one of the worst weather periods this community has ever experienced in terms of sustained snowfall. The Comox Valley Airport and our community owes a debt of gratitude to 19 Wing and YQQ staff for the tremendous support in keeping our Airport open, operational and safe throughout the adverse weather.

The response from 19 Wing and the YQQ staff was immediate, effective and most appreciated. During the hardest hit period from February 3rd - 9th it is remarkable that no flight cancellations were attributable to runway conditions or to the aircraft maneuvering areas! Furthermore, the Airport accepted a number of aircraft destined for other airports that were not able to keep up as well as Comox.

We know we can always count on the support of 19 Wing, but the total effort this winter truly stands out.

Passenger Growth Continues at YQQ in 2016

Passenger Growth Continues at YQQ in 2016
Passenger Growth Continues at YQQ in 2016
For yet another year, the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) set a record for passenger growth. An increase of 5.1% was logged for 2016 as 368,733 people travelled through YQQ.

Airport traffic has experienced increases in passenger traffic year-over-year and is up 19% over the last 5 years. August was the busiest month of 2016 with 42,000 passengers during the peak summer season. The largest increase was reported in March with a 21% increase over the same month in 2015.

"Increased seat capacity along with some very competitive pricing from the airlines is making travel through YQQ attractive." states Fred Bigelow, CEO of YQQ. "In particular, we're seeing a huge increase in the number of area residents starting their journeys to the United States from YQQ. Strategically, we have the nation's two largest airlines providing service to three major Canadian hubs," continues Bigelow. "The options are endless with this ability to tap into their comprehensive global networks."

YQQ Air Service and Destinations Includes:

  • Pacific Coastal with daily service to Vancouver (south terminal) and Campbell River
  • Air Canada daily service to Vancouver
  • WestJet daily service to Calgary and Edmonton with season service to Mexico (PVR)
For more information on great connection options for scheduled service to and from Comox click here.

The History of Aviation in Stained Glass at YQQ

The History of Aviation in Stained Glass at YQQ
Stained glass window at arrivals door
A spectacular display of stained glass frames the arrivals entrance at the Comox Valley Airport, creating a truly unique experience. The artistic creation of local talent Jan Lindstrom captures the historical significance of some of the aircraft stationed and flown in the Comox Valley. It is a testament to the positive contributions of the military in the Comox Valley and Comox Valley Airport is proud to have it for passengers to enjoy.

"The left side windows are what I call the 'country side', portraying the earlier years of the Comox Valley with farmland and coastal imagery," describes artist Jan Lindstrom. "I mirrored the background design to create the windows on the right, to portray more modern times with Comox Road and buildings, but still retaining the farms. This I call the 'city side'! These windows are a gateway to the wonderful combination of natural beauty and rich culture in the Valley. The colourful rays, farmlands, and borders were selected to cheer the weary traveler."

"This window commemorates the working relationship between 19 Wing Comox and the Comox Valley Airport, "states airport CEO Fred Bigelow, "It symbolizes the generous spirit of our community and is an excellent way to welcome passengers into our airport."

For a more detailed description of the windows Click Here

CVAC Board Member, Keith Tatton, named Citizen of the Year

Keith Tatton
CVAC Board member, Keith Tatton, was recognized as the Comox Valley Citizen of the Year at the recent Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner. Keith has been a Board member at CVAC since 2013, and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee.

"Keith is very deserving of this award," comments Frank Van Gisbergen, Chair of CVAC Board. "He leads by example, dedicating countless hours to building a better community. Keith brings his strength of character, integrity and business expertise to our Board. It's a tremendous asset."

Keith has been involved in the business of producing and supplying concrete for more than 47 years. In 1998 he and his wife Joanne started up Cumberland Ready Mix and then later acquired Cumberland Sand and Gravel. Throughout his time in the Comox Valley, he has served on the boards of several business and industry organizations including; the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, the North Vancouver Island Construction Association, the Vancouver Island Construction Association and the British Columbia Construction Association. Volunteerism is a big part of Keith's life. His business raises thousands of dollars for worthwhile community groups annually. We congratulate Keith on his well-deserved recognition!

For more information on the CVAC Board of Directors click here.

Annual Art Exhibit on display at Comox Valley Airport

Annual Art Exhibit on display at Comox Valley Airport
Fred Bigelow (CEO) with 2016 Artists
The talent of twenty local artists remains on display at the Comox Valley Airport. This year's art exhibition, entitled "The Elements" was launched in November and will run for six months until May, 2017.

This year, artists were requested to submit pieces that were an interpretation of an elemental connection to life on Vancouver Island through a basic element of art making. Artwork could be in the form of paintings, original prints, photography, mixed media, textiles and/or sculpture. Artists living in the northern Vancouver Island area were eligible to submit.

"It is always incredibly exciting to see the interpretations on our annual theme", commented Dallas Stevenson, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Community Arts, "Once again, the diversity and talent on display is remarkable."

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.

"We want to showcase a strong sense of place to everyone passing through our terminal," states Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow. "The Art Program is integral to portraying the unique identity, environment, cultural values and artistic vitality of our Comox Valley."

For more information about this program, the featured artists and their work on display at the Comox Valley Airport click here. ( www.comoxairport.com/arts). For information about how to get involved in YQQ's Art and Culture program and other community arts projects, visit www.comoxvalleyarts.com.

Mid Island Gifts celebrates 15 years

Mid Island Gifts celebrates 15 years
CEO Fred Bigelow (left) presents donation in support of MARS
Mid Island Gifts, located at the Comox Valley Airport, celebrated its 15th year of operation in November. Mid Island specializes in local Vancouver Island artists and artisans and offers unique one of a kind items and giftware. A portion of proceeds from the special anniversary sale were donated in support of the Rescue Centre for Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS)

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