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News Release - June 26, 2024

Pacific Coastal Airlines Celebrates Inaugural Kelowna - Comox Flight, Enhancing BC Connectivity

Pacific Coastal Airlines is excited to announce the successful launch of its new non-stop service between Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). The first flights took off yesterday, June 25, 2024, marking a significant enhancement in travel options for passengers between these two vibrant regions.

Key stakeholders, including executives, politicians, airport authorities, tourism organizations, and Indigenous representatives, gathered to celebrate this new route, which is set to provide greater connectivity and convenience for travellers.

Both Kelowna International Airport and Comox Valley Airport hosted special events featuring speeches, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the distribution of branded gifts to passengers. Additionally, a Business Partner Event was held in Kelowna following the first flight's welcome, underscoring the importance of the route in fostering business relationships and economic growth.

"Our team is ecstatic following the successful route launch between Kelowna and Comox this morning, offering our third non-stop flight option from Kelowna to Vancouver Island. This non-stop flight offers enhanced travel convenience and will foster stronger ties between these two amazing regions," said Johnathan Richardson, Vice President of Customer & Commercial.

Representatives from the Kelowna and Comox airport authorities expressed their enthusiasm for the new route:

"We are so excited to add Comox as the third non-stop connection from Kelowna to Vancouver Island," says Sam Samaddar, YLW Chief Executive Officer. "Thank you to Pacific Coastal Airlines for continuing to add these regional routes, connecting our communities and providing more travel options for Okanagan Residents."

"We've been looking forward to this week since announcing this new direct route connecting the Comox Valley and the Okanagan in April. Our community is excited and is already embracing this new option to visit the Okanagan. Pacific Coastal Airlines has been a strong partner of ours for over 20 years and we're looking forward to their new non-stop connection to the Kelowna International Airport," said Comox Valley Airport CEO Mike Atkins.

Tickets for the Kelowna - Comox route are available for purchase. Passengers can book their flights by visiting the Pacific Coastal Airlines website, contacting the Call Centre at 1-800-663-2872, or through their preferred travel agent.

To celebrate the launch, Pacific Coastal Airlines is offering a special promotion. Passengers can enjoy a 20% discount on flights between Kelowna (YLW) and Comox (YQQ) using the promo code: KELCOM20. More details can be found on the Pacific Coastal Airlines website.

Pacific Coastal Airlines remains committed to connecting communities and providing convenient travel options across British Columbia.

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 in the Comox Valley 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 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.