New flight between Cranbrook and Kelowna
Pacific Coastal Airlines has announced the addition of new, non-stop Saturday service between Cranbrook and Kelowna beginning Saturday, September 8.
With the addition of the new Saturday flight, Pacific Coastal Airlines now operates seven day a week service between the two communities. Pacific Coastal launched the Cranbrook to Kelowna service in November, 2013.
The Saturday flight is scheduled to depart Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) at 12:40 p.m. MT arriving at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) at 12:35 PT.
“This route has proven to be very successful,” said Pacific Coastal Airlines’ Director of Business Development and Corporate Communications Kevin Boothroyd. “We launched this connection in recognition of the significant business, medical, and student travel that exists between the east Kootenay and Okanagan communities and because there was a need for a quick, convenient, and affordable alternative to the long drive. This new Saturday flight makes it even more convenient.”
The drive through the Crowsnest Pass is over six hours long and can become particularly challenging for motorists during the winter months. In contrast, the flight with Pacific Coastal takes just 55 minutes.
A privately owned, British Columbia based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is now the sixth-largest airline operating at YVR, based on outbound seats, and third largest in takeoffs and landings.
It flies to 16 airports and with its affiliate airline Wilderness Seaplanes located in Port Hardy on north Vancouver Island, connects to more than 50 additional destinations in the province from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains, as far north as Prince George, or Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii and now as far west as Tofino.
Its network encompasses major ski destinations, a multitude of fishing lodges, outdoor and wildlife adventure tours, and authentic First Nations experiences. Pacific Coastal also operates WestJet Link, which provides service from Calgary to Cranbrook, Prince George, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, and Medicine Hat.