A new airline connection between Kamloops and Vancouver begins today (Feb. 9), filling the void left behind when Air Canada suspended all flights out of the Tournament Capital due to pandemic-related financial issues.
Pacific Coastal Airlines’ new non-stop service between Kamloops Airport and Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal begins on Tuesday and will continue with one daily flight each way, Sundays through Fridays. It is the only airline to fly between the two cities.
The 50-minute flights will leave Vancouver at 2:35 p.m. and land in Kamloops at 3:25 p.m. Flights will also leave Kamloops at 3:55 p.m. and land in Vancouver at 4:45 p.m.
Pacific Coastal is using 19-passenger pressurized turboprop Beech 1900D aircraft.
In addition to Pacific Coastal’s arrival, On Tuesday, Central Mountain Air has said it plans to introduce Kamloops to Vancouver flights in April. Last week, Central Mountain suspended its thrice-weekly flights between Kamloops and Prince George and said they may return in April.
Air Canada stopped its Kamloops to Vancouver flights on Jan. 23. The company said it has continued operating during the pandemic with less than eight per cent of normal passenger volumes and has reduced its workforce by 20,000 people and fleet by 79 aircraft.
WestJet Airlines continues its daily Kamloops-Calgary connection.
For information on all airlines flying out of Kamloops, go online to kamloopsairport.com.