Pacific Coastal Airlines resumes flights between Cranbrook and Kelowna

Airline resumes YLW flights

Pacific Coastal Airlines is resuming service between Cranbrook and Kelowna starting this fall.

The service between Kelowna International Airport and Cranbrook was suspended on April 29, 2021, due to a lack of customer demand, according to Johnathan Richardson, vice-president of commercial services for Pacific Coastal Airlines.

"Pacific Coastal Airlines is excited to resume service between Cranbrook and Kelowna. We have received significant customer feedback requesting the return of this 55-minute non-stop flight," says Richardson.

The flights will resume effective Sept. 12.

“We are so pleased to see this route with Pacific Coastal return between Kelowna and Cranbrook. It is important that we are able to once again provide these regional connections for BC residents,” says Sam Samaddar, airport director of Kelowna International Airport.

The non-stop flight service will operate three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, using the 19-passenger pressurized turboprop Beech 1900. The aircraft offers comfortable seating, six-foot cabin height and generous cargo capacity.

"I’m once again delighted to see Pacific Coastal Airlines commitment in the East Kootenay air travel market. In 2013, Pacific Coastal Airlines connected the East Kootenay and the Okanagan with direct non-stop air service to Kelowna, essential for health services, tourism and business development. Today’s announcement to resume this service is cause for great celebration,” states Tristen Chernove, CEO of Elevate Airports Inc.

Pacific Coastal Airlines is a privately-owned British Columbia based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal that currently flies to 18 airports in B.C.

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