MP upset with Air Canada

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings isn’t happy with the newly announced Air Canada schedule at the Penticton airport.

The airline announced earlier this month it is deploying larger, more modern Q400 aircraft on its Vancouver to Penticton route — a move universally applauded due to increased route capacity and fewer expected cancellations. 

It was later disclosed, however, that change would come at the expense of a seasonal fourth flight between the cities.

“To my dismay, they chose to drop the late-night flight, which arrives in Penticton around 11 p.m. departs the following morning around 6 a.m.,” said Cannings. “These flights are always full and are essential to many travellers, including business people travelling to Vancouver for meetings and vacation travellers connecting to flights in Vancouver.”

Under the new schedule, as of May 1 travellers will not be able to leave for Vancouver until 9:35 a.m. and must return from Vancouver no later than 6 p.m.

“I am concerned that this change will result in a decrease in passenger traffic to and from Penticton rather than the increase forecast in the Q400 announcement. I believe that many people in the South Okanagan will be forced to use the Kelowna airport instead of Penticton to make their Vancouver connections and meetings. I have expressed my concerns to Air Canada and hope that they will reverse this decision,” said Cannings.

Air Canada has said the reorganized schedule will allow connections through the Vancouver hub.

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