by Lone Sheep Publishing on Friday Mar 17 2023
Pacific Coastal Airlines will end its regularly scheduled flight service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal and Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC).
In a news release Thursday, Pacific Coastal Airlines said the last day of operations for flights between Vancouver and Cranbrook will be Friday, April 28, 2023.
Customers affected by this cancellation will be contacted and offered a full refund.
Pacific Coastal originally commenced service between Vancouver and Cranbrook on September 8, 2003.
It was previously announced in early 2020 that the route would be suspended due to a pilot shortage, with the pandemic starting shortly after. Market conditions allowed for the route to return on July 5, 2020 until present.
“As our organization continues to emerge from the pandemic we are experiencing operational constraints due to the critical pilot and aircraft maintenance engineer shortage,” said Johnathan Richardson, Vice President of Customer & Commercial.
“We are unable to offer our desired level of flight frequency and capacity and have made the difficult decision to suspend flights between Vancouver and Cranbrook, as well as reduce capacity in other markets in our network, to ensure that we can maintain offering a reliable and robust flight schedule for 2023.”
Pacific Coastal Airlines also operates flights in the Kootenays to Trail as well as other destinations in the province, including Kelowna, Penticton, Campbell River, Comox, Port Hardy, Powell River and Prince George.
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 currently flies to 17 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.