Pacific Coastal

Pacific Coastal makes summer changes

A Pacific Coastal Beech 1900D waits for passengers at Prince George (photo: Pacific Coastal).

Pacific Coastal airlines has announced changes for the summer season that will mean more flights and route adjustments along Canada’s West Coast.

The airline announced Thursday it plans to double flight frequency between Victoria and Prince George, and increase available seats by 27%.

“We’re pleased to offer a second daily flight between these two airports,” said Pacific Coastal Airline’s V.P. of Commercial Services, Johnathan Richardson in a statement. “This new summer schedule underscores our ongoing commitment to these communities, which began with the launch of our Victoria-Prince George service in January, 2015.”

The new flights begin June 23.

At the same time, Pacific Coastal announced it will introduce non-stop service between Vancouver‘s South Terminal and Bella Bella, a remote community along British Columbia’s rugged central coast. It will fly two daily rotations aboard Saab aircraft, with room for up to 34 passengers. The new service will cut flight time by an hour.

It will also fly three times every weekday between Vancouver and Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island.

“This schedule change reflects our desire to enhance our service offerings to these two communities during the peak summer season,” said Richardson. “We believe we have succeeded by providing more, regularly scheduled non-stop service with the larger Saab aircraft between Vancouver and the two communities.”

To make it happen, however, the airline is dropping service between Bella Bella and Port Hardy. Service will instead be handled by partner airline Wilderness Seaplanes. Pacific Coastal expects non-stop service between the two communities to resume in the fall.

Pacific Coastal serves cities in British Columbia and Alberta. It is the sixth largest airline at Vancouver International Airport, and operates the third highest number of flights, after Air Canada and Westjet.