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New flights to Kelowna, Vancouver’s south terminal start at Nanaimo Airport

Pacific Coastal Airlines will offer flights on 19-seat Beechcraft 1900
Pacific Coastal Airlines started new routes to Vancouver and Kelowna from the Nanaimo Airport on Tuesday, Sept 12, with fire trucks marking the occasion with a burst of water. (Bailey Seymour/The Chronicle)

New routes to Kelowna and Vancouver’s south terminal are available from Nanaimo Airport now that a partnership is in place with B.C.-based Pacific Coastal Airlines.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, stakeholders gathered at the Nanaimo Airport to celebrate the first flight of the new Nanaimo-to-Vancouver South Terminal and Nanaimo-Kelowna routes, utilizing a 19-passenger Beechcraft 1900 aircraft.

Dave Devana, CEO of the Nanaimo Airport, said Pacific Coastal Airlines “is a partner we’ve been seeking to have here for a long time.”

Daily flights will be departing to Vancouver at 7:45 a.m. and returning to Nanaimo at 2:55 p.m. and Kelowna flights will be departing at 3:50 p.m. and returning at 5:20 p.m.

“This new service further connects our communities, giving British Columbians and those who travel here another option to visit Nanaimo and other destinations on the Island, while providing important air access for the region to Vancouver and beyond,” said Russ Atkinson, director of air service development with the Vancouver Airport Authority, in a news release.

Passengers can book their flights by visiting, or by contacting 1-800-663-2872.

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Bailey Seymour

About the Author: Bailey Seymour

After graduating from SAIT and stint with the Calgary Herald, I ended up at the Nanaimo News Bulletin/Ladysmith Chronicle in March 2023
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