New airline could operate out of Victoria International Airport

NorthStar Air hopes to run flights between Victoria and Bamfield - West Coast Trail, Tofino

A new airline service plans to fly passengers to some harder-to-reach areas of the Island.

NorthStar Air hopes to begin flights, starting June 1, from Victoria International Airport to destinations such as the northern end of the West Coast Trail in Bamfield, as well as Tofino – subject to government approval. It also hopes to land in Whistler and Squamish at a later date. It would offer scheduled service on two aircraft, called BN Islanders.

NorthStar air would operate a nine-passenger aircraft with cargo space, for tourism, business and industry, such as charter flight for forestry, mining and fishing. It can land on short, unimproved runway strips, such as Bamfield’s, according to NorthStar.

The website will be equipped to take online bookings, the company said and flights will operate year-round.

The website, www.northstarairtours.com, offers flights from Victoria to Bamfield for $99 and to Tofino for $119.