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Due to the impact of the COVID global pandemic, Island Express Air ceased operation in April 2020. As of October 2020, local officials are looking for alternative ways for passengers to travel between destinations.

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About Island Express Air

Island Express Air was a Canadian airline operating domestic flights in Canada and around British Columbia. The airline was founded in 2007 and since then, it developed its fleet from operating one aircraft to ten aircraft. These aircraft were serving destinations including Abbotsford, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Qualicum Beach, Victoria and Tofino. They operated scheduled flights as well as charter flights.

The airline had a fleet of Beechcraft King Air 100, Piper PA-28 Cherokee, Piper PA-31 Navajo and Piper PA-32 aircraft, which are all turboprop aircraft.


The airline flew to six destinations in Canada including Abbotsford, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Qualicum Beach, Victoria and season flights to Tofino. Also, check out our Domestic Canadian Flights page if you are looking to travel to other Canadian destinations.

Canada Abbotsford YXX Abbotsford Airport
Victoria YYJ Victoria International Airport
Nanaimo YCD Nanaimo Airport
Vancouver YVR Vancouver International Airport
Tofino YAZ Tofino / Long Beach Airport
Qualicum Beach XQU Qualicum Beach Airport

Baggage Allowance

Carry-On Baggage

Passengers were entitled to one free carry-on baggage and one free personal item onboard. The carry-on baggage cannot exceed 21.5" x 15.5" x 9" and the combined weight of both items cannot exceed 30lbs. Any excess weight was needed to be paid for upon check-in.

No prohibited items were allowed onboard including any fluid exceeding 100ml.

Checked Baggage

The airline doesn't provide any free checked baggage allowance but passengers can buy checked baggage allowance when booking with Alternative Airlines. Additional baggage purchased cannot exceed 40 lbs (18kg) in weight and it cannot be oversized.

Any baggage exceeding 40lbs would be charged extra and no baggage exceeding 70lbs (32 kg) wouldn't be accepted by the airline due to international Health and Safety regulations.

Check-In Information

Check-In Online

No online check-in services are available for passengers, but the airline will send an electronic boarding pass via email approximately one hour before departure. Please ensure the travller's email address is correct.

Airport Check-In

Airport check-in counters opened 45 minutes before and closed 30 minutes before the established flight departure time. Failure to comply with these rules would risk losing their ticket(s).

All passengers over 12 years of age were required to bring valid photo identification when travelling, but all passengers were advised to bring valid identification when travelling.

Airline Alliance

Island Express Air isn't part of any airline alliance.

Airline’s Fleet

The airline operated a fleet of Beechcraft King Air 100, Piper PA-28 Cherokee, Piper PA-31 Navajo and Piper PA-32 aircraft.

Hub Airport

Abbotsford Airport

Abbotsford Airport (YXX) is situated 4.1 km from downtown Abbotsford, Canada. It's the second largest airport in Lower Mainland after Vancouver International Airport. The airport has two runways serving around 850 thousand passengers every year from domestic and some seasonal international destinations.

The other airlines that are flying to and from the airport include Air Canada Rouge, Swoop, WestJet and WestJet Encore.