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About

Pacific Coastal Airlines is a Canadian airline headquartered in Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.

Pacific Coastal Airlines flies to 65 destinations in British Columbia. From August 2015, Pacific Coastal Airlines launched daily non-stop flights between Victoria and Kelowna.

Examples of destinations that Pacific Coastal Airlines are Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Port Hardy, Masset, Prince George, Trail, Vancouver, Victoria and Williams Lake.  

 

The new 2018 spring schedule creates better connections between some of the other destinations within Pacific Coastal Airlines' network, improves on time performance, and adjusts seat capacity to better meet local demand.

Some of the changes to the 2018 spring schedule include, but are not limited to: 

Tofino


New daily non-stop service between Vancouver and Tofino starting Tuesday, April 3

  • 45 minute flight time
  • 19 seat aircraft

 

Cranbrook

  • A new early morning connection between Cranbrook and mid-Vancouver Island (Comox, Campbell River)
  • Three daily connections between Cranbrook and Victoria (morning, mid-day, and evening)

 

Williams Lake

  • Most flights each week between Williams Lake and Vancouver (more than any other airline)
  • Improved connections between Williams Lake and Victoria

 

Port Hardy

  • Twice daily morning and afternoon flights between Port Hardy and Vancouver to enhance business travel connections to/from Vancouver

 

Masset

  • Return of the Saturday flight between Vancouver and Masset starting May 4

 

Kelowna

  • More non-stop flights between Victoria and Kelowna than any other airline

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines provides a regular schedule charter and cargo service to 15 airports with connection to over 50 destinations in British Columbia. This is more than any other airlines in the Vancouver region, Canada. Pacific Coastal Airlines are the sixth largest airlines operating at Vancouver international Airport (YVR). This is based on the total outbound seats, take offs and landings.

 

The airline was founded in the 1970s and is privately owned and registered in British Columbia.

 

The flight time is 65 minutes and can take up to 34 passengers.

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines' fleet consists of Beechcraft 1900, Beechcraft Super King Air, Cessena 185, de Havilland Canada DHC-2 BEaver, Gruman Goose and Saab 340.

 

A new airline division Wilderness Seaplanes which started service on May 5, 2016 was established to take over the Pacific Coastal Airlines Seaplane Division and is Based at Port Hardy and Bella Bella. Pacific Coastal Airlines connects you to communities and world famous outdoor adventure and fishing lodges along British Columbia’s central coast in conjunction with Wilderness Seaplanes.

Wilderness operates seaplane service to more than fifty coastal communities from bases in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island and Bella Bella. 

 


 

Frequent Flyer Program

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines offers QuickPass where a minimum of 20% discount off the top fare in the selected category.

 

As each QuikPass offers its own features and benefits, flying needs will help determine which one is best for the traveler. It is important that a passenger takes time to understand and choose the QuikPass that best suits their travel needs.

 

If a passenger's flying needs vary, they may open more than one QuikPass account so they can have access to more than one type of specific fare. 

A premium product, QuikPass encore provides the ultimate in convenience and no cancellation or change fees. 

 


 

Baggage

 

Baggage allowance is limited to 50 Ibs (23kg) per passenger.

Passengers are not restricted in the number of luggage pieces but the total weight must not exceed 23kgs. 

 

Pacific Coastal Airlines have received many awards, including:

  • Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society – special recognition 2014
  • BC SPCA Caring Company of the Year Award (2013)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medallion (President Quentin Smith) for long term support of Special Olympics BC (2013)
  • Hope Air Philanthropist of the Year Award (Quentin Smith) 2013
  • Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Award (President Quentin Smith) 2013
  • Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre – special recognition (2011)

 

News

18th May 2018

WestJet to launch first CPA with Pacific Coastal in June

After an initial delay, Canadian LCC WestJet Airlines is poised to launch its first capacity purchase agreement (CPA) in June, the first of what is expected to be several deals that will expand the carrier’s network into smaller communities.

The deal with Pacific Coastal Airlines (PCA), announced in December, envisioned an early 2018 start date. But PCA hit delays in getting regulatory approvals, forcing WestJet to push the launch to June 20.

Initial routes will connect WestJet’s Calgary hub with Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Lloydminster and Prince George. All routes will be flown with 34-passenger Saab 340Bs painted in WestJet livery.

“We’re about to launch in the [Canadian] West,” WestJet CFO Harry Taylor said in a recent investor conference. “We hope to have something in the East over time as well, and expect that this will continue to add and grow” both the carrier’s revenues and network.

Notaby, Cranbrook and Prince George are in British Columbia, outside of WestJet’s home province of Alberta. Diversifying its Calgary traffic has been one of the carrier’s goals, as Alberta is heavily dependent on oil exploration, and has seen traffic rise and fall in line with oil prices. PCA’s other three WestJet routes are in Alberta.

WestJet, which has 47 Bombardier Q400s flying in its WestJet Encore regional operation, is expected to add CPAs to add feed at its Vancouver and Toronto hubs as well as bolster Calgary. Expanding into smaller communities not suited for Q400s is seen as a key way to add flow that will help support the carrier's international widebody expansion. It takes the first of 10 firm-order Boeing 787-9s early next year and is expected use the aircraft to launch new long-haul services to Europe, Asia or both. The carrier currently serves several European destinations.

 

8th April 2018

Pacific Coastal Airlines works on its new Vancouver-Tofino service

Pacific Coastal Airlines has now officially launched its short 188-kilometre hop between Vancouver and Tofino as of last week, when it inaugurated its daily Beech 1900-operated service. It is the third airline to fly between the two British Columbia airports, joining KD Air Corporation and Orca Airways which both already operate three daily services each. Although Pacific Coastal Airlines only operates a daily service, its 19-seat aircraft choice for the route means that weekly seat capacity on the airport pair will grow by 68%, as the two rivals choose to serve the sector using their eight-seat Piper PA31s. Pacific Coastal Airlines’ flights will leave Vancouver at 15:15, landing into Tofino at 16:00. Return services then depart at 16:30, touching down back in Vancouver at 17:15. With this launch the carrier now operates to 11 airports non-stop from Vancouver.

 

8th February 2018

Pacific Coastal Airlines adds non-stop Vancouver-Tofino service

A new daily non-stop flight between Vancouver and Tofino has been added to Pacific Coastal Airlines’ spring schedule.

The new flight starts April 3, though the spring schedule will begin March 4 and be in effect until June 3.

The new flight will operate seven days a week, leaving Vancouver International’s south terminal at 3:15 p.m. and arriving at the Tofino/Long Beach Airport at 4 p.m. It leaves the west coast of the Island at 4:30 p.m. and arrives in Vancouver at 5:15 p.m.

The airline will use a 19-seat turboprop Beechcraft 1900 to service the new route, but the company might upgrade to a 30 or 34-seat Saab 340A or 340B aircraft should demand increase.

Other changes to the spring schedule include a new early-morning connection between Cranbrook and Comox, three daily connections between Cranbrook and Victoria, twice-daily morning and afternoon flights between Port Hardy and Vancouver and the return of the Saturday flight between Vancouver and Masset starting May 4.

 

31st January 2018

Pacific Coastal Airlines’ 2018 Spring Schedule Includes Vancouver-Tofino

Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to announce its 2018 Spring Schedule which will be in effect from March 4 to June 3, 2018.

The new schedule includes a new, daily non-stop flight between Vancouver and Tofino beginning Tuesday, April 3.

“This new route is a natural fit for our airline and introduces greater capacity and improved service to Tofino, Ucluelet and the surrounding area,” says Pacific Coastal Airlines’ President Quentin Smith.

The new flight will operate 7 days a week, leaving Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR) at 3:15 P.M. and arriving at the Tofino/Long Beach Airport (YAZ) at 4:00 P.M. It departs YAZ at 4:30 P.M. arriving back at YVR at 5:15 P.M.

“As an airline that got its start in Bella Coola, we understand the importance of quick, convenient, and affordable travel between smaller communities and larger hub cities in British Columbia and we will be working hard with key stakeholders in Ucluelet, Tofino and the entire region to earn their support,” adds Smith.

Pacific Coastal will be using its proven 19-seat turboprop aircraft, the Beechcraft 1900, to service the Vancouver-Tofino route, but has the capability to upgrade to larger 30 or 34-seat Saab 340A or 340B aircraft should demand increase.

 

16th November 2017

Pacific Coastal Airlines is launching a daily afternoon service between Vancouver and Tofino starting on April

Pacific Coastal Airlines is launching a new daily afternoon service between Vancouver and Tofino starting on April.

The 45-minute flight is aimed at those seeking a quick and affordable travel option between the lower mainland and Vancouver Island’s west coast communities, the airline said. The flight will operate seven days a week, leaving Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal at 3 p.m. and arriving at the Tofino/Long Beach Airport at 3:45 p.m. It departs Tofino at 4:15 p.m. arriving at YVR at 5 p.m.

 

14th September 2017

Pacific Coastal Airlines Announces 2017-2018 Winter/Spring Schedule

While the new schedule does not include any fundamental changes from the Spring/Summer schedule, the first flights of the day will leave a bit later, while the last evening flights will depart a bit earlier. Some of the changes include, but are not limited to:   

Bella Bella (ZEL)

  • Increased seat capacity with 2 larger Saab aircraft every weekday
  • Better connections for seaplane customers traveling between Bella Bella and Vancouver
  • Improved connection between Bella Bella and Klemtu

Campbell River (YBL) and Comox (YQQ)

  • More non-stop flights utilizing the 19-seat Beechcraft 1900 for both the Campbell River and Comox routes
  • Larger 30 or 34 seat Saab aircraft on the Vancouver - Campbell River - Comox (triangle) route
  • Direct morning flights from both Campbell River and Comox to Vancouver

Cranbrook (YXC)

  • Increased seat capacity with larger 30 or 34 seat Saab aircraft on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday afternoon flights from Vancouver
  • Overnighting a Saab at Cranbrook airport means more outbound morning flights to Vancouver on the larger Saab aircraft 

Masset (ZMT)

  • Saturday 30 or 34 seat Saab service from Vancouver to Masset (ZMT)

 

 

April 2017

Pacific Coastal Airlines announced it was adding another Victoria flight

Pacific Coastal Airlines’ service between Kelowna and Victoria has caught on so well the carrier is adding a third daily flight. Effective June 5, the afternoon flight leaves Kelowna daily, except Saturday, at 3:45 p.m. and arrives in Victoria at 4:50 p.m. 

Pacific Coastal flies one of its 19-seat Beech 1900 turboprop planes on all flights between Kelowna and Victoria. WestJet was the only airline to fly non-stop between Kelowna and Victoria, with two flights daily, until a couple of years ago, when Pacific Coastal entered the market.

 

 


 

 
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