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Vancouver Island Air is a Vancouver Island seaplane carrier that operates scheduled flights out of its hub base, Campbell River Airport (YBL) in the British Columbia Coast, Canada. The airline was founded in 1985 and has been in operation since, offering both charter and scheduled services with a single and multi-engine aircraft on floats. The airline received media attention during the 2010 Winter Olympics which was hosted by the city of Vancouver.

Vancouver Island Air currently operates 13 year-round scheduled flights to a number of destinations within British Columbia Coast including Campbell River, Blind Channel, Burial Cove, Caviar Cove, Echo Bay and among others.

Overall, the airline has a fleet of 3 turboprop De Haviland aircraft with floats that can in total carry 32 passengers at one time.

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Baggage Policy

The airline's baggage includes all bags, carry-ons, laptop bags, purses and other items. All baggage must be weighed.

Checked Baggage

Vancouver Island AIr passengers are permitted to take 15 kg of baggage per person and not exceed 110 linear centimetres (length + width + height). Any additional baggage will be charged at the current excess baggage rate.

Cabin Classes

The airline mainly operates small flights and there's only one cabin class that is provided on the aircraft and that is the standard Economy class. The airline gives you amenities such as the one free checked piece of baggage and the option of choosing your seat.


Seats are placed in a 1 x 1 formation, ensuring that each passenger will sit by either a window or an aisle.


Vancouver Island Air passengers must check in at the airport.

Online Check-in

Online check-in before your flight isn't required when travelling with the airline.

Airport Check-in

When passengers arrive at the airport/aerodrome, they will hand in their boarding pass and the airline will take care of their luggage. It would take a few minutes for you to get checked in and so passengers are advised to arrive at least 2 hours prior to departure and check-in 45 minutes before their scheduled departure time to check-in. The airline crew from their will be ready to help in getting you boarded on the aircraft.

Airline Alliance

Vancouver Island Air isn't currently part of any airline alliance.

Frequent Flyer Program

The airline doesn't currently have a frequent flyer program.

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Destinations that Vancouver Island Air flies to

As of January 2021, the airline has scheduled and charter flights to the 13 destinations within the British Columbia Coast, Canada. These destinations include Campbell River, Blind Channel, Burial Cove and among others. If you're looking to fly within Canada, our guide to domestic flights within Canada offers lots of helpful information.

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Campbell River Airport

Campbell River Airport (YBL) is a public airport in Vancouver, within the British Columbia Coast, Canada. The airport has over 30,000 aircraft movements each year. The airport is located in the 8.3 km south of Campbell River. The airport can currently handle general aviation aircraft only, with no more than 15 passengers.

The 3 airlines that fly to and from Campbell River Airport (YBL) including Vancouver Island Air, Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines.


As of January 2021, the airline operates a fleet of 3 aircraft:

  • 3 x De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter (14 passengers per aircraft)