WATCH: Penticton welcomes inaugural Pacific Coastal Airlines flight from Vancouver

Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)
Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)
Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)
Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. (Pacific Coastal Airlines photo)

Pacific Coastal Airlines inaugural flight from Vancouver to Penticton arrived at the Penticton Regional Airport 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

The inaugural flight represents the start of new non-stop flight service between Vancouver International Airport South Terminal (YVR) and Penticton Airport (YYF) that will support travel for essential service workers, passengers travelling for medical appointments, and cargo transportation.

“We are very excited to be introducing new air service to the southern Okanagan Valley,” said Pacific Coastal Airlines President, Quentin Smith. “We are pleased to be able to offer essential services and locals more choices and competitive fares for travel to Vancouver and connections beyond to the rest of Pacific Coastal Airlines British Columbia destinations.”

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Flights between Vancouver and Penticton will operate four days a week on a Beechcraft B1900 aircraft. The airline also operates connecting flight options to other communities in British Columbia such as Victoria, Comox, Campbell River, and Powell River.

“The arrival of Pacific Coastal Airlines marks a great start for the year, both for our airport and our community,” said Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki.

“Whether it’s for essential service passage during the pandemic, the transport of needed cargo, or access to medical appointments in the lower mainland, air travel to and from Penticton remains a key link to other parts of the province so I’m pleased to see Pacific Coastal Airline is here today supporting our community in maintaining that linkage.”

“In the evolving climate of health measures and the importance of safe travel for essential workers, we are pleased to be hosting Pacific Coastal Airlines in our community,” said Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel. “The Penticton Indian Band is confident in the increased business opportunities their service will bring to our region. We would like to welcome Pacific Coastal Airlines to the Syilx Territory and the community of Sn’pinktn. We hope that all those who travel here, arrive safely and travel home with appreciation for this land in their hearts.”

Pacific Coastal Airlines has adopted additional safety measures to ensure the health and well-being of staff and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures include enhanced aircraft sanitation practices, physical distancing at airport facilities, reduced contact points and the requirement for all customers to travel with a face mask and answer health check questions before boarding.

The full schedule of Pacific Coastal Airline flights between Penticton and Vancouver beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 20201. (Pacific Coastal Airlines)

READ MORE: Pacific Coastal Airlines launching new route between Penticton and Vancouver



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