Pacific Coastal Airlines’ Cranbrook to Kelowna
It may have been wet and windy in Kelowna when Pacific Coastal Airlines’ first flight from Cranbrook arrived on Monday 18 November, but there was still a warm welcome for passengers on the inaugural flight, including the red carpet treatment and cupcakes.
- Pacific Coastal Airlines now connects the two Canadian airports of Cranbrook (YXC) and Kelowna (YLW). Flights on the relatively short 260-kilometre sector began on Monday 18 November and operate daily (except for Saturday), utilising the airline’s Beech 1900s. Pacific Coastal Airlines’ Vice President of Commercial Services Spencer Smith, said: “We are very excited about adding Kelowna to our list of more than sixty five destinations in British Columbia. The addition of this new route is an important part of our strategic development plan and evidence of our ongoing commitment to serving the transportation needs of British Columbia.” Tristen Chernove, Managing Director Canadian Rockies International Airport (Cranbrook), said: “This marks a significant advancement in air access, allowing strategic economic ties between the Thompson Okanagan and Kootenay Columbia Valleys to grow to new heights. For the length of my time in the Kootenay Rockies Region, Kelowna has remained one of the most requested flight destinations and I’m ecstatic to see this new route get off the ground.” Click here to see how Kelowna’s fire truck water arch fared in this week’s contest.
Kelowna Airport Director Sam Samaddar, and Airport Marketing & Media Relations Jenelle Hynes, cradling this week’s anna.aero “Route of the Week” prize. Kelowna also won anna.aero’s “Arch of Triumph” for the best fire truck water arch: “We are extremely proud to be named for both anna.aero awards this week,” said, Samaddar. “A successful new route launch involves developing strong partnerships between the airline, our two airports (YLW & YXC) and the Okanagan and Kootenay regions this new route will serve – we have established a great team here!”