Air Canada Set to Return to the West Kootenay
Air Canada will return to the West Kootenay Regional Airport with flights to and from Vancouver starting June 28, 2021.
Travellers can now book the Air Canada Express flights, which are operated by Jazz Aviation LP, at aircanada.com for Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoon travel on upgraded Dash 8-Q400 aircraft which seats 78 passengers.
“Air Canada’s return is promising news for West Kootenay travellers planning to get where they need to go now and where they want to go once restrictions are eased,” says Mayor, Kirk Duff.
“As the regional airport, which previously saw 80,000 passengers a year, we are committed to returning service to what it was before the pandemic – when it’s safe to do so – and this announcement is one step in that direction.”
Air Canada suspended flight service to the West Kootenay Regional Airport on March 19, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the Airport remained open and operating for general aviation, medical air and cargo service, and the Southeast Fire Centre.
Central Mountain Air has provided service to and from Vancouver since October 1, 2020.
The City of Castlegar is a service centre in the West Kootenay. The diversified and growing economy is focused on the forestry, energy and mining sectors in the valley, and commercial services in the City. Quality of life features backcountry adventure and an increasingly dynamic urban culture, including the Millennium Park & Ponds and Sculpture Walk.