The Comox Valley Airport board of directors is hoping for a little help from Comox in order to assist travellers heading south.
At the Dec. 1 council meeting, council received a letter from Martin Crilly on behalf of the Comox Valley Airport Commission asking for a letter of support to reinstate their seasonal direct Comox to Puerto Vallarta service.
For years in conjunction with WestJet, YQQ offered the service pre-pandemic, allowing travellers the ability to avoid stopovers in either Vancouver or Calgary. Crilly noted in his letter while the board is encouraged by the steps the federal government has taken to restore international flights to more Canadian airports, “as one of the regional airports that have not yet been included in that decision, we are anxious.”
He added the board sees no reason why YQQ should wait, as they remain focused on restoring operations while maintaining the same public health standards that are currently expected of all airports across the country.
“Our seasonal service to Puerto Vallarta … is at risk again this year if this policy isn’t changed soon,” he wrote. “There doesn’t appear to be any reason that smaller, regional airports are being discriminated against by maintaining this policy.”
While the airport commission has sent letters to federal representatives requesting support for the airport to resume the international flight service, they also inquired with council “to add their voice to the debate.”
Mayor Russ Arnott made a motion for the town to write a letter of support which was unanimously approved.
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