YQQ expecting prosperous 2015

Passenger numbers on the rise

  • Jan. 5, 2015 11:00 a.m.
YQQ terminal

YQQ terminal

Erin Haluschak

Record Staff

As passenger numbers continue to climb, the CEO of the Comox Valley Airport is looking forward to increased conductivity and ease of service in 2015.

With increased services by WestJet beginning Jan. 16 and Air Canada on May 1, Fred Bigelow said providing a flight schedule with various options which people like will keep the airport competitive and bring back passengers who may be flying out of other Island or mainland airports.

“People do like flying out of here, and now with WestJet flying three times a day to Calgary, it is opening up the south and many international destinations,” he added.

Along with Air Canada’s twice-daily, non-stop service from Comox to Vancouver beginning in May, Bigelow explained overnights in other cities for international or domestic travel can be eliminated with more flight times.

“It opens up so many possibilities,” he added.

This month, sunspots available through WestJet with a Calgary connection include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Varadero and Cancun.

Along with a variety of domestic destinations, U.S. and international connections available through Air Canada through the Comox Airport include Seattle, Portland, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Osaka, Sydney, Australia and London Heathrow.

Bigelow added the increased trans-border connections will provide great opportunities for passengers using the airport, and he hopes the number of people utilizing the airport within their catchment area will grow.

While he acknowledges customers do travel to Vancouver for flights, he hopes the change in schedules will encourage customers to fly out of YQQ.

“Do the math before going to Vancouver; the ferry, parking and a night in a hotel add up really quickly,” he noted.

Looking ahead to the terminal building, Bigelow explained the new year will present some modest land acquisition and a revisiting of the current strategic plan which expires this year.

He added the board will also revisit the infrastructure and capitol plans.

With recent approval by Comox council, a new Rogers cellular tower will be placed across the terminal site, which Bigelow said will help customers with their overall experience at the airport.

The area had been a ‘dead zone’ for cellular coverage for quite some time, he added, and will help, especially for those passengers waiting in the hold room.

For more information, visit www.comoxairport.com.

 

 

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