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Cascadia Airways says entrance into Vernon market off to successful start

Castanet - Jon Manchester

Published: August 12th, 2022 - 4:00 AM

Cascadia Airways says its entrance into the Vernon market has been a success so far. The airline began service out of Vernon Regional Airport on July 15.

Supervisor of customer service Alene Stolle says, "Things have been going quite well."

Stolle says the new Vernon route is proving more successful than Penticton – "We're doing quite a bit of business out of Vernon," she said.

The airline offers daily afternoon flights out of Vernon to destinations in the Lower Mainland, including Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack. Stolle says travel has mostly been for business purposes so far, but there have also been some "family visits."

The company uses six-seater PA31-350 Navajo Chieftain aircraft, and Stolle says flights have so far been about 50 percent full.

"If we can fill the seats, we will definitely look at expanding service and adding another flight," she added. "If the request is there, we will accommodate it."

Cascadia also flies to Tofino, and Campbell River, and offers private charters.

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