The Chilliwack Progress - Jennifer Feinberg
Published: July 7th, 2022 - 9:07 AM
Cascadia Air held an official ribbon-cutting at the Chilliwack Airport with President and COO Jeremy Barrett, Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove, Councillor Chris Kloot, and Chilliwack Airport Manager Garry Atkins on July 6, 2022.
Cascadia Air officially celebrated new daily flights from Chilliwack with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday (July 6) at the Chilliwack Airport. It’s the first regularly scheduled air service from Chilliwack in more than a decade, with Cascadia flights to six B.C. destinations.
“Cascadia Airways is excited to embark on this new chapter which will help bring people to and from Chilliwack and stimulate the community’s economic development, tourism, and provide low-cost travel to destinations for Chilliwack residents,” said Jeremy Barrett, president and chief operating officer of Cascadia Airways.
Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove, who attended the ribbon-cutting, highlighted the importance of tourism growth in the area and welcomed Cascadia to Chilliwack. “As a growing community, tourism is a big part of our community,” said Popove. “So I welcome you here to grow.”
Tourism Chill’iwack’s Allison Colthorp was enthusiastic in her congratulations to Cascadia officials and the airport for making the new commuter flights a reality. “We’re all here to help you,” she noted, underlining new opportunities arising for partnering with destination communities. “It’s exciting for tourism. We’re looking forward to working with you.”
Cascadia Airways became the go-to airline for those displaced during the disastrous provincial flooding last fall. The airline helped fly residents out of the Fraser Valley when flooding closed Highway 1.
“We were here when the community needed us, and now we’re here to continue that relationship with residents. Together, we will build bigger and better things for a long time to come,” says Barrett.
A ‘very great, professional approach’ to scheduled air service from Chilliwack, says airport rep Garry Atkins.