Global News - Megan Turcato
Published: May 11th, 2022 5:54 PM
Vernon, B.C.’s airport could soon take a major step forward.
Cascadia Air, a small B.C. airline, is proposing to run scheduled flights to Vancouver out of the regional airport.
It would be a big change for the small facility, as Vernon Regional Airport currently doesn’t have regularly-scheduled flights, only charter flights, and private planes.
“We are excited,” said the City of Vernon’s manager of economic development and tourism, John Perrott.
“This is a good stepping stone for us to bring that air service…directly into the community and for visitors to have a new way to experience Vernon in a really quick way.”
Perrott believes the new scheduled flights would boost tourism and help locals get to the Lower Mainland quickly for business trips, medical appointments, or to see friends and family.
“When you talk to our tourism operators, access is everything, and that doesn’t matter if it is air access or driving access. The easier we can make it to get from the Lower Mainland to our destination…is a really positive thing for us overall,” Perrott said.
The airline plans to use small six to eight-passenger planes and feels it can carve out a niche market in Vernon for those looking for a quicker way to get to the coast.
“The amount of flights that we do is essentially limitless if we have the load factors to support it. Our hope is that the residents who do not want to travel to the larger airports…would be able to use our services on a regular basis and it would obviously be more cost-effective and more efficient for them to do so,” Cascadia Air president Jeremy Barrett said.