Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Airport Manager, Board actively seeking expanded airline service for Prince Rupert: Mayor Brain

Sometimes we get the feeling that when no one is watching, Prince Rupert City Council members are catching up on things around the Northwest though our blogging efforts.

That at least following our taking note of a number of themes that were raised by members of Council at Monday's public session.

One topic that caught our eye and reframed a theme we had tackled previous, was a question from Councillor Barry Cunningham related to items of note from the Prince Rupert airport.

Monday night, Mr. Cunningham noted that Central Mountain Air has recently announced the hiring of a new President and CEO, (a theme we explored last week on the blog), asking the Mayor if the Airport Manager had made contact with the new executive in order to see if there was any interest in expanding Central Mountain Air service to this city.

"I just noticed that Central Mountain Air has a new CEO he came from WestJet and I  just wonder if our Airport Manager will be getting in touch with him to see if they want to extend service to Prince Rupert as well as Terrace, Prince George and Smithers"

In response the Mayor outlined how the Airport Manager is actively involved in a variety of initiatives to expand service to the airport and how the Board has been actively working to expand service to the city.

Additionally, Mr. Brain noted that now that the city has made some improvements and are trying to improve the link to Digby Island,  he is sure that the Manager and Board are actively working and are on top of that.

You can review the Councillor Cunningham's inquiry at the twelve minute mark of the Council session.

The Digby Island airport is currently served by one airline, Air Canada Jazz, with two flights a day to and from Vancouver.

By comparison the Terrace-Kitimat airport features service to three different destinations by way of three airlines, Air Canada Jazz, WestJet and Central Mountain Air, combined they offer nine flights per day out of the Skeena Valley.

For more items of interest on aviation in the Northwest see our archive page here.

Additional notes on the Monday session can be found on our Council Timeline feature.

A wider overview of Council Discussion themes can be explored from our Council Discussion archive page.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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