For local provincial government staff, doing business in the province’s capital got easier Monday night.
On Monday, the first direct flight between Victoria and Prince George touched down at the Prince George airport.
The inaugural flight, originating in Victoria, landed in northern B.C. at 6:40 pm. The non-stop service, offered by Pacific Coastal Airlines, operates six days a week on a 30-seat Saab 340A.
“I flew in on the new non-stop service and it was a very comfortable, quick flight,” said John Gibson, president and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority. “ The cabin is very roomy and we are extremely excited locals can get to the Island in only an hour and a half. We look forward to working with Pacific Coastal on this making this new service a success.”
“We’ve had our eye on Prince George for many years, so today is a very exciting day for us,” said Pacific Coastal Airlines’ director of sales and marketing Kevin Boothroyd. “We look forward to planting and growing roots in northern B.C. and creating relationships with those who live in the region.”
Welcoming celebrations took place in both Victoria and Prince George on Monday. Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall along with representatives from Tourism Prince George, Initiatives Prince George and the BC Construction Association were in attendance welcoming the first flight into YXS. The flight between Prince George and Victoria operates Sunday to Friday. It departs Victoria at 5 p.m. arriving into Prince George at 6:40 p.m. The aircraft depart YXS at 7:05 p.m., arriving in YYJ at 8:45 p.m.