Beginning March 1, Pacific Coastal Airlines will resume service between Vancouver and Anahim Lake Airport.
Since 2011, the Cariboo Regional District has been working on a critical runway extension to ensure the possibility of regular service in the region.
Major work was required to meet the new regulatory standards of Transport Canada and significant grants were needed to do so.
CRD J-Area Manager Gerald Kirby said the $300,000 Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program grant they received last year made the trail project possible.
He also said the Anahim Lake Airport is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure for West Chilcotin.
“As we all know there’s been a lot of fires lately, Forestry obviously used the airport with all the flooding, of which we’ve had a few around here. As most people know, the RCMP makes extensive use of comings and goings from this airport as well as Medi-Vac. »
Kirby noted that the return of regular services contributes to local economic development, improves accessibility and provides important benefits to the region as a whole, such as the tourism industry.
In a press release earlier last week, Pacific Coastal Airlines Vice President of Customer and Commerce Johnathan Richardson said, “We are excited to resume scheduled flights and cargo service to the community of ‘Anahim Lake. We worked closely with the Cariboo Regional District as they made improvements to the airport to remove the previously announced reduced usable runway length. Pacific Coastal can now resume providing sustainable flight service to the community and will do so beginning March 1, 2022.”
When regular flight service returns it will be two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, then from May 1 regular service will operate 3 days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.