Third Vancouver Island destination added for Okanagan Residents

April 15, 2024

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and Pacific Coastal Airlines are excited to announce the launch of a new direct route between Kelowna and Comox. This strategic expansion underscores Pacific Coastal Airlines commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and providing travellers with convenient options for seamless journeys within British Columbia.

The new service will start on June 25 and operate six days a week, from Sunday to Friday. The flight time is approximately one hour and 10 minutes, making it easy and convenient for travellers to explore the scenic Comox Valley. It will be serviced by reliable Beechcraft 1900 aircraft, ensuring passengers enjoy a comfortable and efficient travel experience.

“The announcement of this new direct flight to Comox means yet another link for Kelowna to Vancouver Island, which further enhances regional connectivity and provides more opportunities for economic growth. It also aligns with YLW’s commitment to providing more efficient and seamless travel options to our residents and visitors,” says Mayor Tom Dyas. “I am grateful to our long-standing partnership with Pacific Coastal airlines as our city continues to grow and our airport evolves.”

The flight schedule for the Kelowna - Comox route is outlined below:

Kelowna to Comox (flight number 8P1962)Departs Kelowna at 8:45 a.m.Arrives in Comox at 9:55 a.m.

Comox to Kelowna (flight number 8P1963)Departs Comox at 10:20 a.m. Arrives in Kelowna at 11:30 a.m.

"We are thrilled to partner with Pacific Coastal Airlines to launch new direct flights to Comox and provide more options for our passengers as we continue to grow the network between Vancouver Island and the Okanagan region," said Sam Samaddar, YLW Chief Executive Officer. "Vancouver Island is a popular destination for Okanagan residents, for both business and leisure, and we look forward to welcoming Comox Valley visitors to our region as well." 

Pacific Coastal Airlines has been a trusted airline partner with YLW for the past 11 years, bringing multiple regional destinations to Okanagan residents. The new route to Comox is another example of the airline's commitment to serving the needs and interests of the local community.

"Pacific Coastal Airlines continues to demonstrate the time value and economic benefits of connecting B.C. communities with non-stop flight options avoiding the need to connect through major hub airports," said Johnathan Richardson, VP of Customer & Commercial at Pacific Coastal Airlines. "Building on the success of our non-stop flights from Kelowna to Victoria and Nanaimo, we are excited to provide customers with a third gateway option to Vancouver Island from Kelowna with the introduction of our new Kelowna - Comox flight service.

With this addition, Pacific Coastal Airlines now offers three direct routes to Vancouver Island from Kelowna, including Victoria and Nanaimo. The airline also announced that it will expand its service to Victoria by offering 3x services, starting June 23, 2024. 

Flights can be booked through the Pacific Coastal Airlines website, by contacting the Call Centre at 1-800-663-2872, or by reaching out to their preferred travel agent.

To celebrate the launch of this new route, Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to offer a special promotion. Passengers who book by April 21 can enjoy a 20% discount on bookings using the promo code: KELCOM. Further details regarding the promotion can be found on footer