Direct flights between Prince George and Edmonton will begin July 9, Central Mountain Air said Thursday.
"Connecting these points with non-stop service will provide passengers with improved service by eliminating the need to connect in Vancouver, which is a four-hour journey," CMA marketing manager Johnathan Richardson said in a press release.
The flights will operate six days a week using a 30-seat Dornier 328 aircraft and take between one hour and 15 minutes and one hour and 25 minutes depending on direction due to the prevailing headwinds.
They'll leave Prince George every day but Saturday at 4:10 p.m. local time and arrive in Edmonton at 6:25 p.m., Alberta time.
Flights back to Prince George from Edmonton depart at 8:40 a.m. Alberta time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and at 11:05 a.m. on Sundays and Fridays. They arrive in Prince George at 9:05 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. local time respectively.
Direct flights to Calgary from Edmonton are available through CMA.
"This is an incredible day for the region; Edmonton has been the number one requested route for over a decade," Prince George Airport Authority president and chief executive officer John Gibson said. "CMA has put their confidence in Prince George by adding this service. The success of this route is dependent upon the support of the community."
CMA will also begin offering non-stop service between Dawson Creek and Prince George on July 9. Dawson Creek will retain its own service to Edmonton after that date.