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Pacific Coastal Airlines bringing back Prince George-to-Victoria flights following COVID-19 pause

Residents can fly directly to B.C.’s capital starting Oct. 4
Pacific Coastal Airlines Beechcraft 1900D at YXS - Prince George Airport. (via Pacific Coastal Airlines)

Following a temporary pause as a result of COVID-19, an airline is putting its plane back on Prince George’s tarmac.

Pacific Coastal Airlines (PCA) announced today (Sept. 1) its resuming its non-stop connection from YXS to Victoria on Oct. 4 after a seven-month absence by the pandemic out of safety concerns for passengers and its staff.

This includes:

  • Victoria to Prince George
    • Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
      • Departing = 11 a.m.
      • Arriving = 12:40 p.m.
  • Prince George to Victoria
    • Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
      • Departing = 1:55 p.m.
      • Arriving = 3:35 p.m.

“Pacific Coastal Airlines has proven to be a great partner and we look forward to continuing to build upon an already solid foundation,”  says Prince George Airport Authority President and CEO Gordon Duke in a news release. 

“We believe there is a pent-up demand for travel within our province and Victoria is an amazing place to visit.”

The announcement comes three days after the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) reported Prince George’s first possible COVID-19 flight exposure.

A Vancouver-bound Air Canada flight on Aug. 21 was listed, in which passengers in rows six through 12 were affected.

PCA says it’s implementing COVID-19 protocols to ensure health and safety, including enhanced sanitation practices, physical distancin, reduced contact points and all travelers must wear a face covering and answer health check questions before boarding.

“Prince George is the gateway airport to the northern communities of British Columbia and we are excited to be re-establishing the direct link with our provincial capital after suspending service in late March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pacific Coastal Airlines President Quentin Smith. 

He adds PCA is set to bring in more weekly flights between Prince George and Victoria, but only as the demand increases.