Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines

August 28, 2013 19:02 ET

Pacific Coastal Airlines #6 on List of YVR's Biggest Airlines

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 28, 2013) - Pacific Coastal Airlines held onto its spot as the sixth largest airline operating at Vancouver International Airport (based on outbound seats) according to Business In Vancouver newspaper's list "Biggest airlines at YVR" which appears in the current August 27 - September 2, 2013 edition.

The annual list is based on information provided by the Vancouver International Airport Authority and BIV's own research. It shows Pacific Coastal Airlines provided a total of 220,262 outbound seats dedicated to the B.C. market including Vancouver Island, the Interior and northern B.C. in 2012-2013.

"We've maintained this position for a number of years now," said Pacific Coastal Airlines' President Quentin Smith. "That these seats are offered within the province is a testament to our roots and our continued focus on providing domestic service to the people and communities in British Columbia," he added.

Pacific Coastal Airlines was founded by Daryl Smith, a one-time truck logger from Bella Coola and a well-known figure in the development of the airline industry in British Columbia. Operating from its administrative centre at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal, the company has been providing regular scheduled flights, charter, and cargo service to more than sixty five destinations in the province for almost forty years. It offers daily airport to airport service from YVR's South Terminal to Victoria, Comox, Campbell River, Williams Lake, Trail, and Cranbrook as well as other locations in the province.

Pacific Coastal's seaplane base operates out of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and from there provides service to a large number towns and villages along the coast. It is also a major supplier of charter service to fishing lodges, government agencies, and the resource sector.

"As a small domestic airline we certainly can't compete with the massive advertising and marketing budgets of the big airlines," said Smith. "So we've had to develop market share the old fashioned way by building community relationships and providing superior customer service."

The company has a long history of supporting local charities and First Nations communities and is the only daily flyer to Masset, Bella Bella, and Bella Coola.

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