Richmond airline launches flight to Tofino

The 45-minut flight costs about $300 for a round trip

Pacific Coastal Airlines, headquartered in Richmond, announced a new daily afternoon service between Vancouver and Tofino effective on April 3, 2018.

The 45-minute flight aims to attract those seeking a quick, convenient, and affordable travel option between the lower mainland and Vancouver Island’s west coast communities. A round trip costs about $300.

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The new flight will operate 7 days a week, leaving Vancouver International Airport (YVR)’s South Terminal at 3:00 p.m. and arriving at the Tofino/Long Beach Airport (YAZ) at 3:45 p.m. It then departs YAZ at 4:15 p.m. arriving back at YVR at 5:00 p.m.

On the new route will be the 19 passenger pressurized turboprop Beech 1900 aircraft, which offers “comfortable seating, generous cargo capacity, and is designed to operate in all weather conditions,” according to the company.

“The Alberni-Clayoquot region has long been an attractive destination for both domestic and international visitors,” said Kevin Boothroyd, director of Business Development and Corporate Communications at Pacific Coastal.

“We believe that there is now sufficient travel needs to sustain additional air service to YAZ which serves Tofino, Ucluelet, and the surrounding area.”

The new route is already listed on the Global Distribution System and available for booking to more than 180,000 travel agencies across the globe.

The public can also book the Vancouver to Tofino flight through online travel agencies such as Kayak and Expedia or directly on the airline’s website at pacificcoastal.com.

“Our west coast communities are very excited to welcome Pacific Coastal Airlines to the Long Beach Airport,” said Dianne St Jacques, chair of the West Coast Committee and mayor of Ucluelet.

“The scheduled flights will be a wonderful asset to our busy and growing area.”

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