April 02, 2014 - 11:16 AM
KAMLOOPS — A direct flight between Edmonton and Kamloops would open up opportunities for the airport and those working in oil patches up north.
Coun. Ken Christian along with airport and local business management attended a meeting between the three major Thompson-Okanagan airports and Kevin Howlett, Vice President of Air Canada, late last week.
Christian says the meeting was rare. Often they have to court the carriers when they want to see or talk about changes but this time they were invited. Not only were they invited but they were given the opportunity to sound off on what they would like to see, in addition to hearing from Air Canada.
“We pitched a potential direct flight from Kamloops to Edmonton,” Christian says, adding it wouldn't change the number of flights into Fulton Field though. “It would be at the expense of another flight, a Calgary flight.”
He adds it would be a good option for those people who often fly out to the oil patches and would offer an opportunity for new growth at the airport.
“They took it under advisement,” Christian says about the reaction from Howlett. “They will have to look at customer loading.”
Howlett also told the representatives from the Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton airports about the new opportunities being offered through the company.
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