Kamloops, B.C.; June 17, 2021: With the welcome news that British Columbia has safely moved into Step 2 of B.C.’s Restart Plan, which includes the resumption of recreational travel across B.C., Kamloops Airport is ready to welcome additional flights and leisure travellers throughout the summer months. Kamloops Airport is also prepared to welcome leisure travellers from across Canada when the much-anticipated Step 3 is formally announced.
The airport’s airline partners, Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal and WestJet, are all steadily building additional frequency to key destinations across B.C. and the country beginning July 1. This includes increased daily services to Vancouver, Calgary, Prince George, and new service by WestJet to Edmonton. Highlights include more convenient connections to Victoria and the introduction of business class on Air Canada’s CRJ-900 service to Calgary. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airline directly for more information on flight schedules and health and safety protocols.
“As a gateway to the City of Kamloops and the Thompson Nicola region, we are very pleased to welcome passengers back as they enjoy well-deserved summer vacations, re-connect with family and friends, and experience the best of what our city and spectacular province has to offer,” said Ed Ratuski, Managing Director, Kamloops Airport. “Visitors to our airport can be assured of a safe, healthy and enjoyable experience, as we continue to prioritize cleaning and sanitization and physical distancing.”
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, Kamloops Airport and its airline partners have been leaders in implementing robust safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning and sanitization, mandatory face masks and passenger access-only policies, and a sustained information campaign to communicate these critical safety measures to airport stakeholders and the public. These measures will remain in place until further notice.
Additionally, as part of Vantage Airport Group’s global network of airports, Kamloops Airport participated in a Harvard-led study, which examined the risk of transmission of COVID-19 during the air travel journey, finding that with layered protective measures like face masks and physical distancing in place, the risk of potential transmission is very low both onboard aircraft and in an airport. These findings validate Kamloops Airport’s COVID-19 response measures and provide assurance that the airport is ready to welcome passengers safely.
About Kamloops Airport
Serving an important destination for year-round leisure and business travel in Western Canada, Kamloops Airport is an economic engine that generates some $75 million in annual economic activity and supports nearly 900 local jobs. Vantage Airport Group oversees the operation of YKA under a long-term agreement with the Kamloops Airport Authority Society. For more information, visit kamloopsairport.com.