Flying to Alberta’s capital from Central Vancouver Island is about to get a little easier for locals and tourists alike.
Air passengers will be able to depart Nanaimo for Edmonton once again as WestJet Encore reintroduces service between the two cities starting Oct. 30.
According to Nanaimo Airport (YCD), direct service resumes with flights running three days a week — Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.
“Service to Edmonton has been a popular request among our customers,” said Dave Devana, Nanaimo Airport President and CEO, in a news release.
“WestJet recognizes the potential and is showing confidence in our airport, and our regional economy, by investing in this route.”
YCD says its staff worked closely with WestJet to get the service restarted, noting mid-island travellers can connect to many global destinations from Edmonton International Airport.
“Our investments help ensure we can meet the demand for air travel for the next generation,” added Devana. “We’re already seeing a recovery as the country rebounds from the pandemic and travel restrictions.”
Looking ahead, YCD says it’s working to attract even more routes — with a five-year capital project plan bringing millions of dollars in improvements to the airport, plus new jobs and business opportunities.
The airport already offers daily direct flights to Vancouver and Calgary.