Charters to all over: Airport reports growth

A flight route from Cranbrook to Spokane is a possibility in the future, according to the Cranbrook’s airport manager.

A flight route from Cranbrook to Spokane is a possibility in the future, and in fact a charter is a possibility now, according to the Cranbrook’s airport manager.

“I could activate it tomorrow, I just need a little incentive to throw on the table,” Tristan Chernove, airport manager at Canadian Rockies International Airport, said at the May 26 council meeting. Mayor Wayne Stetski had asked what the chances of setting up the flight would be.

Chernove said Pacific Coastal is licensed to fly charters into the U.S., and Integra Air will fly charters to Spokane and other locations, but the carriers would need more reassurance of passengers before committing to a flight. He said they would have to figure what the community would be willing to put forward.

Chernove also spoke to recent success at the airport, where passengers traffic is up 11 per cent over last year.

He said the increase could in part be attributed to increasingly competitive airfare, an incrementally maturing tourism environment in the East Kootenay and continued refinement of the airport’s multi-media marketing and awareness initiatives.

The new non-stop flight to Kelowna makes up about one per cent of that growth.

January and March saw the biggest increase with passenger numbers increasing to 10,556 in 2014 from 9,231 in 2013 in January, and 11,390 from 10,154 in March.

Since January, there has also been a weekly charter to Kearl Lake, north of Fort McMurray, operated by Sunwest Charter to transport workers. Integra Air has also provided three golf charters to St. Eugene from Fort McMurray during the first quarter.

Chernove said the airport has also been looking at ways to communicate with the public. One of those ways is a website feature that helps people assess the cost of airline travel compared other forms of transportation.

“It’s figuring out how much it’s actually costing in when it comes to mileage on your vehicle, fuel, parking, hotels, things like that,” Chernove said, adding that he’s heard criticism that if the flights end up costing more than the alternative, it won’t be good for the airport.

“I said, ‘well actually it is good,’ because if people can give me that, I can go back to the airlines and say ‘you’re missing it by $75, this doesn’t work’ — that’s a good tool.”

Chernove said year end passenger numbers are projected at four per cent above budget.

He also spoke about some of the projects at the airport.

The largest project planned is the airfield electrical infrastructure budgeted at just over $1 million. Chernove said that Transport Canada Airport Capital Assistance Program advised that the project won’t proceed in 2014. The program has acknowledged that the project is eligible and intend to fund it for 2015 or 2016 verbally.

Another $80,000 has been budgeted for the Concrete Apron Rehab. An assessment of the condition of the concrete apron has been completed and forwarded to Transport Canada’s program as well. Discussions are underway between the airport and Transport Canada on the eligibility of the apron rehabilitation. The apron is the area of the airport where airplanes are parked, unloaded, reloaded, refuelled or boarded.

There are also plans to redo the apron sidewalk at a cost of $15,000 and a parking lot expansion at a cost of $20,000. The contract for the parking lot expansion has been awarded to McElhanney Consulting Ltd.

Just Posted

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

Ryan McKenzie of the Kimberley Trails Society made an in-depth presentation to City Council describing the initial steps of the Electrify the Mountains eBike trails project. This is a look at the project one map.
Kimberley City Council hears details on Electrify the Mountain project

At the meeting of City Council on Tuesday, June 8 Ryan McKenzie… Continue reading

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the 2021 BC Summer Reading Club. Kimberley Public Library file
Kimberley kids invited to join summer reading club at Public Library

The Kimberley Public Library invites kids of all ages to join the… Continue reading

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

The rainbow flag flies beside the Canadian flag outside the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus on June 26, 2020. Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day, and also June is Pride Month. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Forty sled dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a Salmo kennel in February. A recent ruling has decided the dogs won’t be returned. Photo: Gounsil/Flickr
BC Farm Industry Review Board rules against Salmo kennel after 40 sled dogs seized

Spirit of the North Kennels was also ordered to pay BC SPCA $64,000

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Most Read