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Plenty of positives in the new connection to the Okanagan, Mayor says

Mayor Ron McRae spoke briefly in Council last week on what he believes will be a huge benefit to Kimberley — the new flight connection between Canadian Rockies International Airport and Kelowna.

The service is scheduled to begin this month, and McRae says it is hugely important in terms of creating more of an economic connection between the Kootenays and the Okanagan.

“With the development of the high tech sector in the Okanagan this is a huge opportunity to forge better business connections with the Okanagan,” McRae said.

McRae says he spoke with Pacific Coastal’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Kevin Boothroyd last week, when he was stuck on the ground because of fog. He says that a launch of the new service will include mayors from the Kootenays on the inaugural flight. The mayors will be met in Kelowna by Okanagan mayors.

“Pacific Coastal is putting a lot of emphasis on this,” McRae said. “We encourage everyone in the community to buy in. I understand the tickets will be reasonable, roughly $260 return.”

The flights will also be an assistance to those who must travel to Kelowna for medical care, as Interior Health appears to be directing patients to Kelowna rather than Calgary.