Richmond, BC – On Monday, February 19, 2018 Pacific Coastal Airlines added a fuel surcharge to recoup costs associated with significant increases in the cost of aviation fuel. Since that time, the cost of fuel has risen to record levels and the airline must now increase its current fuel surcharge to keep pace with this uncontrollable operational cost. For this reason, Pacific Coastal will increase its fuel surcharge for all new bookings effective Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

As noted in an earlier news release, the surcharge is not meant to be permanent and may fluctuate based on the cost of aviation fuel. The company will remove the surcharge once aviation fuel prices return to levels at or near the forecasted fuel price originally used to determine base fares.

“We feel that the best way to deal with this increase is to provide full disclosure and not to bury it in the base fare price,” says Pacific Coastal Airlines’ President Quentin Smith. “For this reason the Fuel Surcharge is clearly displayed as a cost line item during the online booking process and identified on the itinerary sent by email to our customers upon completion of the booking process.”

Pacific Coastal will continue to monitor the cost of fuel and will provide information to its customers should there be any further changes to the surcharge.

About Pacific Coastal Airlines
A privately owned, British Columbia based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR), Pacific Coastal is now the sixth-largest airline operating at YVR, based on outbound seats, and third largest in takeoffs and landings. It flies to 16 airports and with its affiliate airline Wilderness Seaplanes located in Port Hardy on north Vancouver Island, connects to more than 50 additional destinations in the province from as far east as Cranbrook in the Rocky Mountains, as far north as Prince George, or Masset on the legendary island of Haida Gwaii and now as far west as Tofino. Its network encompasses major ski destinations, a multitude of fishing lodges, outdoor and wildlife adventure tours, and authentic First Nations experiences.

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