Richmond, BC – The City of Powell River has announced that the Powell River Airport is set to undergo a comprehensive runway, pavement, and electrical rehabilitation as outlined in their 2020-2045 Airport Master Plan. Recognizing the critical need for upgrades, particularly with the existing runway pavement nearing 40 years, this essential rehabilitation and re-profiling are imperative to ensure compliance with the latest TP312-5th Aerodrome Standards.

As a result, the runway at the Powell River Airport will be completely closed to allow for necessary construction and upgrades. This closure will temporarily suspend all Pacific Coastal Airlines flight and cargo services between Vancouver Airport South Terminal and Powell River Airport from April 8, 2024 to June 9, 2024, inclusive. As the project progresses, updates will be provided on Pacific Coastal Airlines’ website with the relevant information.

Pacific Coastal Airlines will be contacting customers with reservations booked during the period of the runway closure to offer reservations to be changed to new travel dates at no additional cost or for customers to cancel and receive a full refund.

Pacific Coastal Airlines is in close communication with the City of Powell River, ensuring that all relevant details are provided to our valued customers during this service disruption period.

Quentin Smith, President of Pacific Coastal Airlines, acknowledges potential frustrations among passengers and the community, stating, “We understand there may be frustration with this swift closure, and we are diligently working with our teams to notify affected passengers. This runway rehabilitation is imperative for the safety of our passengers, the long-term sustainability of the airport, and the continuity of our service to Powell River. We eagerly anticipate the project’s completion and the resumption of our services for the summer.”

For detailed project information, please visit the City of Powell River’s website.

Pacific Coastal Airlines recognizes the importance of commencing this project and understands passengers’ questions and concerns. For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit our website to assist you during this time.


About Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines is a privately-owned British Columbia-based regional airline operating from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR) that currently flies to 18 airports in British Columbia. Connecting to additional destinations along the south coast of British Columbia through its affiliate airline Wilderness Seaplanes, located in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.

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