Good news for flyers

Penticton and Kelowna airports are getting increased capacity with Air Canada flying more 74-seat Q400 turbo-prop planes.

Starting this spring, the three daily flights between Penticton and Vancouver with Air Canada will be on larger, 74-seat Q400 turbo-prop planes, instead of 50-seat Dash 8-300 props.

The bump increases the daily number of seats between Penticton and Vancouver by 17 per cent.

Three of Air Canada’s flights between Kelowna and Calgary will get the same upgrade.

“Air Canada is strategicallyenhancing the flying expeirence and increasing capacity this summer on key regional routes in Western Canada,” said Air Canada’s Mark Galardo.

“The ultra-quiet, comfortable, fuel-efficient and faster Q400 aircraft will be well-received by our customers and is larger than the regional aircraft it is replacing.”

The Penticton and Kelowna announcements are part of a much larger plan by the airline to increase capacity on numerous routes by deploying bigger planes and adding frequency.

For instance, many more Q400 will be used between Vancouver and Nanaimo, Comox, Sandspit, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Kamloops.

Calgary to Saskatoon is also getting Q400s and Calgary to Winnipeg and Vancouver to Anchorage are getting jet service.

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