The increased demand from “ski-related traffic” has prompted Air Canada to add two more flights to the Vancouver to Kamloops route.
“For Kamloops, we’re expecting sufficient demand to warrant extra flights over the peak winter period to carry primarily ski-related traffic,” said Angela Mah, spokesperson for Air Canada.
Starting Oct. 31, there’ll be six flights per day from Vancouver to Kamloops. Air Canada also offered six flights per day last winter.
On Jan. 3, another flight will be added, a total of seven flights per day in the peak period of winter.
Christopher Nicolson, Tourism Sun Peaks pre-sident, said this is great news as the majority of Sun Peaks’ destination guests fly with Air Canada.
“This is important because what Air Canada offers is frequency,” said Nicolson. “When you have seven flights in a day, it allows easier connections for guests that are coming in from different areas.”
“That ease of connection—the less time the client has to wait at the airport—can be a deciding factor in the destination they choose. So the seven flights a day is a very good thing for Sun Peaks.”
Nicolson said a combination of factors indicates that it’ll be a great season for the resort.
“It’s intangible but when there’s cold weather, when you hear that the stores are selling more skis, when the first ski shows draw very strong attendance, those are all small things that suggest a positive winter ahead,” said Nicolson.
“There’s a lot of discussion right now in the media about La Niña (early winter, lots of snow) that increases the hype and the interest about winter.”
In addition to the expected return visitors from last year’s Olympics and a higher pacing compared to last year, Nicolson said he’s feeling very optimistic about this upcoming winter.