United ups flights from Los Angeles to Okanagan

 | July 11, 2012

United Airlines recently announced it will commence daily non-stop service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Kelowna International Airport (YLW). The new flight will begin December 19 to coincide with the popular Christmas ski season.

“This flight will create easier connections for California-based groups and skiers, and a new connection alternative for guests coming from Sydney, Australia. This is Sun Peaks’ largest overseas market,” explains Colin Brost, director of sales for Tourism Sun Peaks.

“Sun Peaks is likely the best connected resort in B.C.,” continues Brost. “As British Columbia’s largest ski area next to Whistler, Sun Peaks offers shuttles to three airports (Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops), and five ski resorts including Whistler, Revelstoke, Silver Star, Big White, and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing. Many guests are looking for multiple resorts to ski, and Sun Peaks has been providing such options to guests since the 1990s.”

The new daily flight on the CRJ700 Series, 66 passenger plane, will depart LAX at 6:40 p.m. and arrive at YLW at 9:44 p.m. The return flight departs YLW at 8:00 a.m. and arrives at LAX at 10:51 a.m.

Kelowna International Airport is the largest airport in the region. It services a significant number of flights and carriers, and links the region directly with long-haul destinations such as Toronto, and now LAX.

Sun Peaks airport shuttles to Kelowna have proven important to the resort’s growth in Ontario. Guests can fly from Toronto with a one-stop to Kamloops and be within a 45-minute drive of the resort. Or they can fly into Kelowna, B.C. with only a 2.5 hour drive through the spectacular Thompson Okanagan valley. The options provide Sun Peaks choice of transportation.