June 22, 2018

First Ever Direct Flight between Nanaimo and Toronto starts Today

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On June 22nd, 2018 Air Canada will commence their first direct flight between Nanaimo, (on Vancouver Island) and Toronto.

To mark this occasion business and tourism leaders will travel to Toronto from Nanaimo on Monday June 25th to start to build business relations in Canada’s largest city.  John Hankins, CEO Mid-Island Business Initiative stated “This new Air Canada route highlights the emergence of Nanaimo as both a business hub supporting the growth of Vancouver and as a tourist destination as Nanaimo is centrally located for easy access to the whole of the Island.”

 “The new Toronto to Nanaimo route creates great opportunities for tourism growth in the central island,” said Anthony Everett, President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island. “The ability to introduce not only Nanaimo but the entire Vancouver Island region to travellers from Toronto is exciting and will drive significant economic impact to the tourism industry and beyond.”

Nanaimo’s airport YCD recently commenced construction on a $15-million, 14,000 square foot terminal addition.

Mike Hooper, Nanaimo Airport CEO & President stated “The Nanaimo Airport has experienced eight straight years of record-setting passenger growth.  About 400,000 passengers are anticipated this year.  “By expanding we will be better able to meet the needs of our region today and for the next generation,”

Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of infrastructure and communities, who attended the ground breaking ceremony for the airport expansion said in a statement “that the expansion will meet travellers’ needs and lay the groundwork for increased tourism and economic growth.”

The Hon. Lisa Beare, BC Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture stated, “Air Canada’s additional flights to Nanaimo…. reflect the rising popularity of Vancouver Island I’m excited by Air Canada’s extension of service to our province. This investment will make it easier for Canadians to visit these beautiful regions of BC, and further enhance connections between British Columbia and Central Canada.”

Nanaimo is situated a short 20 minute float plane / helicopter ride to downtown Vancouver, it is home to Vancouver Island University, the busiest and largest deep sea port on the Island and provides a very affordable west coast lifestyle compared to Vancouver.   The Nanaimo region is growing and helping to provide a solution to Vancouver growth challenges.

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