Comox Valley Airport (YQQ/CYQQ)
New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work
|Largest unserved market. O/D traffic of over 515 passengers per week each way. Ideal for connectivity to eastern Canada and US.|
|O/D traffic of over 125 passengers per week each way. Ideal for regional aircraft (stage length of 247 miles).|
|Strong demand from Vancouver Island workers commuting to/from the growing Alberta oil patch. YQQ already has a proven successful charter service to/from Fort Nelson work sites.|
|Largest U.S. market. O/D traffic of over 150 passengers per week each way, with opportunity for high profit.|
|O/D traffic of over 135 passengers per week each way. Ideal for regional aircraft (stage length of 196 miles).|
|O/D traffic of over 75 passengers per week each way in the winter. High stimulation expected. Strong demand from the community for this type of higher-end beach destination.|
|O/D traffic of over 55 passengers per week each way. Strong community demand. High stimulation expected.|
|Cabo San Lucas|
|High stimulation expected. Direct flights to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta have been highly successful.|
|O/D traffic of over 80 passengers per week each way in the summer. Strong tourism connection between Vancouver Island and Europe, with demand from both sides.|
Other major reasons to serve this airport
- The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) predicts a minimum passenger growth of three percent annually until 2015.
- YQQ captures 60 percent of the domestic market in its primary catchment area. Market data illustrates outstanding potential for developing successful transborder and international routes.
- YQQ has excellent working relationships with its stakeholders and has strong community support for expansion of its route network.
- Northern Vancouver Island received an estimated 1.3 million visitors in 2010 and Mount Washington, one of the area’s largest tourist draws, attracted more than 334,000 visitors.
- British Columbia is the second leading tourism destination in Canada. Tourism employs 127,000 British Columbians and generates over $13.4 billion in revenue.
Marketing and other support
- $28,000 in direct marketing and public relations support from the Airport Commission
- Additional support available from the Comox Valley Economic Development Society and the Chamber of Commerce
- YQQ’s primary catchment area represents a market of over 611,000 passengers annually.
- Within the primary catchment, 443,000 passengers are accessing domestic destinations, 79,000 are travelling to the United States and 89,000 are flying to international destinations.
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
Increasing air connectivity is high on the agenda of the local authorities and it enjoys widespread community support in the Comox Valley. Please contact Comox Valley Airport for further information with regard to potential freight opportunities at the airport.
- Downtown Courtenay – 10 Kilometres (taxi and public transit available from Airport)
- Downtown Comox – 5 Kilometres (taxi and public transit available from Airport)
- Campbell River- 55 kilometres (shuttle service available from Airport)
- Powell River/Sunshine Coast – 37 Kilometres (access by ferry)
- Mount Washington – 39 Kilometres (taxi and shuttle service available from Airport)
- Parksville – 81 Kilometres (shuttle service available from Airport)
- Nanaimo – 120 Kilometres (shuttle service available from Airport)
- Tofino – 231 Kilometres (shuttle service available from Airport)
Infrastructure & Operations:
- Runways: 10,000 X 200 concrete main runway (longest on Vancouver Island), 5,000 X 200 asphalt secondary runway
- Slot Coordinated?: No
- Operating hours: Terminal Building: 5:00 to 23:00 hrs
- Terminals: New terminal building constructed in 2004
- Min. connect time: N/A
- Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details: 24/7 ARFF, 24/7 EMS, ATC, Ground Handling, Fuelling (Shell Aviation), Catering, CATSA security screening, Canada Customs Facilities, Car Rentals, Restaurant, Gift Shop, Tourist Information Services, Airport Administration, Public Art and Culture Program.
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
- The Comox Valley Airport offers a 40,000 square foot, full service terminal building that was constructed in 2004.
- Passenger: YQQ served 327,827 passengers in 2012 with daily direct routes to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver through Central Mountain Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines and WestJet. Seasonal direct service to Puerto Vallarta is offered through WestJet. YQQ passengers are primarily local residents and leisure travellers. More than half of our passengers take three or more trips per year through YQQ.
- Freight: N/A
- Largest carrier: WestJet
- Other relevant Vital statistics: New terminal and apron constructed in 2004. 10,000 foot runway, capable of handling Code D aircraft.