City officials want new route to take off

Trail city council has thrown its support behind a flight service to Kelowna.

Though only rumblings at this time, Pacific Coastal is discussing the possibility of introducing a route which would start in Cranbrook, stop in Trail and continue on to Kelowna.

“We’ve got to start lobbying individuals to get this off the ground,” said city councillor Eleanor Gattafoni Robinson..

Councillor Gord DeRosa said the airline has “no business case at this time.”

Pacific Coastal currently runs a couple flights to and from Vancouver daily, with either a 19-person or 30-person aircraft.

Since the company set up air service in Cranbrook and Trail, it has received overwhelming requests for service to Kelowna, mostly because Interior Health is based in the city that also has an international airport.

With the Waneta expansion project underway and other development in Trail’s industrial area, the hope is that demand will land the new route.