It’s been 16 months since WestJet Encore began daily non-stop service from Nanaimo to Calgary. During that time, the Nanaimo Airport has enjoyed strong passenger growth, which has resulted in the addition of a second WestJet Encore non-stop flight to Calgary.
“Developing service is key to Nanaimo Airport’s continued growth to ensure safe, reliable transportation for Central Vancouver Island residents,” shares Mike Hooper, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport. “The addition of the second flight to Calgary, is a major indicator of how strongly the mid-island region is supporting the new service.” This new flight brings the total daily scheduled departures from YCD to 14 flights.
In the first six months of 2014, the Nanaimo Airport has enjoyed an average of 33.3% growth per month. Year to date growth in 2014 has been 21%.
With 14 arriving flights each day, the Nanaimo Airport has really grown over the last few years. The increased number of planes means three times each day the airport has multiple flights departing about the same time. “Based on the increase in passenger volumes, it can take up to 30 minutes to get through security screening,” explains Hooper. “To reduce the stress of travelling, we strongly recommend that passengers arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight.” This is particularly important during the three peak flight times between 7:25am and 8:15am; between 12:25pm and 2:10pm; and between 5:30pm and 7:20pm.
Top 2 Tips for Hassle Free Travel
- Check in on-line – This may help you secure the seat you really wanted, and eliminate the time to stand in the check in line.
2. Don’t forget about your checked luggage! – Remember all airlines at Canadian airports now have a 45 minute cut off for check-in. So that means even if you have checked-in on-line, you will STILL need to see an agent to get your checked luggage tagged 45 minutes before the plane departs.