Hawkair is moving away from its early morning departure, which was introduced in June, and returning to a mid-afternoon flight from Prince Rupert for the winter schedule.
The company made the announcement on Nov. 28 with the change taking effect on Dec. 1. Hawkair had previously flown out of Prince Rupert at 8 a.m, five days per week, returning from Vancouver at approximately 5:45 p.m., but will be leaving Prince Rupert at 1:15 p.m. and returning at 10:45 a.m. the following day, Monday to Friday. On Sundays, Hawkair will fly out of Vancouver at 5 p.m. and fly out of Prince Rupert at 7:30 p.m.
Jocelyn Lebell, director of corporate services for Hawkair, said the change came about following feedback from passengers.
“We listened to feedback from the community that the lack of frequency of Fridays and Sundays made it difficult for them to travel with us,” she said.
“We took a look at our schedule and found a way to increase service to meet the needs of our guests looking to travel to Prince Rupert or Vancouver for the weekend.”
The early morning flights, which were introduced in part to meet the demands of business passengers, could be making a return next year.
“We are optimistic about increasing passenger demand in Prince Rupert as a result of the region’s growing resource economy,” said Jay Dilley, Hawkair president.
“We will analyze the market performance in the New Year and plan to increase capacity as the demand forecast indicates.”