Penticton Regional Airport

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Penticton Regional Airport
Penticton Airport
The main terminal building of an airport, with a "Penticton" sign near the entrance, as well as a "Arrivals" sign pointing to the right, with the same word written in French below it.
Main terminal building
IATA: YYFICAO: CYYF
WMO: 71889
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Transport Canada
Serves South Okanagan
Similkameen
West Kootenay
Location Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Time zone PST (UTC−08:00)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−07:00)
Elevation AMSL 1,130 ft / 344 m
Coordinates 49°27′45″N 119°36′08″W / 49.46250°N 119.60222°W / 49.46250; -119.60222Coordinates: 49°27′45″N 119°36′08″W / 49.46250°N 119.60222°W / 49.46250; -119.60222
Website www.cyyf.ca
Map
CYYF is located in British Columbia
CYYF
CYYF
Location of the airport in British Columbia, Canada
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 6,000 1,829 Asphalt
Statistics (2010–11)
Aircraft movements 34,946 (2,010)
Passengers 80,000 (2,011)
Source: Canada Flight Supplement[1]
Environment Canada[2]
Movements from Statistics Canada[3]
Passengers from Penticton Herald[4]

Penticton Regional Airport (IATA: YYFICAO: CYYF), also known as Penticton Airport, is a regional airport located 1.8 nautical miles (3.3 km; 2.1 mi) southwest of Penticton, British Columbia, a city in the Okanagan region of Canada. It is owned and operated by Transport Canada, serving the South Okanagan, Similkameen and West Kootenay areas. Initial examination for the airport's construction began in 1937. The proposed locations were owned by the Penticton Indian Band at that time, but expropriated in 1949.

Temporary public use of the Penticton Regional Airport was approved in 1945, and in 1956, it was given a permanent airport license. It has a 6,000 by 148 ft (1,829 by 45 m) runway aligned 16–34, and served approximately 80,000 passengers in 2011. The airfield maintains a restaurant, Sky High Diner, as well as a medical facility, accommodation areas and administrative buildings; food and snacks are also offered. It has seen two accidents and incidents throughout its history.

The airport has three scheduled flights to the Vancouver International Airport every day, with one fewer on Sunday. These are provided by Air Canada Express, which intends to add an additional flight on May 1, 2013. There have been campaigns for WestJet to operate its services at the airport, as well as the expansion of services offered by Air Canada Express. Kelowna International Airport has had an impact on traffic at the Penticton Regional Airport, with the majority of the local community choosing the former over the latter.

History[edit]

Initial examination for the construction of what would become Penticton Regional Airport began in 1937, at two locations.[5] The proposed areas—west of Penticton's city centre and north of the Skaha Lake—were owned by the Penticton Indian Band.[5][6] The land for the airport was expropriated from the band in 1949 under the War Measures Act,[6] with the preliminary development of the airfield completed in 1941.[5] Because of wartime military air transportation concerns, the airport acted as an emergency landing strip until its tarmac was completed.[5] Rights for a temporary public use airport were secured in 1945 for an operation of 24 hours a day.[5] In 1946, more land was acquired from the Penticton Indian Band for the airport's use.[5]

Trans-Canada Air Lines, now known as Air Canada,[7] and Canadian Pacific Air Lines served Penticton after World War II.[5][8] In 1956, the airport was granted a permanent license, replacing the temporary permit.[5] The airport's runway was extended in 1959, and a new terminal was built in 1963.[5] In 1968, Canadian Pacific Air Lines extended its services for the airport, scheduling two daily flights, only to be taken over by Pacific Western Airlines the following year.[5] However, in 1988, Canadian Airlines ended this service.[5] That was replaced by Time Air and Air BC airlines; both airlines are no longer active.[5]

An aviation centre was constructed at the airport in 1976, which included a 12-unit motel, flight training school, and aircraft overhaul shop; the latter is no longer maintained.[5] Later, a helicopter flight and training club was established.[5] In September 2007, Pacific Coastal Airlines began offering daily flights from this airfield to the Vancouver International Airport and Calgary International Airport for a period of twelve months.[9][10][11][12] During this time, the airline served an 22,000 passengers at the airport.[9] It has been able to support emergency Boeing 747 landings since the 1970s, but this capability has never been tested; the runway has been used by Airbus 320s, Boeing 727-200s, Boeing 737-400s, Boeing 737-700s, and Cessna 150s.[1][13][14]

Kelowna International Airport—an international airport operated in nearby city Kelowna—has had an impact on this airport, since they both share the same catchment area.[4] Over 50 percent of the local residents choose the Kelowna International Airport over the Penticton Regional Airport to fly to the Vancouver International Airport and Calgary International Airport.[4][15] According to statistics, the South Okanagan region is underserved in terms of airports, owing to its population.[4][15] The Kelowna International Airport provides international flights to 62 commercial destinations daily.[16] South Okanagan is home to 79,475 people, totaling 25 percent of the Okanagan area as a whole.[17] The air travel market of the local area consists of 210,000 passengers yearly.[18] However, in 1990, it was considered to be the area's primary airport, hence why people questioned the need to expand the Kelowna International Airport at that time, when its runway was in the process of expansion.[19][20]

Facilities[edit]

An aerial view of Penticton, with Penticton Regional Airport's runway visible to the left.

The airport is located at 49°27′45″N 119°36′08″W / 49.46250°N 119.60222°W / 49.46250; -119.60222 on 3000 Airport Road in Penticton, 1.8 nautical miles (3.3 km; 2.1 mi) southwest of city centre, situated off of Highway 97.[1][17][21][22][23] It is located 73 kilometers (45 mi) north of the Canada–United States border,[5] and opposite the Airport Beach attraction, which is a beach situated in the city.[24] Paid parking, taxis and car rentals are available, but there is no bus service. Car rentals are provided by Budget Rent a Car and National Car Rental, while the airport's off-site rental provider is Best Choice Car & Truck Rentals.[22][25][26]

Food and snacks are available at this airport's terminal, as well as a medical facility, accommodation areas and administrative buildings.[22][27] There is a restaurant provided at the airport's terminal, Sky High Diner, as well as Canada Revenue Agency and Nav Canada offices.[28][29] The airport's aircraft obtain their fuel from Spencer Aviation, which is located on site;[28] Shell Canada serves as an aviation dealer for the Penticton Regional Airport.[30] The airfield has a 6,000 by 148 ft (1,829 by 45 m) asphalt runway aligned 16–34.[1] This facility maintains a management plan to keep geese off of their runways and properties.[31]

The Penticton Flying Club operates at the airport, which is a club where children receive a flight in an airplane with the pilot, and learn about the airplanes themselves.[27][32][33] In addition, the flight school Southern Skies Aviation is based on site; the school closed in 2011 and was reopened shortly after, after it was bought by Kittyhawk A/C Services.[34][35][36] The former is also at the airport, serving as an aircraft maintenance centre.[34][35][37] There is a radio navigation aid provided at the Penticton Regional Airport which is used by pilots on aircraft coming from other nearby airports to determine their location.[38][39][40] The navigation system is owned by Nav Canada.[39] The local and upcoming weather of Penticton is observed at this airport's weather station.[41][42] Nav Canada has noted that most of the aircraft winds at the Penticton Regional Airport blow north and south.[21]

The facility has been recognized as a certified airport by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation.[43] Transport Canada categorizes a certified airport through a process which ensures that it meets the safety criteria and provides flights to other destinations.[44] Penticton Regional Airport is considered to be a port of entry that serves American fishermen coming to Canada.[5] It has been classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada, and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency.[1] An aircraft at this airport may handle no more than 30 passengers.[1] The Penticton Regional Airport employes 247 persons,[27] including its manager David Allen and maintenance workers.[22][45][46][47]

Controversy has occurred over airport ownership before.[6][48] When a transfer of ownership to the city of Penticton was planned, effective March 31, 1999, the Penticton Indian Band protested at the airfield on that same day; this forced three scheduled flights to be canceled.[6] Members of the band stated that the land belonged to them, noted they would "never relinquish claim to the airport lands", and expected the airport's ownership to be transferred to them after World War I and World War II.[6][49] They attempted to conceptualize a different agreement, but Transport Canada suggested the band's claims should be ignored, as it is not a proper government.[6] In response, the Penticton Indian Band blocked road entrance to the airport, and terminal.[6] Transport Canada later announced a six-week break from the ownership situation, and a runway-paving project was placed on hiatus.[6][50] Based on a suggestion from the Penticton City Council, it was later decided that, if the Penticton Regional Airport be closed, the land may be returned to them, although Transport Canada was against this.[49] As of 2011, the airport is owned and operated by Transport Canada.[22][45][46]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Penticton Regional Airport has historically provided flights to several destinations, including Boeing Field—an international airport located in King County, Washington, that serves the Seattle and Tacoma areas—and the Kelowna International Airport.[51] However, as of 2012, it offers flights to the Vancouver International Airport, which are provided by Air Canada Express and operated by Jazz Air.[52] These flights are provided three times daily,[9][52] with the exception of Sunday, when two flights are available.[4] On May 1, 2013, due to feedback from the public, the airport is scheduled to add an additional flight to the Vancouver International Airport offered by Air Canada Express.[4][15] In 2010, the airport garnered 34,946 aircraft movements,[3] while in 2011, it served approximately 80,000 passengers.[4]

As of 2012, there are several proposals to increase destinations serviced from Penticton. Local residents have hoped to attract WestJet,[53][54] which led to the airport being renamed to "WestJetville" for one day in June 2012.[55][56][57] This campaign prompted representatives from the Penticton area to travel to Calgary, so they could attempt to convince WestJet executives to offer their services at the airport.[58] WestJet employees voted 91 percent in favor of the launch of a regional airline,[59][60] and announced they would name it Encore.[57] The company's service is planned to commence in 2013.[61] City mayor Dan Ashton has proposed that Air Canada Express expand its services by adding flights to the Calgary International Airport and Edmonton International Airport.[56][62][63] There has also been consideration for the airport to provide direct flights to the Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport provided by Air Canada.[4] It was suggested that Jazz Air could upgrade their aircraft operating at the facility, with it being noted that regional airlines in the United States may be willing to offer services at this airport.[64]

Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Vancouver
WestJet Encore Calgary (begins October 26, 2014)

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On December 22, 1950, a Douglas C-47 aircraft operated by Canadian Pacific Air Lines from Vancouver crashed into Okanagan Mountain, some 26 kilometres (16 mi) north of Penticton. Later investigation reported that the aircraft was below the minimum altitude permissible through an instrument approach procedure, causing the beyond damageable crash. There were two crew members of the 18 occupants who escaped injured.[65] On January 4, 1973, a Convair aircraft scheduled to land in Penticton was hijacked by a Vietnamese man, who demanded money while being taken to North Vietnam. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) stormed the flight in a successful attempt to arrest the man.[66] There were no fatalities in either incident.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

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Bibliography[edit]

  1. Breese-Biagioni, Janelle (June 1, 1998). Penticton, British Columbia: Silhouette of Four Seasons. Penticton: Penticton. ISBN 9780969844952. 
  2. McGrath, T.M. (1992). History of Canadian Airports. Toronto: Transport Canada, Government of Canada. ISBN 9780921633112. 

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