Central Mountain Air

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Central Mountain Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1987; 37 years ago (1987)
AOC #3999[2]
Operating bases
Fleet size25[3]
HeadquartersSmithers, British Columbia

Central Mountain Air Ltd. is a Canadian regional airline based in Smithers, British Columbia.[6] It operates scheduled, charter, and transborder services. Its main base is Smithers Airport, with other bases at Calgary International Airport, Edmonton International Airport, Prince George Airport, and Vancouver International Airport.[5]


The airline was established and started operations in 1987; it is wholly owned by 580741 BC.[7] In 1997 Central Mountain Air placed an order for additional Raytheon Beech 1900D Airliner aircraft and began operating as an Air Canada connector, replacing Air BC operating several routes within Alberta and British Columbia, latterly under the Air Canada Express banner. In October 2011, Central Mountain Air ceased its Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Air Canada. The agreement had been for flights from Calgary to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Cranbrook. Central Mountain Air continues to be an Air Canada codeshare partner for flights from Vancouver to Campbell River, Quesnel, and Williams Lake.

In late 2005, the first of two Dornier 328 were delivered to the airline, for use on chartered and scheduled flights. In 2014 they received their third Dornier 328. In March 2010, 580741 BC, the parent company of Central Mountain Air, purchased fellow British Columbia-based airline Hawkair.[8] On November 18, 2016, Hawkair declared bankruptcy, had all assets seized for liquidation, and permanently suspended operations.[9]

Central Mountain Air is the sister company of Northern Thunderbird Air, which operates charter and cargo services from Prince George.


A Central Mountain Air Beechcraft 1900 at Vancouver International Airport

Central Mountain Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (as of October 2022):[4][5]


As of January 2024, the Central Mountain Air fleet includes the following aircraft:[3]

Aircraft No. of
Variants Notes
Beechcraft 1900 12 1900D up to 18 passengers; several are being converted to freighters[10]
de Havilland Canada Dash 8 10 DHC-8-102, DHC-8-311 Five 102 with up to 37 passengers. and Five 311 with up to 50 passengers.
Dornier 328 3 100 Up to 30 passengers
Total 25


  1. ^ a b "ICAO Designators for Canadian Aircraft Operating Agencies, Aeronautical Authorities and Services" (PDF). Nav Canada. May 4, 2023. p. 3. Retrieved February 25, 2023. Central Mountain Air: GLR, GLACIER
  2. ^ Transport Canada (January 8, 2024), Civil Aviation Services (CAS) AOC. wwwapps.tc.gc.ca.
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: Quick Search Result for Central Mountain Air". Transport Canada. Retrieved January 8, 2024.
  4. ^ a b "Our Flight Schedule". Central Mountain Air. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "About Us". Central Mountain Air. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  6. ^ "Contact Us." Central Mountain Air. Retrieved on December 26, 2010. "Central Mountain Air Ltd. Box 998 6431 Airport Road Smithers, BC V0J 2N0"
  7. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. April 3, 2007. p. 63.
  8. ^ "Central Mountain buys Hawkair". Terrace Standard. March 16, 2010. Archived from the original on April 23, 2010.
  9. ^ "Northwestern B.C. airline company declares bankruptcy". Archived from the original on November 24, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  10. ^ "CMA Announces Increased Cargo Operations". Central Mountain Air. March 28, 2022.

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