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Hawkair logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1994, Defunct 2016
Hubs Northwest Regional Airport
Vancouver International Airport
Focus cities Prince Rupert
Destinations 5[1]
Headquarters Terrace, British Columbia
Key people

Jay Dilley, President

Rodney Hayward, Founder

Hawkair (Hawkair Aviation Services) was a regional airline based in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. It operated scheduled and charter regional passenger services in British Columbia and Alberta. Its main base was Northwest Regional Airport with a hub at Vancouver International Airport.[2]


Hawkair Aviation Services was established and started operations in 1994 as an air freight service operating out of Terrace.[3] In 2000 it started air passenger services, initially between Vancouver and Terrace. It quickly expanded to serve most of the airports of northern British Columbia.

The first plane it owned was a Bristol Freighter. In 2004, this plane took its last flight to an air museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. This was the last flight flown by a Bristol Freighter.

In October 2005, it was forced to file for protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (bankruptcy protection), and reduced the number of aircraft in its fleet from 5 to 3.

In April 2007, Hawkair announced that it would be resuming service to Smithers on May 21, 2007. The service operates daily to/from Vancouver. On August 1, 2015, service to Smithers was suspended again due to low passenger loads.

In March 2010, Hawkair was purchased by 580741 BC, the parent company of Central Mountain Air and Northern Thunderbird Air.[4]

In November 2015, Hawkair announced it was cancelling scheduled service into Prince Rupert[5]

In December 2015, Hawkair entered a Capacity Purchase Agreement with sister airline Central Mountain Air, effectively ending its status as a scheduled airline.[6]

In September 2016, Central Mountain Air cancelled the remaining Terrace to Vancouver direct scheduled service using Hawkair Aircraft, ending a 16 year long connection. [7]

On November 18th 2016, Hawkair declared bankruptcy, had all assets seized for liquidation, and permanently suspended operations. [8]


Hawkair Dash 8-100

Before permanently ceasing operations, Hawkair operated scheduled services to the following destinations in British Columbia from Concourse B of the Main Domestic Terminal at of Vancouver International Airport:[1]

In the past the following destinations were also served:[citation needed]


The Hawkair fleet previously included:[9]

According to Flight International they also operated the following:[10]