Island Express Air

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Island Express Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsAbbotsford International Airport
Focus citiesVictoria, Nanaimo, Comox
Fleet size10[1]
HeadquartersAbbotsford, British Columbia
Key peoplePhilip Hui

Island Express Air is a small Canadian airline based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Its first flight was on August 7, 2009 as part of the Abbotsford International Airshow.[2] It runs scheduled air service between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, as well as charter flights and cargo service. On February 23, 2018, one of their B100 King Air's crashed at Abbotsford Airport (CYXX) immediately after take-off in blizzard conditions[3]. As a result of this accident, and due to public safety concerns, Transport Canada suspended Island Express' Air Operating Certificate (AOC) shortly thereafter, on February 28th, 2018[4]. However, following a robust review of the company's safety procedures the operating certificate was reinstated on June 26th, 2018.[5]

As of August 2nd, 2018 Island Express Air has been acquired and wholelly managed by Shorebird Enterprises.


Destinations as of August 2018:[6]


Fleet as of September 2017:[1]


  1. ^ a b Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: [1] Island Express Air 20 May 2016
  2. ^ Tucker, Cam (7 August 2009). "Island Express ready to lighten travel load". Abbotsford Times;. p. 12.
  3. ^ "UPDATED: Abbotsford airline grounded after YXX accident was fined $30,000 last year - Abbotsford News". Abbotsford News. 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  4. ^ Canada, Transport. "Transport Canada suspends Island Express Air's Air Operator Certificate -". Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  5. ^ "Transport Canada reinstates Island Express Air for operations following February crash". CHEK. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  6. ^ "Island Express Air Routes & Schedules". Retrieved 2018-08-01.

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