P.G. Still on Radar for New Air Service
Prince George, B.C.- The new airline looking to launch out of B.C. is developing its final route map, and Prince George is still part of the plan.
Canada Jetlines, based in Richmond, is in the final stages of getting its necessary licensing from federal agencies. ( see previous story)
The airline has on its preliminary flight map, a flight that would leave Vancouver, arrive in Prince George, and then continue on to Edmonton with a connection to Fort McMurray.
With the oil patch in a slump and workers being laid off one might think this may not be the best time to be launching an airline, but Company President David Solloway says the timing is perfect “This is the best time to be launching an ultra low fare airline. Fuel prices are down, as well, when the economy isn’t as strong as it was, people spend their money in a different way, so for cost conscious consumers, ultra low fare airline is the first choice.”
(at right, preliminary flight route map, courtesy Canada Jetlines)
Solloway says his airline will offer fares, 20-40% lower than the current lowest airfares available now, but you will be expected to pay for any extras, including baggage and carry-on bags. “We will charge more for a carry-on bag.” The reason for the increased cost for carry-on is to reduce the delays for departures and arrivals as people stow, or retrieve their carry-on luggage. “So many costs for an airline come from things people simply don’t use” says Solloway “We’re very proud to be offering an al la carte airline. If you don’t bring a bag, you will save more money.”
Solloway says there will be value added goods and services as well. For example, if a person books a flight 30 days ahead of departure time, seat selection would be at no cost.
The final route map is being developed now.