Flight diversions and issues with the shuttle service have negatively impacted Revelstoke’s air charter service over the winter. As a result, the service is anticipated to operate at a loss for 2018.
Poor weather conditions resulted in just over half of the air charter flights being diverted. Out of 20 scheduled flights, 11 were diverted and only nine arrived directly in Revelstoke. Of the flights diverted, one was diverted to Kamloops and 10 were diverted to Kelowna.
In a report to council, Nicole Fricot, Director of Community Economic Development, said passengers from diverted flights are shuttled to Revelstoke by Revelstoke Connection Limited.
“Over the course of the season quite a few of the shuttles while on route to pick up and drop off customers have been stuck behind avalanche control or accidents on the highway and as a result it has taken many hours for guests to make it through to Revelstoke,” Fricot said in her report.
Fricot said it is city staff’s belief that the number of issues this year has created a challenge when it comes to the ability to market the charter flight service.
The air charter service is a partnership between the City of Revelstoke, Revelstoke Mountain Resort Limited Partnership, The Revelstoke Accommodation Association and Revelstoke Connection limited. The service is offering flights between Revelstoke and Vancouver three to four times a week between January and March, 2018. The total cost of providing the flight service for 2018 is estimated at $242,0002.
Under the terms of the agreement, if the service incurs a loss, the City of Revelstoke has agreed to pay a maximum of $89,800 to Revelstoke Connection limited for provision of the air charter service
The partners will be meeting with Pacific Coastal in March to discuss the future potential of the air charter service for Revelstoke.