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#1 Mike K.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:54 AM

Geoff Dickson, CEO of the Victoria International Airport, has offered to answer questions from the VV community regarding the Victoria International Airport, it's business activities, future plans, and operations.

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Post your question in this thread. Any questions that the community on the forum can answer will be answered here, otherwise questions will be accumulated and submitted to Mr. Dickson who will then respond with responses.

To discuss the Victoria International Airport please see the airport thread here.

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#2 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 07:16 AM

Does the airport have any budget, or plans, to run an ad campaign pointing out the time savings and convenience by flying from here, rather than Vancouver or Seattle or Bellingham?



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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:57 AM

Are any discussions currently taking place to add an additional direct year round flight with any of the following destinations:

 

- Los Angeles

- Prince George

- Portland

 

I would particularly like to see the Portland flight as it would be short but connect Victoria with another regional hub. 


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:55 AM

Does the airport have any budget, or plans, to run an ad campaign pointing out the time savings and convenience by flying from here, rather than Vancouver or Seattle or Bellingham?

 

An extension of that question might be how much promotion and advocacy does the airport do. For example, the Coho ferry has been running a very visible and aggressive advertising and social media campaign.


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#5 Hotel Mike

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 09:47 AM

I would like to know the prospects of additional routes in Canada and the U.S. direct from YYJ...actual dates being aimed for?


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#6 DelsterX

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 10:21 AM

What is the staus on the runway extension?



#7 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 10:23 AM

What is the staus on the runway extension?

 

You've been off the board for 5 years, an that's what you come up with?


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:07 AM

What regulations have prevented, or slowed, potential airport improvements?

Either physical improvements to the airport or number of carriers, flights, etc.



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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:18 AM


 

I would particularly like to see the Portland flight as it would be short but connect Victoria with another regional hub. 

 

Double thumbs up to this! I would LOVE to be able to go to Portland for a short holiday. But with currently having to change planes in Seattle, it is really not all that appealing.



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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:37 AM

I am interested in ground transportation. Please provide any future plans for...

 

Parking Garage

Public Transport Access (BC Transit)

Possible changes with regards to taxi service

 

Thank you.


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#11 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:52 AM

I am interested in ground transportation. Please provide any future plans for...

 

Parking Garage

Public Transport Access (BC Transit)

Possible changes with regards to taxi service

 

Thank you.

 

Maybe I can add to this... Any way to get a real seamless integration between the BCT bus exchange, and the YYJ shuttle?  ie. any way you can get them to meet, so it's easy to get off the #70 and #72 and the shuttle will always be there?



#12 Mike K.

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 01:59 PM

Sparky, can you elaborate on what you mean by possible changes to taxi service?

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 02:03 PM

1. Any plans to 4-lane Willingdon Road from the McTavish interchange to the Airport?
2. At its ultimate length (after planned expansions), what will be the maximum size of airplane the runway will be able to support? (and thus giving us the maximum range the airport will be able to support)
3. What feedback and input did the YYJ give to the Ministry of Transportation regarding the future Beacon Interchange?

Edited by gkz, 09 May 2014 - 05:10 PM.


#14 LJ

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:21 PM

I would like to know the prospects of additional routes in Canada and the U.S. direct from YYJ...actual dates being aimed for?

The airlines decide that, based purely on projected numbers. The only way the airport can influence this is to offer to pay the airline XXXX amount of dollars to insure their profitability. This wont happen.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 07:42 AM

Double thumbs up to this! I would LOVE to be able to go to Portland for a short holiday. But with currently having to change planes in Seattle, it is really not all that appealing.

 

And I recently heard that WestJet would be offering direct flights from Victoria to Las Vegas, but when checking their website the flights go through Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton. If that's direct, I'm not too interested.


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#16 Sparky

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 07:54 AM

^ I will be having lunch today with a Westjet pilot. I will see if there is any early news on this.



#17 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:00 AM

Doesn't Westjet fly direct to Vegas but only a day or two per week seasonally, but plans to make this a yearly frequency?

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:03 AM

^ Not according to this.

 

http://www.westjet.c...st-las-20140131



#19 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:17 AM

According to http://www.vegasinc....ghts-las-vegas/ they are adding flights this summer direct to Vegas from a number of cities including Victoria. I don't know for certain but the seasonal Vegas flight out of YYJ is over for the season and does not display on their site as an option.

YYJ's website still lists Vegas as a seasonal route: http://www.victoriaa...op-destinations

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

Did I hallucinate the direct WestJet flight from YYJ to Vegas I made in 2009?


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