WestJet adds flights between P.G. and Van.
Starting September 19, WestJet will be adding an additional flight between Prince George (YXS) and Vancouver (YVR) bringing the total to five flights Monday through Friday. “We kept hearing from the public that WestJet flights were full so we worked with them to increase their service levels" said Prince George Airport Authority President and CEO, John Gibson. "With five flights a day to Vancouver, WestJet is now where they were earlier this year in terms of service to YVR.” “We are pleased to respond to the needs of communities that we serve by delivering choice, low fares and a great guest experience for Canadian travellers, “ says Lee Lipton, WestJet Director Network and Schedule Planning. “Schedule improvements for Prince George help support its economic growth and also allow for greater
convenience when connecting to the WestJet network within Canada, the US and internationally.” “Getting people to Prince George earlier in the day allows them to do a full days’ worth of business. The early departure time out of YVR allows travellers to skip the morning rush hour on the roads in Vancouver, while the departure out of YXS  at 7:45am is a prime time flight for Prince George residents destined to YVR and beyond” said Gibson. The additional flight is already available to book. Also in the reservation system is the continuation of the non-stop flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico out of Prince George. The “Snow to Sand” flight takes off every Saturday from October 29, 2016 to April 29, 2017.
British Columbia is sending 142 athletes with a connection to B.C., including Prince George's Alyx Treasure, making up 45 per cent of Team Canada, to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. These local athletes, who have been living and training in B.C., will take part in 18 sports with the majority competing in athletics, rowing and swimming. Of the 142 athletes, 68 of them have a hometown in British Columbia and 128 are training in B.C. or receiving support services from either Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) Pacific or PacificSport centres. The B.C. contingent in Brazil will also include 23 coaches, 12 CSI Pacific sport scientists and 11 medical practitioners with a connection to the province. Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has invested more than $1 billion in sport. This support includes funding for B.C.’s provincial sport organizations that are instrumental in providing training and development for athletes and coaches on the high-performance pathway as they progress from provincial competitions to national development programs and national teams. The Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games take place Aug. 5-21, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
B.C. sends large contingent to Rio