With the growing concern for COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Prince George Airport Authority wants to ensure the travelling public has access to the most up to date information. 

Starting April 20, 2020, ALL passengers travelling by air will be required to wear a non medical mask to cover their mouth and nose during travel. For more information on Transport Canada’s new measures, please click here.

Starting March 30, 2020, the Government of Canada has introduced new domestic transportation measures. These measures require all air operators to conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight within Canada or departing from Canada. Air operators will be required to refuse boarding to any passenger who presents COVID-19 symptoms. For more information, please click here.

Want to learn more about Canada’s measures regarding travel? Click here.

The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) has taken steps to reduce the risk as much as possible but want passengers to be able to make informed decisions regarding their travel. Below are several information sheets from the Public Health Authority of Canada and a summary of what YXS is doing to help reduce the risk for those going through the Prince George Airport.

In an effort to help promote social distancing, those picking up or dropping off passengers at YXS can park in the Short-Term Lot at no charge as long as you accompany your vehicle at all times. Please note this takes effect immediately, is valid for a maximum of one hour and will remain in place until further notice. Regular parking rates in the Long-Term Lot are still in effect. For those wanting to pay parking tickets, we have extended the reduced rate grace period to 30 days.

As the PG Airport Authority offices are closed to the public in response to COVID-19, please contact parking@pgairport.ca to make arrangements to pay over the phone and one of our customer support personnel will respond to your request.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding at this time

It is important to remember that the the B.C. Ministry of Health continues to deem the overall risk to British Columbians as low. For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please visit www.canada.ca/coronavirus 

Information regarding your airline’s cancellation policy can be found on their website or by following the links below:

Air Canada

Central Mountain Air

Pacific Coastal Airlines

WestJet

Northern Health has launched a COVID-19 Online Clinic & Information line that can be reached at 1-844-645-7811. More information can be found here.

“Face Covering Requirement for Air Travelers”

What you need to know.

“Physical Distancing”

What exactly does that mean?

“New Air Travel Restrictions in Effect”

Information travelling amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Disease PDF

“Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)”

More information about the Coronavirus Disease.

Be Prepared (COVID-19) PDF

“Be Prepared”

Helpful infographic about being prepared for the Coronavirus Disease.

About Coronavirus Disease PDF

“About Coronavirus Disease”

Information about the Coronavirus Disease.

May 26, 2020

FLIGHT SCHEDULE UPDATE FOR JUNE

As the situation with COVID-19 changes daily, here is the most recent rundown of scheduled air service at YXS for the month of June.

Please keep in mind schedules change quickly and airlines should be the direct information source.

Air Canada – Four flights a week to Vancouver (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).
WestJet – Four flights a week to Vancouver (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).
Central Mountain Air – Three flights a week to Kamloops, Kelowna, Terrace/Kitimat and Fort St. John (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).
Pacific Coastal Airlines – Service temporarily suspended.

A reminder this schedule is subject to change as per each airline.

April 30, 2020

FLIGHT SCHEDULE UPDATE FOR MAY

As the situation with COVID-19 changes daily, here is the most recent rundown of scheduled air service at YXS for the month of May.

Please keep in mind schedules change quickly and airlines should be the direct information source.

WestJet – One flight a day to and from Vancouver.
Air Canada – Temporarily suspending service until June 1st.
Pacific Coastal Airlines – Temporarily suspending service until June 1st.
Central Mountain Air – Temporarily suspending service until June 7th.

The Prince George Airport Authority continues to reach out and be in contact with all of our airline partners as we work through this together.

A reminder this schedule is subject to change as per each airline.

MEDIA RELEASES

May 26, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE AIRPORT AUTHORITY COVID-19: UPDATE FOUR

Prince George, BC – Passenger numbers at the Prince George Airport (YXS) continue to drastically decline due to COVID-19. Data recorded for April’s passenger activity show a decrease of 96% compared to the same month last year. In 2019, April saw 42,911 passengers enplane and deplane, compared to just 1,899 last month.

“It’s a double-edged sword. Those numbers show people are listening to the advice of public health officials and avoiding non-essential travel, however as a not for profit organization, we rely heavily on passenger activity.” says President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA), Gordon Duke. “We continue to lobby all levels of government for help as the aviation industry is going to take years to get back to pre-covid activity.”

The Prince George Airport Authority successfully applied for the Federal Government’s Wage Subsidy Program which is helping keep our staff employed.

“We are taking advantage of this down time to do a lot of runway maintenance, interior/exterior painting and training of our Operations staff” says Manager of Operations, Trevor Gust. “The long-term parking lot has never been as empty as it currently is, so we will use that to our advantage and make repairs and re-paint stalls.”

We continue to see a reduction in airline activity this month and are expecting numbers to be even lower than April. Looking ahead to June, Air Canada and WestJet will be operating flights four days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) to Vancouver. Come July, Central Mountain Air will be flying three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) to Kamloops, Kelowna, Terrace/Kitimat and Fort St. John. Prince George was not part of Pacific Coastal Airline’s phase one relaunch plan, but we are optimistic we will be part of phase two. The PGAA continues to work with all our airline partners to ensure a smooth and safe transition back into the terminal.

For those few still travelling for essential services, the airport restaurant and Internationals Area remain closed. Non-medical grade face coverings are mandatory as per Transport Canada. The PGAA has also eliminated short-term parking fees as long as you stay with your vehicle.

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April 21, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE AIRPORT AUTHORITY COVID-19: UPDATE THREE

Prince George, BC – The Prince George Airport (YXS) remains open despite a drop in flights. Air Canada and WestJet continue to operate flights to Vancouver numerous times per week for essential travel, while Central Mountain Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines have ceased operations until June. Flight schedules change on a frequent basis, so those needing to book are reminded to check airline websites for the most up to date information.

“We will do our part to get through this as quickly and safely as possible. When it’s time for recovery, we will be here for our community” says President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA), Gordon Duke. “Air travel will play a major role in helping rebuild our regional economy, whether it’s a family vacation, a successful business trip, or bringing distant friends and relatives together. We will continue to enable jobs and economic growth for our region.”

Passenger numbers in March were down 44% compared to the same month last year.  In 2019, 44,817 passengers flew in and out of YXS in March, compared to 24,964 last month. The PGAA expects to see a massive dip in passenger numbers for April as travel restrictions were in place for the entire month.

As a not-for-profit corporation, the PGAA relies heavily on revenues from flights and passenger traffic, and both have been reduced severely. We are working closely with federal, provincial and municipal governments to ensure the continued viability of our airport during this unparalleled downturn.

As British Columbia’s major northern airport, maintaining strong air service connectivity is vital for our region and the many communities we serve. Air cargo continues to be a vital service that supports critical supply chains for medical, food, pharmacy and other essential supplies. YXS also handles numerous medevac flights each day to support emergency health situations in remote areas.

A reminder to those travelling by air, non medical grade face coverings are now mandatory as per Transport Canada. In terms of the terminal, the restaurant and internationals area remain closed and short-term parking is free as long as you stay with your vehicle.

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March 17, 2020

Prince George Airport Authority COVID-19: Update Two

Prince George, BC – As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) is informing the public of some operational changes.

“We are starting to see flight cancellations in and out of PG as people are self isolating under the recommendation of Public Health,” says President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority Gordon Duke. “We continue to monitor the situation closely and keep in contact with our airline partners in regards to schedule changes.”

Canadian airlines are making significant reductions and, in some cases, elimination of international and transborder flying. With that in mind, it is important to note the last Puerto Vallarta flight of the 2019/2020 winter season is taking place Sunday, March 22nd. All passengers are reminded to self isolate for 14 days after their return from travel outside of Canada.

Passengers flying in and out of YXS are advised to check our website, www.pgairport.ca, for up to date flight information. Airline websites are also a great source of information, especially when it comes to changing existing reservations.

The airport restaurant, BG Urban Grill, will be running on a reduced schedule and the food and beverage area in the Boarding Lounge will be closed until further notice.

In an effort to help promote social distancing, those picking up or dropping off passengers at the terminal can park in the Short Term Lot at no charge as long as you accompany your vehicle at all times.

As this situation continues to evolve very rapidly, the PGAA will endeavour to keep all stakeholders informed of new developments.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please visit canada.ca/coronavirus.

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March 13, 2020

Prince George Airport taking Precautions in Response to COVID-19

Prince George, BC – The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) wants the travelling public to know we continue to follow the guidelines provided by public health officials including the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada and our regional health authority.

“The safety of our employees, tenants and travelling public is of utmost importance and we are doing everything we can to stay on top of this,” says PGAA President and CEO Gordon Duke. “The janitorial team has implemented their high touch point cleaning program, and the PGAA has posted additional signage and installed numerous hand sanitizing stations in the public and employee areas.”

The PGAA has reviewed our pandemic plans and aircraft isolation procedures in response to the possibility of COVID-19 materializing in our region. We are also in discussions with our suppliers to ensure critical products are available, allowing the airport to remain fully operational.

In addition, we have also reached out to our airline partners to review potential scenarios to ensure all our actions maintain the safety of our employees and the travelling public.

The PGAA is encouraging those looking to make changes to their flights follow the direction of their airline by contacting their original booking source despite lengthy hold times. “We are starting to see a backlog of people coming to YXS to make changes to their flights which is impacting day to day operations” says Duke.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please visit canada.ca/coronavirus.

Contact:
Lindsay Cotter
Manager of Marketing and Communications
Prince George Airport Authority
250.963.2422