Recent History 2000-2002
September 10, 2002
DAWSON CREEK — Hawkair is expanding its popular passenger service to the northeast of B.C. with the addition of Dawson Creek to its schedule.
Residents of Dawson Creek and surrounding area, as well as the huge market of Vancouver, will be able to purchase tickets from travel agents or from Hawkair reservations for direct Dash 8 flights starting this Wednesday.
Hawkair’s prices includes taxes and fees, and start at a special introductory rate of $139 one way for flights booked before September 29. Service commences October 8 with a Tuesday and Saturday service, with daily flights starting November 3.
From October 8 to November 3, the plane leaves Vancouver at 8 a.m. arrives in Dawson Creek at 10 a.m. and then departs Dawson Creek at 10:30 a.m. and arrives in Vancouver at 12:30 p.m.
Starting November 3, from Monday to Friday, the plane leaves Vancouver at 10:15 a.m., arrives in Dawson Creek at 12:15 a.m. and then departs from Dawson Creek at 1 p.m. and arrives in Vancouver at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, the plane leaves Vancouver at 8 a.m., arrives in Dawson Creek at 10 a.m. and then leaves Dawson Creek at 10:45 a.m. and arrives in Vancouver at 12:45 p.m.
On Sunday, the plane leaves Vancouver at 3:45 p.m., arrives in Dawson Creek at 5:45 p.m. and then leaves Dawson Creek at 6:30 p.m. and arrives in Vancouver at 8:30 p.m.
Hawkair vice president of business development David Redekop said many communities throughout B.C. and Alberta were lobbying for Hawkair’s services.
Dawson Creek was the best fit for a variety of reasons, including location, current service from competitors, and economic viability of Dawson Creek and surrounding communities.
“We’re hoping to respond to the extremely strong demand for air travel in this area, with direct flights and affordable fares.”
Hawkair’s popularity in central and northwest B.C. is due to serving both business and leisure passengers.
“We are a small, but rapidly growing airline because of our attention to our customers, who are responsible for all of our success,” he said. “People try us for our great fares and direct flights and come back because of our friendly, professional service.”
Hawkair has found people enjoy Hawkair’s all-in, up-front prices and the convenience of Vancouver’s south terminal.
Regular prices start at $179 one way (all-in) to a high of $389 for a refundable last-minute ticket. Hawkair’s “Quick Tickets,” priced at $2,690 for a book of 10, appeal to frequent flyers.
Hawkair customer service supervisor Trina Oldale said the company is currently accepting applications for counter staff and supervisory positions, as well as looking for local suppliers.