Recent History 2000-2002
October 9, 2002
DAWSON CREEK — The first of what is hoped to be many Hawkair flights lifted off from the tarmac at Dawson Creek Municipal Airport on Tuesday.
It was the first day that the regional airline began to provide service between Dawson Creek and Vancouver.
Convincing Hawkair to come to Dawson Creek began some time ago, when Mayor Wayne Dahlen met with the owners at a North Central Municipal Association convention. Dahlen also gave credit to airport manager Ian Darling and the airport advisory board, chaired by Jim Inkster, for helping to draw Hawkair to the city.
“We were somewhat let down when we heard that Air Canada was pulling out and under the direction of Jim Inkster and the board, we didn’t give up and today we’re making it happen,” Dahlen said.
With help from Hawkair owner Dave Menzies, Dahlen cut a ribbon to launch the service which uses 36-seat Dash 8 aircraft.
“We’re very happy to be here, it’s a great facility,” Menzies said.
Chamber of commerce president Rick Siddon said Hawkair will be a benefit.
“I think this is going to help our business community, this is going to help our travel and tourism, and will really help to put Dawson Creek on the map,” he said.
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.
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.
Call toll-free 1-800-487-1216 for reservations or information.