pca_TOFINOVancouver, BC based Pacific Coastal Airlines just announced its 2018 spring schedule, which will be in effect from March 04 through June 03, 2018. The new schedule includes a new, daily non-stop flight between Vancouver and Tofino, beginning Tuesday, April 03.

“This new route is a natural fit for our airline, and introduces greater capacity and improved service to Tofino, Ucluelet and the surrounding area,” said Pacific Coastal Airlines’ President Quentin Smith.

The new flight will operate daily, leaving Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR) at 3:15pm, and arriving at the Tofino/Long Beach Airport (YAZ) at 4:00pm. It departs YAZ at 4:30pm, arriving back at YVR at 5:15pm.

“As an airline that got its start in Bella Coola, we understand the importance of quick, convenient, and affordable travel between smaller communities and larger hub cities in British Columbia, and we will be working hard with key stakeholders in Ucluelet, Tofino and the entire region to earn their support”, added Smith.

Pacific Coastal will be using its proven 19-seat turboprop aircraft, the Beechcraft 1900, to service the Vancouver-Tofino route, but has the capability to upgrade to larger 30 or 34-seat Saab 340A or 340B aircraft should demand increase.

Some of the changes to the 2018 spring schedule include, but are not limited to:

New daily non-stop service between Vancouver and Tofino starting Tuesday, April 03, 2018:

  • 45 minute flight time
  • 19 seat aircraft


  • A new early morning connection between Cranbrook and mid-Vancouver Island (Comox, Campbell River)
  • Three daily connections between Cranbrook and Victoria (morning, mid-day, and evening)

Williams Lake

  • Most flights each week between Williams Lake and Vancouver (more than any other airline)
  • Improved connections between Williams Lake and Victoria

 Port Hardy

  • Daily morning and afternoon flights between Port Hardy and Vancouver to enhance business travel connections to/from Vancouver


  • Return of the Saturday flight between Vancouver and Masset starting May 04, 2018


  • More non-stop flights between Victoria and Kelowna than any other airline