Penticton expansion of WestJet service supported

Summerlanders are joining the growing chorus of South Okanagan residents asking WestJet to bring its air service to the Penticton Airport.

Summerlanders are joining the growing chorus of South Okanagan residents asking WestJet to bring its air service to the Penticton Airport.

On Saturday, a flash mob of around 500 people gathered in Penticton to present a message asking for the airline to provide service to the region.

At present, Air Canada operates from Penticton, but the closest WestJet service is in Kelowna.

Mayor Janice Perrino said Summerland and the rest of the South Okanagan would benefit from WestJet service.

“There certainly is a need and a tremendous desire,” she said. “How unreasonable is it to ask people to travel to Kelowna?”

She said bringing the airline to Penticton would benefit Summerland residents and tourism-related businesses in the area.

Lisa Jaager, manager of the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism, said Summerland would gain from the expanded WestJet service.

”It can only be good for us,” she said. “We support WestJet coming to the South Okanagan. The more people coming into Penticton the better off we are.”

She added that the air service would bring more tourists to the area and eventually it could result in some of those tourists becoming residents.

A Facebook page has been set up to entice WestJet to Penticton and online petitions and surveys are also circulating.


Just Posted

Penticton’s second Snakebite festival hits the screen Jan. 31

Snakebite Film Festival showing LBGT, Indigenous and other diverse films

LETTER: Funds were borrowed from ICBC and B.C. Hydro

Method helped government hype but depleted needed money in the corporations

Wonderful addition to existing park

Writer wants to see 28 acres added to Okanagan Provincial Park

LETTER: Questions raised about high docks in Summerland

Public docks were replaced following damage from flooding on Okanagan Lake

Crosswalk coming to intersection near Penticton events centre

After years of plans a crosswalk is expected to be built on Alberni Street on Highway 97 this year

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read