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List of airlines of British Columbia

This is a list of airlines of British Columbia which have an air operator's certificate issued by Transport Canada, the country's civil aviation authority. These are airlines that are based in British Columbia.

Current airlines

Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hub airport(s) or
Cascadia Air CBF BIGFOOT Campbell River Scheduled Service, Air Taxi and charter
Central Mountain Air 9M GLR GLACIER Smithers Regional, charters[1]
CHC Helicopter HMB HUMMINGBIRD Vancouver International Airport, Richmond Helicopter charters, flight training[2]
Cloud Air Lake Muskoka/Mortimer's Point Floatplane, scheduled passenger service, charters, flight training[3]
Corilair Campbell River Charters and scheduled floatplane[4]
Flair Airlines F8 FLE FLAIR Kelowna Ultra-low-cost-carrier
Harbour Air Seaplanes H3 HES HARBOUR EXPRESS Vancouver Harbour Scheduled passenger service, charters[5]
Helijet JB JBA HELIJET Vancouver Scheduled passenger service, charters[6]
KF Cargo KW KFA FLIGHTCRAFT Kelowna Scheduled passenger service, cargo Charter airline. Along with Canadian Helicopters, Atlantis Systems International and Canadian Base Operators operates KF Defence Programs.[7][8][9]
Northern Thunderbird Air NTA THUNDERBIRD Prince George Scheduled passenger service, charters[10]
Ocean Air Floatplanes[11] Victoria Water Floatplane charters.[12] Purchased Pat Bay Air in March 2015 and was fully integrated.
Pacific Coastal Airlines 8P PCO PASCO Vancouver Scheduled passenger service, charters[13]
Salt Spring Air 101 SALTSPRING Ganges Floatplane, scheduled passenger service, charters[14]
Seair Seaplanes SS1 SEAIR Vancouver Water Floatplane, scheduled passenger service, charters[15]
Tofino Air 25 TOFINO AIR Tofino Harbour Scheduled passenger service, charters[16]
Vancouver Island Air Campbell River Seaplane, scheduled passenger service, charters[17]
VIH Helicopters Saanich, British Columbia Charters, MEDIVAC (air ambulance), aerial firefighting[18] Example colours only; aircraft now different type.[19]
West Coast Air 8O YWZ COAST AIR Vancouver Harbour Floatplanes, scheduled passenger service, charters[20]

Defunct airlines

Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Hub airport(s) or
Air BC Vancouver 1980 - 2002
To Air Canada Jazz
Air Southwest Chilliwack 1983 - 2005
Airspeed Aviation Abbotsford 1986 - 2009
Sold to Orca Airways
Baxter Aviation 6B Nanaimo Harbour 1985 - 2007
Sold to West Coast Air
BCWest Air Abbotsford 2007 - 2008
Ended in October 2008 due to unresolved shareholder dispute
Canadian Pacific Air Lines CP CPC EMPRESS Vancouver 1942 - 1987
Also known as CP Air, to Canadian Airlines International, the callsign is still used by Canadian North
Harmony Airways HQ HMY HARMONY Vancouver 2002 - 2007
Hawkair BH BHA HAWKAIR Terrace and Kitimat 1994 - 2016
On November 18, 2016, Hawkair declared bankruptcy, had all assets seized for liquidation, and permanently suspended operations.[21]
Island Express Air 1X IAX ABBY AIR Abbotsford 2009-2020
Demise due to COVID-19 pandemic[22]
KD Air XC KDC KAY DEE Vancouver Ceased operations in 2019
Kootenay Direct Airlines Nelson Ceased operating in 2009
Orca Airways OR ORK ORCA Vancouver Suspended by Transport Canada in 2018
Pacific Western Airlines PA PWA Vancouver 1946 - 1987
To Canadian Airlines
Powell Air PWL POWELL AIR Powell River 1975 - 1987
Merged with Air BC to form Pacific Coastal Airlines
Queen Charlotte Airlines Vancouver Water 1946 - 1955
Sold to Pacific Western Airlines
Sonicblue Airways VL Vancouver 1982 - 2006
Trans-Provincial Airlines Prince Rupert ? - 1993
Sold to Harbour Air
Western Express Airlines Vancouver 1994 - 2006


  1. ^ Central Mountain Air About Us Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ CHC Helicopter About Us Archived 2010-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Cloud Air". Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  4. ^ Corilair
  5. ^ "Harbour Air". Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  6. ^ Helijet
  7. ^ KF Defence Programs - Participants
  8. ^ Canadian Helicopters
  9. ^ KF Aerospace - Flight Operations
  10. ^ Northern Thunderbird Air
  11. ^ Ocean Air Floatplanes
  12. ^ Ocean Air Floatplanes
  13. ^ Pacific Coastal Airlines
  14. ^ Salt Spring Air
  15. ^ Seair Seaplanes
  16. ^ Tofino Air
  17. ^ Vancouver Island Air
  18. ^ VIH Helicopters Archived 2012-04-06 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Canadian Civil Aircraft Register: History Search Result
  20. ^ "West Coast Air". Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2015-05-03.
  21. ^ "Northwestern B.C. airline company declares bankruptcy - News". Archived from the original on 2016-11-24.
  22. ^ Briones, Michael. "COVID-19: New air carrier sought for Qualicum Beach Airport". Vancouver Island Free Daily. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
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