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Kamloops mayor disappointed some airlines cutting back services to his city

Last Updated Jan 13, 2021 at 7:14 pm PST

FILE - An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) — Job losses are top of mind for the mayor of Kamloops after hearing Air Canada plans to stop offering direct flights to Vancouver starting Jan. 23.

Speaking with Colton Davies at Radio NL in Kamloops, Ken Christian says the change isn’t just hurting workers at the airport and the airlines forced to cut services because of the pandemic but also bad news for economic recovery¬†for the BC Lottery Corporation — which has headquarters in Kamloops, but satellite offices in Richmond and other parts of the Lower Mainland.

“It’s just unfathomable that you would have no air access to shuffle their employees back and forth between their Vancouver operations and Kamloops without having to go through Calgary or drive the Coquihalla in the wintertime,” he says.

Christian adds he’s worried about the nearby Sun Peaks resort losing business from customers who fly into Kamloops from Vancouver.

WestJet and Pacific Coastal and Central Mountain Air have significantly cut back service to Christian’s city as well.