Pacific Coastal Airlines FAQs

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Pacific Coastal Airlines is a Canadian airline that specialises in serving smaller airports, mainly in British Colombia, Canada. The Pacific Coastal headquarters are at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal.

Destinations and Routes

Pacific Coastal Airlines serves 15 airports (mainly) in British Colombia, offering both cargo and passenger services. The frequency and breadth of their services means they are the sixth largest airline operating out of Vancouver. Pacific Coastal Airlines connects you to a myriad of destinations across British Columbia, including Vancouver, Comox, Port Hardy, Williams Lake, and more. With a focus on serving regional communities, their routes offer convenient travel options for both business and leisure travelers.

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* Note: to get from the Pacific Coastal base at YVR South Terminal, take the free shuttle to YVR domestic or international terminal to pick up most forms of transport you’ll need such as the Canada Line SkyTrain.

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Fleet Information

The Pacific Coastal Airlines fleet includes reliable aircraft such as the Saab 340, Beechcraft 1900, and de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter.

Baggage Policy

I found Pacific Coastal Airlines to have quite strict baggage policies, which is understandable as many of the passenger services are comparatively small. Your baggage allowance depends on the ticket that you booked.

Carry-on Baggage

Each passenger is permitted 1 x item of carry-on baggage up to 10kg. It should measure no more than 23x40x55cm. It is likely that this bag will be weighed and you will have to check this (at no additional charge as long as it’s under 10kg). Passengers may ALSO take a personal item up to 10kg but measuring a smaller size of 16x33x43cm. Find out more about additional items like strollers, urns and medical equipment.

Checked Baggage

Your checked baggage allowance depends on the type of fare that you booked.

  • Encore Fare – 2 items of checked baggage are included for free
  • Classic Fare – 1 item of checked baggage is included for free
  • Bravo Fare – No items included.

Each checked bag can be up to 23kg and has a size limitation of 158cm (length + height + width).

Pacific Coastal Classes of Service

Pacific Coastal does not have business class, so everyone is in the same class of service. However, the fare types do vary as follows:

  • Encore Fare: highest class. Flexible ticket allowing cancellations, refunds and name changes. Passengers can choose their seat and two checked bags are included.
  • Classic Fare: first checked bag included. Changes possible with at half the charge that the Bravo Fare attracts. Seat selection for $9.99.
  • Bravo Fare: lowest band with ticket restrictions like charges on name changes and cancellations. No baggage included.


Pacific Coastal passengers can check-in online or at the airport.

  • Online check-in: use your computer to check-in any time between 24 hours and 1 hour ahead of your scheduled flight. Some restrictions apply for certain passengers (e.g., those with medical needs).
  • Airport check-in: get to the desk one hour before your scheduled flight. The check-in desk closes about 40 minutes before the flight.


QuikPass Program is Pacific Coastal’s pretty unique frequent flyer program. It involves placing funds on deposit against which frequent passengers draw each flight they take. The benefits of it are attractive if you use Pacific Coastal Airlines a lot anyway, e.g., priority boarding and free bags.

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