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Direct flights from Cranbrook to Edmonton and Fort McMurray

Integra Air will be offering flights from the Kootenays to Edmonton and Fort McMurray. - Integra Air
Integra Air will be offering flights from the Kootenays to Edmonton and Fort McMurray.
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In as little as a month, Kootenay residents might be able to catch a direct flight from the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook to Edmonton International Airport and the Fort McMurray Airport. Lethbridge-based Integra Air is poised to begin air service on June 6, 2011 and is currently waiting for approval from Transport Canada.

In an announcement last week, Integra Air stated it had several objectives for the proposed service. On the one hand, it wants to develop easier access to and from the Kootenays for tourism and real estate owners from Northern Alberta.

Integra Air also hopes it will help establish the Kootenay region as a bedroom community for the oilsands. Further, the service would develop a connecting air service with carriers in Edmonton to other destinations in Canada and beyond.

To reduce the risks associated with establishing a new air service, Integra Air is looking at launching flights in three stages.

A 16 passenger aircraft would fly three times a week from June to September. From September to December, the airline would add a possible seamless connection to Grande Prairie and direct flights to Fort McMurray.

After analyzing loads and times and possibly making needed adjustments, Integra Air hopes to eventually offer direct flights to Edmonton and Fort McMurray, using a 32 passenger aircraft.

At this point, Integra Air is prepared to commit to phases one and two, but phase three would only be considered if there is enough demand.

Ticket prices would range from $189 to $239 plus taxes and Integra Air is looking to offer travel packages for businesses.

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