Transport Canada on February 28, 2018 suspended Island Express Air’s Air Operator Certificate. The suspension prohibits the company from providing commercial air services. The department took this action in the interest of public safety due to the airline’s February 23, 2018 accident in Abbotsford, BC and its contraventions of the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
In light of these threats to public safety, Transport Canada will not allow Island Express Air to resume its commercial air service until it proves it can keep its operations consistently compliant with aviation safety regulations.
Transport Canada takes aviation safety seriously and expects all air operators to fully comply with aviation safety regulations. The department does not hesitate to take action when regulatory non-compliance is identified. We will continue to monitor Island Express Air’s actions as the company works towards compliance with aviation safety regulations.
Island Express Air describes its mission on its website:
Island Express Air is a locally owned and operated Lower Mainland air carrier providing scheduled service to Abbotsford, Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo, and charter service to destinations around B.C., Canada, and the United States. The company has grown from 1 aircraft to 10 since launching service in 2007.
Island Express aircraft are all-weather certified and equipped with the latest in satellite and GPS technology, allowing pilots to receive the live weather and terrain information in the cockpit.
We are proud to have one of the best equipped multi-engine propeller fleets in the Lower Mainland. This large and diverse fleet of aircraft, including single- and multi-engine airplanes, allows us to provide affordable scheduled and charter service for any number of passengers.
Mission Statement: Island Express Air is dedicated to providing a first class flight experience, safely, on time and hassle free.
All images by Island Express Air.