British Columbia flights that most tourists use to visit the province will fly into the city of Vancouver. This large, modern facility is the second busiest airport in all of Canada, after Toronto. It is a major hub for flights to and from Asia as well as the primary airports used by passengers embarking or disembarking on cruises to the Inside passage of Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.
There are regular British Columbia flights and schedules to less than twenty airports in the province that can be considered major facilities. The reason that there are so few facilities in this relatively large province is that a substantial percentage of it is sparsely populated true pristine wilderness with few towns or roads. More populated areas with significant airports include the cities of Kelowna and Penticton in the popular tourist destination of the Okanagan Valley, the sports center of Kamloops, and Prince George, the "Northern Capital" of British Columbia. Since so many of the airlines serving the larger airports in the province are small local airlines, you can find cheap flights to BC airports with many of them. These airlines have attractive reciprocal contracts with major airlines. Examples are the commuter airlines flying in out of Whistler providing access to some of the best British Columbia skiing available.
Other tips for cheap flights to BC airports include looking for vacation packages that will often include several forms of transportation, including ferries and car rentals. For example, the airport shuttle for the Prince Rupert airport consists of two coach rides and a ferry. There are scores of other very small air facilities throughout the province. Some of these have unpaved air strips. Some of them have no runways at all as they are serviced by seaplanes flown by bush pilots who set down in bodies of water that may be near a remote village or an equally remote fishing lodge. Cheap flights to BC airports in the more remote areas are almost always part of package tours, and booking these legs one at a time on your own can be quite expensive.
Abbotsford flights land you in the province's second largest facility, and it is the only other of the British Columbia airports to serve major airlines. It serves as a reliever facility for the Vancouver airport and is used when traffic is particularly heavy in Vancouver or weather hampers operation. Landing here instead of Vancouver is not such an inconvenience, as the two cities are only about 25 miles apart from each other. There are convenient outlets for car rentals to get you to your destination, and passengers on diverted flights will generally receive complimentary motorcoach transportation to their original destinations. There are also seasonal flights, catering primarily to British Columbia residents, to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.
There are Abbotsford flights from the major cities of Calgary, Edmonton, and the British Columbia capital of Victoria. There are also commuter flights to the communities of Nanaimo and Comox on Vancouver Island. From all of the destinations within British Columbia, it is possible to hop on a ferry to continue your journey, whether you are simply heading across the bay to Vancouver or further afield to places like Prince Rupert on the northern coast. In addition to commercial and general aviation services, there are Abbotsford flights by the fleet of Conair Aviation water bombers. These aircraft are the workhorses of aerial firefighting, and will be seen in the air over forest fires and brush fires throughout Canada and the western United States during the fire season. Abbotsford International Airport, located in the fertile Fraser Valley, is also host to a popular annual air show, the largest of such events in North America.
There are also British Columbia flights with no particular destination at all. These are sightseeing excursions over some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. They are used during whale watching season for views of the great marine animals from a completely different perspective. Some British Columbia skiing occurs on mountains with no ski resorts, and adventurous skiers are dropped off in pristine powder by helicopter.