Wednesday, October 17, 2012

You should feel sorry for BC MPs because of the gruesome travel schedule only they have to endure among Canadian politicians

This is one part of my presentation to the Electoral Boundaries Commission tonight.

One of the problems BC MPs face but others in Canada do not is how long they have to be in the air each week.   

I researched the current schedules of the airlines in Canada to see how bad it is for BC MPs.   The table does not include time to get to the airport, waiting in the airport to leave and the arrival time.   Stop over times are part of the flight times.    Most BC MPs have to fly through Vancouver or Calgary before reaching their destination.

Here are the flight times airport to airport for an MP from BC that is expected to be in Ottawa from Monday 7 am to Thursday at 3 pm

Location
Total flight time
Thursday flight to BC
Sunday return to Ottawa
Increase on YVR flight time


YVR – Vancouver
09:47
04:32
05:15




YLW - Kelowna
12:27
06:03
06:24
02:40


YYJ – Victoria
12:54
06:02
06:49
03:04


YKA - Kamloops
13:19
06:04
06:49
03:32


YCD - Nanaimo
13:22
05:37
07:55
03:35


YXC - Cranbrook
14:18
06:47
07:31
04:32
Mountain time
YXX - Abbotsford
14:50
07:14
07:36
05:03


YYF- Penticton
15:59
08:43
07:16
06:12


YXS – Prince George
16:35
08:47
07:48
06:48


YXT - Terrace
18:03
07:57
10:04
08:16


YQQ - Comox
18:44
09:34
09:10
08:57


YXJ – Fort St John
18:53
08:27
10:26
09:06
Mountain time
YWL – Williams Lake
16:00
06:37
09:23
06:13
Thursday return not possible
YCG - Castlegar
17:50
09:57
07:53
08:03
Thursday return not possible
YYD - Smithers
18:15
08:37
09:38
08:28
Thursday return not possible
YPR – Prince Rupert
20:33
11:07
09:26
10:49
Thursday return not possible

Here is a list of times from airports elsewhere in Canada - BC and Yukon are the only locations in Canada with a three time difference from Ottawa

Location
Total flight time
Time change


YQM - Moncton
03:04
-1


YHZ - Halifax
03:16
-1


YYG- Charlottetown
03:20
-1


YFC - Fredericton
04:49
-1


YWG - Winnipeg
05:11
1


YSJ – Saint John
05:53
-1


YQX - Gander
07:14
-1.5


YQY – Sydney
07:25
-1


YEG - Edmonton
07:58
2


YYC - Calgary
08:09
2


YXE - Saskatoon
08:24
1 or 2


YYT – St John's
08:49
-1.5


YQR - Regina
10:22
1 or 2


YYR – Goose Bay
11:40
-1


YZF - Yellowknife
13:27
2


YXY - Whitehorse
19:51
3


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