This past week Vancouverites were provided with a great new option for travelling south to Seattle!
Harbour Air and Kenmore Air have teamed up to provide daily air-service to and from the Coal Harbour terminal in Downtown Vancouver to the Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base in South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle. This is Harbour Airs first international route offering.
Flying time is just one hour while an expedited customs check will occur on the arrival side which should make the total travel time substantially quicker than land options.
Arriving in South Lake Union is great in my opinion. It’s fairly convenient area that you could certainly grab a Lyft or Uber from within minutes to commute to wherever you may be going. This area is also near the quickly expanding Amazon offices. The service will also extend to Lake Washington should this be your preferred destination.
In my case most likely to Safeco or Centurylink field. Key Arena soon sports fans? ?
Travellers will have the option of two daily departure times out of Coal Harbour. The morning option departing at 9:30am (10:30am arrival) while the evening option takes off at 5:40pm. You will be asked to check-in at the Coal Harbour terminal a minimum of 45 minutes prior to your departure.
The cost for each leg of the flight appears to be $370.50 plus taxes at the time of this writing. You are permitted luggage weighing up to 25 lbs with additional lbs being charged at $1.50 each while space permits. This certainly will not be the cheapest of options as compared to the bus and rail routes offered out of Pacific Central Station. It will however, provide Vancouverites with the ability to make their own decision on the value proposition based upon the reduced time and efforts.
Vancouverites will be familiar with Harbour Air as the Vancouver company founded in 1982 flies their distinctive Yellow and Blue planes in-and-out of Coal Harbour on a daily basis. On the other hand we may not be as familiar with their new partner in flight operations.
Kenmore Air was founded in 1946 and is now operating an expansive schedule that includes more than 45 destinations and lands its passengers on “lakes, harbours and tarmac throughout the US and Canadian Northwest”. They utilize a range of planes within their fleet and proclaim to have a world-renowned aircraft maintenance facility.
You may read the complete media release here and check out the Harbour Air schedule and buy tickets at their homepage here.