Vancouver to Seattle seaplane service starts later this month

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Harbour Air will offer flight service between Vancouver and Seattle starting on April 26 in partnership with Washington-based Kenmore Air.

Flights will depart twice daily from Harbour Air’s Coal Harbour Terminal for Lake Union in downtown Seattle with border control available on landing. The service will also offer an additional stop at Kenmore Air’s Seaplane Base on Lake Washington and runs Monday to Friday.

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Kenmore Air to launch this new international route that will enable people to fly between downtown Vancouver and downtown Seattle in one hour,” said Randy Wright, president of Harbour Air Seaplanes in a release.

Kenmore already operates a daily seaplane service between Seattle and Victoria that is used by about 20,000 passengers every year, according to Todd Banks, president of Kenmore Air.

B.C. Premier John Horgan called the announcement a “significant milestone.”

“Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and I have been working hard to grow our economies, find new opportunities to expand our flourishing tech and innovation corridor, and create good jobs on both sides of the border,” Horgan said.

A 2017 report from the BC Business Council highlights the importance of improving links between the two cities because tech companies headquartered in the Seattle area have “established a significant presence in Vancouver.”

Microsoft president Brad Smith said,”this association between two historic Pacific Northwest companies will accelerate cross-border business and collaboration for the entire region.”

In March the Washington Legislature dedicated $1.2 million U.S. to a business case analysis looking into a potential high speed rail line between Vancouver, Seattle and Portland but the study won’t be completed until June, 2019.

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