COVID-19 UPDATE: Harbour Air Resumes with a Reduced Flight Schedule

Daily flights now operating between Vancouver, Richmond (YVR South), Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Salt Spring Island and Maple Bay 

Over the past 38 years, Harbour Air has become a vital transportation link for coastal British Columbia. During the past couple of months, we have also seen the impact our service reductions have had on the communities we support. We know that “returning to operations” is not a “return to normal.” As we move forward, we are working hard to ensure that we are providing the safe, essential travel services you’ve come to expect from Harbour Air. 

The safety of our employees, their families, our passengers and our communities is of the utmost importance to us. Please rest assured, we have adopted stringent safety measures that exceed both Transport Canada and Health Canada’s recommendations. We have introduced vigilant cleaning and physical distancing protocols, suspended scheduled flights and reduced our operations across the Province. Below is an update on flights and services currently available from Harbour Air, as well as an overview of our enhanced safety measures. 

Scheduled Flight Services 

Daily flight schedules have resumed for many of our routes. Although the frequency of flights is still limited, we’re continuing to monitor demand and will update schedules as available.  

Now flying:

  • Vancouver/Victoria 
  • Vancouver/Nanaimo
  • Vancouver/Sechelt 
  • Nanaimo/Sechelt 
  • Vancouver/Salt Spring Island 
  • Richmond (YVR South)/Victoria 
  • Richmond (YVR South)/Nanaimo 
  • Vancouver/Maple Bay 

Resuming soon:

  • Vancouver/Sechelt (direct flights) – resuming June 4
  • Vancouver/Tofino – resuming June 5
  • Richmond (YVR/South)/Sechelt – resuming June 8
  • Vancouver/Comox – resuming June 29

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Private Charter Flights 

Private charter flights are a convenient, customizable option for travel anywhere in coastal BC. Charter rservations made between now and June 15th for travel anytime in 2020 are eligible for a 20% discount, click here to learn more about this special, limited time offer.  

Parcel Express Shipping Solutions 

Fast, seamless parcel shipping services are currently available on all scheduled flights. Click here to learn more about the available options or to request a quote. 

Scenic Tours & Adventure Packages 

While some of our schedules and flight offerings have had to be adjusted, we still have many exciting scenic tours and adventures available for 2020! We are working closely with our partners to provide updated packages to ensure you can enjoy these incredible West Coast experiences safely. We are continuing to monitor each tour and availability is being updated regularly. Click here to explore our Tours. 

Prioritizing Passenger Safety

For the safety of our team and our passengers, we will continue to enforce the following conditions:

  • All ground and flight crew will have their temperature checked upon arriving and departing at the workplace.
  • Passengers will be required to complete a health declaration form before travel and may have their temperature checked using a no-touch thermometer.
  • Passengers will be provided with gloves and masks, required to be worn for the entire flight and while in terminal.
  • Our front line team may deny boarding to any passenger whom they believe may be unfit to travel.
  • We will continue to follow the stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols in place and provide ample access to hand sanitizer in all terminals as well as pre- and post- flight.
  • We will offer no touch payment, having increased our tap payment limit to $250.
  • We have installed plastic dividers at check-in and visual markers in terminals to enforce physical distancing.
With these measures in place, please be assured that flying the coast is still, and will forever be, our passion.
We are eager to start operating all of our routes and see all of the faces that have supported us over the years, however just like every other business right now, it may be some time before we are able to do so.  For that, and for the people and communities that have relied upon our service for years, we apologize and hope you understand. We will continue to diligently monitor passenger demand and communicate as soon as we can add more flights and get back to full operations.

For the latest updates on COVID-19, please refer to Health Canada or the BC Centre for Disease Control’s websites:



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Introducing: Expanded Flights through the Sunshine Coast!

Harbour Air is thrilled to announce its expanded service across the Sunshine Coast! With daily flights between Sechelt and Richmond (YVR South), downtown Vancouver and Nanaimo, passengers can now continue their journey through to Egmont, Blind Bay and Madeira!

Available daily on the mid-day route, flights are available for booking online, in person or through our reservations department. This summer, explore more!

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Greg McDougall Inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame: Unveils ePlane Design

Thursday, May 16 2019, the founder and CEO of BC-born Harbour Air Group and Harbour Air Seaplanes, Greg McDougall, was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. On the heels of its plans to convert one of the airline’s aircrafts and launch the first all-electric commercial flight, McDougall is now one of 237 individuals honoured for their contribution to Canadian aviation.

“It’s an incredible experience to reflect back on the history and milestone moments of Harbour Air that brought us here tonight,” said Greg McDougall, founder & CEO of Harbour Air Seaplanes. “To be surrounded by industry leaders and aviation champions, I am extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and humbled to be amongst these renowned leaders of innovation and aviation.”

Harbour Air ePlane

Surrounded by industry pioneers, McDougall took the opportunity to unveil the first look at the Harbour Air’s ePlane design, which will convert one of the fleet’s existing DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver aircraft powered by the magni500, a 750 horsepower (HP) all-electric motor. The aircraft is currently being overhauled with plans for the first all-electric test flight expected to take place in November 2019.

Canada has a longstanding history of innovation and leadership in the aviation industry. Harbour Air’s partnership with magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, is another example of harbour Air’s commitment to innovation and aviation leadership.

“Our steadfast focus on safety, innovation and service was the breakthrough of our operation and certainly its ongoing success, “said McDougall. “We are once again pushing the boundaries of aviation by becoming the first commercial aircraft to be powered by electric propulsion. We are excited to bring commercial electric aviation to the Pacific Northwest, turning our seaplanes into ePlanes.”

The 2019 inductions will be the 46th annual celebration of Canadian aviation accomplishments and will bring to 237 the number of Canadians who have been installed as Members of the Hall. In addition, 23 organizations have been honored, receiving the Belt of Orion Award of Excellence.

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame is located at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

Greg McDougall Inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame


About Harbour Air
Founded in 1982 with two seaplanes, Harbour Air is now North America’s largest and first fully carbon-neutral airline. The company’s international seaplane service, which originally began as a service for the forestry industry in B.C., is now a quintessential west coast experience. With a showcase fleet of more than 40 aircraft, Harbour Air offers up to 200 daily scheduled flights, scenic tours, adventure packages, and private flights. With 12 scheduled destinations connecting downtown Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle (WA), Nanaimo, Tofino, Whistler, South Vancouver (YVR), Sechelt, Salt Spring Island, Pitt Meadows, Maple Bay and Comox, B.C. born Harbour Air transports 500,000 passengers every year.

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