February 28, 2016, Victoria B.C. — Harbour Air, the world’s largest seaplane airline, anchored a floating passenger terminal in Victoria’s Harbour on Saturday, which will free up important public space on the capital’s foreshore.
In partnership with Seattle based, Kenmore Air the $4+million Victoria Harbour Airport Terminal was brought in by tug boat on Saturday afternoon, after a 90 kilometre journey from Bamberton where it was constructed. The distinctive floating terminal will enable Harbour Air and Kenmore Air to remove the current terminal and operations on the edge of the harbour, creating more public space for the community and tourists.
“There is no facility like this in the world,” said Randy Wright, Executive Vice President. “We think this will be a landmark for Victoria’s Harbour and improve the travel experience of the thousands of passengers who fly in and out of the capital on Harbour Air and Kenmore every week.” The Victoria Harbour Air Airport terminal will have direct flights to downtown Vancouver, South Vancouver (YVR), Pitt Meadows, Whistler and Seattle, and link into Harbour Air Groups network including Whistler Air, Saltspring Air.
“By placing the Victoria Harbour Airport Terminal on the water, Harbour Air can now remove its current buildings on the edge of the harbour,” added Wright. “This will free up green space and enable the construction of a waterfront plaza promenade.”
Designed by Victoria architect Sid Chow, the Victoria Harbour Airport Terminal makes use of both wood and glass to capture the flavour of west coast modern architecture. Its sloping profile and green-roof planted with west coast plants are designed to enhance the sightlines in the harbour.
“We believe the Victoria Harbour Airport Terminal is an important investment in the future of Victoria and British Columbia’s aviation and tourism industry,” said CEO Greg McDougall.
Harbour Air is the world’s largest seaplane airline, transporting more than 400,000 passengers annually. It employs more than 400 people, 100 of whom live on Vancouver Island. It is also North America’s first carbon-neutral airline, offsetting all flights and operations.