The official seaplane service between Vancouver Island and the mainland will be resuming more flights in June, according to a recent update.
Harbour Air originally suspended flights, other than charter services for essential trips, on March 28 but resumed daily flights between downtown Victoria and downtown Vancouver on April 27th.
As of May 11, the company restarted more trips along the following routes:
- Vancouver/Salt Spring Island
Starting in June, Harbour Air will be resuming more routes with a reduced flight schedule to connect more regions. These include:
- Richmond (YVR South)/Victoria – resuming June 1
- Richmond (YVR South)/Nanaimo – resuming June 1
- Vancouver/Maple Bay – resuming June 1
- Vancouver/Tofino – resuming June 5
- Vancouver/Comox – resuming June 29
“We have seen the impact COVID-19 has had on the communities we service,” said Wetsch, executive vice-president of Harbour Air in a statement.
“We didn’t want to leave anyone stranded, so we responded quickly, changing how we operate to get people and supplies where they needed to go.”
Prior to resuming operations, the company instated safety measures like checking temperatures for all ground and flight crew upon arrival and departure, and maintaining stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols.
Passengers will be required to complete a health declaration form before travel and have their temperature checked using a no-touch thermometer.
All travellers will be given gloves and masks and are required to wear them for the duration of the flight.
Harbour Air will refuse boarding to anyone who “they believe may be unfit to travel”.
Passengers can check specific flight schedules on their website.