Harbour Air Seaplanes will not be taking flight for customers anytime soon as they have suspended all scheduled flights due to COVID-19.

The decision to ground operations was made in an effort to protect its employees and passengers from the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“To all of Harbour Air’s guests, neighbours, partners and friends, we are thinking of you,” said the company in a statement released late Thursday evening.

“Through everyone’s help and support, we will get through this and get back to doing what we love.”

Their doors are not shut all the way; Harbour Air Seaplanes is deemed an essential service in B.C. and will continue to offer charter services including private flights, freight and government support services, only as required.

Harbour Air normally flies passengers between Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler.

This announcement comes after other seaplane companies on the Island halted all operations just one week earlier.

The travel company will exclusively be using its larger DeHavilland Otter aircraft, which they say will allow distancing between passengers on board.

Harbour Air Seaplanes hopes to resume service and take off again on May 4.

Rebecca Lawrence