A Pacific Northwest-based airline is spreading its wings as it launches its newest route between Vancouver Island and San Juan Island this spring.
Kenmore Air, which lauds itself as the “largest seaplane airline” in the U.S., says it’s gearing up to offer 30-minute direct flights from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Washington state’s Friday Harbor Marina and vice versa starting May 16.
The airline announced the new route on Tuesday.
“The addition of the Victoria seaplane service leg provides a wide array of opportunity for easy international travel for both U.S. and Canadian travellers looking to visit the San Juan Islands and the south Puget Sound region,” it says.
Seaplane flights will operate daily through Nov. 1, 2024, departing Friday Harbor at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Victoria’s Inner Harbour at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to Kenmore Air.
A one-way ticket out of B.C.’s capital starts at $129 USD, which, as of Jan. 23, is about $173 CAD.
‘Two iconic destinations’
The airline, founded in 1946, says the new route “signifies an important expansion” of its flight network, which sees more than 90,000 passengers annually travelling to 45 water-based destinations via de Havilland Beaver and Otter aircraft.
“This new route is a testament to our commitment to enhancing connectivity and providing our passengers with exceptional travel experiences,” added Kenmore’s president David Gudgel.
“We are thrilled to offer another convenient and scenic connection between two iconic destinations in the Pacific Northwest.”
Kenmore Air already offers roundtrip flights from Victoria International Airport to Friday Harbor Airport and Seattle/Boeing Field, as well as from the Inner Harbour to Seattle/Lake Union and Kenmore/Lake Washington.
We're thrilled to announce the launch of our latest seaplane route between Friday Harbor Marina and Victoria Inner Harbour starting on May 16th!
— Kenmore Air (@KenmoreAir) January 23, 2024