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Harbour Air flights & tickets

Harbour Air is a Canadian airline that runs scheduled and chartered seaplane or floatplane services in British Columbia, focusing on short flight routes among towns such as Vancouver, the Gulf Islands, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Victoria, Whistler and Comox. Founded in 1982, the airline has a fleet of 37 small aircraft such as the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, DHC-3T Turbo and DHC-6 Twin Otter.

While Harbour Air uses some of its regular planes to fly to land airports such as Vancouver International, its primary hubs are on Vancouver Harbour and at Victoria Inner Harbour.

Many people first learn of Harbour Air's services through its scenic sightseeing services in Vancouver and elsewhere. Tickets cost C$125, and thousands of tourists are wowed by their first experience of taking off on water, and getting a 20-minute spin around their city and the surrounding areas. It's often seen as a bucket-list experience. For many others, Harbour Air is the perfect way to take a short-hop scheduled flight to tiny towns all over British Columbia. They love how it saves time to not have to go to Vancouver International or another major airport -- Vancouver Harbour is downtown. It's no different in the city of Victoria. It just saves time to be able to hop on a plane without a long trek to the airport.

Many tend to expect services that appear less than professional, of an airline that flies tiny planes. They tend to be pleasantly surprised to see how well-organized and professional the entire operation is.

Why fly Harbour Air

Checking in and getting on your flight

With seating for only a handful of passengers on each plane, and most airports at waterfront locations, Harbour Air's flights tend to be informal. Unlike real airports, harbour airports tend to be easy to reach, and to be uncrowded. Check in as little as 25 minutes before a flight. Most passengers, however, well in time to be able to take pictures.

Baggage

This airline allows medium-size pets and travel carriers (the airline rents them out at $35). Baggage allowance is 50 pounds per passenger (both check-in and carry-on together). It's important to remember that on seaplanes, baggage is stored in waterproof compartments in the floats that go in the water. If it makes you uncomfortable to think that your luggage will be in such a place, you need to rethink your luggage.

In Flight Amenities

At a time when no-frill airlines cut back on everything, most passengers on Harbour Air are pleasantly surprised to find out that they get a free pastry and newspaper before each flight.

There is an important detail to keep in mind -- flights involving seaplanes are only suitable for passengers who are at least somewhat able-bodied. To be able to get on or off the plane, you need to be able to walk up a ramp, get on a floating dock and climb a couple steps. There is very little actual assistance provided, the way major airports and airlines do it.

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