Seair Seaplanes is a scheduled and charter airline based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. It is a seaplane operator, with all its aircraft fitted with floats.
Seair Seaplanes was founded in 1980 by Peter Clarke, after he acquired his first plane, a Cessna 185, and began the business by operating flying charters to lodges and backcountry fishing spots. With its charter operations thriving, the company launched scheduled services to the Gulf Islands and to Nanaimo. Today, Seair Seaplanes has the world’s largest fleet of new Cessna 208 Caravan turboprop passenger planes on floats.
Seair Seaplanes' main base is at the Vancouver International Seaplane Base, which is located near Vancouver International Airport on the Fraser River.
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The airline operates flights between the Vancouver International Water Airport and the Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport. Seair Seaplanes also flies to the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia. Below is a list of the airports and aerodromes that the airline currently operates to.
|Galiano Island||Montague Harbour Water Aerodrome||YMF|
|Mayne Island||Mayne Island Water Aerodrome||YAV|
|Nanaimo||Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome||YAV|
|Pender Island||Port Washington Water Aerodrome||n/a|
|Richmond||Vancouver International Water Airport||n/a|
|Salt Spring Island||Ganges Water Aerodrome||YGG|
|Saturna Island||Lyall Harbour||n/a|
|Thetis Island||Telegraph Harbour||n/a|
|Vancouver||Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre||CXH|
Each passenger has 35lbs (16kg) of complementary baggage allowance, on all scheduled routes. This allowance includes all carry-on and checked baggage. The baggage will be arranged so that it is safe to fly. For passengers with the Premium Flight Fare the total baggage allowance (checked and carry-on) is 50lbs.
Online check-in is not currently available.
Check-in is recommended 30 minutes prior to the flight departure time. Boarding will commence 10 minutes prior to flight time.
Onboard the plane, passengers can free wifi, coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines. During the flight, passengers will also be treated to incredible views of the scenery below.
Although the onboard experience will be the same, the airline does offer different ticket fares, which determine factors such as whether the tickets are refundable, as well as the baggage allowance.
Standard: Refundable/changeable up to 3 hours prior to departure.
Premium: Refundable/changeable up to 1 hour prior to departure, additional baggage allowance and longer free parking is included.
Additional options: Last Minute Web Fares, Online Booking Fares, Student Fares, and Senior Fares.
The airline is not a member of an airline alliance program.
The airline does not currently have a frequent flyer program.
Seair Seaplanes operates one of the most luxurious seaplane fleets in North America. Its aircraft are factory-new, with a modern and comfortable interior. The planes are reliable, quiet, and fast. Seair Seaplanes’ large fleet includes Cessna Caravans, DeHavilland Turbine Beavers, DeHavilland Beavers, and Cessna 185’s. The company has the ability to accommodate various group sizes, ranging from 1- to 76 passengers.
Top Tip: You can find out more about these aircraft, including what makes them special and ideal for flying in more challenging weather conditions, in our guide to seaplanes.
Vancouver International Water Airport is located close to Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia. The aerodrome has two docks, with one currently operated by Harbour Air and the other by Seair Seaplanes. Other seaplane operators, which include airlines operating private charter and/or scheduled passenger flights, include Pacific Seaplanes, Tofino Air, Gulf Island Seaplanes, Sunshine Coast Air, and Salt Spring Air.
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