Classified as both airport and airport of entry by NAV CANADA, Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport offers various general aviation flights for travellers. It serves as a hub for four airlines, namely, Harbour Air, Seair Seaplanes, West Coast Air, and Tofino Air. An average of 15 passengers can only be accommodated at a single flight going to and leaving from Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport. This makes it a suitable option for travellers looking for charter and corporate flights, rather than use a commercial plane.
Different types of small aircraft make up the fleet of the airport. Some of the planes flying in this port of entry include DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters, DHC-2 Beaver Aircraft, and DHC-6 DeHavilland Twin Otters as well as Pilatus PC-12. The biggest, DHC-6, can accommodate up to 18 passengers, while the DHC-2 can serve 6 passengers only. These planes offer various flight services such as scenic tours, charter travel, parcel express, and other related solutions.
Services and Facilities
Each airline in Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport offers its own range of amenities. Their corporate and charter flights are easily customisable, depending on the needs of its clients. Billing is coordinated to make the check-in process more convenient. Shipping requests for documents and correspondence can also be done for those who need to transfer papers across British Columbia.
Select seating is also a feature that some passengers can enjoy, depending on the airline they use. This works on a first come, first served basis, however, so travellers will need to reserve their selected seat as soon as they book their flights. Some policies differ, however, so one must verify with the airport and the airline concerned about their regulations. Some allow pets on board, but travellers will need to place them in an adequately-sized carrier so they can move comfortably during the flight. They will be placed in the baggage area to prevent any distractions during the flight for other passengers. For those without carriers, the airline Harbour Air can provide one. They are limited in number and cannot be reserved.
For those with luggage, the allowable weight is 23 to 25 lbs, depending on the airline and flight route. Some airlines such as Harbour Air are more lenient when it comes to guns. Travellers with their own firearms and ammunition can carry them during the flight, but they will have to be placed with the other bags in the cargo area. There are restrictions to follow for these belongings, such as firearms not being loaded with any type of ammunition with the firing mechanism removed. Other equipment allowed on the seaplane is an oxygen concentrator. There are approved brands allowed only, however.
For inflight travel, travellers can enjoy different service features, depending on the airline. Some provide magazines, as well as local and national newspapers. There are also complimentary gourmet coffee, tea, and pastries. Internet kiosks and Wi-Fi access are also available for travellers who want to stay up to date online.
Parking and car rental services are also available once the plane docks on the port. This allows for a convenient transfer for travellers who will need to travel further inland to Canada.