Harbour Air to cost more with new move 0
A permanent home has been chosen for B.C. floatplane giant Harbour Air, but the move will end up costing travellers more.
The announcement means those flying out of the new Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre facility would be levied an additional $9.50, said Harbour Air executive vice-president Randy Wright.
The news follows months of dispute between the operator and Crown corporation PavCo on whether the planes should launch from a temporary Coal Harbour facility or VHFC, located by the convention centre.
Harbour Air previously objected to the VHFC location because of higher fees and potential safety concerns, such as "wakes and weather."
The building of a new dock has addressed those concerns, Wright said.
"It will accommodate our operational needs with certain aircraft with lower tails."
Harbour Air now expects to be fully operational by year's end.
The move, along with decommissioning the Coal Harbour docks, means space will be freed up to establish a new seawall connection along the stretch, and make improvements to a nearby park.