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Harbour Air resuming Richmond flights next week

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:50 PDT, Wed May 27, 2020

Last Updated: 1:18 PDT, Fri June 12, 2020

Harbour Air flights from Richmond will resume June 1.

Several routes began operating daily on May 11, but starting next week passengers can travel to Victoria or Nanaimo from Harbour Air’s Richmond base, by Vancouver International Airport’s south terminal.

“We have seen the impact COVID-19 has had on the communities we service,” said executive vice-president Chad Wetsch. “We didn’t want to leave anyone stranded, so we responded quickly, changing how we operate to get people and supplies where they needed to go.”

Harbour Air has introduced a number of protocols to prepare for the post COVID-19 world. Cleaning and sanitation procedures are in place, and there is hand sanitizer available in all terminals as well as pre- and post-flight.

Fleet scheduling and available seating have been reduced to allow for on-board social distancing. All passengers will be provided with gloves and masks, and asked to sign a health declaration form before travel. 

All crew will have their temperature checked upon arriving and departing the workplace, and a no-touch thermometer may also be used to check passengers’ temperature.

For a complete list of the adjustments made, visit: https://www.harbourair.com/covid-19-flight-update/

“We did come across some road blocks along the way in accessing supplies like masks and plexiglass and ensuring staff could retain benefits,” said Wetsch. “We know that returning to operations is not a return to normal. As we begin to look towards the future, we are working hard to ensure that we are providing the safe, essential travel services people have counted on for the past 38 years.”

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