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Kenmore Air debuts daily service between Seattle's Boeing Field and Nanaimo, BC

Getting ready to board Kenmore Air Express at Seattle's Boeing Field.
Getting ready to board Kenmore Air Express at Seattle's Boeing Field.
Photo by Sue Frause.

Kenmore Air launched new, non-stop service between Seattle and Nanaimo, BC on March 3, 2014. The twice-daily service is being operated out of Seattle's Boeing Field using Kenmore Air's "all-weather" Caravan and Chieftain wheeled aircraft.

I was a guest of Kenmore Air during two flights to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island over the past two months. As a frequent visitor to the BC island, it's going to drastically cut down my typical travel time. My #1 option has been taking Washington State Ferries from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island and then driving north to Nanaimo. The downside is there's no winter service (it restarts April 6), meaning I'd have to take BC Ferries from Tsawwassen via Nanaimo's Duke Point. Here are estimated travel times to Nanaimo from Seattle:

Washington State Ferries - Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC

  • 90-minute drive from Seattle to Anacortes
  • 3-hour sailing from Anacortes to Sidney
  • 2-hour drive from Sidney to Nanaimo

BC Ferries - Tsawwassen, BC to Duke Point, Nanaimo

  • 2 hour, 30-minute drive from Seattle to Tsawwassen (depending on border crossing)
  • 2-hour sailing from Tsawwassen to Duke Point, Nanaimo

Kenmore Air - Seattle's Boeing Field to Nanaimo, BC

  • 55-minute flight from Seattle to Nanaimo

Kenmore Air provides free ground shuttle service between Seattle's Boeing Field and Sea-Tac-Airport (it takes about 15 minutes). US Customs and Immigration will take place at Boeing Field. Nanaimo Airport is about a 10-minute drive south of downtown (don't miss the town's legendary Nanaimo Bars), and car rental and taxi service are available at the airport. Fares from Seattle to Nanaimo are $179 one-way with tax, and Nanaimo to Seattle $206.50 with tax. Here's the schedule for the twice daily Kenmore Air Express service:

Flight 7540 - Seattle to Nanaimo

  • LV Seattle 1230PM
  • AR Nanaimo 135PM

Flight 7570 - Seattle to Nanaimo

  • LV Seattle 6:30PM
  • AR Nanaimo 7:40PM

Flight 7511 - Nanaimo to Seattle

  • LV Nanaimo 645AM
  • AR Seattle 740AM

Flight 7551 - Nanaimo to Seattle

  • LV Nanaimo 230PM
  • AR Seattle 325PM

Save With QuickTix

Business and other frequent travelers flying between Seattle and Nanaimo on Kenmore Air Express can take advantage of QuickTix. The one-way e-tickets are sold in blocks of 10 at a significant discount off standard fares. Even better, they're fully transferable and shareable family, friends or business associates. A special introductory price of $1,536 for 10 one-way tickets is being offered through March 31, 2014. After that, the regular price for the 10 one-way tickets will be $1,728. QuickTix may be purchased online.

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