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Kenmore Air announces new service to Nanaimo, BC

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Kenmore Air announced the launch of new non-stop service between Seattle and Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island beginning March 3. Twice-daily service will be operated using the airline’s all-weather Caravan and Chieftain wheeled aircraft.

“We are very proud to announce this new route that will bring trans-border scheduled air service to Nanaimo," said Todd Banks, President and General Manager of Kenmore Air. “We will operate out of Seattle’s convenient Boeing Field and offer complimentary ground shuttle service from there to Sea-Tac International Airport.”

“Expanding our presence on Vancouver Island with regularly scheduled year-round service has been a long-term goal of Kenmore Air,” said Banks. “This new route to Nanaimo allows us to better serve the region.”

Located on the east coast of south-central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is a classic west coast community of approximately 80,000 residents located 70 miles north of Victoria. In addition to boasting one of the longest shorelines in Canada, Nanaimo has a beautiful forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown. The city’s central location also makes it an ideal gateway to explore the rest of Vancouver Island, including Mount Washington and the wild Pacific Ocean towns and beaches of Tofino and Ucluelet on the west side of the island, just about a three-hour scenic drive from Nanaimo.

“We believe Seattle residents and visitors to the Northwest will be excited by this new service,” adds Mike Hooper, President and CEO of the Nanaimo Airport Commission. “In about an hour passengers can be in Nanaimo for a day of business or use Nanaimo as a jumping off point to Central Vancouver Island.”

Although the new service will be ideal for leisure travelers, it is expected many business travelers will also take advantage of the new service as it provides fast and easy accessibility to make day trips between the two cities. “We also offer an option for our frequent travelers called QuickTix,” explains Banks.

“Customers can pre-purchase 10 fully transferable one-way tickets for only $1,536, including taxes until March 31, 2014. After the introductory period, the price for QuickTix moves to $1,728, including taxes, for 10 one-way tickets.”

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