Salt Spring Air

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IATA ICAO Callsign
Parent companyHarbour Air Seaplanes
HeadquartersSaltspring Island, British Columbia
Key people
  • Philip Reece (Partner)
  • Lisa Cherneff (Partner)
  • Harold Kirkpatrick (Chief pilot)

Salt Spring Air (also known as Saltspring Air[1]) part of Harbour Air Seaplanes, is a floatplane company based on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada.[2] It operates scheduled flights, charter air service and tours based in Ganges[3] in Harbour Air Aircraft livery with Salt Spring Air Name on side of Aircraft and specializes in routes between the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.[4] Along with West Coast Air, Harbour Air and Seair Seaplanes, Salt Spring Air is one of the four airlines that operate in the Vancouver Harbour Water Airport and Vancouver International Water Airport.[5] Scheduled flights by the company also operate between the Gulf Islands and the Vancouver International Airport.[6]


In June 2003, St. Clair McColl started Salt Spring Air, with local seaplane services based on the Gulf Islands with a four-seat Cessna 185. The airline's services were targeted to the islands' residents, and personalized services were offered. Since then, with the introduction of de Havilland Beavers in 2004, the company's fleet has grown to four planes operating six scheduled flights from Salt Spring Island to Vancouver, and other scheduled flights fly to various other locations on the Gulf Islands. It remains the only airline based on Salt Spring Island.[7]

During what began as a routine flight on March 19, 2007, McColl rescued a father and son from the frigid waters of the Strait of Georgia after a passenger noticed their capsized boat and notified McColl. The pilot and his two passengers were later honoured by the Lifesaving Society of British Columbia for the rescue.[8][9]

In November 2015, Salt Spring Air was purchased by the Harbour Air Seaplanes Group which operates in Harbour Air Seaplanes livery with Salt Spring Air Name. Salt Spring Air's fleet now joins Harbour Air Seaplanes, Westcoast Air, and Whistler Air as the largest all seaplane airline in the world.


Saltspring Air offers scheduled seaplane flights to and from:[10]


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  1. ^ Salt Spring Air - Retrieved on June 6, 2016
  2. ^ Getting to Salt Spring - Salt Spring Market. Retrieved on March 30, 2008
  3. ^ Local service airlines providing scheduled air services Archived 2007-11-28 at the Wayback Machine - Transport Canada. Retrieved on March 30, 2008.
  4. ^ The Islanders Airline - Retrieved on March 30, 2008.
  5. ^ Vancouver Harbour ATC
  6. ^ Transport listings - Tourism BC. Retrieved on 30 March 2008.
  7. ^ Our story - Saltspring Air. Retrieved on April 1, 2008.
  8. ^ Awards to Salt Spring Air, pilot and passengers[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Times colonist, 20 march 2007 Archived 4 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine A father and son from Vancouver whose boat capsized in the Strait of Georgia yesterday may owe their lives to a veteran seaplane pilot from Saltspring Air.
  10. ^ book-a-flight/routes-schedules/ Saltspring Air: Scheduled Destinations

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