Airline, ferry changes in Port Angeles

January 6, 2004

Associated Press
King 5 News

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - Airline and ferry service is changing in Port Angeles.

On Wednesday, San Juan Airlines replaces Horizon Air and begins daily flights between Port Angeles' William R. Fairchild International Airport and Seattle's Boeing Field.

On Sunday, the 44-year-old, auto-passenger ferry MV Coho goes out of service through March 10 to get new engines. While the Coho is out, the passenger-only ferry Victoria Express, which normally operates only in the summer, take over the private run between here and Victoria, British Columbia.

Until the Coho returns to service, the only way to get to Vancouver Island by auto, truck or bus will be on B.C. Ferries. Its ferries leave from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, just south of Vancouver, and land at Sidney, about 20 miles north of Victoria, and at Nanaimo.

For a week, Victoria Express will be the only way to get to Vancouver Island by a U.S. ferry.

Washington State Ferries has suspended service between Anacortes and Sidney through March 20. The passenger-only ferry from Seattle, Victoria Clipper, will be out of service from Jan. 12-16.

The Coho will go to Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle to get new diesel engines that will add 1,000 horsepower to the ferry.

Rite Bros. Aviation in Port Angeles offers charter flights to Seattle, Victoria and other points.


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