Tailwind Air Launches Seaplane Service to Washington, D.C.

Tailwind Air has launched a nonstop seaplane route from Manhattan’s Skyport Marina to Washington, D.C.’s College Park Airport. Flights to and from Manhattan are approximately 80 to 90 minutes and scheduled service begins September 13, 2022.

Tailwind will be the only scheduled air service inside the Beltway outside of DCA. Flights will be operated by a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans with two pilots, eight economy plus leather seats, aisle and window access, air-conditioning, and an ability to land on water or at an airport.

College Park is a historic, uncongested airport 25 minutes from the Capitol, 18 minutes from Chevy Chase, 25 minutes from Georgetown, and five minutes from the University of Maryland. With ample free parking adjacent to the modern terminal building, Uber, Lyft and taxi availability, and just a short walk to the frequent subway service from College Park Metro station (Green Line) and MARC train station, accessing the airport is a breeze. Check-in cutoff is just 10 minutes prior to departure.

New York Skyport (NYS) is Manhattan’s dedicated seaplane base. Located at the eastern end of 23rd Street along the East River, Tailwind Air operates all Manhattan departures from there and has a dedicated climate-controlled lounge for all passengers.

“Bypassing the congestion of the northeast corridor between New York and Washington, D.C. remains the core mission of Tailwind Air. This new D.C. service complements our existing groundbreaking service between Manhattan and Boston Harbor as well as our numerous summer destinations in the Hamptons and Provincetown,” said Alan Ram, CEO and co-founder of Tailwind Air.

Bookings can be made via the airline’s website or the Tailwind Air iOS app or over phone. Thanks to a codeshare partnership with Southern Airways Express, tickets are also available via corporate and online travel agencies. Tailwind Air operates staffed lounges in both Manhattan and Boston Harbor.

Deal: Tailwind is offering a “buy one seat, and a companion flies with you free” promotion to celebrate the launch of this route. The offer is available only online (promo code “TWDCBOGO”) until September 10 for all flights on the new route from September 13 through December 21, 2022. Tailwind also offers a Fast Lane Club membership, besides discounted prepaid bookings for 10, 20 and 50 persons.

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