By Land & By Sea: Tailwind Air now flies from DC to NYC

Tailwind Air has launched nonstop seaplane service between Manhattan’s Skyport Marina at East 23rd Street (NYS) and Washington, D.C. area’s College Park Airport (CGS). 

The new flights to/from Manhattan will be approximately 80 minutes. Tailwind will be the only scheduled air service inside the Beltway outside of DCA. Scheduled service begins September 13, and will be operated by a fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans featuring two experienced pilots, eight Economy Plus leather seats, aisle and window access, crisp air-conditioning, and an ability to land on water or at an airport.

“We’re very excited to be adding Washington, D.C., to our scheduled service,” explained Peter Manice, Tailwind Air co-founder and director of scheduled services. “When factoring in the full journey—one hour and twenty minutes in the air (comparable to DCA-LGA service except with no need to access crowded and congested airports on both ends) or the three hours fifty minutes for the Acela—Tailwind Air will offer the fastest, least stressful, premium way to travel between DC and Manhattan. That, paired with the unforgettable views, makes this a compelling experience.” 

College Park Airport is a historic, uncongested airport with a modern terminal building and ample free parking. It is also just a short walk from the College Park Metro station (Green Line) and MARC train station.

New York Skyport 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.

Tailwind Air operates a staffed lounge with WiFi and refreshments at New York Sykport. At College Park, travelers have access to a dedicated waiting room, wifi, refreshments, and an outdoor terrace for amazing views of the historic airfield.

“Bypassing the congestion of the northeast corridor between New York and Washington, DC 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,” adds Alan Ram, CEO and co-founder of Tailwind Air.  

Fares start at $395 each way for service between CGS and NYS, with refundable last-minute fares at $795. Prices include all taxes, carrier charges, and government fees. Fare rules, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Tailwind Air is dog-friendly, although restrictions apply. A standard-sized rolling bag up to 20 pounds is allowed and included.

To celebrate the launch of this new service, Tailwind is offering a “buy one seat, and a companion flies with you free” launch promotion. Available only at until September 10 for all flights on the new route from September 13 through December 21. To take advantage of this unique offer, enter promo code “TWDCBOGO” when booking.

Tailwind also offers an innovative Fast Lane Club membership. Fast Lane members have access to unlimited heavily discounted flying and additional benefits across all routes.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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