Tailwind delays launch of DC service until at least October 11th due to unforeseeable additional considerations around use of College Park Airport.

Company aims to operate seaplane service to Manhattan from another DC area airport as soon as possible. Impacted passengers will be offered full refunds.

September 12, 2022.

For reasons beyond the company’s control, Tailwind Air is delaying its new Washington DC area to Manhattan seaplane service by at least two weeks while seeking  approval to serve from an alternate airport in the capital region.  

“Our original intent was to launch from College Park Airport September 13th and we were compliant with published rules, however we have encountered additional considerations around scheduled service from new gateways into the Washington, D.C. area. We look forward to working expediently with all stakeholders to address those concerns.” says Tailwind Air CEO Alan Ram. 

“Advanced sales on our new route since we announced it have been stronger than expected, showing there is interest in our much faster, less stressful solution.” says Peter Manice, EVP Tailwind Air Shuttle “ We hope to secure the ability shortly to take off from a DC area airport and land on the water in Manhattan, which we know will be a time-saving benefit for our customers and the region.” 

Flights to/from Manhattan to DC will be approximately 75-85 minutes and will be operated by our fleet of Cessna Grand Caravans featuring two experienced pilots, eight premium economy leather seats, aisle and window access, crisp air-conditioning, and an ability to land on water or at an airport.

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.

Check-in cutoff is just 10 minutes prior to departure. Tailwind Air erases the hassle and expense of commuting via a commercial airport, train, ferry, or rental car. By eliminating the uncertainty of check-in, security, airport congestion, and drive time delays, Tailwind Air reduces stress and delivers memorable and fast solutions on all of our routes. 

While Tailwind Air’s turboprop seaplane fleet is young—less than five years on average—seaplane travel certainly is not. The Manhattan Skyport opened in 1936 and has been hosting popular seaplane travel for decades. In addition, seaplane operations have been part of the core transportation landscape of cities such as Seattle, Miami, and Vancouver for nearly a hundred years. 

The complete Tailwind Air flight schedule can be found at

With the expected addition of Washington, D.C., Tailwind Air will serve up to nine destinations from its Manhattan base. Manhattan destinations are Boston Harbor – Fan Pier Marina (BNH), Washington, D.C, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island, Montauk, Provincetown, Plymouth, and Bridgeport. 

For commuters, Tailwind Air offers heavily discounted prepaid books of 10, 20, and 50 tickets, which can be shared with colleagues, friends, and family. Learn more at

Tailwind also offers an innovative Fast Lane Club membership. Fast Lane members have access to unlimited heavily discounted flying as well as significant additional benefits across all of our routes. Learn more at

Flights are also available via the GDS via a partnership with Southern Airways Express (IATA code 9X).

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About Tailwind Air’s Seaplanes

Tailwind Air is an experienced seaplane operator, flying a fleet of modern, safe, and reliable Cessna Caravan amphibian seaplanes averaging under five years of age. With over 2,500 Caravans built, these aircraft operate with regional airlines throughout the United States and the world. Caravan amphibians feature a highly reliable turboprop engine and include all navigation, communication, and safety features of comparable commercial aircraft. All flights are capable of landing on water or land and are flown with two pilots. 

About Tailwind Air

Tailwind Air is a veteran-owned business, reflecting a passion for aviation and urban mobility. Founded in 2012, Tailwind Air is experienced in amphibious seaplane operations and committed to delivering time savings to customers by utilizing access to waterways and smaller airports closer to urban cores, like Manhattan’s East 23rd Street Seaplane Base, Boston Harbor, and Washington DC’s Dulles Airport. Tailwind employs a diverse and experienced team of over 40 employees. In addition to seaplanes, Tailwind Air operates, charters, and manages a fleet of over 20 additional jet and turboprop aircraft based out of Westchester Airport, NY, and Bridgeport, CT. Tailwind Air is an FAA- and DOT-licensed Part 135 commuter air carrier.

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