SeaPort Airlines

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SeaPort Airlines, Inc.
Sea Port Logo.png
IATA
K5
ICAO
SQH
Callsign
SASQUATCH[1]
Commenced operations June 5, 2008
Hubs As SeaPort Airlines:
Focus cities Kansas City International Airport
Fleet size 16
Destinations 22
Company slogan It's About Time
Parent company SeaPort Airlines, Inc.
Headquarters Portland International Airport
Portland, Oregon
Key people
  • Rob McKinney
  • President
  • Timothy Sieber
  • Executive Vice President
  • David Perlitz
  • Director of Station Operations
  • Claire James
  • Director of Marketing
  • Noel McDermott
  • Chief Pilot
  • Jason Dungan
  • Director of Maintenance
  • Dan Shearer
  • Director of Safety
  • William Eastwood
  • Director of Security
Website http://www.seaportairlines.com
This article is about the US regional airline. For other uses, see Naval Sea Systems Command.

SeaPort Airlines is an US-based regional airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon.[2] It operates scheduled service from its bases at Portland International Airport (PDX), Memphis International Airport (MEM), and San Diego International Airport (SAN). Its services are divided into three distinct geographic regions (Pacific Northwest, Mid-South, Southwest) and there are no connections between its three hubs.

From a base in Juneau, Alaska SeaPort Airlines operates throughout Southeast Alaska using the brand Wings of Alaska. This was the name of the commuter airline purchased by SeaPort Airlines, Inc. to begin its flights between Seattle and Portland. The Alaska and Lower 48 operations share the same FAA operating certificate and management team.

SeaPort Airlines uses the callsign "Sasquatch"[1] to communicate with air traffic controllers. The carrier played off this in early 2013 when it introduced "Roger, The SeaPort Airlines Sasquatch" as the airline's mascot.

As of November 2013 Seaport Airlines received $13,879,930 in annual Federal subsidies for Essential Air Services that they provided to rural airports in the U.S.[3]

Fleet[edit]

SeaPort uses a fleet of nine-passenger planes, single engine Cessna Caravan 208 aircraft. Wings of Alaska operates both Cessna Caravan 208 and Cessna 207 aircraft.

Operations and Amenities[edit]

SeaPort Airlines operates scheduled commuter service, connecting rural communities to the national transportation network across the Pacific Northwest and Mid-South. Beginning May 1, 2013, SeaPort Airlines will serve Burbank, Imperial/El Centro, and San Diego, California

Pacific Northwest Service[edit]

SeaPort's Pacific Northwest Service at its Portland International Airport (PDX) hub was historically targeted at commuters between Seattle and Portland wishing to avoid congestion at the larger Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the main commercial terminal at Portland International Airport. In late 2011, Seaport began to reinvent its business model and the carrier ended its namesake route between Seattle (Boeing Field) and Portland on January 27, 2012.

As part of this business shift, on January 15, 2012 SeaPort Airlines began nonstop flights between Portland International Airport and North Bend/Coos Bay (Southwest Oregon Regional Airport) utilizing Cessna Caravan aircraft.

On October 21, 2008, SeaPort Airlines was awarded a two-year government grant to provide commercial service from Portland to Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton beginning December 1, 2008, replacing subsidized service by Horizon Air.[4]

Mid-South Service[edit]

The entirety of SeaPort's Mid-South service based at Memphis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport is federally subsidized under the Essential Air Service.

On March 12, 2010, SeaPort won a two year Essential Air Service contract to provide three daily flights Sunday through Friday between Salina, Kansas and Kansas City International Airport.[5] As part of this growth SeaPort secured Department of Transportation approval to add daily flights between Kansas City International Airport and Harrison, Arkansas.[6] In July 2011, SeaPort began service to Dallas Love Field from El Dorado and Hot Springs.

In February 2013, SeaPort Airlines announced that its contract to provide Essential Air Service (“EAS”) at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport has been extended by the US Department of Transportation through January 31, 2014. The carrier had been awarded a one-year, rather than the typical two-year contract, due to the low number of passengers that used the flights operated by the previous carrier providing EAS, which had put Jackson’s continued eligibility for subsidized air service at risk.

California Service[edit]

On May 1, 2013, the airline began service connecting Imperial/El Centro to San Diego and Burbank. The EAS contract was awarded to SeaPort in January 2013, replacing incumbent carrier SkyWest Airlines, which linked Imperial to Los Angeles.

In July, 2014, SeaPort Airlines announced it would begin nonstop service between Burbank and San Diego on October 1, with four weekday flights each way, and reduced service on weekends.

Destinations[edit]

City Airport IATA Code Notes Reference
AlaskaAlaska
Gustavus Gustavus Airport GST Wings of Alaska [7]
Haines Haines Airport HNS Wings of Alaska [7]
Hoonah Hoonah Airport HNH Wings of Alaska [7]
Juneau Juneau International Airport JNU Wings of Alaska [7]
Skagway Skagway Airport SGY Wings of Alaska [7]
ArkansasArkansas
El Dorado South Arkansas Regional Airport at Goodwin Field ELD Essential Air Service [8][9]
Harrison Boone County Airport HRO Essential Air Service [8][9]
Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport HOT Essential Air Service [8][9]
CaliforniaCalifornia
Burbank Bob Hope Airport BUR [10]
Imperial Imperial County Airport IPL Essential Air Service [10]
San Diego San Diego International Airport SAN [10]
Georgia (U.S. state)Georgia
Athens Athens-Ben Epps Airport AHN Essential Air Service [11]
KansasKansas
Great Bend Great Bend Municipal Airport GBD Essential Air Service
Salina Salina Municipal Airport SLN Essential Air Service
[5]
Wichita Wichita Eisenhower National Airport ICT
MissouriMissouri
Kansas City Kansas City International Airport MCI
OregonOregon
North Bend Southwest Oregon Regional Airport OTH
Portland Portland International Airport PDX
Pendleton Eastern Oregon Regional Airport PDT Essential Air Service [4]
TennesseeTennessee
Jackson McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport MKL Essential Air Service [12]
Nashville Nashville International Airport BNA [12]
Memphis Memphis International Airport MEM
TexasTexas
Dallas Love Field Airport DAL

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