SeaPort Airlines

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SeaPort Airlines, Inc.
Sea Port Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations June 5, 2008
Focus cities Kansas City International Airport
Nashville 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)
  • Max C. Griffin, Vice President of Operations.
  • David Perlitz
  • (Director of Station Operations)
  • Claire James
  • (Director of Marketing)
  • Noel McDermott
  • (Chief Pilot)

SeaPort Airlines is a 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 geographical regions (the Pacific Northwest, Mid-South and Southwest) and there are no connections between these three areas.

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]


Aircraft In service Orders
Cessna 208 Caravan 14 1

The Cessna 208 Caravan is a single turboprop engine aircraft.

Regional operations[edit]

SeaPort Airlines operates scheduled commuter service in three distinct geographical areas connecting rural communities to the national transportation network: the Pacific Northwest with destinations in Oregon, the Mid-South to include destinations in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, and the Southwest to include destinations in California and Mexico.

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 208 Caravan single turboprop engine 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. However, the airline no longer serves Dallas.[7]

In February 2013, SeaPort Airlines announced that its contract to provide Essential Air Service ("EAS") at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport in Jackson, TN had 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. However, the airline no longer serves Jackson.[7]

Southwest 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.

The airline has since added service to Sacramento and Visalia as well as its first international destination which is located in Mexico.

International service to Mexico[edit]

The airline currently operates one international service linking San Diego with San Felipe, Mexico.[7]


As of October 2015, the following destinations were being served:[7]

City Airport IATA Code Notes Reference
United StatesUnited States
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]
Burbank Bob Hope Airport BUR [10]
Imperial Imperial County Airport IPL Essential Air Service [10]
San Diego San Diego International Airport SAN
Sacramento Sacramento International Airport SMF
Visalia Visalia Municipal Airport VIS Essential Air Service [11][12]
Great Bend Great Bend Municipal Airport GBD Essential Air Service
Salina Salina Municipal Airport SLN Essential Air Service [5]
Kansas City Kansas City International Airport MCI
North Bend Southwest Oregon Regional Airport OTH
Portland Portland International Airport PDX
Pendleton Eastern Oregon Regional Airport PDT Essential Air Service [4]
Memphis Memphis International Airport MEM
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH
San Felipe San Felipe International Airport SFH


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