Regional airline departures irk NW towns
Thursday, January 5, 2012
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland-based airline that gets subsidies and incentives to provide regional flights has made some communities unhappy by ending service.
The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/wjBYyi) that SeaPort Airlines in the last year stopped service to Newport, Astoria and Salem in Oregon and dropped an Idaho Falls-Boise route.
Newport Mayor Mark McConnell says towns should be leery of providing help to get SeaPort to add flights.
A SeaPort vice president, Tim Sieber, says the service has to be profitable, and the airline is changing its strategy. It has also eliminated its 3-year-old Portland-Seattle flights as of Jan. 27.
Its expansion plans include North Bend in Oregon and Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington state.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com