Regional airline departures irk NW towns



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 ( 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,