Oregon Airline Company Snags Kansas Route
(Portland, Oregon) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced the selection of SeaPort Airlines as the new essential air service provider for Salina, Kansas. Service to Salina from Kansas City started in April with three daily roundtrip flights Sunday through Friday. Salina and surrounding communities will be serviced by SeaPort Airlines’ nine-seat Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
A letter from Mayor Luci Larson to DOT’s Office of Aviation Analysis outlined the recommendation of SeaPort Airlines by local civic and political leaders:
“I understand the importance of having dependable, reliable air service with an affordable cost. Not only will SeaPort Airlines meet these needs, but excel by providing great customer service, a high level of community involvement and an eagerness to become a Salina partner.”
Larson is also the owner of Action Travel.
The letter supports a few key deliverables that SeaPort Airlines can support, such as: greater frequency, a nine-seat “right sized” aircraft, affordable fares, military/government fares, and an active community marketing plan.
“I applaud their entrepreneurship and look forward to our working relationship,” said Larson. “Their presence here in the Midwest is a win-win situation for all of us. The ‘door-to-door’ service they will provide will be truly appreciated by all passengers.”
Rob McKinney, president of SeaPort Airlines, said Salina, Kansas is a perfect example of yet another community that is the correct size for its operation.
For the past few years, Great Lakes Airlines has been serving the market but discontinued in April.
“Much like our Arkansas routes, we’ve got a very large challenge ahead of us that we’re confident we can overcome,” McKinney said. “Salina and surrounding communities are in need of an airline that can provide a safe and hassle free travel experience, superb customer service, community involvement, and a commitment to reliability.”
Passengers flying SeaPort Airlines can park on site like before, arrive just 20 minutes before departure - even with checked bags - and do not deal with waiting in line. Once customers arrive in Kansas City (MCI), SeaPort’s complimentary shuttle van transports customers to the main terminal for connecting flights. Ground transportation partners with rental cars, taxis, and town cars can also be arranged prior to departing Salina.
SeaPort Airlines operates 115 daily scheduled flights during the weekdays in five Northwest cities, five Mid-South cities, seven Southeast Alaska cities via Wings of Alaska and all with hassle-free check in, bringing the convenience of a private aircraft to the average traveler for the same cost as the old airlines.
SeaPort Airlines operates Swiss-built Pilatus PC-12s, a pressurized, fast and comfortable turbo-prop aircraft. SeaPort Airlines is a dba of Alaska Juneau Aeronautics, an FAA Part 135 certified scheduled air carrier founded in 1983. Tickets can be purchased at SeaPort’s website, www.SeaPortAirlines.com or by calling 888.573.2767.