Scheduled Air Service Returns to Four Arkansas Cities

Dépèche transmise le 12 octobre 2009 par Business Wire

Scheduled Air Service Returns to Four Arkansas Cities

Scheduled Air Service Returns to Four Arkansas Cities

MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beginning October 26, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines will serve four Arkansas locations from a private terminal at Memphis International Airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded SeaPort Airlines the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to operate flights to Hot Springs, El Dorado, Harrison and Jonesboro—all cities which have not received scheduled air service in over a year.

“SeaPort was proud to have been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to serve these communities,” said Kent Craford, CEO of SeaPort. “We have received a very warm welcome and look forward to rebuilding the air service that has been lost in these four communities.”

The EAS program has a goal of guaranteeing that small communities served by scheduled commercial air service before deregulation maintain such service. SeaPort will fly out of Memphis International Airport to each of these Arkansas communities three times a day every day except for Saturday.

Each community SeaPort will serve has expressed support for the airline. “SeaPort’s service will undoubtedly provide Jonesboro with a much-needed service that will attract business, retain existing industries and enhance our community,” said Mayor Harold Perrin of Jonesboro.

SeaPort will be offering an introductory offer of $49 each way to Harrison, Hot Springs and El Dorado and $29 each way to Jonesboro with three-week advance purchase.

SeaPort launched in June of 2008 operating daily scheduled flights between Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. out of its private terminal at Portland International Airport and Seattle’s Boeing Field. Since then, SeaPort has expanded its routes to three other Oregon destinations: Pendleton, Newport and Astoria. SeaPort allows customers to arrive just 15 minutes before their flight, park on-site for free and avoid the hassles of TSA.

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. SeaPort’s sister airline, Wings of Alaska, operates daily scheduled service between Juneau, Alaska and six outlying communities. Information can be found at www.wingsofalaska.com.

For reservations or more details about SeaPort Airlines, visit www.SeaPortAir.com or call 888-573-2767.

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