(January 15, 2013) – SeaPort Airlines today marked the first anniversary of its service between Portland International Airport (PDX) and Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH) located in North Bend, Oregon.
Service was initiated at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport on January 15, 2012 with three daily nonstop roundtrip flights Monday through Friday, and one roundtrip flight on both Saturday and Sunday. During the summer months, weekday frequencies were increased to four roundtrips and weekend frequencies to two roundtrips on each Saturday and Sunday, coinciding with peak season demand for travel to the internationally recognized Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The schedule was reduced to three roundtrips for the winter; however, SeaPort anticipates making a final decision within weeks regarding a date to restore the fourth weekday and increased weekend frequencies to meet the peak summer demand in 2013.
For the first full year of January 15, 2012 through January 14, 2013, SeaPort carried a total of 8,842 passengers between OTH and PDX. Future bookings for the market are strong and SeaPort anticipates traffic growth during 2013 resulting from its move to the main terminal at Portland International Airport, making for easier and faster connections, and greater market recognition. The carrier also noted it has developed a strong base of charter customers to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, aided by ability of its Cessna Caravan aircraft to carry full passenger loads and all their golf clubs.
“We’re very pleased with our first year results in North Bend/Coos Bay and recognize that the partnerships have built with the Board of Commissioners of the Coos County Airport District, staff at the airport, and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, contributed to that success.” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines. “We also greatly appreciate the support of our customers in the market and look forward to building on this foundation through an increased presence as opportunities present themselves and demand warrants.”
During its first year of service to North Bend/Coos Bay, SeaPort Airlines teamed up with the South Coast Food Share and Bicoastal Media for a local food drive where customers who donated four canned food items received a $25 voucher for use when purchasing tickets. The carrier holds similar food drives across its route system and plans another one for the North Bend/Coos Bay market later this year.
While it’s SeaPort’s anniversary, it’s customers that will be getting the present. SeaPort is marking the occasion with a “$59 Anniversary Fare” for travel each way between Southwest Oregon Regional Airport and Portland International Airport, including all taxes and fees. The fare is available for sale through January 31, 2013 and valid for travel January 18 through March 31, 2013. It requires a three-day advance purchase, is non-refundable and non-changeable once purchased, and will be available on a limited number of seats on every flight during the validity period. Passengers can make their reservations directly at www.SeaPortAirlines.com or by calling toll-free 888-573-2767.
About SeaPort Airlines
Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates daily scheduled flights in Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, with service from a new base at San Diego to begin on March 1, 2013. SeaPort Airlines reservations can be made by calling 888-573-2767, at www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. Follow SeaPort on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and via their blog the SeaPort RePort.