PORTLAND, ORE. (May 16, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines today announced that it will begin service on June 16, 2014 from Great Bend, Kansas (Great Bend Municipal Airport) to Wichita (Wichita Mid-Continent Airport) and Kansas City (Kansas City International Airport). The carrier was recently awarded the Essential Air Service contract to provide service at Great Bend by the United States Department of Transportation, replacing Great Lakes Aviation.
“We believe the option of both Wichita and Kansas City will provide the community with a great number of choices for connections across the country and around the world,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines “We’re very pleased to be bringing air service back to Great Bend and look to building a long-standing partnership with the local community.”
The new service will include two roundtrips per day each weekday between Great Bend and Wichita, and a single one-stop flight between Great Bend and Kansas City. A reduced schedule will be offered on weekends. The flight schedule has been optimized for convenient connections at both Wichita and Kansas City.
“Wichita Mid-Continent Airport welcomes SeaPort Airlines to our mix of quality airlines that serve our region. Passengers from the Great Bend area will have convenient access to five airlines and nine nonstop destinations, from which they will be able to connect to most any destination in the world,” stated Valerie Wise, Air Service Manager for the Wichita Airport Authority.
Martin Miller, Airport Manager at Great Bend Municipal Airport said, “Great Bend is anxious to partner with SeaPort to achieve frequent and reliable air service so vital to our community’s business and personal travels well as economic growth in the region. This marks my first time to see an airline that strives to increase our passenger counts with introductory fare specials. Their service level comes highly recommended.”
To introduce itself to the community, SeaPort Airlines is offering a $39 “Get Onboard” introductory fare of $39 each way. The fare is available for purchase on every seat and every flight to and from Great Bend to Wichita as well as Kansas City through July 31, 2014. The listed fare includes all taxes and fees, and is non-refundable and non-changeable once purchased. Other fare are available for customers needing the flexibility to change their travel plans. Passengers may book reservations now on http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com or by calling 888-573-2767. Schedules and fares will be available in all major GDSs and online travel agencies, such as Travelocity and Expedia, by May 19, 2014.
There will be an open house and ribbon-cutting event open to the public during the first week of service in June.
SeaPort Airlines also announced it is recruiting Customer Service Agents for Great Bend, KS. Interested applicants may obtain more information at: http://www.seaportair.com/join-seaport-team.php.
About SeaPort Airlines
Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates daily scheduled flights in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. SeaPort Airlines reservations can be made by calling 888-573-2767, at http://www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. The company currently has an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with Alaska Airlines and is working to establish similar agreements with other US and international carriers. Follow SeaPort on Facebook and Twitter.