SeaPort Airlines announced that it will expand in the Pacific Northwest on March 1, 2016 with service connecting Moses Lake and Port Angeles, Washington to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
“As a Pacific Northwest-based company, SeaPort Airlines is very pleased to announce service to Port Angeles, Moses Lake, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport next spring,” said SeaPort Airlines President and CEO, Rob McKinney. “With our focus on serving smaller communities, we believe SeaPort is a great match for Moses Lake and Port Angeles. We’re looking forward to working with these communities, as well as staff at Sea-Tac, to successfully restore this needed air service.”
At Moses Lake, SeaPort will offer three roundtrips to Seattle-Tacoma each weekday along with one roundtrip to Portland International Airport. Port Angeles will be provided with five roundtrips to Sea-Tac each weekday. Reduced flight frequencies will be offered on weekends. All SeaPort Airlines flights are operated with 9- passenger Cessna Caravan turboprop aircraft.
SeaPort’s McKinney commended community leaders in Moses Lake and Port Angeles, as well as the leadership at Sea-Tac, for recognizing the value of local air service and their combined efforts that contributed to the route announcements being possible.
In running Sea-Tac Airport, we strive to serve our entire region,” said Tom Albro, Port of Seattle Commissioner. “We know air service provides a critical economic link and that some Pacific Northwest communities are struggling to attract viable air service. We are extremely pleased that this new service will reestablish a vital connection for Port Angeles and create much needed jobs there and in the surrounding community.”
“On behalf of the Port Commission of the Port of Moses Lake and the Moses Lake Community I want to thank SeaPort Airlines and the Port of Seattle for making commercial air service available to Grant County International Airport once again. We are excited about this opportunity and are very pleased with the excellent schedule of flights between Moses Lake, Sea-Tac and Portland,” said Michael Conley, President of the Moses Lake Port Commission.
“The return of scheduled airline service is great news for Port Angeles, William R. Fairchild International Airport, and our local economy,” said Representative Derek Kilmer. “This service gives folks an easy way to get to Seattle and other parts of the country while boosting tourism by bringing new visitors to the Olympic Peninsula. The new flights also make our region more attractive to businesses looking to operate where local services can help them expand.”
“We’re delighted at SeaPort Airlines’ decision to begin regular passenger air service to SeaTac from Port Angeles,” stated Port of Port Angeles Commission President, Jim Hallett. “We appreciate the confidence SeaPort is demonstrating in our community and know the community will respond with its own commitment to support the new service.”
At Sea-Tac, Port Angeles and Moses Lake customers will be able to connect with flights of SeaPort’s interline partners, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. These interline agreements provide customers with the convenience of single-ticket itineraries and baggage transfer between flights. SeaPort is in discussion with other airlines regarding interline agreements that result in even more destinations being available via connections at Sea-Tac.