Under an agreement signed last week with the City of Newport and Port of Astoria, Portland-based SeaPort Airlines will serve the Oregon communities of Newport and Astoria beginning March 15 with direct flights to Portland International Airport, and continuing flights to and from Seattle’s Boeing Field.
“This spring, SeaPort will offer the easiest way to travel between Seattle, Portland and the Oregon Coast,” said SeaPort Airlines CEO Kent Craford. “Not only will direct air service provide coastal residents better access to the national air transportation network via PDX, but also bring millions of Puget Sound residents closer than ever to the world-famous Oregon coast. You can now drive to Boeing Field in the afternoon, park for free, and be at the beach in time for the sunset,” added Craford.
SeaPort Airlines launched commercial scheduled air service between Seattle and Portland in June 2008. It appeals to business and leisure travelers by cutting the trip in half compared to other commercial airlines, driving or taking the train. SeaPort can do this by allowing customers to avoid the hassles of TSA and park on site.
Under this new agreement with the City of Newport and Port of Astoria agreement, SeaPort now serves four cities in Oregon, plus Seattle. Astoria and Newport last year received $4.5 million in state and federal grants to attract air service.
SeaPort Airlines will operate out of the Astoria Regional Airport (AST) in Warrenton, Oregon and the Newport Municipal Airport (ONP) in Newport. The airline also currently flies out of the Business Aviation section at Portland International Airport, King County’s Boeing Field in Seattle, and the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton.