Aviation SeaPort Airlines files Chapter 11 By Robert Silk / February 08, 2016 Share 1 -- Regional carrier SeaPort Airlines has filed a Chapter 11 petition with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Oregon. “After much consideration, the board of directors of the Oregon-based airline has determined that reorganization is the best path forward for SeaPort Airlines, allowing the company to achieve long-term viability while maintaining its ability to provide air service to customers and communities,” SeaPort said in prepared comments on Friday, the day it made the bankruptcy filing. Normal operations will continue during the Chapter 11 process, the carrier said, and SeaPort expects to honor existing tickets and to maintain employee wages and benefits.The bankruptcy court filing comes on the heels of several recent SeaPort route cancellations. In January, the carrier announced the cessation of flights to nine destinations in California, Kansas, Missouri and Mexico’s Baja Peninsula and also postponed planned service to Seattle as well as the Washington destinations of Moses Lake and Port Angeles. Last week, SeaPort announced that it will also cease service to North Bend/Coos Bay, Ore. on March 21. The company cited the pilot shortage that is afflicting regional carriers nationwide as the cause of those cutbacks.Once the North Bend service ends SeaPort will fly to seven communities - two in Oregon and the remainder in the South.