Oregon-based regional carrier SeaPort Airlines ceased
The move came 7-and-a-half months after SeaPort filed a
Chapter 11 petition with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Oregon, citing the pilot
shortage that has afflicted regional carriers nationwide as a cause of its
“This is a very sad day for our employees, shareholders, and
the communities we serve,” SeaPort president Tim Sieber said in a statement. He
added that the airline concluded that a successful reorganization was not
possible. SeaPort has petitioned the court to convert its case to a Chapter 7
According to its website, through Tuesday SeaPort was flying
to seven destinations, including Portland and Pendleton in Oregon as well as
Houston, Memphis and the Arkansas cities of Hot Springs, El Dorado and Harrison.
Earlier this year the carrier slashed into its network, ending operations at 10
destinations in Oregon, California, Kansas, Missouri and Mexico’s Baja
SeaPort said that customers holding tickets purchased
through Visa or MasterCard could apply for refunds through the card companies.
Those who made purchases with other cards should call those companies to inquire