SeaPort Airlines launches flights from Salina for at least another 4 years

SeaPort airlines will fly out of the Salina Airport for at least another four years, after the federal government renews its contract.The U.S. Department of Transportation renewed its contract with SeaPort Monday to provide three daily flights, six days a week from Salina. The carrier receives $1.49 million in subsidies a year as part of the federal Essential Air Service program. That program helps pay for air service at small or regional airports.

The Salina Airport Authority says the typical E.A.S. contract is awarded for two years, but SeaPort proposed an option for a four-year term. Officials with the authority say they have been happy with SeaPort’s service and are glad that it will continue.SeaPort came to Salina in April, 2010. Since then airport officials say passenger numbers have increased, and they expect them to continue increasing as service continues.

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