SeaPort Airlines Ceases Operations

seaport2Oregon-based regional carrier SeaPort Airlines ceased operations on Tuesday.

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 difficulties.

“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 liquidation proceeding.

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 Peninsula.

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 about refunds.