SALINA — A Portland, Oregon-based airline has ended service to Great Bend and Salina, effective immediately.
Seaport Airlines announced Friday that it would no longer fly to the two Kansas cities and five other cities in California. The company blamed a pilot shortage for ending its service.
KAKE-TV reports Salina Airport Director Tim Rogers says Seaport’s poor service has led to a drop in passengers.
Rogers says Great Lakes Airlines will return to Salina, beginning April 1. Rogers says Great Lakes will fly to Denver in 30 seat Embraer turboprops.
Great Bend Airport Director Martin Miller says his city won’t know if it will get new airline service until the U.S. Department of Transportation decides whether it still qualifies for essential air service.