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Airline Abruptly Stopping Salina Flights

KSAL Staff - January 16, 2016 8:33 am

The commercial air carrier that currently flies in and out of Salina is discontinuing all scheduled service immediately.
 Seaport Airlines is discontinuing all scheduled service in Kansas and Missouri as of 11:59pm Saturday. It stopped service to destinations in California and Mexico as of 11:59pm on Friday.
Locations will be closed and service is to be ceased at each of the following cities:
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Visalia, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Imperial, CA
  • San Felipe, BC (Mexico)
  • Salina, KS
  • Great Bend, KS
  • Kansas City, MO
Customers with reservations for impacted routes will be issued a full refund for unused tickets,and should call 888-573-2767 if they have additional questions about their refund.
Current service in the Pacific Northwest, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas will be unaffected and are expected to operate as scheduled and without disruption.
Seaport says that the were forced to take this action “because of the impact on SeaPort’s business and operations following the effects of the
shortage of airline pilots in the United States.”
The announcement from Seaport comes just a couple of days after Tim Rogers, Executive Director Salina Airport Authority, told KSAL News that Great Lakes Airlines Aviation was poised to begin operations in Salina this spring, on April 1st, with non-stop flights to Denver. Great Lakes Airlines is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Denver and boasts a fleet of 30-seat turbo prop aircraft with a stand up cabin, flight attendant and lavatory on board.

Gary Henderson

January 16, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Well I guess things aren’t as rosey at the airport at The ED Tim Rogers tells us. An airline needs enough revenue to stay in business. More passengers = more revenue. Salina just doesn’t have enough people flying in and out contrary to the false information and statistics Rogers feeds the public on a regular basis. He just beefs up operation numbers to make him look good and puff up his sail. Had anyone ever seen how much they pay this man? It is an outrageous amount for the size of airport with the amount of operations it handles. His income is almost equal to that of the Executive Director at MCI, Kansas City , MO’s airport! His secretary quit about 3 years ago because of the verbal abuse she endured by Rogers. He begged her to come back and she didn’t until he doubled her yearly salary from $36,000 to $72,000! Wow! I’d sit at a desk 40 hours a week listening to him brag about how good a job he is doing for that much…..wouldn’t you?

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