SeaPort boardings up from 2010

SeaPort’s boardings climbed slightly in February to 378 compared to 320 last February.

SeaPort Airlines’ boardings at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport climbed slightly in February to 378.

That’s up eight passengers from January and up 18 percent from 320 last February.

The commuter airline brought 344 to Pendleton last month, down from the month before. Inbound capacity was at 50 percent and outbound capacity was 46 percent of the 747 available seats during the month on three flights in and out daily.

Airport Manager Larry Dalrymple said it was a typical February.

“We hope to see it pick up in the coming warmer, longer-light months,” he said.

SeaPort President Rob McKinney said Tuesday in his annual report to the Pendleton City Council that year-over-year numbers are up 20 percent.

Pendleton is the star in SeaPort’s portfolio, he said.

Available seats are becoming a problem on a couple of routes, McKinney said, so SeaPort management and airport administration are discussing schedule changes to help alleviate those shortages.

Adding a route to Boise has been discussed, but SeaPort officials think increasing service to Portland is more important.

“We’re considering changing the schedule, featuring four round trips a day between Pendleton and Portland, Monday-Friday,” said Claire James, a SeaPort spokeswoman.

“The soonest those changes might occur would be in the middle of April,” Dalrymple said.

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