Last day of local PenAir operation will be in December
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - PenAir announced Thursday that their last day operating between Crescent City and Portland, Ore. will be Dec. 15.
The airline began operating between the two markets on Sept. 15, 2015 under an Essential Air Service contract with the Department of Transportation. Beginning in early October of 2016 they added several other routes to their resume including the Arcata/Eureka airport, Redding, Calif., Coos Bay/North Bend, Ore. and Klamath Falls, Ore.
In August of 2017 the company entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and began closing their Pacific Northwest markets out of Portland, Ore.
"As part of the Chapter 11 process, the company was obligated to begin eliminating those markets that were not making money," President Danny Seybert said. "It was a tough decision to make, considering the future opportunities we could see in each of these markets.
Senior Vice President of Ground Operations Murphy Forner said Crescent City has chosen another carrier to operate out of their airport, however that carrier is not ready to enter the market for several months.
"We are not able to continue to service the market until the new carrier is able to start service," Forner said. Customers currently holding reserved tickets on PenAir after Dec. 16, 2017 may contact PenAir Reservations at 800-448-4226 for a full refund.