SeaPort Air, which ended scheduled airline service to Newport on July 15th, has refused a request for payment of around $600 for rental fees the city claims it owes. SeaPort Air CEO Rob McKinney said the airline fulfilled all of its contractural obligations with Newport, including giving the city more than thirty days notice that they would be ending service.
McKinney points to a newspaper article that quotes McKinney telling Mayor Mark McConnel that Seaport “may” cease providing service to and from Newport in July. McKinney said that was back in June which was well within the 30 day contractually binding notice period. City Councilors have already addressed that part of the issue by agreeing that a statement that Seaport “may” cease operations does not constitute formal notice of the end of service. Therefore they believe the airline owes the money.
Again, McKinney says it’s clear that SeaPort doesn’t owe the money and told City manager Jim Voetberg in a letter “The invoice associated with your August 16 letter is not valid, and we consider this matter closed.”
The ball, such as it is, appears to be in the city council’s court.
SeaPort Air recently launched new airline service between cities in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.