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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | May 1, 2013
IMPERIAL - The county's airline transition was officially over Wednesday when Seaport Airlines launched services to San Diego and Burbank. The event was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting attended by dozens of Imperial County and city leaders who gathered for the ceremony that marks an increase in available flight destinations from Imperial County. For decades county residents were able to get solely to Los Angeles International Airport via SkyWest. SeaPort was selected by the federal government to service the county's airport as part of the Essential Air Service program.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | January 8, 2013
SeaPort Airlines has been awarded the contract to service the Imperial County Airport. Beginning March 1, the airline will provide five daily flights to the San Diego commuter terminal, an Airport Advisory Commission member stated. United Airways currently holds the contract.    
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | February 20, 2013
After listening to SeaPort Airlines' presentation Tuesday, El Centro City Councilwoman Cheryl Viegas-Walker feels “better” about the new airline set to service Imperial County's subsidized airport. “I think SeaPort did an excellent job answering questions that had been (posted) by the community. They brought some clarity to specific topics such as (check-in) baggage, how that's going to be handled, airport screening, different airports that we are going to be able to fly to,” she said Wednesday, a day after SeaPort representatives spoke before the El Centro City Council.
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ALEJANDRO DAVILA | October 23, 2012
Co-insurance costs for preventive care services including women's preventive benefits of certain county employees were eliminated by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The board continued however, the decision that would prevent retirees or county employees who decline health benefits at the end of their service to enroll for health benefits in the future In another agenda item, the board gave its support to Seaport Airlines, one of the three companies bidding to provide services to the Imperial County Airport.
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Elizabeth Varin | Staff Writer | October 19, 2010
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors held off on taking action regarding new services at the Imperial Regional Airport. The item was continued until next week as the county was given an extended deadline to respond to the federal government, said County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova. The requested action was to submit a waiver about the size of the plane. SeaPort Airlines, which currently flies out of Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and Missouri, has proposed two flights to San Diego and one to Phoenix, according to a letter to the Board from the county executive office.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 1, 2013
After facing a bumpy start, SeaPort Airlines could finally be on the city's good side as the City Council will discuss a letter of support to the airline's destination tonight. SeaPort faced opposition from some community members and the El Centro City Council shortly after being selected by the federal government to service the county's subsidized airport. This opposition came as SeaPort had initially offered flights to Burbank and San Diego commuter terminal; but the federal government went with the cheaper option, which discarded Burbank.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 18, 2013
This week I flew with the new airline based at Imperial Airport, SeaPort Airlines, to San Diego. I was somewhat alarmed that they asked my body weight at check-in to “balance,” the airplane. It was explained that this was required by law, so I told my weight. However, as I walked off I could hear my weight being repeated twice more out loud and “sit them there, they are big.” It hurt my feelings, and it was a sad way to start my trip. Could they not be more sensitive? It was a man and woman, and the man was named Eddie.
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ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | January 23, 2013
The Imperial Airport new flight route to San Diego commuter terminal was discussed tonight by the Imperial County Transportation Commission. The Department of Transportation decided earlier this month that Seaport Airlines will serve the county for two years through the Essential Air Service program, a federal program that subsidizes rural airports. Commissioner Sedalia Sanders brought the item to the ICTC meeting after she was asked to do so by members from the El Centro City Council.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 4, 2013
When SeaPort Airlines debuted Wednesday as the county's air service between the Imperial County airport and two new passenger destinations, San Diego and Burbank, it signaled the end to months of speculation about how well the new airlines would serve the county. SeaPort was selected by the federal government as part of its Essential Air Service program, replacing the longtime local air carrier, SkyWest, with service between Imperial and Los Angeles International Airport. SeaPort's selection was welcomed in the beginning by the city of Imperial, which houses the airport, and Imperial County.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | October 23, 2012
Co-insurance costs for preventive care services, as well as women's preventive benefits of certain county employees, were eliminated by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The agenda item also called for the board to disallow retirees or previous county employees who decline health benefits at the end of their service, to enroll for health benefits in the future. Interim Director of Human Resources Rodolfo Aguayo said this decision would streamline various procedures.
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May 29, 2013
Why I can't buy an airline ticket online? I used to travel from IPL El Centro airport to LAX. I always book my flights online. I have tried to buy an online ticket from IPL to LAX and there is no such location. Last time I had to go to San Diego to go to San Francisco. What is going on? - Grounded, El Centro We are pulling out two distinct questions from this letter: the ability to fly to LAX and the ability to buy connecting flights online. Overall, though, users of Seaport Airlines, the newest carrier at Imperial County airport, have had the ability to purchase tickets online since it started.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 18, 2013
This week I flew with the new airline based at Imperial Airport, SeaPort Airlines, to San Diego. I was somewhat alarmed that they asked my body weight at check-in to “balance,” the airplane. It was explained that this was required by law, so I told my weight. However, as I walked off I could hear my weight being repeated twice more out loud and “sit them there, they are big.” It hurt my feelings, and it was a sad way to start my trip. Could they not be more sensitive? It was a man and woman, and the man was named Eddie.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 4, 2013
When SeaPort Airlines debuted Wednesday as the county's air service between the Imperial County airport and two new passenger destinations, San Diego and Burbank, it signaled the end to months of speculation about how well the new airlines would serve the county. SeaPort was selected by the federal government as part of its Essential Air Service program, replacing the longtime local air carrier, SkyWest, with service between Imperial and Los Angeles International Airport. SeaPort's selection was welcomed in the beginning by the city of Imperial, which houses the airport, and Imperial County.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | May 1, 2013
IMPERIAL - The county's airline transition was officially over Wednesday when Seaport Airlines launched services to San Diego and Burbank. The event was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting attended by dozens of Imperial County and city leaders who gathered for the ceremony that marks an increase in available flight destinations from Imperial County. For decades county residents were able to get solely to Los Angeles International Airport via SkyWest. SeaPort was selected by the federal government to service the county's airport as part of the Essential Air Service program.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 1, 2013
After facing a bumpy start, SeaPort Airlines could finally be on the city's good side as the City Council will discuss a letter of support to the airline's destination tonight. SeaPort faced opposition from some community members and the El Centro City Council shortly after being selected by the federal government to service the county's subsidized airport. This opposition came as SeaPort had initially offered flights to Burbank and San Diego commuter terminal; but the federal government went with the cheaper option, which discarded Burbank.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | February 20, 2013
After listening to SeaPort Airlines' presentation Tuesday, El Centro City Councilwoman Cheryl Viegas-Walker feels “better” about the new airline set to service Imperial County's subsidized airport. “I think SeaPort did an excellent job answering questions that had been (posted) by the community. They brought some clarity to specific topics such as (check-in) baggage, how that's going to be handled, airport screening, different airports that we are going to be able to fly to,” she said Wednesday, a day after SeaPort representatives spoke before the El Centro City Council.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | February 19, 2013
The county's new Essential Air Service provider was discussed by the El Centro City Council on Tuesday, giving SeaPort Airlines the opportunity to answer the council's concerns. The discussion comes as many in the community, as well as city officials, questioned the Department of Transportation decision to choose the SeaPort option of five flights to San Diego commuter terminal every day during the week, and five flights during the weekend in a nine-seat plane. SeaPort had offered Burbank airport as another destination, but the DOT went with the cheaper option of San Diego only.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | February 18, 2013
A 20-megawatt solar farm planned for the east side of the city could be approved by the El Centro City Council tonight. The Sol Orchard Solar Farm project would be located on four parcels near West Villa Avenue, east of North Third Street, and cover about 140 acres owned by the Imperial Irrigation District. This solar farm is one of the first ones to come before the council in at least two years and if approved, it would deliver renewable energy to the Imperial Irrigation District.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | February 7, 2013
Concerns over the airline set to serve the Imperial Airport continue in the El Centro City Council, and as the council prepares to formally discuss SeaPort Airlines and its route in its next meeting, the airline is postponing its starting date. SeaPort Airlines, chosen by the Department of Transportation to serve the county's subsidized airport, postponed its starting date from March 1 to May 1. When winning the contract, SeaPort displaced SkyWest, which will continue servicing the airport through that time, according to airport and SeaPort officials.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | January 29, 2013
View LTA project phase 1 in a larger map   The sole flight route connecting Imperial Airport to an urban area that some residents and city officials have questioned was discussed by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.    The discussion comes as the Department of Transportation decided earlier this month that Seaport Airlines will serve the county for two years through the Essential Air Service program, a...
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