Seaport Airlines Visits McKellar-Sipes
A prospective new airline flew into McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport, Thursday with the purpose of landing a new air carrier. Officials with Seaport Airlines visited the Hub City to talk about possibly becoming West Tennessee’s newest commercial carrier. If selected, the airline would replace Tennessee Skies, a subsidiary of Pacific Wings Airlines, which announced it would no longer provide commercial air service after the airport lost its essential air service status and federal funding. We are really excited about cooking at some changes and some different things and also a different destination than what we are flying now,” said Steve Smith, executive director of McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. The Department of Transportation recently announced McKellar-Sipes was given a waiver for EAS status. It also ordered Pacific Wings to continue service until at least October 31 as the department seeks a new service provider. The final decision on Seaport could come in November.