Del Norte Triplicate

Essential Air Service provider PenAir announced Thursday morning it will discontinue flights from Crescent City to Portland On Dec. 15.

In August, PenAir was given notice by the U.S. Department of Transportation that it must remain in Crescent City and provide at least two trips a day or 12-14 round trips in a six-day week. The DOT’s order also mandated PenAir remain in service at Crescent City until a substitute airline takes over.

Two months after PenAir filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August, the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority Board chose Contour Airlines, but it was expected the legal processes could take about six months.

Sr. Vice President of PenAir’s Ground Operations, Murphy Forner, said the airline will not be able to continue service until Contour can take over operations.

As for enforcement of the DOT order, Airport Director Matthew Leitner said it’s now in the hands of the DOT’s enforcement office.

“We continue to work with DOT to ensure our Alternate Essential Air Service application for Contour service is processed as expeditiously as possible,” Leitner said in an email Thursday.

This is a breaking news story and we will provide more details as they become available.