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An apples-to-apples look at the airport's options

By ALLISON MILES
March 26, 2011 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated March 26, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.




Community leaders say they want the public to weigh in on the proposed options for the Victoria Regional Airport. To voice your opinion, contact the airport, Victoria Chamber of Commerce, county commissioners, Victoria Economic Development Corp. and more.

Dallas or Houston? Two flights or three?

These are among the questions the Victoria Regional Airport Commission considers as two companies, Pinnacle Airlines and SeaPort Airlines, vie for an upcoming 2-year flight contract.

The commission must make a decision and report back to the United States Department of Transportation by April 6, but wants public input first.

Here's a closer look at how the companies stack up.

Where would the companies fly?

Pinnacle: Pinnacle would provide two daily round-trip flights between the Victoria Regional Airport and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

SeaPort: SeaPort would provide three daily round-trip flights between the Victoria Regional Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.

How much would tickets cost?

Pinnacle: Round-trip tickets previously fell within the $460 range but recently saw a decrease. Further decreases are up for discussion.

SeaPort: Prices vary between $100 and $200, depending on when passengers book tickets.

Do the planes have lavatories?

Pinnacle: Yes, the 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft includes lavatories.

SeaPort: No, the nine-seat Pilatus PC-12 aircraft do not include lavatories.

Do the planes have cabin crews?

Pinnacle: Yes. United's Saab 340 aircraft include cabin crews.

SeaPort: No. Flight crews are not part of the company's Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

What airline options are available from the connecting flight?

Pinnacle: Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport offers AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, TACA, United Airlines, US Airways and VivaAerobus as passenger airline options.

SeaPort: Southwest Airlines is Dallas Love Field's main provider, but Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines also offer limited service.

What can you tell me about the companies?

Pinnacle: Pinnacle Airlines, headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., began in 1985 as Republic Express.

SeaPort: SeaPort Airlines and its sister company, Wings of Alaska, are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Portland, Ore.-based SeaPort Air Group, LLC. The carrier was founded in 1983.

Sources: Jason Milewski, managing director of Prautes Corp., Jose Torres, spokesman for Dallas Love Field, Houston Airport System website, Pinnacle Airlines website, SeaPort Air website

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