IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – Soon after the surprise service cancellation of SeaPort Airlines, county officials notified the U.S. Department of Transportation in order to find a solution.
On Thursday, the Department of Transportation released an Emergency Request for Proposals for replacement of service in the Imperial County and other locations.
According to county officials those proposals normally have a 90 day bid, but due to the urgent need for a local carrier, proposals are due by February 3, 2016.
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Jack Terrazas, says they have already received calls from an interested company, but nothing is official yet. Terrazas says he encourages other companies to submit a bid.
County representatives will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next week to meet with the U.S. Department of Transportation on the need for an airline carrier in the valley among other plans.