Growly150 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3542 times:
More likely, thats a stop in Johnstown, PA, between Dubois and Pittsburgh. If they are really flying to New York state first, it's no wonder US is on the hot seat. Being from State College, it's too bad to see my "home town" carrier making cutbacks.
Freshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3289 times:
DUJ is a MTC base for Air Midwest. If they close up shop in DUJ where will the MTC base go?. My best guess would be RDG would get the MTC base due to the fact that MESA has a huge hangar there that can hold as many as 8 1900's at once plus it has Regional Aircraft Services in it, which does tire and metal work for the 1900's.
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
Back in the 70's when I was living in Williamsport--at the other end of I-80 from DuBois--and doing graduate research at Pitt, I use to drive the 500 miles back-and-forth from campus in one day. But that was before Pittsburgh got gridlock traffic. So some nice person in Clearfield County is going to have to underwrite this route or make their own Cessna available to local business people.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7601 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3078 times:
We get a ton of customers from up in Clearfield and Jefferson County just because DUJ is so tiny. With 4 flights a day to PIT, plus fares are through the roof of there. They drive to PIT, or State College where they can choose from USAirways Express, Northwest Airlink, Comair, and United Express and have a wider variety of destinations. While it is kind of a raw deal, these EAS routes are complete money losers. And its not like DUJ is isolated, its right on I-80.
Although there is a sweet restaurant up in DUJ where we fly up to for dinner with my flight instructor or private license friends that has a good wings deal on Saturday nights.
Freshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2940 times:
USAirways Express is not pulling out of DUJ. After asking around about this I found this out. They filed the paperwork so the government will provide more EAS money for the flights. It was basically a deal to get the government to look at the situation and support it with more money. The only risk that is there is that they (Air Midwest/US Express) may be underbid by someone else, such as Colgan (also a USE carrier), but as we were told, that is highly unlikely. DUJ is 84 miles from PIT so it does qualify as a EAS city.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6296 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2845 times:
Dubois with EAS service, now that's a joke. And Latrobe with any airline service is another. I grew up in the spot of land almost exactly halfway between those two towns, so I might just know the situation. People in the east are quite spoiled really. My goodness, a 3 hour drive to an airport?
SuperDash From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 574 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2744 times:
As a couple of others have mentioned, Mesa is not pulling out of Du Bois. Unfortunately, the law on EAS states that a carrier has to file to terminate service to trigger a route case for EAS subsidy. It's real messy when a carrier really has no intention of leaving, since the appearance is that they are leaving. Now that they have filed the notice, they have to stay in for 90 days. If the DOT does not act, Mesa is free to go. Likely DOT will put out an RFP in the next few weeks. Mesa controls close to 25% of the EAS routes in the continental US today. This is pretty standard for Mesa. I would be surprised if someone puts in a better bid, but you never know. My guess is with Mesa's assets in Du Bois, that Mesa will bid much lower than someone else's true operating cost. Latrobe is not EAS, so service can end there at any time.
The determination on Du Bois is a minimum of 2 flights per day nonstop to Pittsburgh with a minimum of 62 roundtrip seats per day.
Nlink From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
I think the government needs to stop funding these small communities, as they are a burden on the taxpayers. What's the big deal to drive 1 hour to the airport. If the service is desired by the local communities then let them pay for it themselves, not people 1000 miles away just so they can "have airline service" there. If the local market supports the service fine, but when the taxpayers are having to pay to keep service in a community then it don't really deserve any service.