Copaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 19496 times:
Some of those cities in Montana that live on by the EAS subsidies and Big Sky Airlines are pretty small I bet. Places like Wolf Point, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Glendive..etc. pretty tiny I bet. Some of the Alaskan cities are small that get service on AS. Now, if flights per capita in a city, I would say MOD, my former home airport would be up there. 3-5 flights a day for about 400,000 people..a bit underserved.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29885 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 19241 times:
There has got to be somewhere in Alaska that qualifies.
Alaska Airlines for years bragged that Yakutat, Alaska was the smallest town with daily commercial jet service. I disputed that because I think that Cold Bay that had six day a week service from Reeve Aleutian was smaller.
but there are number of towns in Alaska, that are just large enough to have a post office, that have commercial service solely for the reason of flying the mail.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 19210 times:
How about HMR (Homer, Alaska), BET (Bethel, Alaska), SCC (Deadhorse, Alaska), KTN (Ketchikan, Alaska), SGY (Skagway, Alaska) . . . the list goes on and on, and on and on, and . . . .you get the picture.
Perhaps redefining the search parameters from "Commercial Service" to "Commercial Jet Service" and "Commercial Turbo-Prop Service" and "Other Commercial Service".
ENI (Kenai, Alaska), OTZ (Kotzebue, Alaska), VDZ (Valdez, Alaska), DUT (Dutch Harbor, Alaska), CDV (Cordova, Alaska), and so on . . . . .
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 19190 times:
I've been to LGA . . . believe me, it's larger than SCC (daily AS 732), ADQ (daily AS 737 and Dash 8 service). Gotta be something smaller than LGA . . . what about the Hawaiian Islands . . . airports on Lanai and Molokai???
Areopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 19177 times:
I grew up just a couple of miles from IDA, which serves Idaho Falls, a city of (then) 33000 people, which had 737 service. I just checked with Travelocity, and all the flights it listed between IDA and SLC were CRJ's, Embraer turboprops (presumably Brasilias), and DHC-8's. So now, I wonder, what are the smallest cities served by Airbii, Boeings, or MD's?
Tungd From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 103 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 19116 times:
The U.S. Department of Transportation subsidizes regional air carriers through their Essential Air Service program. This program basically pays all or most of an airline's cost to serve small cities that could never sustain scheduled passenger service on their own. There's a list of criteria cities have to meet, including being a certain number of miles from larger commercial airports, city government funding and promised passenger loads, etc. But these airports are usually among the smallest population areas to be served by scheduled service.
In my part of the world, KBWD (Brownwood Regional, Texas) is a good example. I don't want to knock the city of Brownwood, but it's a non-descript city with a "metro" population of around 25,000 that most people will never hear of in their lifetimes. Durango, CO and similar cities cannot be compared to Brownwood, because they are major tourist destinations; the only people with an interest in flying to BWD are local residents or business executives; 3M has a large manufacturing plant there, and is probably the only reason BWD has pax service at all. Current service is provided by Mesa Airlines, providing two round-trips a day to DFW, using one Beechcraft 1900 that is also used for subsidized routes to Ponca City and Enid, Oklahoma. Passenger counts for 2003 were around 3,700 for BWD (just over 10 per day on average). BWD is only about 55 nm from ABI and 117 nm from both DFW and AUS.
As of a few weeks ago, Mesa was scheduled to pull out of BWD due to low pax loads. Corporate Airlines has submitted a bid to the U.S. DOT to provide 12 round-trips a week using Jetstream 32s.
Airfields that are part of the Essential Air Service program are probably the best examples of the smallest airports/metro areas with commercial passenger service.