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LA Mayor Supports Grant For PMD Service  
User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2951 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2424 times:

http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/060410/0122467.html

Hoping to attract regional jets to western hubs.

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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

Good luck in getting the grant, but I'm not sure what if any PMD service would be workable.
Many operators have tried various services without success over the last decade.

While probably not the grants intent one, route that might actually work would be a PMD-LAX service by Skywest/UA Express feeding UA's mainline network. After all United successfully flies similar services from other nearby locations such ONT, SNA, SBA etc, saving folks the painful freeway drive to LAX.



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User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2738 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

I wonder if Scenic Airlines would reconsider going to back to PMD? Well, actually, I don't think they are really interested in inviting Scenic again since the article clearly states that they want an airline that will connect to a large hub.

The best possibility, in my point of view, would be US Airways via their Las Vegas or Phoenix hubs. Does US Airways have regional aircraft based at LAS?


 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Quoting Latinplane (Reply 2):
The best possibility, in my point of view, would be US Airways via their Las Vegas or Phoenix hubs. Does US Airways have regional aircraft based at LAS?

They have Mesa CRJ-200s and CRJ-900s there, I flew one ONT-LAS back in November 2005...



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User currently offlineSBN580 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 401 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

"Wheels up Palmdale"

Oh, so that's what they are calling it this time. Having lived in the Antelope Valley for ten years all this is nothing new. Promises. Promises. Big hoo hah announcement about how important PMD is blah, blah, blah... The PR campaign phrase then was, "Palmdale Airport Takes-Off!"

From my door in Lancaster to the long term lot at LAX was 72 miles. An often frustrating 72 miles, so I tried the flying a number of times. The best effort out there in my time was not LAX service, but America West service to LAS. PMD to LAS on nice Dash 8 equipment meant no LAX hassle what so ever. You were into the HP system and onto your final destination. No LAX craziness, especially the third world United Express terminal service. You couldn't beat America West, but they couldn't make money on it I guess. Nor could UA or AA or DL on LAX service. For most Antelope Valley folks, the 72 mile drive was also better than that added ticket charge on the LAX or the Vegas flight.

Another problem is that the AV folks are the ugly step-children of LA County. Despite it's large population, out there in the hinterlands of the desert, County folks forget about them unless there is a high profile murder or a PR campaign at PMD. And I have my doubts you will ever get it in the heads of other LA county folk to drive out there for a flight. "Where's Palmdale? Oh? Oh, that's where we get gas on the way to Vegas."

PMD has a nice little terminal, for three airlines as I recall. It reminds you of the good old days. A simple terminal, that is quiet and has FREE parking. You walk out to the aircraft and go up the stairs. I liked it. And I hope they can get service back. Maybe US to PHX or PMD is the way to try again. Good Luck to them. But don't trust what any LA politician says about it.



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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

PMD does indeed seem like a little anomaly of an airport.

Continued urban sprawl and strong population growth would make one believe the people need an airport to fly from, however in typical Southern California fashion it seems people rather hop in their cars and drive instead. I know some up that way that make use of Burbank regularly.

On another note, I presume the Metrolink train service to Union Station combined with the new Fly-Away bus service to LAX could be a convenient option for some now also.



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User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Quoting SBN580 (Reply 4):
Having lived in the Antelope Valley for ten years all this is nothing new.

Tell me about it... Hearing airlines announce service to PMD, on top of all the optimism and excitement, and leave later on down the road seems to be a perpetual thing here...

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 5):
On another note, I presume the Metrolinkn train service to Union Station combined with the new Fly-Away bus service to LAX could be a convenient option for some now also.

Not to mention a bit cheaper vs. the AV Airport Express. Just wish the Antelope Valley Line had Sunday service though...



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