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User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5848 posts, RR: 28
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

This was a surprise.

Although operating from VGT, Scenic has done well in some of the smaller markets and just announced they would start non-EAS subsidized flights between Merced and Reno beginning this week. All Scenic cities have seen growth and I know people who have used the VIS service to connect to other flights at LAS.

But it appears that Scenic will end all passenger flights in late summer. They plan on returning to operating only Grand Canyon sight-seeing flights.

It appears Scenic has been hit hard by fuel costs plus it will returning aircraft when the leases are up in July and has not found any replacement aircraft.

The move means they will end flights at Elko, Ely, Visalia, and Merced. All are EAS cities and so the DOT will start taking service proposals from other airlines in the next few weeks.

Mesa Air Group and Great Lakes Airlines both look to be interested in some or all of the Scenic cities.



[Edited 2006-05-17 16:36:43]

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
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User currently offlineIowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4435 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Definitely surprising news. Hopefully this will work out the best for these airports, especially if they can get direct service in to LAS or some other major airport instead of VGT.

User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2485 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Well, at least Elko will not be hurt as much. Seeing as SkyWest still flies to SLC multiple times a day.

I guess Great Lakes could use some planes transferred from their EAS flights that they may lose in NE so it may be a wash for them.

Maybe YV*/ZV would operate a LAS-ELY-SLC as another connecting route up to SLC for their impending service to CNY and VEL.

Whatever the outcome, I hope it stays stable for the whole contract time.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5951 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3466 times:
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They could always try soliciting Vision Air.

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5848 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

When Merced's EAS came up for new proposals, Mesa, under the Air Midwest certificate, proposed America West Express flights to LAS on 1900s. Mesa wanted $725,494 to $999,993 per year depending upon the schedule chosen. Scenic got $696,788. The city preferred Scenic because it was established in Merced and brought tourists from Vegas headed to Yosemite.

When Visalia's EAS came up, Great Lakes proposed flights to LAX connecting with UA using either 1900s. Scenic asked for $450,000 a year to VGT while Great Lakes wanted between $799,946 to $1,412,932 to fly to LAX.

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 3):
They could always try soliciting Vision Air.

Vision Air opposed the EAS renewal at Merced this year because they wanted to serve Merced as an on demand Part 135 carrier. I think it was a matter of Vision wanting to offer flights from VGT to Merced as part of Yosemite tours from Vegas.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

What a mess!

Did anyone see this coming? I know many people in the area will be very disappointed by this news.

From the Silver Lining department.
Less competition now for the planned SCK-LAS G4 flights.
Which, according to the latest USAToday, appear to be off to a good start booking wise.

Early signs point to a successful entry: "Advance ticket sales are greatly exceeding Allegiant's expectations," airport director Barry Rondinella is quoted as saying by the Tri-Valley Herald of central California.

(Wow, Stockton garnered TWO (2) mentions in today's travel section. Must have been a slow news day for Ben!)

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