FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6006 posts, RR: 27 Posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4491 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.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4328 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.
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
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4314 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. http://blogs.usatoday.com/sky/
Quote: 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!)