CactusHP From United States of America, joined May 2004, 348 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3263 times:
I've noticed that on the US Airways route map on their website, they have some routes operated by Air Midwest out of SLC. http://www.usairways.com/awa/content/routemap.aspx
Like service to Vernal, Moab, and Ceder City. Air Midwest also flys Ceder City - Ely, Nevada. Why are these cities served from SLC? Why not LAS or PHX?
A330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 41
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
Air Midwest chooses which routes it wants to fly, since it has a pro-rate codeshare agreement with US Airways. It collects all the revenues, pays US a cut, and is responsible for all the expenses. It also sets its own schedules and its own local fares.
Most (but not all) of the routes Air Midwest serves nowadays are subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
With respect to CNY/VEL, those cities have historically received SLC service, and Air Midwest felt it would be most economical to serve them there, due to the *much* shorter stage length. In addition to the small number of online connections at SLC onto US Airways, America West, or United, Air Midwest does maintain an interline agreement with Delta allowing for through ticketing and through checking of baggage. (The additional 3x weekly CNY-FNM service is mainly for maintenance and aircraft rotation purposes.)
With respect to CDC, Air Midwest actually proposed to serve the community with 2x LAS + 1x PHX service, to allow for the much greater online connectivity. The community, however, really wanted SLC service for historical and O&D related reasons, and Air Midwest was able to satisfy their needs with a schedule of 2x SLC + 1x LAS.
With respect to ELY, there Air Midwest proposed to serve the community via SLC, but the community wanted LAS service. ELY does not have the security screeners necessary for the flights to arrive airside at LAS, so the flights operate on a one-stop ELY-CDC-LAS routing, with ELY-originating passengers getting off the plane to be screened at CDC.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.