MOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1211 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
The deadline for applications is tomorrow, June 6, 2008.
This docket should contain the proposals. At the time of this post, there are none to be found in the docket. Is the DOT waiting until the deadline to show the proposals, or has no one actually submitted theirs yet?
The SCASD program has had its share of successes and failures. Some of the grants are for nothing more than marketing existing service to increase boardings. (MKL, among others) Others are measures that are designed to KEEP existing carriers from leaving an airport. (MOB, among others). Some are to serve specific air service deficiency (JAN-EWR). Some are incredibly successful (like MOB - station services kept US and was able to attract AA), others are complete flops.
And airlines would actually be lining faster than you can fathom IF and ONLY IF you can convince them that they have sustainable and profitable route. "In this era of $125 oil" airlines will be chasing opportunities for pricing power. The place that these occur is our smaller and mid-size cities.
Again, what a waste. MAF has excellent air service for the size of market it is, and with the oil industry booming, the local government is flush with cash. But federal taxpayers footing the bill to attract service to an airport that is already above-average?
I know I should be used to it, but it's still irritating.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6007 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (7 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 2359 times:
Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 9): Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 3):
Modesto, CA (MOD) for another carrier to replace Skywest on MOD-LAX
Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 3):
**San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP) for SBP-SMF
Horizon could/might jump on those, theres been talk of Modesto for the last year
Skywest had very low load factors on the Brasilias on MOD-LAX, something in the neighborhood of 52%. They operated 3X day so that was only about 45-50 daily passengers. QX now has recent data to ponder to figure out if they could make it work and how they would increase the passengers.
SBP-SMF seems like it might be too small for the Qs.
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