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Cheaper Oil = US Keeps IPT Flights  
User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5507 posts, RR: 7
Posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2200 times:

Piedmont (US Airways) today filed notice with the DOT that they now intend to keep on flying IPT-PHL without subsidy because of cheaper fuel prices, despite their June filing to cease service.

DOT had already awarded this route to Mesaba a couple days ago for service to DTW as an EAS subsidized route.

How quickly times change.


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User currently offlineRafflesKing From Singapore, joined Mar 2007, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Oh wow - I totally missed their filing a few months ago then.

So IPT is back to 2 destinations again? They last saw 2 when US was running IPT-PIT in '04 in addition to the PHL routing.


User currently offlineDashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 1929 times:

This is funny.

Piedmont / USAir filed to drop the route in an effort to gain EAS money thinking they would be awarded the contract over Colgan and Mesaba. That didn't happen. Looks like back pedaling to me.


User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 12 months 23 hours ago) and read 1887 times:



Quoting RafflesKing (Reply 1):
So IPT is back to 2 destinations again?

Just PHL, I believe.



I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineUSPIT10L From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 3295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 1863 times:



Quoting RafflesKing (Reply 1):
So IPT is back to 2 destinations again? They last saw 2 when US was running IPT-PIT in '04 in addition to the PHL routing.

PHLIPT was originally dropped in July of 2003, but was picked up again when the PIT hub closed in late 2004.



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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 1831 times:



Quoting DashTrash (Reply 2):
Piedmont / USAir filed to drop the route in an effort to gain EAS money thinking they would be awarded the contract over Colgan and Mesaba. That didn't happen. Looks like back pedaling to me.

It was also back when fuel was $130+ per BBL.


User currently offlineDashTrash From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 1688 times:



Quoting Silentbob (Reply 5):
It was also back when fuel was $130+ per BBL.

True. My money says that oil prices have nothing to do with them staying in IPT.


User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 12 months ago) and read 1545 times:

Here's the first media report about it that I've seen.
http://williamsport.com/features/index.asp

Quote:
However, according to Thomas Hart, the final decision still remains with the US Department of Transportation as they have already awarded the routes to Mesaba. “They (DOT) can choose to pay millions of dollars to subsidize flights from Williamsport to Detroit or they can cancel their contract and allow Piedmont to continue to provide service to Philadelphia with no subsidy” explained Hart.



User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5507 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Mesa (as Air Midwest) pulled the same trick a couple of years ago in Bradford PA and Jamestown NY. Those routes to PIT were re-awarded to Colgan but Mesa refused to leave and just kept flying. Neither Colgan nor DOT did anything about it - and Mesa continued flying and collecting a subsidy.

I don't know if there is a hole in the law that permits this to happen or if DOT just doesn't want to bother with it.



I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
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