Silentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1948 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1699 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.
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.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1357 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.