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Questions About EAS Eligibility  
User currently offlineAVLAirlineFreq From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

There was an interesting thread on here a few months ago about cities that used to have commercial air service but no longer do, particularly post-deregulation. That, plus a recent look at a Southern Airways route map circa 1969, got me thinking--why do certain small communities have EAS while others don't? Why have some communities maintained their scheduled air service to this day almost solely because of EAS, while others lost it during deregulation and have never gotten it back, even through EAS?

I know that the EAS policy states that "communities are not eligible to received subsidized air service if they are within 70 driving miles of an FAA-designated Large or Medium Hub airport, or if their subsidy per passenger exceeds $200 (annual subsidy level divided by annual passengers generated)." But there are a number of communities that had air service pre-1978 that fit the description of not being within 70 driving miles of a large or medium hub as determined by the FAA, yet don't have EAS-subsidized service.

Why have certain cities been eliminated over the years ( http://ostpxweb.dot.gov/aviation/x-50%20Role_files/easeliminated.htm )? The original list of eligible cities ( http://ostpxweb.dot.gov/aviation/x-5...e_files/originaleascommunities.pdf ) is quite a bit longer than the number served today. Is it theoretically possible that a city that at some point was eliminated from EAS could re-apply?

[Edited 2009-08-21 13:44:39]

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User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2936 times:

That discontinued city list is based on several changes to the program over the years. Read the What is EAS? link too.

Also that discontinued list is not current, for example Santa Rosa (STS) has regained service.

Many of the cities on the lost service list are there as the result of program rule changes and funding cuts. They were cut to ensure that limited funding kept other cities operating.

Then you have some where the maximum subsidy comes into play. The DOT will currently only subisdize up to $200 per passenger, so some cities find that no airline will bid.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
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