Web From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4771 times:
MKG should be happy they even have one airline, given their proximity to and higher fares than GRR (and GRR is no cheap airport to fly from). As much as I love new service to a hometown airport, this will be gone as soon as the grant money is gone, especially since it will utilize a CRJ on such a short route.
If UA (or AA, for that matter) could have a regional bring up some props, then I'd give it a chance, but if both are going to stubbornly remain all-jet at ORD, then this service simply will not last. If UA got somebody to operate Q400s out of ORD (a la CO at EWR) for the multitude of short-haul runs around the Midwest, then we would see more promise for these smaller stations gaining and retaining ORD service.
DurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 760 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4330 times:
Quoting Toltommy (Reply 5): Wasn't MKG one of the cities XJ put into the EAS system? It looks like the money for this is coming from SCASD dollars. Has the EAS bid been finalized?
These are the EAS cities there where finalized on Friday, the other cities are also being discontinued by XJ are still being evaluated, unless someone else steps up or XJ actually submits valid bids those other cities will loose service.
Mke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2489 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4242 times:
Great news for MKG. When YX flew MKE-MKG loads were never a problem, so I'm pretty optimistic about this addition. I got kinda excited at first when I saw that EAU was getting new service as well, but it looks now like its only going to be an airline swap as NW is pulling out right before UA is starting.
Will you watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Only if coach Eric Mangini resigned after a loss.
JBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4068 times:
Additionally, (too late to edit my previous post to add to it. forgive the double posting)
It should be noted for those who don't go in to read the bid documentation that SkyWest's requested subsidy for MKG to operate 2x daily CRJ to ORD was less than half of what Mesaba requested to operate 2x daily Saab to DTW.
SkyWest requested $660k a year versus Mesaba's $1.3 million.
The other three cities SkyWest was awarded also had measurably less subsidy than what XJ wanted.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
Rjnut From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4064 times:
WOW,!! Delta is really turning EAS upside down.. ORD now becomes the defacto hub for EAS contracts since DL has shown thay they want out of that business by selling Saabs and overbidding contracts! Wth the disappearance of STL,PIT,CVG ,MKE and soon MEM hubs, and now MSP, DTW and ATL not being options with DL's disdain for this service, it really creates problems for EAS cities to major hub access!
DL is going to being doing LOTS of unpopular things , i predict , in the coming year!
Tjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3974 times:
Quoting FlyPNS1 (Reply 9): Yes, it is. The gov't just issued the award for MKG service.
My bad- should have done more research.
Interesting the news article doesn't mention MKG will lose all service to DTW. Guess they should have done more research too. I imagine most Worldperks/ SkyMiles folks who travel a fair amount will make the short drive to GRR now.
Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23583 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3925 times:
Quoting Rjnut (Reply 12): Wth the disappearance of STL,PIT,CVG ,MKE and soon MEM hubs, and now MSP, DTW and ATL not being options with DL's disdain for this service, it really creates problems for EAS cities to major hub access!
In the middle of the country, it's not so bad for customers. They get service to a city they are more likely to need to go to (CHI versus DTW, ATL, or MSP) and get jet service, which passengers apparently prefer.
Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 13): I imagine most Worldperks/ SkyMiles folks who travel a fair amount will make the short drive to GRR now.
...or convert to Mileage Plus. SkyMiles isn't nearly what Worldperks was, as many of us are painfully finding out.
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more