KarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3105 posts, RR: 10 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2598 times:
Needless to say it continues to be an uphill struggle for the real small markets to retain air service these days. Most A-Netters are aware that Delta is doing away with their Saab 340s has not placed a bid towards Alpena, Michigan air service. They maintain that an inadequate load factor is the reason for not wishing to continue air service to DTW. This is quite a blow for Alpena as their remaining choices are nill at best.
The two airlines offering to provide air service are Intrepid International Airlines and Gulfstream Airlines. Both of these choices present issues for the Alpena airport officials as noted in the write up here:
Courtesy: The Alpena News
Two Airline Bids To Consider
"Intrepid is basically operating as a charter service, which makes more than one stop. It would make stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Alpena, Lansing and then Chicago," McRoberts said. "The DOT said it has to have one stop or less, so the only way we would get it is if we requested it and signed a waiver, but that won't happen."
Lastly, Alpena officials have raised concern over the fact that Delta did go ahead and bid on some cities that they had previously stated that they were not going to therefore Alpena feels shafted.
Courtesy: The Alpena News
Delta’s Continued Service Nearby Raises Questions
"Citing the fact that it is doing away with a 34-seat passenger plane and some markets are not economically viable enough for a 50-seat plane, Delta Airlines chose not to bid on a new deal with the United States Department of Transportation for service in Alpena. The company has, however, submitted proposals to continue service with three northern Michigan airports, which it had previously expressed the intention of leaving."
Coronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2499 times:
Quoting KarlB737 (Thread starter): "Intrepid is basically operating as a charter service, which makes more than one stop. It would make stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Alpena, Lansing and then Chicago," McRoberts said. "The DOT said it has to have one stop or less,
I don't get this. Alpena to a major market, in this case Chicago, has one stop at LAN. Do they think it goes up to Sault Ste. Marie first? Something does not add up in why they do not like Intrepid International.
Incidentally I just E-Mailed the writer of some of those Alpena News articles above information about LakeShore Express airlines who are providing air service from PLN to MDW on a Saab 340. Thought maybe APN could contact them and maybe they can pull them into the air service equation.