Ramper@IAH From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 240 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
I'm trying to figure out what criteria is used to determine the amount of Essential Air Service a state receives. I've noticed that states in the West (North Dakota, Kansas, Utah, et.al) get far more flights than rural states in the South like Mississippi and Alabama. I wonder if EAS routes are considered "pork barrel" items in congress, and states with the more powerful congressmen get more government-funded airline service to remote cities.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5804 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1938 times:
The EAS regs require a city to be more than 70 miles from a large or medium hub (as defined by the gov't.), with a few exceptions. 200 miles only applies if the subsidy exceeds $200 per passenger. The twist is that every city with service in 1978 is essentially elligible, even NYC or LA, if they ever were in danger of losing all service.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5055 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
Here in Alabama, the Muscle Shoals Airport receives this designation. it's about an hour away from Huntsville and a little more than 100 from memphis. It is served by only one airline - Northwest Airlink, with only 2 or 3 flights per day to Memphis, and those planes carry about 10 people per flight. Northwest wanted to pull out but they were barred from doing so. People who live there have such limited air service - they're forced to drive 60 miles to an airport that charges high rates for flights.
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