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EAS By U.S. Airlines?

Thu Dec 26, 2002 10:17 am

In browsing a recent edition of OAG, I notice that regionals who codeshare with the hub-and-spoke majors, as well as some who operate idependently with their own flight numbers, operate to some points that would seem to be non-profit routes without some level of subsidy.

Are there indeed any routes within the U.S. that are considered Essential Air Service (EAS) and therefore the carriers who operate these services are reimbursed by governemental agencies for the service they provide? If so, what are some examples of EAS routes and the carriers who fly them?

Thanks for any info provided.
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RE: EAS By U.S. Airlines?

Thu Dec 26, 2002 10:57 am

There are many EAS carriers and EAS routes in the US. Infact, it's a program hosted by the Department of Transportation.

An example would be Denver to Pierre, South Dakota on Great Lakes Airlines.

Great Lakes Airlines is the largest EAS carrier and nearly all of there routes out of DEN are EAS.

Here is Great Lakes routemap:

Many of these towns I'm sure you've never heard of.

Others include Pacific Wings which operates EAS routes in Hawaii and Big Sky Airlines which operates EAS routes in Montana and surrounding states.

There are a couple others too.

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RE: EAS By U.S. Airlines?

Thu Dec 26, 2002 7:38 pm

Mesa has taken over several of the former Big Sky routes that are in Texas and Oklahoma (Enid and Ponca City...about 150,100 miles NE/N of OKC). The flights are operated under Mesa Airlines - just like their ABQ hub. However these flights are no longer part of any major network airline, as the HP code-share was dropped when the routes were transfered.

Big Sky was mentioned above...these routes will likely get Northwest codes plopped on them (if they aren't already) since Big Sky is now owned by Mesaba Holdings.
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RE: EAS By U.S. Airlines?

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:58 am

The government provides a lot of info about EAS online.

Here's a link to the webpage that serves as the index:

Here's the most recent report (June 2002) listing all routes outside of Alaska served as EAS, the airline serving the route, the equipment, and the amount of the subsidy payment from the government.
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