Are the NW
FNT/GRR-FLA flights subsidized? I had not heard that one.
Who said that this new service has to be operated by a "major" commercial airline? Here in MI
we have intrastate service from Superior Aviation
based in Lansing I believe. They offer charters, but also regular scheduled service between LAN, Escanaba, and Iron Mountain using the Cessna Conquest. So for little flights like between SBN
, it does not have to be provided by a major or one of their regional partners in order to be considered scheduled service.