RegionsAir has withdrawn the bids it placed to provide subsidized Essential Air Service at Lancaster, PA, that involved service to Newark.
RegionsAir still has two bids to provide only LNS
service. They will not be chosen, nor would the LNS
bids have been chosen for that matter. Air Midwest will be reselected to provide subsidized EAS at LNS
, with US Airways Express service to PIT
The RegionsAir bids to EWR
are being withdrawn because Continental told RegionsAir that it would not permit them to operate as Continental Connection at EWR
. RegionsAir knew that going in, yet chose to apply anyway, just as it knew that it wouldn't be able to get the Delta Connection codeshare at CVG
when it promised that to PKB/MGW
/CKB, and just as it knew that it wouldn't be able to get the US Airways Express codeshare at CLT
when it attempted to promise that to BKW
As a result of this application to EWR
that RegionsAir knew it couldn't fulfill, they've gone and convinced the LNS
community that their existing service is inadequate and useless, and getting the LNS
community's hopes up that they'd get the EWR
service that RegionsAir can't provide. RegionsAir's rhetoric has hurt Air Midwest's boardings at LNS
, costing them money, and the community's disappointment at not getting the EWR
service will now hurt Air Midwest's boardings even more. This at a time when Lancaster needs desperately to prove to an airline that it can support unsubsidized air service, since it will be dropped from the EAS program in one year. RegionsAir and their empty promises have cost LNS
what little chance it had to retain commercial air service after next year.
In other RegionsAir news, they appear to have set August 17th as a start date for their CLE
/JHW service. RegionsAir is thus *planning* on starting their service two months after they're obligated to by the terms of their bid. As usual, RegionsAir still does not have aircraft for this service, almost nine months after bidding on it. I wouldn't get my hopes up that they'll be starting service on the 17th, either, as they were *six months late* in starting service at PKB/MGW
/CKB. Together with their unreliable service, they have decimated boardings at the West Virginia cities, totally ruining their air service. Within the next six years, I expect CKB to go over the $200 per passenger cap and be dropped from the EAS program due to the lower boardings, thus losing all air service, directly as a result of RegionsAir.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.