Air Midwest chooses which routes it wants to fly, since it has a pro-rate codeshare agreement with US Airways. It collects all the revenues, pays US a cut, and is responsible for all the expenses. It also sets its own schedules and its own local fares.
Most (but not all) of the routes Air Midwest serves nowadays are subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
With respect to CNY/VEL, those cities have historically received SLC
service, and Air Midwest felt it would be most economical to serve them there, due to the *much* shorter stage length. In addition to the small number of online connections at SLC
onto US Airways, America West, or United, Air Midwest does maintain an interline agreement with Delta allowing for through ticketing and through checking of baggage. (The additional 3x weekly CNY-FNM service is mainly for maintenance and aircraft rotation purposes.)
With respect to CDC, Air Midwest actually proposed to serve the community with 2x LAS
+ 1x PHX
service, to allow for the much greater online connectivity. The community, however, really wanted SLC
service for historical and O&D related reasons, and Air Midwest was able to satisfy their needs with a schedule of 2x SLC
+ 1x LAS
With respect to ELY, there Air Midwest proposed to serve the community via SLC
, but the community wanted LAS
service. ELY does not have the security screeners necessary for the flights to arrive airside at LAS
, so the flights operate on a one-stop ELY-CDC-LAS
routing, with ELY-originating passengers getting off the plane to be screened at CDC.
I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.