KarlB737
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Two Airlines Bid For APN Service

Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:59 pm

Needless to say it continues to be an uphill struggle for the real small markets to retain air service these days. Most A-Netters are aware that Delta is doing away with their Saab 340s has not placed a bid towards Alpena, Michigan air service. They maintain that an inadequate load factor is the reason for not wishing to continue air service to DTW. This is quite a blow for Alpena as their remaining choices are nill at best.

The two airlines offering to provide air service are Intrepid International Airlines and Gulfstream Airlines. Both of these choices present issues for the Alpena airport officials as noted in the write up here:

Courtesy: The Alpena News

Two Airline Bids To Consider

"Intrepid is basically operating as a charter service, which makes more than one stop. It would make stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Alpena, Lansing and then Chicago," McRoberts said. "The DOT said it has to have one stop or less, so the only way we would get it is if we requested it and signed a waiver, but that won't happen."

http://www.thealpenanews.com/page/co...94/2-airline-bids-to-consider.html

The concerns regarding Gulfstream are centered on the usage of the B1900 aircraft. One local resident in the area has expressed his opinion:

Courtesy: The Alpena News

Gulfstream Definitely Not A Good Choice

http://www.thealpenanews.com/page/co...-definitely-not-a-good-choice.html

Lastly, Alpena officials have raised concern over the fact that Delta did go ahead and bid on some cities that they had previously stated that they were not going to therefore Alpena feels shafted.

Courtesy: The Alpena News

Delta’s Continued Service Nearby Raises Questions

"Citing the fact that it is doing away with a 34-seat passenger plane and some markets are not economically viable enough for a 50-seat plane, Delta Airlines chose not to bid on a new deal with the United States Department of Transportation for service in Alpena. The company has, however, submitted proposals to continue service with three northern Michigan airports, which it had previously expressed the intention of leaving."

http://www.thealpenanews.com/page/co...rvice-nearby-raises-questions.html

Speaking for myself I wish that APN could retain the Delta service even if it meant an on the way stop at either TVC or MBS. Just one of those stops would still fit the DOT requirement.

What do you think with all of these irons in the fire that are within APN's struggle to retain air service?
 
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RE: Two Airlines Bid For APN Service

Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:26 pm

I hate to be harsh, but I find it difficult to believe that a market is "lucrative" when it is struggling to reach 10,000 enplanements per year. That's less than 28 daily passengers.

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RE: Two Airlines Bid For APN Service

Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:48 pm

Quoting KarlB737 (Thread starter):
"Intrepid is basically operating as a charter service, which makes more than one stop. It would make stops in Sault Ste. Marie, Alpena, Lansing and then Chicago," McRoberts said. "The DOT said it has to have one stop or less,

I don't get this. Alpena to a major market, in this case Chicago, has one stop at LAN. Do they think it goes up to Sault Ste. Marie first? Something does not add up in why they do not like Intrepid International.
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RE: Two Airlines Bid For APN Service

Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:04 pm

Who is Intrepid International Airlines and what a/c do they operate? Did a search- can't find anything on them.
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KarlB737
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RE: Two Airlines Bid For APN Service

Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:29 pm

Quoting tjwgrr (Reply 3):
Who is Intrepid International Airlines and what a/c do they operate? Did a search- can't find anything on them.

I did as well and I'm still searching and looking. In the meantime the local paper has put out an Editorial on the subject.

Editorial: Delta Issue Affects Entire Region

http://www.thealpenanews.com/page/co...ffects-entire-region.html?nav=5002

Incidentally I just E-Mailed the writer of some of those Alpena News articles above information about LakeShore Express airlines who are providing air service from PLN to MDW on a Saab 340. Thought maybe APN could contact them and maybe they can pull them into the air service equation.

LakeShore Express
http://www.lakeshoreexpress.com/index.html
 
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RE: Two Airlines Bid For APN Service

Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:55 pm

Quoting KarlB737 (Reply 4):
the writer of some of those Alpena News

He told me in a return E-Mail that they were probably going to suggest Boyd's services.

Courtesy: The Alpena News

Committee Recommends Boyd For Airport

http://thealpenanews.com/page/conten...nds-Boyd-for-airport.html?nav=5004

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