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RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:20 pm

Per RST (Rochester, Minn.)'s Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/RochesterAirport/posts/419785511391540 ), there will be an "Air Service Announcement" tomorrow at 10 a.m. Start your guessing now...been kind of a bleak couple of years for RST with DL throttling down MSP-RST runs and G4 pulling out after only a year.

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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:21 pm

I'm guessing F9 thrice weekly to DEN? Seems to be the theme lately...
 
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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:32 pm

It wouldn't be my guess, but I'd really like to see UA to ORD. I'd like to use RST, but the options are just so limited.

Either way any addition will be welcomed.
 
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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:26 pm

F9 with service to DEN is certainly possible, it would fit in with their recent new routes. I wonder if NK might consider serving RST? I wouldn't think they would considering they already fly to MSP, but you never know.
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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:55 pm

LAN has an announcement tomorrow as well. I was going to say Allegiant, but it appears they already were there and left. However, same is true of LAN.

Who knows?!

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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:55 am

The 2012 SCASD grants that were recently submitted for this year (athough I do not believe that any have been approved yet as of this time) include an RST application for new service to DEN, via F9. They were seeking a fed grant of $500K, and had $225K in local contributions.


Quoting YNGguins (Reply 4):
LAN has an announcement tomorrow as well.

I don't think that LAN had applied for any SCASD grants in 2012.

Now, the question with F9 is that could they possibly agree on the $225K local amount to begin service there? And if they do, could this mess up the $500K fed grant if they do?

Or could this be something else entirely?


  
 
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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:35 am

I'll chime in as I have used RST in the past on a couple occasions.

My money is on F9 to DEN.

If it is with F9 mainline, this will be very, very interesting (I'm assuming so with the E190 pull down). American Eagle has flown to ORD for years, generally around 5 or 6x daily with ERJ equipment. I believe there was also a short-lived RST-DFW flight on ERJ equipment.

DL (NW) too has flown into RST for years, with anything from the Saab 340's to Avro's and DC9's. Current I'm seeing around 5 daily CRJ's to MSP. There also use to be a DTW CRJ for quite some time that connected to a morning bank, although it appears to be gone now.

Finally, Allegiant served RST for a fair amount of time with flights to LAS. I don't believe it ever got above 2x weekly (IIRC).

The airport has some nice facilities, not far off of I-90 and on the south side of town. IIRC there is six gates, and 4(?) jetways. They also have a nice assortment of rental car companies for a small airport - Avis, Enterprise, Hertz, Budget, and National. Mayo clinic is the main "draw" for out of towners. The airport also has free parking.

Whether or not RST can support a large aircraft to DEN even with connections remains to be seen. MSP is not far down the road offering low fares to DEN as well. If F9 is the new carrier I do wish the best to RST.

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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:41 am

For what it's worth, the last time I spoke with the folks in RST airport administration (2 weeks ago), they did mention hopes of drawing G4 back, albeit to IWA vice LAS.
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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:09 am

To throw more fuel into the fun ... historically, out of these carriers, Allegiant is the one most likely to announce two separate cities/routes on the same day.
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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:27 am

Quoting XPJets (Reply 7):
For what it's worth, the last time I spoke with the folks in RST airport administration (2 weeks ago), they did mention hopes of drawing G4 back, albeit to IWA vice LAS.

And you are correct.

RST-IWA is now bookable on G4's website. Service starts 11/1 and is twice weekly Sunday/Thursday.
 
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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:53 am

Quoting smoot4208 (Reply 9):
RST-IWA is now bookable on G4's website. Service starts 11/1 and is twice weekly Sunday/Thursday

Ahh -- nonstop connection between two Mayo Clinic campuses!

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RE: RST Air Service Announcement 8/14

Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:31 am

Today's new G4 service announcement
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