In 1998, just before I moved to San Diego, American announced that its "seasonal" MD80 flight from Bakersfield to Dallas/Ft Worth would not return. They also announced that American Eagle would be pulling out of BFL
That left BFL
's sole commercial service as 4 daily BFL
with EM2's, and 2 daily BFL
on EM2's. 120 daily seats to LAX
and 60 daily seats to SFO
for a metropolitan area of over 500,000 people.
Nothing new - when deregulation kicked in in 1978, Hughes Air West and United were out of BFL
so fast they left a dust cloud!! All that was left were smaller upstart airlines, like Apollo and Pacific Express.
In 1984, AA
started two daily DFW
trips in conjunction with SBA
returned first with service to SFO
, and then later to DEN
, although their schedules were constantly changing and never maintained any kind of long-term strategy.
Right after CO
bought the old Frontier, they expanded massively into California, including BFL
. They routed at least one of their flights via PSP
But too much of a good thing couldn't last. United reduced its schedule by 1987, and DEN
was dropped. CO
's embarrassingly quick over-expansion took its toll very quickly - BFL
was dropped in the first round. BFL
went from having four daily flights to zero. And service to DEN
has never returned.
had a good size operation - at one point, in addition to the two MD80's to DFW
tagged on SNA
in order to store a 757. While other airlines were disappearing, BFL
flying to DFW
is a memory. United Express maintains a token appearance, but HP
Express to PHX
Express to IAH
have had great success. Delta Express is also flying RJ
's to SLC
, so the airport has once again recovered - somewhat. It needs more.
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