lavalampluva wrote:TheLion wrote:enilria wrote:You would hope so, but probably not.
I’d disagree here because the aim of the subsidy is to support the service. It’d be very poor negotiation to provide subsidy without service.
You’d expect that the subsidy be conditional for the maintenance of service according to the terms agreed (seasonal, year-round, 2-year minimum etc).
So in this instance the reason for the subsidy was so CLE or what ever city could say "We have nonstop flights to Iceland"? Seems like a waste of money to me. Chances are the airline will cancel service once it started costing them $$$$.
That's pretty much always the case. There was a podcast I listened to recently from KC area where they interviewed Justin Meyer from MCI and he talked about how long it took and the work involved in getting the service they have. Really good listen. Podcast is called coastless. Anyway, the hope for many of these airports is that they can lure an Icelandair or WOW and get enough traffic to justify year round. Maybe even for a few businesses who send people to Europe year round, get them to fly on them based on KEF being an easier connection...and maybe put some wins together. Even for CLE which had the CO hub with TATL service, they have to re-prove themselves. It's a tough row to hoe but this is the payoff and while it's seasonal on a second tier carrier to some degree, it's in many cases the most they can do.