stl07 wrote:atrude777 wrote:http://www.wsiltv.com/story/40885188/veterans-airport-board-recommends-next-air-carrier
"MARION (WSIL) -- The Williamson County Airport Authority voted unanimously to recommend that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) award a new contract to Cape Air.
The group chose the airline's proposal to fly into both St. Louis and Nashville, Tennessee. The Cape Air proposal also includes the introduction of a new aircraft that will provide more cabin and luggage space- the Tecnam Traveler."
Marion-MWA has voted to keep Cape Air over SkyWest and add a Nashville Proposal as well.
If MWA chose the 4 year option MWA-STL/BNA...it's 3,093, 781 with Cape Air, versus SkyWest at 3,179,862.
Assuming DOT approves it (would be shocked if DOT goes the other direction), MWA will get Nashville service.
The only reason I see DOT going with SkyWest is CGI and PAH nearby have United service and would compliment it, but not holding my breath.
I am very disappointed, as this service especially Nashville does no good to me trying to fly home to Southern Illinois from Chicago. I have no reason to fly ORD-BNA-MWA and spend $70 bucks extra to fly BNA-MWA when I can spend the $70 bucks to fly home non stop via CGI and PAH or even Amtrak.
CGI will select SkyWest, waiting for confirmation to be released...
So Community Support is...
UIN-Cape Air to STL/ORD
OWB-Cape Air to STL/BNA
CGI-SkyWest to ORD
MWA-Cape Air to STL/BNA
PAH's contract is up January of 2019.
Which begs the question, why did they even choose the BNA option? Wouldn't it have been better to keep the high frequency to STL for connectors?
Gives more codeshare/interline one stop options.
STL has PHX on AA, BNA doesn't
BNA has BOS on DL, STL doesn't.
Also I am guessing the airports have different flight times to different destinations so they can line up their flights better to have shorter layovers.
And of course a 2nd nonstop flight location.