cosyr wrote:jetblastdubai wrote:atcsundevil wrote:I understand that it's just politics, but it undermines the program as a whole. SkyWest in particular seems to love picking up these routes, and usually under the UA code. It's easy money to pick off the routes because they're perfectly happy to run empty planes.
I'm not familiar with the working of the EAS program. Do the feds pick and choose the markets they think should benefit from EAS monies or it is the local governments that submit requests for EAS funds from the feds and the feds then respond accordingly?
I agree with you on the fact that some of these markets are definitely close enough to drive to a nearby city and aren't a good use of federal funds. To simply eliminate someone's "hour or hour and a half" drive to the next city over with established air service seems wasteful especially since people in more rural areas will more than likely have a car or some sort of ground transportation. Heck, when I lived downtown Chicago or in LA. my drive to the airport within the same city limits sometimes exceeded 90 minutes.
There are certainly some odd EAS routes, and some are unnecessary, but I think this one might be justified. I'm not that familiar with the area, but when I google Johnstown to PIT, it says 1hr 46+min, which is a bit of a long drive, but more importantly, if you live an hour east of Johnstown, you are 3 hours from PIT and even further from any other major airports, so from that perspective it could make sense.
An hour east of Johnstown puts you a little over an hour remaining to Harrisburg. Or about 25 mins remaining to State College. In between State College and Johnstown is Altoona (50 mins from Johnstown) which already has EAS service to PIT and BWI. Heck an hour southeast puts you less then two hours to IAD and BWI.