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DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:23 pm

DOT is out with guidance allowing EAS operators to reduce contracted flying on EAS routes till the end of June.

The department will require carriers provide a minimum service level of atleast 1 daily roundtrip - 6 days per week in all EAS markets except Alaska, where carriers must complete atleast 50 percent of originally contracted flying.

In addition, to assist carriers that have faced difficult economic consequences due to the severe decline in passenger volumes, the DOT will provide a 50-percent subsidy payment compensation on flight cancelled during the period as well.

As background 160 eligible communities receive subsidized EAS flying.


https://www.regulations.gov/contentStre ... ntType=pdf
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:55 pm

160 airports. Wow did not realize the program was so large.
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:22 pm

that link is to the United Airlines file...

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOT-OST-2003-15128-0144
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:10 pm

The 160 number includes Alaska, which accounts for 46 of the airports by my count.

This is huge for Contour, but also significant for Cape Air and Boutique as well.

It's still problematic for the "low bid" Skywest cities (like CMX, ESC, and DDC) but being able to essentially cut unnecessary capacity in half yet still get paid for some of the flights cut is a bit of a relief. For the "high bid" Skywest cities (like SLN, DVL, SHD and PGA) this is actually quite a boon.
 
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:37 pm

drdisque wrote:
The 160 number includes Alaska, which accounts for 46 of the airports by my count.

This is huge for Contour, but also significant for Cape Air and Boutique as well.

It's still problematic for the "low bid" Skywest cities (like CMX, ESC, and DDC) but being able to essentially cut unnecessary capacity in half yet still get paid for some of the flights cut is a bit of a relief. For the "high bid" Skywest cities (like SLN, DVL, SHD and PGA) this is actually quite a boon.

Page, AZ is a Contour city.

With the bundling of cities that SkyWest is doing (HYS/DDC/SLN, RKS/RIW, GCC/SHR, BFF/PIR, LBF/EAR) that will also make these EAS flights not as dismal as stand alone.Save a few pennies here and there.

HYS- Hays, Kansas
DDC- Dodge City, KS
SLN- Salina, KS
RKS- Rock Springs, Wyoming
RIW- Riverton, WY
GCC- Gillette, WY
SHR- Sheridan, WY
BFF- Scottsbluff, Nebraska
LBF- North Plate, NE
EAR, Kearney, NE
PIR- Pierre, South Dakota
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:35 am

usxguy wrote:
that link is to the United Airlines file...

https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOT-OST-2003-15128-0144


"Although this list includes communities receiving Alternate Essential Air Service (AEAS), this Notice does not apply to grant agreements for those communities."

It looks like this would leave Contour and Public Charters out in the cold. Is this simply because of how the AEAS grants are administered?
 
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:38 am

Really makes sense. Those flights are mostly to help businesses in those remote areas. With pretty much no businesses asking people to fly there is much less need.
 
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:26 pm

I meant PRC not PGA

Yeah, good point about AEAS. AEAS actually can run 1x - for example MBL runs 1x, so it's just up to the community to determine the frequency.
 
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Re: DOT allows reduced EAS flying due Covid-19

Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:34 pm

DOT has extended the EAS service reduction waiver until September 30.

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