|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 36):|
MKG received funding from to the program starting in 1985 based on the communities inclusion in the original 1978 deregulation eligibility list.
There is a big difference in being eligible
for funding and actually receiving
funding. Just because a city is eligible for funding under the EAS program does not mean they are actively taking subsidies.
MKG may have been eligible
for EAS subsidies starting in 1985, but they never started receiving
subsidies until 2009.
In fact, as far back as the early 1980s, MKG profitably supported service from three regional carriers without subsidy. This dropped to two in 2002 when ZK
/UA ended service to ORD
, leaving YX
/NW to DTW
. Then when YX
left town in 2008, XJ
remained the sole carrier and after about a year, petitioned the DOT for EAS subsidies for MKG and several other cities where XJ
was the sole carrier without subsidy. The DOT opened MKG and the other cities for bid and, in MKG's case, XJ
lost out to OO
/UA who has been providing service ever since.
The amount of cities who may be eligible
for EAS subsidies may not change based on existing criteria, but the amount of cities actively receiving
subsidies does, indeed, change.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.