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OST Docket Filings for September 29, 2009

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Updated: 10/1/09 | 7:49 AM

Applications and Renewals:

2009 Small Community Air Service Development Programs - By State: Indiana | Illinois | Louisiana | Maine | Michigan | Minnesota | Pennsylvania | South Carolina | South Dakota | West Virginia | Wisconsin

Kuwait Airways - Supplement (Kuwait-New York)

SkyTeam Antitrust - Codeshare Notice (Amsterdam-African/Asian Cities)

Answers and Replies:

2009 SCASD - Support Letters

APHIS - Objections of ATA (Per Passenger Inspection Fee Increase)

EAS at Houghton, MI and International Falls, MN - Ex-Parte Letters / Objections of International Falls to Proposal of Delta/Northwest/Mesaba / Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Support for Skywest / City of Tupelo Request to Revise Mesaba's Proposal / Houghton, MI Support for Mesaba

Reciprocity Confirmation - El Salvador Civil Aviation Authority

Star Alliance - Destruction Affidavit of American Airlines

Notices of Action Taken:


Notices and Orders:

V Australia - Final Order (Australia-US)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

September 28, 2009

Re: Objections of Air Transport Association

In today's Federal Register the Department of Agriculture announced an Interim Final Rule increasing the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service fee from $5 to $5.50 effective in three days on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. Needless to say, a rule change of this nature cannot be implemented automatically and I am writing to advise you that based upon the information we have received from a number of our member airlines, the industry will not be able to comply with the IFR. In any industry, let alone one as complex as the airlines, it is unreasonable to expect that major, multi-faceted system changes could be implemented in this time frame.

Frankly, we are deeply troubled by the department's claim that emergency action is warranted. As your data make clear, the department, along with the rest of the country, has been fully aware of the significant economic slowdown for over one year. In particular, the slowdown in international travel and shipping, and the related capacity cuts by airlines, has been widely reported for many, many months. A claim of a surprise drop in APHIS revenues simply is not credible. Furthermore, the Administrative Procedure Act does not permit the use of an IFR under these circumstances, let alone with less than a few days notice.

We are urging the department in the strongest possible terms to withdraw the IFR immediately and open this matter proper notice and comment rulemaking

By: ATA, James May

Notice of APHIS - Increase in Per Passenger Inspection Fee - September 28, 2009


Essential Air Service at Paducah, Kentucky, Alpena, Muskegon, Hancock and Sault St. Marie, Michigan, International Falls, Minnesota, Tupelo, Mississippi and Eau Claire, Wisconsin


September 17, 2009

Re: Ex-Parte Letter to Governor of Michigan

While I understand your and the community's desires for as much service as possible, the EAS program has guidelines for both minimum and maximum service levels at each community. The statutorily set minimum frequency guarantee is two round trips a day. The maximum capacity level is 67 seats inbound and 67 seats outbound each day. As we indicated in our letter to the community, both of Mesaba's options exceed the frequency and capacity standards.

I can assure you that all communities are subject to the same program standards. Of course, the statutory minimum of two round trips a day may require more than 67 seats a day, depending on aircraft size. Therefore, Sky West's proposal of 100 seats per day, although exceeding the 67-seat maximum, is required to meet the statutory minimum of two round trips per day.

By: Christa Fornarotto - Houghton County Memorial Airport

September 24, 2009

Re: Objections of City of International Falls to Proposal of Delta/Northwest/Mesaba

We have a number of serious objections to the Delta EAS proposal and I have outlined them below. We have six main areas of concern about the effects of the proposal. We foresee negative results in the areas of:

  1. Business travel.
  2. Leisure travel.
  3. The local economy.
  4. Regional economic development.
  5. Local jobs.
  6. Airport revenues.

By: Mayor Shawn Mason

September 23, 2009

Re: Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Support for Skywest Airlines

The Airport Commission was excited that both Mesaba and Skywest Airlines chose to submit bids for service to the CVRA, On behalf of the Airport Commission, I would like to express our appreciation for both proposals and our support for the Skywest Airlines proposal. The attractiveness of the lower financial subsidy, jet service, and their proposed schedule make the Skywest proposal a very appealing opportunity.

Statistically speaking, the Airport Commission realizes that the current service to MSP is not working as planned. The Airport has been experiencing declining passenger txaardings for some time. It is our
belief that this proposed change in carrier, destination (Chicago O'Hare - ORD), schedule, and aircraft
will be the catalyst that will increase usage of the airport and eventually get our community out of the
subsidized air service program.

The airport realizes there have been concerns in the past at»out the reliability of Chicago service. However, it is our belief that the concerns have been somewhat mitigated by the reduction in flights nationwide combined with the current and future addition of ORD airside infrastructure.

By: Charity Speich, Airport Manager

September 24, 2009

Re: City of Tupelo, MS Request That Mesaba Airlines Revise Service Proposal

Although the Mesaba bid with a subsidy of $1,061,089 for one flight to MEM and one flight to ATL would retain air carrier service for Northeast Mississippi, it would not enhance or grow our market to the levels it has attained in tho near past. Using Mesaba's MEM subsidy ($438,821 per flight), $1,316,463, would provide three flights to MEM and insure a more suitable air service foundation for future success and ultimate removal from EAS subsidy.

I most strongly request that you reconsider and revise Tupelo's proposal to include the aforementioned
subsidy and three-flight schedule to the MEM hub. Your time and attention to this critical element for our region's economic development are greatly appreciated.

By: Mayor Jack Reed

September 25, 2009

Re: Houghton County Memorial Airport Support for Mesaba Airlines

The citizens and elected officials of the Houghton area strongly urge the Department to ensure that Houghton has three daily flights via Mesaba/Delta proposal #1 or #2. The citizens and elected officials of the Houghton area are grateful for the interest of SkyWest Airiine in providing air service at Houghton. They are also appreciative of the Department's solicitation of their opinion in this matter.

By: Houghton County


Kuwait Airways Corporation

OST-2009-0228 - Exemption - Kuwait-New York

September 24, 2009

Supplement to Application

Kuwait Airways Corporation hereby submits this Supplement to its Application for Renewal of Foreign Air Carrier Permit and Exemption Authority authorizing Kuwait Airways to engage in scheduled air transportation of persons, property and mail between the State of Kuwait and the United States.

Pursuant to 14 C.F.R. § 211.11, this Supplement consists of Kuwait Airways Verification Statement.

Counsel: Eckert Seamans, Evelyn Sahr, 202-659-6622


Reciprocity Confirmations


September 29, 2009

Re: El Salvador Civil Aviation Authority Confirmation

The EI Salvador Civil Aviation Authority hereby confirms, that it will grant, on the basis of reciprocity to any air carrier designated by the United States of America, the right to conduct fifth and seventh freedom traffic rights on schedules or non-schedules basis. which are in conformity to the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of EI Salvador, signed on May 8th 1997.

By: Mauricio Eduardo Rivas Rodas


SkyTeam Antitrust

OST-2004-19214 - Approval of and Antitrust Immunity for Alliance Agreements

September 29, 2009

Re: Codeshare Notice

Pursuant to the blanket statements of authorization granted to Delta Air Lines, Inc. and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines by Order 2006-2-1, the Joint Applicants hereby notify the Department that, beginning no earlier than 30 days from today, the carriers plan to display Delta’s designator code on flights operated by KLM on the following routes:

Amsterdam- Cairo, Egypt
Cape Town, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Kiev, Ukraine
St. Petersburg, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Tel Aviv, Israel
Almaty, Kazahkstan
Khartoum, Sudan-Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

At a later date, Delta will request that the U.S. government notify the governments of Egypt, South Africa, Ukraine, Russia, and Israel of the transfer of Northwest’s third country codeshare designations (and, where applicable, associated frequencies) to Delta. Northwest’s third country codeshare designations and frequencies for these countries were transferred to Delta by Order 2009-1-8.

Counsel: Paul Mifsud for KLM / Sascha Van der Bellen for Delta


Small Community Air Service Development Program


Additional SCASD Proposals - September 25, 2009
Additional SCASD Proposals - September 28, 2009


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Evansville Regional Airport - Evansville, IN - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Federal Amount Requested: $500,000

The Airport proposes to offer the grant funding, in the form of start-up cost abatements, fee waivers, marketing support, and revenue guarantees to AirTran for two daily flights to Atlanta. The Airport proposes two daily flights in each direction between Evansville and Atlanta, operated by B717 mainline jet aircraft, seating 117 total passengers, with 12 business class seats and 105 economy class seats. The Airport proposes the flights be timed to meet the morning outbound bank at Atlanta, serving omni-directional destinations from the hub. The Airport also proposes a late evening return, connecting those same cities back into Evansville during AirTran’s last bank.

By: Robert Working

2004 SCASD Proposal with South Bend - Evansville Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Chicago Rockford Internatinal Airport - Rockford, IL - Bookmarked

An Integrated Program of New Service Development via:
Advertising/Marketing and Revenue Guarantees In Support of Low Cost Service to/from New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, and/or Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The grant request is for $500,000 – the final piece of funding required to develop the Airport’s revenue guarantee for service on these targeted routes. The Airport has already raised $150,000 in community and in-kind funding, along with a commitment of $450,000 from the Airport, itself. The DOT is the smallest investor in this program. While Airport and local funding will go to the marketing campaign, landing fee abatement, and airport rental abatement, the federal funding will be used to provide risk mitigation in the first 12-months of service.

By: Robert O'Brien

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal - Chicago Rockford International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport - Baton Rouge, LA - Bookmarked

The Airport is requesting a grant in the amount of $100,000, to be matched with a 20% local funding match. The total $120,000 will be used in a very focused program that targets specific leakage markets where BTR air service is on a qualitative par with New Orleans, the main recipient of BTR’s leakage.

The Airport has ascertained that over 1.4 million BTR-generated passengers are now using MSY. Much of the reason is the perception that service and fares are better at New Orleans International Airport. It is a reality that in some markets, that is an accurate perception, due to the major airline cutbacks at BTR.

The goal is to recapture traffic equaling 20% of the total leakage in the 18 target markets, or 90,000 annual passengers. The unique part of this is that the progress and results can easily be tracked by monitoring O&D traffic levels.

By: Anthony Marino

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal - Baton Rouge Metro Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Lafayette Airport Commission - Lafayette, LA - Bookmarked

The LAC is requesting a grant of $260,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development Program.

The recent merger of Delta and Northwest Airlines could result in the loss of flight service to Memphis and eliminate one half of the flights to the east coast. The LAC would initiate discussions and develop an incentive program that would help retain Northwest Airlink service to Memphis or add additional flights to Atlanta through Delta to maintain six flights per day. Another initiative that would be implemented is an aggressive program to entice another airline to offer air service to an east coast destination through Lafayette Regional Airport. U.S. Airways would be solicited to offer air service to/from Charlotte.

By: Lafayette Airport Commission

2004 SCASD Proposal - Lafayette Regional Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Shreveport Airport Aurthority - Shreveport, LA - Bookmarked - 19MB

Attachments No. 1 - 24MB
Attachments No. 2 - 24MB

The Shreveport Airport Authority respectfully submits its application for a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program in the amount of $500,000 for start-up cost abatement and marketing support for new or upgraded air service at Shreveport. This grant funding would be matched by $100,000 in local and airport, funding, making for a total grant funding of $600,000.

The Shreveport Airport Authority’s goal with this Grant application is to attract badly needed new or upgraded westbound hub service. Grant funding and matching local dollars would be used to recruit new or upgraded westbound air service. The Airport and community have identified several carrier / route options for this new service:

  • Connect SHV directly to Los Angeles with non-stop, low-fare flights aboard Allegiant Air.
  • Recruit new hub air service to Denver on either United or Frontier Airlines. Denver is the largest hub airport in the western U.S. and nonstop service from Shreveport would open up enormous new connectivity for the community.
  • Recruit new hub air service to Phoenix on US Airways. Phoenix is a major US Airways hub and nonstop service from Shreveport would dramatically improve Shreveport air service options to the Southwest and west coast.

By: Roy Miller - Shreveport Regional Airport


August 27, 2009

Re: Proposal of Bangor International Airport - Bangor, ME - Bookmarked

The Airport is requesting a grant of $520,000. A full 25% local hard dollar match ($130,000) will be provided by the local community. This total of $650,000 will be used to fund a focused program to underwrite a risk-abatement program for carriers adding service to key markets from Bangor.

There are a range of market targets, and these are now being affected by recent changes in the airline structure on the East Coast. Therefore, the program developed by the Airport is by nature and necessity highly flexible in its application.

The risk-offset program is designed to establish year-round air service to one of the following metro airports:

  • Boston
  • New York/LaGuardia
  • Newark Liberty
  • Washington, DC
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
  • Charlotte
  • Atlanta

Admittedly, this is geographically a broad spectrum, but each of these meet and satisfy the singular goal of the grant – re-establishment of additional access for Bangor, which has seen over 50% of its airline capacity disappear in just 36 months.

By: Rebecca Hupp, 207-947-0381

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal - Bangor International Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport - Auburn-Lewiston, ME - Bookmarked

The Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport proposes that a relatively small portion of the cost of starting the new service be supported up-front with federal funds from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Of the total project cost of $550,000, only $50,000 will be used for marketing and advertising projects. Another $50,000 will be used to cover start-up costs for the airline entering the market. The federal share of this project will be $500,000, of which $450,000 will be used as a revenue guarantee.

The objective of the proposal is clear. The Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport seeks its first access to the national air transportation system in more than 20 years. The community has identified air service as its top economic development priority. But in order to achieve its goal, it will have to have a partnership with the DOT in the form of the Small Community Air Service Development Program.

By: Rick Cloutier - Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Knox County Island Airport Consortium - Knox County, ME - Bookmarked

Federal Funds Requested: $648,000

The business model for the Island Consortium and PIA has changed over the last four years with the purchase of additional aircraft. The model needs to be further enhanced with a transition to larger, twin-engine aircraft with IFR capabilities. A viable alternative to replace one or two of the smaller Cessna 206/207’s is the Britten-Normen Islander. It is a nine-passenger twin-engine piston airplane that has a reputation for rugged durability in “bush” conditions around the world at approximately 1/3 the cost of a turbine powered Cessna Caravan. Upgrading to the Islander would not only allow PIA to move more passengers more efficiently into RKD, it would also make it possible for scheduled or unscheduled Part 135 flights to PWM and MHT in all weather conditions. In addition, due to Part 135 regulations involving single engine aircraft flights over water, PIA is limited to flying cargo or passengers to periods when the cloud ceiling is above 2,500 ft, because they must always be within glide distance of land. Due to the weather in the coastal location of the operation, there are approximately 60 days a year when it is not legal to fly commercial flights to or from the islands. During the past season, which has had particularly poor weather conditions, over 90 days of flying have already been lost to bad weather. With a twin-engine airplane the ceiling and visibility minimums would be lowered, which would greatly increase the number of days per year that PIA could operate, increasing the number of passengers carried.

Along with the ability to carry nine passengers, the Islander has excellent short field capabilities and would allow PIA to operate out of the short field on North Haven during the summer, carrying four to five passengers at a time, vice two. The opportunity to carry several hundred more passengers a year is missed because of the field conditions on North Haven.

In the first year of the grant, PIA will acquire a Britten-Normen Islander (with the aid of federally provided funds) and train the crews needed to operate scheduled and unscheduled flights for cargo, passengers and medevac patients. The second year, PIA will provide flights to PWM, and/or MHT using IFR procedures, although it is possible that those flights could be completed in the first year.

By: Knox County Island Airport Consortium

OST-1997-2784 - EAS at Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor and Rockland, ME - Knox County Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Delta County Airport - Escanaba, MI - Bookmarked

Grant Proposal Amount: $163,000.00

Major Objectives:

  1. Develop and expand a campaign that will market the newly selected EAS air carrier for Delta County Airport with its quality air service and customer convenience for the next 2-years.
  2. Stop passenger declination through an aggressive marketing campaign to publicize and market Delta County’s air service at a better dollar value by flying locally rather than driving to Marquette or Green Bay, WI.
  3. Increase the passenger market to be able to work with the carrier for improved service to other requested destinations.

The past few years have been a confused road for our customers to travel. We believe that this marketing grant is critical to increasing our enplanement numbers and educating our multi-communities about this newest change, which will allow Delta County passengers more choices, opening up travel “anywhere in the world.”

By: Thomas Elegeert

2003 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-2003-15128 - EAS at Escanaba - Delta County Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Lansing Capital Region International Airport - Lansing, MI - Bookmarked

In order to mitigate the risk to United of operating Lansing-Washington service, Capital Region International Airport requests a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $750,000. The funding will be supplemented by a local Airport cash match of $100,000 – or 13% of the funds requested under the Small Community Air Service Development program. The SCASD funding will be used for a minimum revenue guarantee while the community funding will be used for advertising and marketing the new service. In addition to the Airport’s matching funds of $100,000 in cash, the airport is willing to waive all fees and rent associated with the Washington Dulles service that United Express would otherwise pay to the airport without an incentive for the new service.

By: Robert Selig

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal - Lansing Capital Region International Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Sawyer International Airport - Gwinn, MI - Bookmarked

Federal Funds Requested: $150,000

This request for federal grant funds is a two-pronged project, described as follows: 1). To provide funding for the marketing and advertising of our current air service partners to enhance passenger ridership at Sawyer International Airport; and, 2). To provide funding for an air service update / study to examine current service points, with a primary focus centered to assess and/or quantify the potential passenger demand for recruiting an airline for dedicated scheduled passenger service between Marquette and Lansing, Michigan.

By: Keith Kaspari

2008 SCASD Proposal - Sawyer International Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City, MI - Bookmarked

The Cherry Capital Airport is requesting a grant in the amount of $400,000 to attract and support new service that will address and reverse reductions in capacity and air service access suffered by Traverse City since 2005. The grant will be matched with $75,000 from the local community.

The intent of the grant is to provide a revenue guarantee to support full-year service between TVC and Denver. This will help reverse a major and continuing decline in air service capacity at Cherry Capital Airport.

This grant is even more critical due to already-filed additional cuts in airline capacity for year 2010. The service which this grant will make possible will help offset these cuts, and provide improved air service access to the Grand Traverse Region, which is important to Michigan’s economy.

By: Stephen Cassens

2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal - Cherry Capital Airport


August 25, 2009

Re: Proposal of Bemidji Regional Airport - Bemidji, MN - Bookmarked

Federal Funds Requested: $907,757

With funds made available through the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program, BJI hopes to reduce carriers’ costs, lowering the barriers to entry and/or expansion by sharing in the financial risk of entering a new market and/or enhancing existing service for growth by lowering costs. We will also use some of the funds to more aggressively market BJI and hopefully reduce current “leakage” rate.


  • To land new nonstop service to Las Vegas or Phoenix. The use of grant funds to primarily develop a Ground Services operation, lowering operating/startup cost (to airlines) for new air service.
  • To lower “leakage” rate to under 20% on new route, and to lower BJI’s total leakage rate to under 45% by June 2010 and under 40% by 2011.

By: John Chattin, City Manager - Bemidgji Regional Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Duluth International Airport - Duluth, MN - Bookmarked

The Duluth International Airport must bring an additional competing network carrier to the market that can provide competition in the majority of large city pairs. The Airport has identified United as the best possible option, with service through the Chicago O’Hare hub. United coded service over O’Hare would connect to 118 one-stop destinations, providing one-stop competition in all of Duluth’s top 20 passenger and revenue markets.

The Airport is continuing to discuss options for United Airlines coded service between Duluth and Chicago O’Hare directly with United Airlines and its regional carriers. In addition to traditional new entrant financial models which include revenue guarantees, fee waivers, marketing assistance, etc., discussions also include financial models which require establishing a business/community/airline partnership. In the partnership models, revenue guarantees are actually a revenue “safety nets” when service is initially launched with any funds paid out to reach minimum revenue thresholds are repaid in the future when revenue exceeds target levels.

It is essential, in the recruitment of Class A local investors, for the Airport to have a Class B investor to reduce some of the risk of launching service under this model. The best possible option for a large Class B investment, in this case covering $600,000 of the project cost, is a Small Community Air Service Development Grant. Once a Grant is in place, the Airport will begin working in the Duluth community to secure the remainder of the Class A investment needed for service to operate.

By: Brian Ryks

2003 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal - Duluth International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Arnold Palmer Regional Airport - Latrobe, PA - Bookmarked

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport proposes a grant in the amount of $ 400,000, to be matched with $100,000 in hard local funding, to incubate and support the initial start of United Express Service to Washington/Dulles International Airport. In addition, the Airport is offering the carrier $20,000 in in-kind funding for local marketing of the new service in Western Pennsylvania.

By: Gabe Monzo, 724-539-8100

2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal for Pennsylvania Consortium - Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Lehigh Valley International Airport - Allentown, PA - Bookmarked

The Lehigh Valley Airport International Airport has already raised more than half of the funds needed to being AirTran to the market. Of the total project cost of $1.05 million, the Airport already controls $505,000. The grant request is for $500,000 – the final piece of funding required to negotiate a service agreement. While Airport and local funding will go to the marketing campaign, landing fee abatement, and airport rental abatement, the federal funding will be used to provide risk mitigation in the first 12-months of service. There is no need to mitigate startup costs, as AirTran is already serving the Allentown market.

The Lehigh Valley International Airport proposes two fights a day in each direction, timed to hit AirTran’s major flight banks at the Atlanta hub, increasing connectivity to destinations in Florida, the Midwest, and on the west coast.

By: George Doughty

2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal - Lehigh Valley International Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport - Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA - Bookmarked

Federal Funds Requested: $600,000

Specifically, the five program goals are as follows:

  1. Restore daily service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  2. Restore daily service to Washington-Dulles International Airport with Colgan Air dba United Express.
  3. Secure seasonal service to Myrtle Beach International Airport, with a minimum of two flights per week during peak travel months.
  4. Professional services for support of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in its efforts to re-secure air service that has been lost over the past several years.
  5. Entice existing air carriers at AVP to expand their service with additional flights/markets.

By: Barry Centini, 570-602-2000

2004 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

South Carolina

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport - Greenville, SC - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

GSP is seeking a grant in the amount of $1.5 million to attract and successfully establish service from a low fare carrier.

The objectives of this application are as follow:

  • Provide the funds needed to supplement a risk-abatement program to attract the Target Carrier(s) to begin service at Greenville-Spartanburg.
  • The grant will be part of a carefully crafted mechanism to offset the carrier’s risk, based on predetermined and agreed-upon revenue goals. This will not be a “subsidy” nor any variety of “travel bank.” The fund will be drawn upon only in the event that, at the end of pre-determined timeframes, the agreed-upon revenue goals are not met. The community understands that this type of arrangement has been very successful in the past for other communities establishing air service to address capacity and fare-related deficiencies.

By: David Edwards

2007 SCASD Proposal - Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Myrtle Beach International Airport - Myrtle Beach, SC - Bookmarked

The Myrtle Beach International Airport and MYR Air Service Partnership believe that retaining existing air service and recruiting new and expanded service is essential to the economic viability of the Myrtle Beach tourism industry. To achieve this, the Airport and its partners are requesting a Small Community Air Service grant of $300,000. This amount will be matched with $200,000 in community dollars for a total project fund of $500,000 aimed at expanding the reach of marketing activities that support air service at Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Funds will be utilized to implement a two-phased marketing program aimed at retaining current levels of air service and building future levels so that the community can remain competitive with other resort communities along the Eastern Seaboard.

By: Pat Apone, 843-839-7340

2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal - Myrtle Beach International Airport

South Dakota

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Rapid City Regional Airport - Rapid City, SD - Bookmarked

The Rapid City Regional Airport and the Black Hills Air Service Partnership are requesting a grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program 2009. The total amount of the proposed project is $1,250,000 of which $750,000 is being requested from the Department of Transportation.

Our goal for this grant is to attract new, self-sustainable flights to our underserved markets in the southeast and west coast. Specifically, RAP will target Hartsfield/Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport for direct service by 2011.

RAP is requesting a grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program 2009 to implement a strategy to address these underserved markets and high air fares.

By: Cameron Humphres

2002 SCASD Proposal - Rapid City Regional Airport

West Virginia

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of North Central West Virginia Airport - Bridgeport, WV - Bookmarked

Federal Funds Requested: $150,000

The North Central West Virginia Airport will develop strategic and targeted marketing initiatives to increase awareness among residents of the fourteen counties that this regional airport serves. The efforts to reduce leakage to outside markets and increase passenger traffic will serve to reduce passenger subsidy and drive increased bidding competition during the next cycle. Increased enplanements will additionally serve to preserve the airport’s “Primary Airport” status and receipt of $1,000,000 annually in Airport Improvement Program funds.

These initiatives will target:

  • Government GSA City-Pair fares that will become available in our market on October 1, 2009.
  • Seven College and Universities within our catchment area with a total of over 12,000 students. Funds would help to develop a campus representative program.
  • Conversion of US Airways frequent flyer program to United Airlines frequent flyer program to promote and insure customer loyalty.
  • Improved visibility of the airport and services available at the airport to eliminate confusion over the airport’s name, location and identity in primary computer reservations systems.
  • Regional media efforts to educate potential business and leisure travelers about the value of traveling locally and the airport’s economic impact on the area.

By: Jim Griffith, 304-842-3400

2002 SCASD Proposal for Harrison-Marion County Regional Airport
2004 SCASD Proposal - North Central West Virginia Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Austin Straubel International Airport - Green Bay, WI - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Austin Straubel International Airport, the legal sponsor, is requesting $675,000 in federal assistance to implement a $990,385 air service initiative.

The project goals are:

  1. Initiate western hub service to serve the Green Bay area
  2. Provide additional competition in the marketplace to reduce airfares to key western destinations
  3. Reduce the need to drive to alternate airports to access adequate westbound air service

Extensive market analysis has been completed for United Express service to Denver (refer to Appendix B). The pro forma route analysis indicates a market deserving of the opportunity to be tried and proven sustainable. Additionally, carriers have shown interest in serving the Denver market as Denver service is now in place in nearby Appleton where the market size is smaller.

By: Tom Miller, 920-498-4800 - Austin Straubel International Airport

OST-2009-0149 - Support Letters


August 27, 2009

Re: Congressman Donald Manzullo (IL-16) in Support of Rockford International Airport

By: Donald Manzullo


Star Alliance

Air Canada, The Austrian Group, British Midland Airways Ltd, Continental Airlines, Inc., Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Polskie Linie Lotniecze LOT S.A., Scandinavian Airlines System, Swiss International Air Lines Ltd., TAP Air Portugal and United Air Lines, Inc.

OST-2008-0234 - Approve and Confer Antitrust Immunity on Certain Alliance Agreements

September 29, 2009

Re: Destruction Affidavit of American Airlines
Carl Nelson


Virgin Blue International Airlines Pty Ltd d/b/a V Australia

Order 2009-9-18
OST-2007-28705 - Exemption and Foreign Air Carrier Permit - Australia-US

Issued July 23, 2009 | Served September 29, 2009

Final Order

By Order 2009-7-4, issued July 6, 2009, we directed all interested persons to show cause why we should not make final our tentative findings and conclusions stated therein and award a foreign air carrier permit in the form attached to the Order and subject to the conditions attached thereto. We gave interested persons 21 days to file objections to the Order. We said that if no objections were filed, all further procedural steps would be deemed waived, and the Department would enter an order (subject to Presidential review under 49 U.S.C. §41307) which would make final the findings and conclusions of the Order.

No objections were received within the time period provided.

By: Paul Gretch


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