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OST-2005-20127 - Small Community Air Service Development Proposal - Soliciting Community Applications


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Small Community Air Service Development Program

Order 2005-1-12
OST-2005-20127 - Small Community Air Service Development Program

Issued and Served January 19, 2005

Order Soliciting Community Grant Proposals | Word

Notice of Order Soliciting Community Proposals - Final Publication - January 26, 2005

By this order, the Department invites proposals from communities and/or consortia of communities interested in obtaining a federal grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to address air service and airfare problems in their communities. Proposals should be submitted in the above-referenced docket no later than April 22, 2005.

The statute does not require communities to contribute toward a grant project, although those that do contribute from local sources other than airport revenues are accorded priority consideration. One core objective of the Small Community Program is to promote community involvement in addressing air service/air fare issues through public/private partnerships. As a financial stakeholder in the process, the community gains greater control over the type, quality, and success of the air service initiatives that will best meet its needs, and demonstrates a greater commitment towards achieving the stated goals. The Department has historically received many more applications than can be accommodated and nearly all of those applications have proposed a community financial contribution to the project. Thus, proposals that do not propose a community financial contribution will be at a competitive disadvantage. While some communities may have greater financial resources than others, there should be a direct relationship between the amount of federal support that a community seeks and the amount that it is prepared to contribute toward the proposed initiative. As a general rule, the greater the federal grant amount requested, the greater the community’s contribution should be.

By: Karan Bhatia



January 19, 2005

Notice of Order Soliciting Community Proposals

The Department of Transportation is soliciting proposals from communities or consortia of communities interested in receiving a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The full text of the Department’s order is attached to this document.

By: Karan Bhatia



February 22, 2005

Economic Development Authority of James City County in Support of Newport News/Williamsburg Grant Application

The application seeks $800,000 to improve air service choices available to the 600,000 residents of the Virginia Peninsula region to attract nonstop low‑fare airline service to multiple new destinations.

By: EDA


February 22, 2005

James City County Board of Supervisors in Support of Newport News/Williamsburg Grant Application

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport has a superior record of success in partnering with airlines to implement new air service. Recent examples include a community initiative to secure New York service in 2002. Similar success was achieved in the mid 1990's when the region used incentives to secure the airport's first Atlanta service. Today, two airlines provide Virginia citizens with eleven daily jet flights to Atlanta. I am confident that if awarded funding under the Small Community Air Service Program in 2005, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and the Virginia Peninsula will repeat the success achieved with both their New York and Atlanta programs, again‑improving the airline choices available to the regions air travelers.

By: James City Council


February 8, 2005

York County Letter in Support of Newport News/Williamsburg Grant Application

We are confident that if awarded funding under the Small Community Air Service Program in 2005, Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and the Virginia Peninsula will repeat the success achieved with both the New York and Atlanta programs, again improving the airline choices available to the region's air travelers.

By: York County, James McReynolds



March 25, 2005

Proposal of Macon, GA

The City of Macon is investing $4.5 million in terminal modernization; we are working to establish a ticket bank fund to attract a second air carrier and bring fares back in line. Our present users value the convenience and proximity of our airport, especially since 9/11, but many others have had bad experiences with cancelled and delayed flights. Talks with US Airways, which serves the majority of our top destinations, have been encouraging, but our high leakage is an obstacle. With the help of a $507,691 Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program grant, the City of Macon and our public and private partners will conduct an intensive eight‑month marketing campaign to turn around the image of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, bring our customers back, and reduce airfares to ensure sustainability of the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program project.

By: Jack Ellis, Mayor

http://www.cityofmacon.net/CityDept/aviation.htm



March 25, 2005

Re: Letter from Hertz in Support of Columbia Pacific Airline's Grant

We write to support Columbia Pacific Airline's application for a grant to enable them to restore air service to our area. Our communities on the North Oregon and South Washington coast have a population of about 50,000, who are quite isolated. We are not on the way to anywhere. We are not near the Interstate system or on a passenger railroad. Bus service is limited to one daily arrival.

By: Robert Lovell



March 25, 2005

Re: Northwest Airlines Letter of Support for Marshall, MN

Northwest Airlines' commitment to provide air service hinges on full funding and implementation of the applicant's complete Action Plan by all parties, including execution of a mutually agreed Air Service Development Agreement. It is our understanding that grant offers will be made on or before September 30, 2005. If the federal government does not make a grant offer to the City of Marshall (MN) on or before that date, Northwest Airlines, at its discretion, is under no obligation to provide the air service described in the referenced grant application. Further, given the volatile nature of the airline industry, Northwest Airlines reserves the right to amend or withdraw its support for the proposed service as dictated by circumstances.

By: Northwest, Matthew Friebe, Director, North America Schedule Planning



April 4, 2005

Re: Heartland Aviation Letter in Support for Gogebic-Iron County Airport

We would like to submit this letter of support for the grant application for Gogebic-Iron County Airport. Currently, Heartland Aviation uses this airport for our business. We fly into Gogebic-Iron five days a week with our Cessna 310 to pick up freight. It is invaluable to our business to have this airport open and available for any and all of our aviation needs. Not only do we view this airport an important part for our business, but for the community as well. It is important that the Gogebic-Iron County Airport be funded properly in order to keep up with continuing growth and future expansion.

By: Heartland Aviation, Stacy Husby

http://www.heartland-aviation.com/
http://www.ironcountywi.com/trans.htm



April 14, 2005

Application of The City of Palm Springs, California

The goal of this program is to stimulate additional demand at the Palm Springs International Airport and make all service more attractive to all travelers, both business and leisure, locals and visitors. The funds being requested will allow for the continued success of the air service program. In addition to a revenue guarantee for seasonal New York City service, marketing support for year-round Oakland, San Jose, and Seattle service is also requested. Finally, the Airport's ability to expand its boundaries/coverage through local advertising is limited. With the requested advertising funds, the advertising program would be expanded to include communities to the west of our area, all rapidly growing in population and residential construction. Improving accessibility to the National air transportation system would encourage additional customer use, and serve as a catalyst for decreasing existing leakage. By stimulating new demand for the Palm Springs area, it is our intention that the airlines currently serving Palm Springs International Airport would increase capacity, add destinations, and use larger equipment when and where possible.

By: Palm Springs International Airport, Richard Walsh, Director of Aviation

http://www.palmspringsairport.com/



April 11, 2005

Proposal of Bradford Regional Airport Authority (PA)

The Bradford Regional Airport armed with a new carrier Colgan Air dba US Airways Express which in a short time has significantly improved air service by providing a larger aircraft (Saab 341)) offering more competitive airfares better schedule and has even added an additional 4th flight Colgan Air has begun an aggressive marketing campaign to introduce the new air service and rejuvenate the entire region to "Fly Bradford" The Bradford Regional Airport is seeking a Grant to continue the marketing efforts increase enplanements and return to the pre 9/11 enplanement levels.

By: Bradford Regional Airport, Thomas Frungillo



April 19, 2005

Proposal of Montrose Regional Airport (CO)

The Montrose and Telluride communities are extremely dependent upon adequate and cost‑effective air travel. Both communities are fueled by tourism, and with the closest major city more than a five‑hour drive away, the Montrose Regional Airport is the primary gateway for destination jet traffic.

According to an article in the Telluride Daily Planet the ski resort heavily relies on the airline guarantees to bring skiers into the area. Telluride Ski and Golf Company's vicepresident of sales and marketing pointed "to the airline guarantee program as one of the key cogs that keep the ski area running. 'We're 20 percent up over last year in terms of inbound seats sold,' {Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Telluride Ski and Golf Ken] Stone said. 'Without that, we'd be on an island here.' All those visitors helped fill up the area's hotels, condos and other lodging establishments," according to the article by Reilly Capps entitled "Lots of snow brings in lots of tourists."

By: Montrose Regional Airport, Scott Brownlee

http://www.co.montrose.co.us/airport/airport.html



April 20, 2005

Proposal of Eagle County (CO)

Eagle County is in a unique position in that it has proven it can, through effective marketing, grow its summer air service and elevate new flights to self‑sustainability within one to two summer seasons. Eagle County wishes to continue to grow its summer flight program through matching partnership and federal grant funds to attract new summer service to Houston, on Continental, and to Minneapolis, on Northwest. Eagle County is so confident it can raise the planned flights to self‑sustainability, that it is requesting very little revenue guarantee dollars, rather marketing dollars. The summer flight program brings in B‑757 service to EGE and in the last two years its success has been measured as a booster to the local economy through increased retail and restaurant sales and the creation of more local jobs. Eagle County has grown into a year‑round resort area. It began as a winter attraction, but the explosion of facilities for summer activities has bolstered the community to a new level, as a yearround, world‑class resort. The one hole that remains for this resort, destination community is adequate summer air‑service. It has been shown that guests that reached the community through the Eagle County Airport in all seasons spend on average the largest portions of money throughout the community during their visit. Eagle County has the ability, need, and desire to provide year‑round sustainability to its local population. Investment in summer recreational facilities has already taken place. The final step is to get the destination guests to Eagle County.

By: Eagle County, Jack Ingstad, eagleadmin@eaglecounty.us

http://www.eaglecounty.us/airport/


April 20, 2005

Proposal of MBS International Airport - Midland, Bay County, and Saginaw (MI)

Air service at MBS International is in a slow but steady decline. Two network carriers (Continental and US Airways) have left the market in the past three years, leaving only Northwest and United Airlines providing service to the airport. Both of these carriers face challenges that may impact MBS International. United sits in Chapter 11 and its Chicago O'Hare hub has had tight slot controls re‑imposed due to air traffic congestion issues. Most Northwest service at MBS is provided with DC9 equipment and recent fuel price spikes have caused Northwest to announce the retirement of 19% of this fleet type in the next six months.

MBS International Airport is requesting a grant of $500,000. The community will match this grant with $100,000 in local funds, resulting in a total of $600,000 available to pursue this goal. Grant funds and matching local funds will be used to recruit and support, via financial risk abatement, new air service at MBS International.

By: MBS International Airport, Jeff Nagel, 989-695-5555

http://www.mbsairport.org


April 18, 2005

Proposal of Cherry Capital Airport (MI)

The intent of the grant is to attract permanent, year‑round jet service to the Delta Air Lines hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). This service is vital to the continued economic growth of the entire northwestern section of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

The Grand Traverse region of Michigan has traditionally been a highly seasonal air service market. In the past ten years, however, it has evolved into a strong, year‑round economy. The Airport and the Community have determined that the service levels offered by the Delta hub at CVG will engender additional competition, lower fares, and provide much‑needed additional connectivity to points in the Southeast, Deep South, and Southwest.

By: Cherry Capital Airport, Stephen Cassens

http://www.tvcairport.com/


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority/Jackson-Evers International Airport (MS)

The challenge facing the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is clear. To reverse traffic leakage, preserve current air service, and generate traffic growth that results in expanded, competitive air service, a greater awareness in the community of the breadth of service and lowfares available at JAN must be achieved. To achieve this objective, the Authority is seeking a Small Community Air Service Development grant in the amount of $300,000 to be matched with $50,000 in cash from the community, for total funding amount of $350,000. These funds will be utilized to implement an aggressive and unique marketing program that communicates with the population of the primary service area the quality and quantity of scheduled airline service available at Jackson-Evers International Airport.

By: Jackson-Evers International, Dirk Vanderleest

http://flyjackson.com


April 1, 2005

Proposal of Aberdeen Regional Airport (SD)

Aberdeen Regional Airport seeks to increase enplanements at the local airport through the addition of regional jet equipment in exchange of turboprop equipment to/from Minneapolis. Exchanges would be pursued one at a time with the goal of eventually replacing a majority of the schedule with regional jets as demand warranted. In addition, the community seeks to lower business‑class airfares between Aberdeen and Minneapolis to encourage the use of air travel rather than individual transportation. The Airport proposes to accomplish these goals with an integrated program of advertising/marketing, block purchase agreements and revenue guarantees.

By: City of Aberdeen, Mike Leven

http://www.aberdeen.sd.us/airport/airport.html


April 19, 2005

Proposal of Roanoke Regional Airport Commission (VA)

Seeking a grant in the amount of $750,000 to be used as a portion of a revenue guarantee necessary to acquire non-stop service to Newark and Orlando. This service would help to alleviate a major deficiency in air service, represented by a lack of capacity and adequate access to support the population of the region, as well as a lack of pricing discipline in the Roanoke market, all of which encourage more than 30% of Roanoke's passengers to fly from other airports.

By: Roanoke Regional Airport, Jacqueline Schuck / City of Roanoke Darlene Burcham

http://www.roanokeregionalairport.com/



April 22, 2005

Proposal of Modesto City-County Airport - Modesto (CA)

With a population of over 1.2 million in the Modesto and surrounding areas served by the Modesto City‑County Airport, four flights per day to San Francisco International Airport on 30‑seat turboprop aircraft falls far short of providing the air service needed by the community. The proposed Horizon Air nonstop service to Los Angeles in 74‑seat aircraft is a major first step in alleviating the service and airfare issues in the market. To actively pursue air service improvements at Modesto City‑County Airport, the Airport, City of Modesto, Stanislaus County, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the Stanislaus County Economic Development and Workforce Alliance have formed a public‑private partnership.

By: Michael Musca, Airport Manager

http://www.modairport.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of San Joaquin Council of Government's (CA)

The San Joaquin Council of Government, the SAN JOAQUIN California Airports Coalition, and private organizations in smaller communities in California have formed a public‑private partnership for the purpose of accomplishing the project goal of implementing the California Regional Air Service Plan to: 1. Improve air service to a broad cross section of California's traveling community 2. Mitigate the need to drive long distances to access air service 3. Improve and or create intrastate air links between smaller California communities and larger cities within California 4. Provide improved access to the national air transportation system for these California communities.

By: San Joaquin Council of Governments, Steve Dial, 209-468-3913, sdial@sjcog.org

http://www.sjcog.org/


April 20, 2005

Proposal of The Eastern Iowa Airport - Cedar Rapids (IA)

Undertake a comprehensive commercial air service study of data to determine which CID markets are the most underserved and to identify gaps and opportunities for enhanced or new service. The study will analyze airfares at CID to identify airfares ‑ that are out of line with competing airports to identify the magnitude of the problem and the destinations involved. After the data collection is completed, a final report and analysis will be completed to provide an air service action plan for the ‑ Commission. State Grant funds, Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce funds, and Commission funds will support the cost of the air service study to be completed by the Commission's air service consultant.

Obtain air service via a LCC to a new hub to one of CID's largest unserved destinations as determined in the air service study. Grant funds would be used to ‑ defray operational costs associated with service startup. Commission funds will provide marketing support of the new service. In‑kind services from the Commission in landing fees and rental reductions will be provided to the new LCC, ‑ as well as in‑kind services from the private sector in marketing support and the community travel fund.

By: Lawrence Mullencore, Airport Director

http://www.crairport.org/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Idaho Falls Regional Airport - Idaho Falls (ID)

As the largest airport serving the largest community in eastern Idaho, as well as a low‑cost, low‑hassle alternative for accessing Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the investment in competitive service will improve air service access for an entire region, as well as visitors from throughout the world.

While served by two airlines, Horizon serves Boise and Skywest/Delta serves Salt Lake City. These two markets allows for limited access to other parts of the country, leaving the majority of city pairs with no competitive service. The airport is proposing to use this grant money to encourage competitive service to a Midwestern and/or southeastern hub. With additional airline service, the airport believes that passenger enplanements will increase dramatically, as seats are added, competition ensures and fares are lowered.

By: Michael Humberd, Director of Aviation

http://www.ci.idaho-falls.id.us/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport - Springfield (IL)

The Springfield Airport Authority has identified an innovative solution to retain and expand the rank of airlines offered at the airport. By taking over the day to day responsibility of running the airlines' operations at Springfield, the Airport Authority will be able to lower station costs for its incumbent airlines, better attract additional airlines and stabilize and regulate the customer service experience passengers have when using the airport. The Airport Authority has strongly believed in this innovative approach to developing air service for a number of years. Consequently, this is the second time in three years we have applied for a grant for these purposes.

This application is the first step of our airline recruitment process. As we are able to lower the costs and provide exceptional customer service, the Springfield Airport Authority and the Springfield ‑ Sangamon County Economic Development Corporation are prepared to move on to step 2, providing sizable incentives (low 7 figures) for new entrant carriers in the form of startup assistance, advertising/marketing and revenue guarantees. We are prepared to offer these incentives from local funds only and two prospective airlines that we have discussed new service with expressed enthusiastic support for this concept and application. Both airlines have indicated that they will provide letters of support. The Regional Airline Association, which represents the carriers that normally serve small airports, has also reviewed and endorsed our proposal.

By: Eric Frankl, Executive Director Springfield Airport Authority

http://www.flyspi.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Decatur Airport and Quincy Municipal Airport - Decatur Park/Quincy (IL)

Our consortium proposal is targeting air service into Chicago Midway airport. This airport has room for growth and all of Central Illinois is currently without service to the low-fare air carriers out of Midway. The Decatur/Quincy consortium proposal eliminates this gap and sets the example - for future design of air service in downstate Illinois. The proposed flights from Decatur and Quincy to Midway should serve to enhance air service to our respective communities, should do likewise for all of Central Illinois, and then go on to enhance air service for parts of Missouri and even Iowa

By: Gene Marcinkowski, Airport Director

http://www.decatur-airport.org/
http://www.portofquincy.org/airport.html


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Quad City International Airport (IL)

Air service is the key to economic development and the Quad City International Airport has been very successful in the past with increasing passenger loads and additional hub access. However, this region is lacking connections to the west, and Frontier Airlines has been targeted to provide the service level needed to make the routes profitable.

By: Bruce Carter, Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County

http://www.qcairport.com


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority (IN)

The Gary/Chicago International Airport proposes to use grant funds to recruit and support network Air Carrier service, specifically Delta regional jet service to Cincinnati. Gary/Chicago is a logical Reliever airport for the Chicago metro area and its development will aid reduction of congestion at Chicago Midway and O'Hare. The airport is also perfectly located to provide effective air service for The immediate Gary and Northwest Indiana area The airport has a state‑of‑the‑art terminal building and New air service would have an inter‑modal link to a nearby South Shore Commuter Rail station.

By: Paul Karas, Airport Director

http://www.garychicagoairport.com


April 5, 2005

Proposal of City of Somerset (KY)

Although our study work examined three primary scenarios for Somerset airline service: Nashville, Cincinnati, and Louisville service, only one is considered in this proposal - service to Cincinnati via RegionsAir. Potential gateway hubs should have non-stop service to final destinations. In this regard, the desire of Somerset passengers is for one-stop service to final destinations. This profile, for example, rules out Lexington, KY as a gateway hub since most Somerset passengers would have two stops/connections prior to their final destination.

RegionsAir has a codeshare agreement with American Airlines in the St. Louis market. For Cincinnati, RegionsAir would use an interline agreement with Delta to provide seamless baggage handling and joint‑fare tickets. Cincinnati enjoys the advantage of being a major Delta hub, with service to over 120 markets.

By: J.P. Wiles, Mayor of Somerset, KY

http://www.cityofsomerset.com


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Barkley Regional Airport - Paducah (KY)

The purpose of this grant application is to request risk abatement funds to support either Delta Connection service to Cincinnati or Northwest Airlink service to Detroit. Service to a large connecting hub such as Cincinnati or Detroit is urgently needed to compensate for a substantial decline in hub connections available via St. Louis, one of Paducah's two existing gateways. In November of 2003 American Airlines largely dismantled its connecting hub operation at St. Louis. As a result, Paducah lost hundreds of daily city pair connections.

By: Richard Roof, Airport Manager

http://www.barkleyregional.com


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Alexandria International Airport (LA)

Alexandria International Airport seeks to increase enplanements at the local airport through the addition of regional jet equipment in exchange of turboprop equipment to/from Memphis. Exchanges would be pursued one at a time with the goal of replacing the entire Memphis schedule with regional jets. As they are the most heavily used by the area's business community, the first flight replaced would be the early AM departure and the late PM arrival. The Airport proposes to accomplish these goals with a revenue guarantee program. In order to promote the new service and to re‑brand Alexandria International Airport as "All‑Jet" a twelve month advertising campaign will commence throughout the region.

By: England Alexandria Airpark, Jon Grafton, 318-449-3506, mail@englandairpark.org

http://www.englandairpark.org


April 21, 2005

Proposal of City of Marshall (MN)

This application is unique. Marshall, a small, rural community without air service, has been working for two years to secure air service to this underserved region of southwestern Minnesota. It has been a community wide effort. The business community and Schwan Food Company, a billion dollar international corporation headquartered in Marshall, have partnered with city officials to secure the commitment of Northwest Airlines. Together, we have put together a creative multi-part incentive package that guaranties the success of this important air service initiative. Funding this grant application is the last piece of the incentive package.

By: City of Marshall, Glenn Olson

http://www.marshall-mn.org


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (MS)

The Gulfport‑Biloxi International Airport is requesting $750,000 to successfully recruit and build air service to CVG The new service will enable business and leisure markets to grow the economic base on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

By: Bruce Frallic, Executive Director Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

http://www.gulfcoast.org/gpt


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Great Falls International Airport Authority (MT)

While the Great Falls International Airport currently has relatively strong air service for a community if its size, the airport does not capture a reasonable share of inbound visitors. Many visitors to the region use other Montana airports as their gateway or an airport in another state, such Boise or Spokane. This results in a more challenging environment when the Great Falls International Airport seeks to have incumbent carriers expand frequencies and/or capacity, or attract new market entrants.

The goal of this program is to support existing service at GTF through increased enpianements which, in turn, will encourage incumbent carriers to increase service and/or new‑entrants to consider adding Great Falls to their route map. Better air service will aid the region in preserving its economic base, recruiting new business and industry, and improving local tourism.

By: Great Falls International Airport Authority, Cynthia Schults, 406-727-3404

http://www.gtfairport.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Pitt-Greenville Airport Authority - Greenville, NC

The goals of this project are to improve air service to a broad section of the community, reduce the need to drive to Raleigh Durham International Airport to access acceptable air service, and provide better overall access to the national air transportation system. To involve our community in this important initiative, the Pitt‑Greenville Airport Authority, the City of Greenville, the Pitt County Development Commission, and the Pitt County Committee of 100 have formed a public‑private partnership.

By: James Turcotte, Airport Manager


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Hector International Airport - Fargo ND

The Fargo area lacks low‑fare air service. The Fargo Proposal seeks funds under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to add non‑stop flights on America West Express (operated by Mesa Airlines) to its Phoenix hub, Fargo requests federal matching money to be used to offset start‑up costs, promote the service via an advertising and marketing campaign and provide for a revenue guarantee. The Municipal Airport Authority believes, with the help of grant money at the beginning of service, the flights will become self‑sufficient within a year of commencement of operations.

By: Shawn Dobberstein, Executive Director Hector International Airport

http://www.fargoairport.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Western Nebraska Regional Airport (NE)

Western Nebraska Regional Airport is the third busiest airport in the state of Nebraska, second only to Omaha and Lincoln. We are a progressive forward thinking board that is doing everything possible to improve the airport from a safety standpoint and improve boarding's allowing us the benefit of AlP funding each year. We are in the midst of building a $4.2 million dollar airport terminal, which will be completed in October 2005, which will give us the most modern and up to date facilities in the state of Nebraska. We feel that a full blown marketing program will allow us to get the information we need on what we have to offer to the traveling public. In trial advertising promotions, we have found boarding's to have increased by up to 20%.

By: Donald Overman, Chairman of The Airport Authority Board of the County of Scotts Bluff

http://www.flyscottsbluff.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of South Jersey Transportation Authority (NJ)

Atlantic City International has, in effect, two air service deficiencies that this grant will be instrumental in resolving. The first is the need for additional air service access to keep the resort industry, on which thousands of jobs depend, competitive with other destinations. The second is air service to meet the growing population along the Jersey Coast, which has relatively poor air service alternatives, i.e., very long and expensive drives to Newark or Philadelphia.

As of 2004, another major challenge arose for ACY. Southwest Airlines initiated service into Philadelphia. This low‑fare service is a substantial cause of leakage from the core ACY service area. While the Airport understands that this situation cannot be fully reversed, the fact remains that the need for more consumer options at ACY is now even more critical. The proposed Delta service to ATL will be important to achieve this end.

We are pleased to advise the Department that the Authority has had discussions with Delta Air Lines regarding this application, and has received their support. The Authority has a clear, workable plan to implement and support the service, and it has a carrier interested in flying the route. The only component missing is the risk‑offset, which this grant will provide.

By: James Iannone, South Jersey Transportation Authority

http://www.sjta.com/


April 20, 2005

Re: Proposal of Toledo Express Airport (OH) - Part I

Part II to Proposal

The Air Service Coalition is again applying for federal funds available through the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program. If awarded, funds will support a revenue guarantee for Delta Connection's non‑stop service between Toledo Express Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. This opportunity is supported by detailed traffic and revenue projections, and a commitment by the airline targeted to serve the route. If secured, this service will better enable Toledo retain local passengers and stimulate traffic, resulting in additional investment and economic growth.

By: Paul Toth, Director of Airports

http://www.toledoexpress.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Lawton/Ft Sill Regional Airport (OK)

Lawton is home to both Fort Sill and Altus Air Force Base. As you would expect, activity at these two bases has increased dramatically the past couple of years. As military activity has grown, it has been reflected in overall economic activity throughout the region. Lawton/Ft. Sill Regional Airport is the closest airport to both Fort Sill and Altus Air Force Base, but with only one air carrier serving the market to a single destination, 70 percent of Lawton's air travel market is diverting to larger competing airports. In short, our service is over priced and we do not have the capacity needed to destinations in the eastern U.S. The situation is so acute that the military is transporting personnel from Lawton by bus to competing airports.

Delta Air Lines has partnered with us on this effort and is committed to implementing the program detailed in the attached application.

By: Lawton/Ft Sill Regional Airport, Barbara Whittington, 580-353-4869, manager@flylawton.com

http://www.flylawton.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Oregon Department of Aviation - Salem (OR)

The Northwest Regional Air Service Initiative is a consortium of the Oregon Airport Management Association, Washington Airport Management Association, Oregon Department of Aviation, and the Washington Department of Transportation ‑ Aeronautics Division. The Oregon Department of Aviation, the application sponsor, is requesting $180,570 in federal funding to create a unique self‑help air service development program in Oregon and Washington. The project goals include improving air service to a broad section of the traveling public in Oregon and Washington, provide better access to the national air transportation system, and engage and assist smaller communities in Oregon and Washington in finding solutions to regional air service issues.

By: Robert Hidley, Director Oregon Department of Aviation, 503-378-8689, robert.hidley@state.or.us

http://www.aviation.state.or.us/


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Florence Regional Airport (SC)

The Florence Regional Airport District respectfully submits the attached proposal that if approved, will allow us to mount an aggressive marketing campaign in order to reshape our image of an overpriced and underserved airport. With the addition of a marketing specialist and assistant, we will endeavor to reach out to the ten counties within a 50‑mile service area. Through the use of funds specifically directed at various market segments, we will initiate a "campaign blitz" for the twelve months of a thirty‑six month time line. The remaining twenty‑four months will be used to bombard specific markets such as golfing, leisure and business. Additionally, we are keenly interested in securing another carrier that would enhance flight availability and challenge our incumbent carriers to provide better services and more reasonable fares. If we are successful in securing an additional carrier, a heavily promoted and highly successful launch is critical; therefore, funding is essential to future growth, development and economic improvement.

By: E. Nettles, Jr., Chairman Pee Dee Regional airport Authority

http://www.florenceco.org/airports.htm


April 21, 2005

Proposal of San Angelo Regional Airport (TX)

This application proposes a 36‑month project to build a sustainable new air service to the American west. The project starts with a ninety‑day Route Feasibility Study to identify the airline I destination combination with the highest likelihood for success. The airline recruitment phase will be augmented by a two‑year incentive package offering revenue guarantees and operating cost offsets. The proposal also includes a marketing plan to kick‑off the new air service and ensures long‑term sustainability.

The project seeks to acquire as a minimum, 34‑seat turboprop service to El Paso and as a maximum, 50‑seat regional jet service to Tucson or Phoenix. The timeline calls for launching new air service by the 12th month of project. A marketing program will strengthen the long‑term sustainabiity of the new air service.

By: Craig Williams, San Angelo Regional Airport

http://www.mathisfield.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Cedar City Regional Airport (UT)

The Cedar City Regional Airport is struggling to stem the loss of passenger traffic. Many passengers generated in the airport's catchment area now use other airports, particularly Salt Lake City, Utah, St. George, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Surveys have shown that potential passengers perceive that the fares are high and that the other airports have better flight frequency and connections. Because of this perception, price sensitive and leisure customers will drive the long distance to use other air service.

By: Gerald Sherratt, Cedar City Mayor

http://www.cedarcity.org/city_government/airport.html



April 22, 2005

Proposal of Mobile Airport Authority (AL)

On June 9, 2005, American Eagle Airlines will launch new twice daily non-stop regional jet service between Mobile, Alabama and Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport and join US Airways under the program. Station Services was a determining factor in their decision to serve Mobile. The program provides American Eagle with a fully staffed, equipped and trained airport station operated by the Airport Authority for a substantially lower overall cost than if they operated their own station. The program eliminates almost all station start-up costs and more than 30% of operating expenses.

The Mobile Regional Airport is faced with similar challenges of other small airports; high fares, inadequate service and intense competition with surrouding airports. In an effort to differentiate Mobile, the Airport Authority has created the Station Services Program. This unique program eliminates a substantial portion of the start-up costs that airlines incur when adding new service. Station Services provides airlines with complete support to begin new service. Airport staffs, equips, owns and operates the local airline station, charging the airline for its use of facilities and personnel. The airline pays a per-turn (one arrival and departure) fee for personnel thus paying only as air service succeeds.

By: G Bay Haas, Executive Director

http://www.mobileairportauthority.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Stockton Metropolitan Airport - Stockton (CA)

The Airport will use the America West experience on which to build a new program that will be successful in the long term. Surveys done by the Airport during the period when America West operated to Phoenix revealed a number of consumer-driven concerns regarding the service. the objective of this grant will be to recruit service to the LA Basin, preferably to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), with at least three daily flights on regional jet or turboprop equipment. Service to LAX would provide Stockton travelers with access to the Los Angeles Basin as well as a host of connecting opportunities to both the domestic and global air transportation systems.

By: Barry Rondinella, Airport Director

http://www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us/airport/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Durango/La Plata County Airport (CO)

the region's main air service deficiency is lack of adequate capacity and frequency of flights to and from the Eastern US. Also recognizing this deficiency is Continental Airlines, which has expressed strong interest in implementing service to the carrier's hub at Houston Intercontinental Airport. To this end, the City has received a letter of strong support for this application from the carrier. A secondary and corollary benefit of this new service will be to relieve pressure on the current United Express service to Denver, where flights are at capacity.

The majority of the combined funding will be used as a revenue‑guarantee to reduce the financial risk for the carrier in entering a new market. The City and Airport envision this program to be one that assures only that the airline meets pre‑determined, reasonable revenue generation with the service. The funding is based solely on this mechanism, and if the revenue targets are met, no funding will be due.

By: Bobby Lieb, Executive Director

http://www.durangogov.org/services/airport.html


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Intrastate Consortium - Gunnison (CO)

The overall goal of this project is to develop and expand a consistent year round air service program that is competitive and affordable to the community and provides the nexus required to assist in expanding our tourism economy. The most important feature of this project is the expansion of service to hub cities with multiple airlines. The current situation allows for very little competition - especially in the non-winter months. This project includes identification of appropriate markets, negotiating with various airlines for service to their hubs, and development of an appropriate marketing program to insure success of the overall air program. A major component of this project is to increase the opportunity for competition in the market by providing incentives to major airlines which do not currently serve our market to begin service to GUC and to ensure that those airlines who currently serve our market continue to do so. This project will provide minimum revenue guarantees and funds to market the flights.

By: John DeVore

http://www.gunnison-co.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of City of Naples Airport Authority (FL)

The Naples Municipal Airport is currently service by one year-round commercial carrier. Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines started CRJ 200 service to Atlanta on November 14, 2004. This service was a direct result of the strategy - contained in our 2004 SCASDP application. Grant funding will assist the airport in accomplishing the revenue guarantee, if required. Since ASA's service launch, the carrier has enjoyed load factors exceeding 80 percent and very high yields. The airport also has seasonal (six months) service provided by Cape Air to Key West and Miami.

The Authority and the community as a whole learned a valuable lesson in April 2001, when American Eagle withdrew service from our community. The Miami market served by American Eagle, our major carrier, yielded a seventy percent load factor and two­ ‑ thirds of the airport's uplift capacity, and serviced 80,000 passengers annually. USAir Express ended its service to Tampa and Cape Air ended its service to Key West, both in June 2003. Cape Air returned in the fall of 2003 with limited seasonal service and has maintained its seasonal status in 2004/2005.

By: Theodore Soliday, Executive Director

http://www.flynaples.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Okaloosa Regional Airport - Eglin, FL

The significant military presence in our market area makes convenientand cost effective travel to and from the greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area essential. Included in ourtopfifteen origination and destination markets are Washington National (4th), Baltimore (13th), and Washington Dulles (14th). Okaloosa Regional Airport currently has no non-stop or single plane service to any of these destinations. We propose to use funds obtained from the Small Community Air Service Development Program to obtain service by Independence Air to Washington Dulles. This service would provide our airport and our market area with non-stop service to the Baltimore-Washington area, and it would reduce our current one way average fare for travel to and from these strategic markets.

By: Jerry Sealy, Airport Director, 850-651-7160

http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/airport.html


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (GA)

The goal of this program, which is consistent with the legislation, is to stimulate new demand at the SavannaWHilton Head International Airport (SAV) by appealing to leisure and business travelers through effective advertising and marketing in the major markets that traditionally support both Savannah and Hilton Head Island. By stimulating new demand for both Savannah and Hilton Head Island, it is our intention that the airlines that serve Savannah would increase capacity, add destinations and utilize larger equipment.

If awarded this grant, the Airport would be able to offer the airlines operating into the SavannahMilton Head Island a unique incentive, no station costs. The Airport would be able to deeply discount start up costs or waive the costs for an extended period. Although only a few U.S. airports have implemented a similar program, most major European airports offered these services to other airlines for years.

By: Patrick Graham, Executive Director

http://www.savannahairport.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Peoria Regional Airport - Peoria (IL)

Our goal with this grant application is to initiate westbound air service to Denver, Salt Lake City or Phoenix and initiate eastbound air service to Detroit, Cincinnati, New York or Washington DC. The monies from this grant application award and our community supported funds will be used for the solicitation, establishment and ongoing support of these proposed air services from Peoria and Central Illinois.

Historically, seats have fluctuated greatly in the Peoria market. Because of this constant fluctuation of seating capacity, passenger traffic, until recently, has suffered. In 2003, GPRA lost significant air service and passengers. Greater Peoria Regional Airport lost two non-stop destinations, Northwest service to Detroit and United service to Denver. In addition, American Connection reduced its St. Louis service from 9 daily flights to 3 daily flights. In 2003, the total passenger traffic was 13% less than 2002 levels. This reduction is consistent with Department of Transportation Inspector General 2002 findings that non-hub airports have experienced a greater loss of direct service than large or small hubs.

By: Solomon Balraj, Airport Director

http://www.flypia.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Bowling Green - Warren County Regional Airport (KY)

Does not have commercial passenger service. The proposed study would research the demand for passenger service within the south central Kentucky region. Our ultimate goal upon completion of this study is to develop a marketing strategy for attractins commercial passenqer service to the Bowling Green and Warren County area.

By: Robert Barnett, Airport Manager, 270-842-1101, rgbarnettj@aol.com

http://www.bgky.org/airport.htm


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Shreveport Airport Authority (LA)

The following proposal contains a request for assistance in the establishment of service to the Western United States. This proposal is based on recommendations and support the Shreveport Airport Authority has received fiom many community leaders and residents. Because Shreveport Regional Airport serves consumers throughout East Texas, Northwest Louisiana, and Southwest Arkansas, each expansion of airline service benefits a three-state region.

changes that have continued to plaque the airline industry since 2001 have significantly affected the region served by Shreveport Regional Airport . Reductions in service in 2004 by US Airways and again in 2005 by Delta Air Lines have created the need for additional flights and connections to cities in the Western United States.

By: Ted Roberts, Chairman

http://www.ci.shreveport.la.us/dept/airport/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Bangor International Airport (ME)

The attached proposal is designed to enable the Airport to attract new, sustainable air service through marketing incentives. By using funds pledged by our community partners to leverage and maximize federal dollars, in addition to dedicated Airport marketing funds, Bangor will be better positioned to attract competitively priced jet service. Funding available under the Small Community Air Service Development Program would be a significant enhancement to our existing program, thereby ensuring the continuation of BGR’s viability.

For small, non-hub regional airports, connectivity is the lifeblood of economic competitiveness. BGR serves a region dependent upon connectivity. At present the airport lacks connectivity to Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Lack of non-stop service to hubs and connectivity hinders the Bangor region’s economic growth.

By: Rebecca Hupp, Airport Director

http://www.flybangor.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Knox County Islands - Rockland (ME)

The existing air service was born of necessity and a true desire to provide a required service. This is, without exaggerating, the most unique air service in the lower 48, Continental United States. Since December 2004, Waters Aero-Marine Incorporated, dba Penobscot Island Air (PIA) has been flying cargo and passengers between eight (8) island airfields and various coastal Maine destinations. The previous service provider, without warning, ceased flight operations, leaving island residents without routine or emergency air access to the mainland. The fired pilots immediately began flying, without fee, critical cargo and medical emergency flights to support the islands. PIA was formed and FAA certificates were obtained. In January the United States Postal Service awarded PIA a six-month emergency contract to deliver mail to the islands. They have also secured two-year contracts with UPS, FedEx, and DHL to service the islands.

By: Jeff Northgraves

http://knoxcounty.midcoast.com/airport/


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Bishop International Airport - Flint (MI)

During the past several years, service at FNT has increased. FNT was, one of the fastest growing airports in the country. For the first time since 9111, service at FNT is on the decline. Since the end of 2004, FNT has lost service and will experience a significant decrease in available seats from various airlines servicing the airport. We are well behind the national average for growth. Unfortunately, our predictions for what would happen to our growth if we did not expand business routes have come to fruition. We lost extremely profitable service from ATA Connection to Chicago‑Midway and Indianapolis due to ATA's bankruptcy filing and the sale of Chicago Express. As you know, once service declines at an airport, business goes elsewhere discouraging those who might have considered new service. It also weakens all service at the airport.

This grant would turn this entire picture around, and bring FNT back as an economic catalyst for Michigan. If FNT is unable to add this service within the next six months, it may never happen as the interested carrier will have to focus its resources on other locations. For this reason, FNT's application is extremely important.

By: James Rice, Airport Director

http://www.bishopairport.org/


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Houghton County Memorial Airport - Calumet (MI)

This proposal is intended to return CMX to the standard of air service that was offered spring, 2001. CMX has been negatively affected by changes in the airline industry over the past four years resulting in service levels decaying. This grant will allow the community to address and reverse this situation. In order to approach the 2001 level of service, one additional daily flight, providing nonstop service to Detroit Metro (DTW) would be required.

Northwest Airlink, operated by Mesaba Airlines utilizing SAAB 340 aircraft, is the only scheduled air service currently offered at Houghton County Memorial Airport. Mesaba operates three daily nonstop departure and arrival flights to one of Northwest Airline's hubs in Minneapolis Minnesota (MSP). No direct flights continue from CMX beyond the MSP hub, however, a variety of online and interline connecting destinations are available from MSP through various carriers.

By: Dennis Hext, Airport Manager

http://www.houghtoncounty.org/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Capital Region Airport Authority - Lansing (MI)

This proposal targets improved air service access to and from Michigan’s capital city, Lansing, and the entire Mid-Michigan region through a newly-formed economic development regional partnership. Traffic and revenue analysis accomplished by CRAA indicates ATL hub service would be highly successful. Although the grant will help mitigate start up costs, proposals to prospective airlines must be sustainable in the long run. Forecast indicates that DL Connection could expect to generate a 71% load factor and 10% operating margin with 2x daily CRJ service.

By: Robert Selig, 517-886-3711, Executive Director

http://www.flylansing.com


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority (MN)

Northwest Anlines has challenged CHAA to promote our airport’s daily service as the local choice for travelers. The requested $485,000 grant, along with a local match of $181,000 cash, will be used over 2 - 3 years to develop and fund a marketing strategy, advertising expenditures, and a community outreach program. This need is critical: daily flights from CHA have dropped from seven to two in recent years, despite a stable population base. In addition, neighboring Grand Rapids (GPZ) lost its scheduled air service over a year ago, while at the same time Ely lost seasonal service. This forces even more people to leave our market. A successful marketing campaign will generate enough traffic to ensure a third flight, and possibly a fourth during the summer.

By: Dave Danielson, Executive Director

http://www.hibbingairport.com


April 19, 2005

Proposal of Cities of Farmington and Poplar Bluff (MO)

Currently the closest available access to a National Air Transportation service is located in St. Louis. Commuters in both cities must either drive their own vehicles to St. Louis or use the Greyhound bus system, or small local cab and shuttle companies. By the time a local commuter drives their own vehicle, pays for gas round trip, pays for long term or short term parking at the St. Louis airport, and taking traffic into consideration, it will be more economical to take an round trip air flight out of either Farmington or Poplar Bluff to reach the St. Louis airport. Only charter flights are available from each of the airports at the present time. There is not scheduled air service from either city. Scheduled air service will aid not only the residents of the two cities, but also travelers in St. Louis who have no choice but to either rent a vehicle or pay a shuttle service to reach either of the cities.

By: Margaret Yates, Grant Administrator

http://poplarbluff.org/depts/airport.html


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Village of Ruidoso (NM)

The overall goal of this project is to support the Amercan Eagle Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth service that will be initiated into Sierra Blanca Regional Airport beginning June 2006. One of the goals of this initial service is to establish a permanent air presence in the DFW market that is affordable to the community that Sierra Blanca Regional Airport serves as well as the DFW market which supports the economy via tourism. The most important feature of this project is the initial service startup from DFW, a major hub city for American Airlines and American Eagle.

By: Lorri McKnight, 505-258-4343, lorrimcknight@voruidoso.com

http://www.voruidoso.com/Airport.html


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (NY)

During the last year, the Tompkins County community has moved aggressively to improve its air service options. The community successfully negotiated an air service agreement with Northwest Airlines in January and the new service of two daily turboprop flights will commence on May 2,2005. This service will complement the existing 12 daily flights to Tompkins County operated by US Airways.

economic growth, Tompkins County must conduct an aggressive and well funded marketing program to build passenger counts to a self-fulfilling level while continuing to move proactively to further diversify air service. Even with the addition of the new Northwest Airlines turbo-prop flights, ITH does not have the critical mass of flights necessary to support convenient and competitive air service.

By: Robert Nicholas, Airport Director

http://www.flyithaca.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Venango Regional Airport - Franklin/Oil City (PA)

The Pittsburgh schedule began to stabilize somewhat in October 2004 and continues to do so as of this date. Franklin’s Air Service Provider, Mesa dba Air Midwest was able to produce a flight schedule adjustment in that fourth quarter of 2004 that better coincided with the new Pittsburgh connecting banks and the result was improved enplanements for the remainder of the year. The service provider further improved the scheduled flight times on April fifth, 2005 and this presents acceptable travel options for the Community. Survival of the weather and resultant operational challenges in the first quarter 2005 is now history and the Franklin Oil City area is positioned for air service growth.

By: Otho Bell, Airport Manager

http://www.co.venango.pa.us/Airport/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Williamsport Regional Airport (PA)

To secure funding assistance for additional airline service to northcentrat Pennsylvania, the region served by Williamsport Regional Airport. Our market has been served by a single carrier, US Airways Express, for 15 years. High air fares and poor connections to the western United States has lead to substantial passenger leakage from our market area to other airports and airlines, endangering the viability of IPT as a regional asset. We are seeking risk abatement funds for Northwest Airlink service to Detroit, which will serve increase competition, lower fares and provide lower dependence on the current single carrier. This will also help to reverse passenger leakage and secure the role of Williamsport Regional Airport as an economic engine for northcentral Pennsylvania.

By: Tom Hart, Airport Director

http://www.flyipt.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Myrtle Beach International Airport (SC)

The Myrtle Beach area has grown as a popular vacation destination over the course of the last sixty years. In the state of South Carolina it is the largest beach community, encompassing 60 miles on the shore, and a major factor in making tourism the state's number one business. The area's marketing spending has focused on a regional audience that visits by car, so that as a result, 95% of the visitors arrive by car. Because of the small number of leisure air passengers and the small number of business travelers, airlines do not see as much profit potential for the area as in markets which cater to the business person, who buys higher fares for midweek travel. Therefore, partnerships with airlines to build traffic around new markets or flights have only been sporadic and short‑lived.

With more than 70,000 hotel rooms to fill, the challenge falls to the Myrtle Beach area to build awareness of the destination in large metropolitan areas with airlines connecting into the Myrtle Beach area. Therefore, the Myrtle Beach area seeks this grant in order to advertise the great beach destination with convenient airline connections to potential visitors, groups and meetings from underdeveloped and new markets that have large populations.

By: Robert Kemp, Director of Airports

http://www.myrtlebeachairport.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Abilene Regional Airport (TX)

Air service to Abilene and its 32-county West Central Texas catchment area, while adversely affected by changes in the airline industry over the past few years, is beginning to rebound. However, while service levels are improving, airfares are still substantively higher than the United States average fare, and passenger leakage is more than 50%.

This proposal seeks to improve air service to and from Abilene and its West Central Texas region by requesting funds to conduct air carrier analyses to identify which airlines can best provide enhanced service to a Western U.S. hub airport; start-up cost relief for the carrier; and marketing assistance to support the new service for two years. Abilene is a critical and vital transportation link for the West Central Texas region. By promoting Abilene’s carriers - American Eagle Airlines, and Continental Connection – and their promotional fares, the Airport has been able to successfully stimulate demand and attract passengers from West Central Texas in spite of today’s difficult operating environment.

By: Abilene

http://www.abilenetx.com/airport/home.htm


April 20, 2005

Proposal of City of Killeen (TX)

Expand an existing campaign that will market the new KilleenFort Hood Regional Airport with its limited but quality air service and customer convenience for the next fiscal year. Stop passenger leakage through an aggressive marketing campaign to publicize and market Killeen's quality air service at a better dollar value by flying locally rather than driving 150 miles to Dallas/Fort Worth or 80 miles to the Austin Airport. Increase passenger market and customer satisfaction by soliciting the airline industry to develop more direct flights to other hubs connecting to more requested and popular destinations.

Currently, Killeen has only two commuter air carriers, American Eagle and Continental Express, providing air service for a large geographical area that includes five Central Texas Counties (Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Lampasas, and Williamson) having a total population of approximately 510,000 people.

By: Maureen Jouett, Mayor

http://www.flykilleen.net/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Ogden-Hinckley Airport (UT)

The Ogden-Hinckley Airport is currently a general aviation airport serving a primary catchment area of 613,500 people in the northern part of the Wasatch Front. The residents in the airport catchment area are currently utilizing passenger air service at Salt Lake City International Airport. The driving time for residents in the Ogden-Hinckley Airport catchment area to Salt Lake City International Airport can range from forty minutes to two hours in non-rush hour traffic. The Salt Lake City metro market has experienced urban sprawl and large numbers of people and businesses are locating in communities that can be better served by air service at local airports. The leaders of Ogden City believe that the large population of the catchment area of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport can support regional passenger air service to major markets in the west like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

By: Ed Rich, Airport Manager

http://www.ogdencity.com/index.cfm/development.airport


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Uintah County - Vernal (UT)

The proposed study will measure air service deficiencies and traffic loss, while evaluating the effectiveness of the current level of services provided; determine if the current services should be expanded; determine how additional capacity, products, and airport based businesses could be developed to increase levels of service; evaluate the feasibility of expanding services; evaluate ways to justify or reduce high‑fares to the traveling community; and explore methods of increasing essential air service (EAS) enplanements to improve this airport's market position and level of use.

The existing Vernal/Uintah County Airport is located at the southeast corner of Vernal, Utah and encompasses approximately 235 acres. It is owned and operated by Uintah County and Vernal City. Three jurisdictions have boundaries abutting or including portions of the airport, including Vernal City, Naples City and Uintah County, The existing airport is classified as a small commercial airport with two flights per day, weekly, and one per day, on weekends, to Salt Lake City, Utah. Most local travelers choose to drive the 360 mile round‑trip between Vernal and Salt Lake City to access the national air transportation system, due to the high cost of flying and the size of aircraft being used for the service. Aside from commercial service, the airport is also used by private business and recreational pilots, agricultural crop dusters, medical life‑flight, search and rescue, U.S. Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), mail delivery services, and student training operations.

By: Heather Hoyt, Grants Administrator, 435-790-9311, hhoyt@co.uintah.us.us

http://www.co.uintah.ut.us/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Lynchburg Regional Airport (VA)

The intent of the grant is to develop new airline service between the Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH) and an airline with a multi-directional connecting hub linking Lynchburg with major business destinations located in the Midwest and Northeastern United States. The addition of a northern hub destination would fill an existing void and provide more convenient air service to many domestic and international cities to the north. Advancement of this service is vital to the continued economic growth of Lynchburg and Virginia’s South Central Region.

The Lynchburg Regional Airport continues to face a significant shortfall in air service, both in historical terms as well as underserved local air travel demand. The loss of United Express service to Washington D.C. in January 2002 and US Airways service to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2004 has virtually eliminated all effective access to the Northeast.

By: Mark Courtney, Airport Director, 434-455-6089

http://www.lynchburgva.gov/home/index.asp?page=85


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Newport News - Williamsburg International Airport (VA)

The Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport serves over 600.000 residents of Southeast Virginia yet the airport offers service to just nine nonstop markets ‑far less than airports serving cities of comparable size and than other area airports If the region is selected as a grant awardee a carrier will be able to initiate daily nonstop service to anew destination market in the Midwest or Southwest where connections would be available to other Western markets This service will significantly improve the air travel options available to area travelers, lower the cost of air travel shorten current trip‑length and strengthen the airport in a time of industry turmoil

Counsel: Weiley Rein, Edward Faberman

http://www.nnwairport.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Tri-State Airport/Huntington (WV)

For years, Tri-State has been trying to overcome higher fares than each of its regional counterpart airports. More recently, the problem has intensified, with the addition of low fare carriers to neighboring airports and aggressive advertising campaigns being launched by airports with larger marketing budgets. While this community has been extremely active in the pursuit of competitive airfares, it is only recently that we were able to convince our two incumbent carriers, Delta Air Lines and US Airways, that the price differentials between Tri-State and our neighboring airports were dramatic enough to adversely impact the carriers' traffic. As a result of this effort, many of Tri-State's fares have recently become competitive, and this message must be communicated to the passengers in the market area. However, time is of the essence and the airport must move quickly, as the airlines have indicated that they must see a noticeable increase in revenue in order to continue making fare adjustments in our market.

By: Larry Salyers, Airport Director

http://www.tristateairport.com/


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines Letter in Support for Monterey, CA Application

We support the Monterey Peninsula Airport’s Air 21 application and ask that you afford them every opportunity to gain funds through this new and unique federal program. The availability of partnership funding through the community and through the federal Air 21 program can certainly make a difference to attract air service.

This letter is intended to be an expression of interest only and does not constitute an actual offer by Delta Air Lines to provide air service in the event a grant is awarded. Circumstances impacting new market service decisions are varied and can change rapidly without notice.

By: Delta, Scott Yohe


April 21, 2005

Congressional Letters in Support of Eastern Iowa Airport (IA)

By: Lawrence Mullendore, Airport Director, 319-362-3131

http://eiairport.org


April 15, 2005

Re: Orrin Hatch letter in Support for Cedar City, UT Application

By: Orrin Hatch, Senator


April 4, 2005

Re: Northwest Airlines Letter in Support for Paducah Barkley Regional Airport Application

By: Northwest Airline, Mathew Friebe


April 21, 2005

Re: Mesa Airline Letter in Support for Quincy and Decatur, IL Application

By: Mesa, Mickey Bowman



April 20, 2005

Proposal of Montgomery Airport Authority (AL)

Montgomery Regional Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant to improve the economic vitality of the region through the initiation of Northwest Airlink regional jet service to Detroit. The region has experienced recent gains in employment in the automotive industry with the construction of a Hyundai Motors production facility and the establishment of key suppliers with strong ties to the Detroit area. Nonstop service will reduce travel times between the two communities of interest by up to two hours In addition Northwest with its extensive international route network will offer improved connections to Seoul, Korea, which is Hyundai's corporate headquarters location. However, in order to implement new service in the market, the community would like to seek a risk abatement to attract service from Northwest.

By: Phil Perry, Executive Director

http://www.montgomeryairport.org


April 22, 2005

Proposal of City of Fresno Airports (CA)

With the assistance of the Grant funds and in conjunction with the Fresno Air Service Development Partnership, the Airport will provide $800,000 towards a revenue guarantee program and $25,000 for marketing with Continental Airlines. This service is a critical component to relieve lack of capacity for the Airport's eastbound market in an otherwise risk‑adverse industry.

By: Russell Widmar, Director of Aviation

http://www.flyfresno.com


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Monterey Peninsula Airport District (CA)

MRY is a non-hub airport located in one of the country’s most beautiful regions, the Northern California Central Coast. Monterey County’s population has grown from 366,000 to 421,400, or 15% in the last decade and is projected to increase another 20% by 2020, yet MRY has experienced decreasing and stagnant passenger enplanement trends since 1998. MRY has non-stop regional service to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix, yet it struggles continuously with attracting its local community to utilize the airport. Data obtained through a passenger booking study in late 2004 indicates 73% of local Monterey passengers drive a minimum of 1.5 hours to San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland, all large hub airports in the San Francisco Bay Area, This “ passenger leakage” poses a constant threat to MRY’s air travel market. As a result, MRY’s passenger enplanement and service levels have fallen or remained stagnant since the late 1990’s and particularly during the depressed aviation market in the post 9-11 environment.

By: Thomas Greer, General Manager

http://www.montereyairport.com/about.php


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Florida Keys Marathon Airport

This grant application seeks to address the unique transportation challenges of the Florida Keys The Keys are relatively isolated from the Florida mainland and major airports The Keys have limited Existing air service all most all of which is confined to the terminal and runway constrained Key West International Airport This isolation and limited air service are an obstacle to the growth and development of tourism in the Keys the economic engine of the entire island chain The application proposes to recruit new regional carrier (with major carrier code & brand air service to the Florida Keys Marathon Airport located in the Middle Keys. This new service would supplement existing Key West service and provide significant positive economic benefit for the at" Flonda. Keys large public and private partnership has raised over $290,000 in local funds to support this new service Two Air carners have indicated their interest in starting Marathon service with risk abatement support

By: Peter Horton, Director of Airports

http://www.floridakeysairport.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Williamson County Airport Authority (IL)

Though we have been able to focus a great deal of resources over the past two years on marketing and promoting the existing service, enplanements for this same period have declined. Considering the service record of Regions Air has remained outstanding during this period of time, it would appear that more and more travelers are experiencing limitations when attempting to travel through St. Louis. More often than not, these limitations seem to center around a lack of connectivity requiring an additional stop through Chicago or Dallas before being able to connect to their final destination. To the business traveler in particular, this inefficiency of travel most certainly can be the deciding factor in utilizing another airport with better connecting opportunities. Though there remains the need to continue to promote and maintain the existing service to St. Louis - efforts which in fact are ongoing - the development of our market to it’s fullest potential will largely be based upon our success in establishing increased service options through securing an additional competitive air carrier.

By: Douglas Kimmel, Airport Manager

http://www.wilcoairport.com/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority (IN)

At the present time, travelers from/to Fort Wayne International Airport have air service on five airlines to six hubs - American Eagle/American Connection to Chicago O'Hare, and Dallas-Fort Worth; Continental/Continental Connection to Cleveland; Delta Connection/Comair to Cincinnati and Delta Connection/Atlantic Southeast Airlines to Cincinnati and Atlanta; Northwest/Northwest Airlink to Detroit; United Express/Skywest and Air Wisconsin Airlines to Chicago O'Hare.

A trend in the next several months that will benefit Fort Wayne and increase air travel is the expected rebound in the manufacturing sector, particularly the truck and automotive industry which is a major contributor to the area economy. Additional growth industries in the region are the medical and medical technology, electrical and magnet wire and general technology industries. The success of attracting new, non-stop airline service at FWA would result in a more passengers flying from Fort Wayne International Airport. Soon after the commencement of non-stop air service to Atlanta in 1999 and Dallas-Fort Worth in 2000, those destinations moved up in the rankings of Originations and Destinations. Assistance with financing to facilitate these changes will bring positive results for our community and regional travelers.

By: Torrance Richardson, Executive Director

http://www.fwairport.com


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (LA)

Our proposal is designed to deliver significant benefits to the Baton Rouge market, specifically the business, educational, and federal training sectors that rely heavily on commercial air service. Our contingency plans include realistic airline alternatives, opportunities for success should community funds and respective federal dollars be below target, and an exit strategy that ensures continuation of service after grant monies expire. In order to specifically obtain lower fares, more competition and nonstop service to new destinations, the Airport will seek (Phase 1) nonstop service by United Airlines to Washington Duiles, with service to Denver (Phase 2) to start 1 year later. The Airport requests $700,000 in Federal funding, and has assembled a total cash contribution of $550,000 and in‑kind contributions of $100,000. Any unforeseen funding shortfall might adversely impact Phase 2, but funds committed are sufficient to implement Phase 1, and United Airlines has expressed support for this initiative (see the letter attached). Should United not begin this service, the Airport will seek service to Washington and Salt Lake City by Delta Air Lines or to Denver by Frontier Airlines. The proposed routes, while profitable in the long term, would entail otherwise prohibitive startup costs, and temporary losses until traffic levels mature. They would not be financially feasible in the current distressed environment, but will require an initial impetus from the community. Their long term profitability assures that the SCASDP will provide lasting benefits for Greater Baton Rouge and the traveling public after the program is finished.

By: Anthony Marino, Director of Aviation

http://www.flybtr.com/


April 20, 2005

Proposal of Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation and the Chipewa County International Airport (MI)

The Economic Development Corporation of Chippewa County on behalf of Chippewa County International Airport (CIU), providing air service to residents of the Eastern Upper Peninsula (Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties) of Michigan, respectfully makes application hereby for a grant, in the amount of $987,000.00, under the Smell Community Air Service Development Program. Grant funds will be utilized to increase community air service through the addition of a third daily flight, non‑stop, year round, employing Jet aircraft, to Mrs base service schedule toffrom Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

By: Kathy Noel, President

http://www.chipedc.com


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Gogebic-Iron County Airport (MI)

The Gogebic- Iron County Airport Board, through the County of Gogebic, is submitting this proposal to the Small Community Air Service Development Program, in order to offer an incumbent carrier (Midwest Connect) financial incentives to lower its fares, increase its frequencies, and if possible, add new routes.

By: Pat Merill, Director

http://www.hurleywi.com/IWD/default.asp


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Stewart International Airport - Goshen (NY)

SWF lost 34% of its capacity with the loss of Southeast Airlines, which served Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando
and St. Petersburg in Florida. In seeking to replace this capacity, the Airport has held numerous meetings with JetBlue Airways. To bolster the Airport’s commitment to JetBlue and ensure selfsustaining service, SWF has constructed a $500,000 marketing plan to promote potential new service to Florida or other destinations and enhance overall awareness of the airport and its service offerings to the Hudson Valley and Northern New York suburbs. A partnership of the Airport, Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and Clear Channel Communications will offer $200,000 worth of marketing support and have also offered $50,000 of exclusive space rental waivers for the first 6 months of service. The DOT is being asked to help fund the remaining $250,000 through this grant program.

By: Orange County Government

http://www.stewartintlairport.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Town of Massena, NY and St. Lawrence Valley AIR Task Force

The air travel needs of the community are not being met by the service that is currently available. US Airways (Mesa Airlines) provides the only commercial service that is available under the Essential Air Service Program. Small turboprop service is provided during weekdays from Massena and nearby Ogdensburg, via Watertown, to Pittsburgh. This service requires multiple stops and connections at Pittsburgh, which is inconvenient and cumbersome to air travelers at best.

The efforts of the Task Force to work within the confines of the Essential Air Service Program have been unsuccessful in providing adequate air service for the region. Consequently, the Task Force is redirecting its efforts by recognizing that the service that will be successful for the community is the service that is commercially sustainable. The Town of Massena, as the owner and operator of the Massena International Airport, will do its part to facilitate this result.

By: Sandy Cook, Town of Massena

http://www.massena.ny.us/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Bellingham International Airport (WA)

Bellingham International Airport (BLI) is owned and operated by the Port of Bellingham and is classified as a commercial service, non‑hub airport, providing scheduled and charter air service to the public. BLI also has General Aviation facilities and services the local community and region. Currently, Horizon Air provides direct service to Seattle (Sea‑Tac) with Dash‑8 200 turboprop aircraft and Allegiant Air flies MD‑80 aircraft to Las Vegas four times per week. San Juan Airlines provides passenger service to island destinations southwest of Bellingham.

The future success of the Bellingham International Airport depends upon improving the mix of passenger airline companies serving more destinations and greater access to the national air transportation system. A Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant would provide the necessary funds to implement this proposal. We appreciate your consideration of our proposal and look forward to working with your office.

By: James Darling, Executive Director

http://www.portofbellingham.com/airport/default.htm


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Department of Transportation State of Wyoming

As an obvious characteristic of Wyoming's small population, our commercial service airports are isolated by great distances to large population centers, hub airports, and discount carriers. Airfares soar at these locations and have been identified as the highest in the Denver Hub region. Current load factors are high and the markets in these communities are situated for growth potential due to the economic and tourism boom occurring throughout most of the state. Wyoming has made a huge commitment to invest in itself during this critical building phase in order to sustain viability during inevitably leaner years. Arguably, the benefits derived from the capture of market share now will situate Wyoming to retain service and need less federal support in subsequent years. The Wyoming Legislature has committed $3.25 million to be administered by the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission to provide funding for airline incentives and revenue guarantees. The critical but missing component to these efforts is marketing. New or improved service must be complimented with extensive promotional and educational efforts in order to insure success. This grant application focuses on an intense marketing campaign consisting of media advertising, public relations, specialty marketing to specific groups, and branding.

By: Shelly Reams, Aeronautics Administrator

http://www.dot.state.wy.us/


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Letter in Support of Roanoke Regional Airport (VA)

By: Delta Air Lines, Scott Yohe


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Letter in Support of Bellingham International Airport - Bellingham WA

By: Delta Air Lines, Scott Yohe

http://www.delta.com


April 21, 2005

Re: Western Airlines, Inc. Letter in Support of Bellingham International Airport - Bellingham WA

By: Western Airlines, Curt Tronsdal



April 22, 2005

Correction to Proposal of Venango Regional Airport (PA)

By: Otho Bell, Airport Manager

http://www.co.venango.pa.us/Airport/


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Letter in Support of Monterey Peninsula Airport (CA)

By: Delta, Scott Yohe


April 1, 2005

Re: United Letter in Support of Idaho Falls Regional Airport

By: United, David Jehn


April 13, 2005

Re: United Letter in Support of Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (LA)

By: United, David Jehn



April 22, 2005

Proposal of State of North Carolina Department of Transportation

Communities in North Carolina are heavily dependent on US Airways for air service. These communities have a great need to market themselves effectively and efficiently to providers of air service in order to ensure continued scheduled air service for their constituents. By forming a Coalition, the communities envision a plan that will provide them with important marketing information about themselves in a format that allows them to communicate effectively with current or prospective providers of air service or access to air service.

The Coalition, with the assistance of the State, will work with Air Service Development personnel to create a working document for each member of the consortium. This document, unique to each member of the coalition, shall include all of the important and relevant data and information vital to maintaining, obtaining or improving the scheduled air service for the area.

By: William Williams, Director of Aviation

http://www.ncdot.org/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Wichita Airport Authority

The Airport has identified three target carriers. These are Continental Airlines, with service to that carrier's hub at Newark/Liberty International; Delta Air Lines, with service to its international gateway at New York JFK; and United Airlines, which would offer excellent international access through Dulles International, as well as strong connections to other East Coast points. It has been determined that the most desirable target for this funding would be Continental at Newark, and preliminary discussions have been held in this regard. Delta is in close parity as an option and is receptive to considering financial support for new service routes.

In particular, the value will be in developing the strong international traffic flows generated by the 787 program to feed traffic to and from the many destinations served by Continental from Newark. The increased service to Asia is of value to Id, as well as to several of the sub‑contractors to Boeing, and which also have strong communities of business interest with Wichita, are located in Japan and China.

By: WAA

http://www.flywichita.com/


April 27, 2005

Support for Bishop International Airport Authority - Flint, Michigan

On April 20, 2005, Bishop International Airport submitted an application to the Department of Transportation for a grant under thee Small Community Air Service Development Program to support critical new air service to the East Coast. As can be seen by the attached communications, the community fully supports the FNT proposal and is anxious to obtain the east coast service that would be supported by the Department's grant of the funding requested in FNT's application.

By: BIAA, James Rice, 810-235-6560

http://www.bishopairport.org/



April 22, 2005

Proposal of Brunswick Golden Isles (GA)

Air service at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport does not meet the needs of our community. For more than 15 years, air service has been limited to service by one carrier (Delta Air Lines) to one destination (Atlanta). Inadequate capacity and high fares in many BQK markets have resulted in the majority of air travellers to and from Brunswick and the Golden Isles deciding to use lower-fare services and greater service options available at Jacksonville and Savannah.

The Partnership achieved a notable success in its efforts to secure the upgrade of the ASA Delta Connection service to Atlanta. CRJ-50 regional jet service was initiated in February of 2002, with three daily roundtrip operations to the Atlanta hub. The market response to this improvement in air service was very strong, with total passengers using BQK more than doubling between 2001 and 2003. However, more seat capacity, as well as additional service destinations, are needed to meet the full needs of the Brunswick community.

By: Steven Brian, Director

http://www.brunswickexperience.com


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Great Falls International Airport Authority (MT)

While the Great Falls International Airport currently has relatively strong air service for a community if its size, the airport does not capture a reasonable share of inbound visitors. Many visitors to the region use other Montana airports as their gateway or an airport in another state, such Boise or Spokane. This results in a more challenging environment when the Great Falls International Airport seeks to have incumbent carriers expand frequencies and/or capacity, or attract new market entrants.

The goal of this program is to support existing service at GTF through increased enpianements which, in turn, will encourage incumbent carriers to increase service and/or new‑entrants to consider adding Great Falls to their route map. Better air service will aid the region in preserving its economic base, recruiting new business and industry, and improving local tourism.

By: Cynthia Schultz, Director

http://www.gtfairport.com/


April 22, 2005

Proposal of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (OH)

The Youngstown‑Warren Airport is an important and valuable part of the region's airport and transportation infrastructure. As such, it can and must be able to provide air service at some level to the region. As a result, the Airport and the Port Authority believe that a first and very attainable step to returning reasonable levels of air service to YNG will be a continued effort to expand local public scheduled charter service at the airport.

This type of service, which demonstrated over a five-month period last year where air service was provided to leisure destinations of Orlando, Florida and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, proved a viable service, demonstrating near 70% and 80% load factors respectively. Through our marketing process we have confirmed that the leisure market represents 90% of our catchment area traveler and where the most desired location being that of Las Vegas, Nevada. The benefits establishing a low cost, Las Vegas service from the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport would maximize our air service potential and further instill advantages.

By: Steve Bowser, Director

http://www.yngwrnair.com/


April 27, 2005

Supplement to Mobile Regional Airport (AL) Proposal

By: Bay Haas, Director

http://www.mobileairportauthority.com/



April 21, 2005

Proposal of Albert J. Ellis Airport (NC)

Jacksonville currently has air service from one carrier, US Airways. The community is deeply concerned about an unhealthy reliance on this one carrier for all its air service, because of the financial challenges the carrier is currently experiencing.

Viable air service is essential to the economy of Jacksonville and to the efficient functioning of an important component of our national defense, the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune. While a disruption of the critical air transportation system that supports this base might be manageable in peacetime, it would be a significant problem today while our Marines are deployed worldwide to fight terrorism. Even if US Airways were healthy and its financial status not a daily question, the Jacksonville market can clearly support air service from a second carrier. Only ten years ago Jacksonville had air service from three airlines to three hub airports. Service to Raleigh was lost when American ended hub operations there in 1996. Delta service to Atlanta ended in 1999 as Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast retired turboprop aircraft.

This total funding package of $693,000 will be used to offer risk reduction funds and marketing funds to a second carrier. The primary recruitment target for this proposal is Delta Air Lines and service to the Atlanta hub. An alternative carrier/route pairing would be United Express or Independence Air service to Washington Dulles.

By: Jerry Vickers, Director

http://www.co.onslow.nc.us/airport/


April 21, 2005

Proposal of City of Williston, ND

With regard to this grant application, our community is ready to make a significant cash commitment of $100,000 toward improving air service. This is a major expenditure for a community of 12,000 people that is coming on the heels of our new terminal building. We have also obtained an agreement with Great Lakes Airlines to add an additional flight and offer a significant discount on tickets. The combination of these actions and aggressive targeted marketing will create sustainable benefits for our flying public.

Williston exists within a major oil basin that is being aggressively developed by U.S. oil companies based in Texas and surrounding southeastern states. In excess of 25 percent of Williston area passengers are destined for this area. It is critical to the development of these oft oil reserves that we have the seat capacity to serve this market. At present, the sharing of flights with another community does not afford adequate capacity during peak summer and fall travel periods. CRS bias restricts bookings and arbitrarily pushes travelers to other airports.

By: Ward Koeser, Mayor

http://www.willistonnd.com/



April 12, 2005

Re: Barkley Regional Airport (KY) Request for Grant Extension

Discussions continue at an escalating rate with Delta Connection for Cincinnati service from Paducah. Delta has promised us specific details within the next month but has already alluded to the probable need for revenue guarantees and/or risk abatement agreements.

Secondly, Northwest Airlink service to Memphis has experienced very high load factors thus far this year pointing to the need to upgrade from 34 seat Saab 340s to 50 seat regional jets and/or initiate service to Detroit. Discussions with Northwest also point to the need for risk abatement.

These discussions will no doubt continue beyond our grant's expiration date and it is critical that we be able to utilize the uncommitted remainder of our grant should one or more of these potential service improvements come to fruition.

A third reason for our extension request lies in DOT's forthcoming final ruling on renewal of RegionsAir's subsidized routes from the St. Louis hub. Although RegionsAir serves Pad ucah‑St. Louis on a non‑subsidized basis, should DOT award all or most of RegionsAir subsidized markets to another applicant carrier, the disappearance of a substantial portion of RegionsAir subsidized markets would most likely result in Paducah losing our RegionsAir American Connection service to St. Louis. We would need the remaining uncommitted AIR 21 grant funds to attract replacement service.

By: Richard Roof, Manager


April 1, 2005

Proposal of Dubuque Regional Airport (IA)

The main objective of the proposed Grant Program is very specifically defined to address air service issues by providing the Dubuque Regional Airport and the tri-state area with a full-time air service development specialist. This grant would cover the employee cost for a three year period. The main responsibilities are to analyze Air Service markets, market and work with area businesses and help retain and attract additional air service. The analysis research this employee will complete is to be used to negotiate with airlines for service that maximizes market demands and provides improved air service to the region.

By: Andrew Perry, Airport Manager


April 21, 2005

Proposal of Greater Rockford Airport Authority (IL)

By: Robert O'Brien, Director


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Marathon, FL


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Naples, FL


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Springfield, IL


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Paducah, KY


April 14, 2005

Re: TransMeridian Airlines in Support of Bangor, ME


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Gulfport, MI


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Saginaw, MI


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Traverse City, MI


April 20, 2005

Re: SkyWest Airlines in Support of Great Falls, MN


April 12, 2005

Re: Marshall Airport Commission in Support of Marshall, MN


April 14, 2005

Re: US Airways in Support of Greenville, NC


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Jacksonville, NC


April 13, 2005

Re: America West Airlines in Support of Fargo, ND


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Atlantic City, NJ


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Toledo, OH


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Lawton, OK


April 15, 2005

Re: Continental Airlines in Support of Abilene, TX


April 13, 2005

Re: Sky West Airlines in Support of Cedar City, UT


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Roanoke, VA


April 21, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Bellingham, VA


April 21, 2005

Re: Continental Airlines in Support of Fresno, CA


April 13, 2005

Re: San Luis Obispo Council of Governments in Support of California Airports Coalition


April 11, 2005

Re: Idaho Falls Regional Airport in Support of Idaho Falls Regional Airport


April 27, 2005

Re: Ron Lewis in Support of Bowling Green, KY


April 4, 2005

Re: Northwest Airlines in Support of Paducah, KY



April 22, 2005

Motion of the City of Modesto (CA) for Confidential Treatment


April 22, 2005

Motion of the City of Marshall, MN for Confidential Treatment


April 22, 2005

Motion of the Pitt-Greenville Airport Authority (NC) for Confidential Treatment


April 22, 2005

Motion of the Lawton Metropolitan Area Airport Authority (OK) for Confidential Treatment


April 21, 2005

Supplement to Cedar City, UT Proposal

By: Margaret Grochocki, Grants Coordinator



May 4, 2005

Amended Community Proposal of Great Falls International Airport - Great Falls, Montana

While the Great Falls International Airport currently has relatively strong air service for a community if its size, the airport does not capture a reasonable share of inbound visitors. Many visitors to the region use other Montana airports as their gateway or an airport in another state, such Boise or Spokane. This results in a more challenging environment when the Great Falls International Airport seeks to have incumbent carriers expand frequencies and/or capacity, or attract new market entrants.

The goal of this program is to support existing service at GTF through increased enplanements which, in turn, will encourage incumbent carriers to increase service and/or new‑entrants to consider adding Great Falls to their route map. Better air service will aid the region in preserving its economic base, recruiting new business and industry, and improving local tourism.

By: Great Falls International Airport, Cynthia Schultz, 406-727-3404



April 22, 2005

Amended Proposal of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport

By: Peninsula Airport Commission, James Evans, 757-877-0221, jhevans@nnwairport.com


April 19, 2005

Re: Oakland County, MI in Support of Bishop International Airport


April 20, 2005

Re: City of Indio in Support of Palm Springs, CA


April 21, 2005

Re: Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County in Support of California Airports Coalition


April 26, 2005

Re: City of Gunnison in Support of Gunnison County (CO)


April 21, 2005

Re: Chamber of Commerce for Decatur and Mason County in Support of Dacatur / Quincy Consortium (IL)


April 22, 2005

Re: United Airlines in Support of Great Falls, MN


April 20, 2005

Re: Lincoln County Board of Commissioners State of Minnesota in Support of Marshall, MN


April 20, 2005

Re: Murray County Board of Commissioners in Support of Marshall, MN


April 18, 2005

Re: Nobles County Board of Commissioners in support of Marshall, MN


April 13, 2005

Re: City of Tracy, MN in Support of Marshall, MN


April 5, 2005

Re: Alfred Kahn in Support of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (NY)


April 27, 2005

Re: Stewart Regional Alliance in Support of Stewart International Airport (NY)


April 20, 2005

Re: US Airways in Support of Huntington, WV


OST-2005-20127

May 9, 2005

Re: Newport-News-Williamsburg International Airport Support for Newport-News-Williamsburg International Airport



April 21, 2005

Re: Colgan Air Letter in Support for Bradford Regional Airport Authority

By: Colgan Air, Michael Colgan



May 9, 2005

Ex Parte Correspondence to the Honorable Tim Pawlenty

By: Karan Bhatia


May 9, 2005

Ex Parte Correspondence to the Honorable Tom Coburn

By: Karan Bhatia


May 11, 2005

Ex Parte Correspondence to the Honorable Susan Collins

By: Teresa Bingham


May 11, 2005

Ex Parte Correspondence to the Honorable Olympia Snowe

By: Teresa Bingham


May 10, 2005

Ex Parte Correspondence to the Honorable John Cornyn

By: Karan Bhatia


May 11, 2005

Ex Parte Correspondence to the Honorable Tom Allen

By: Teresa Bingham


May 4, 2005

Northwest Airlines Letter in Support of Montgomery Regional Airport (AL)

By: NWA, Thomas Bach


May 4, 2005

Northwest Airlines Letter in Support of Springfield, IL

By: NWA, Thomas Bach


May 3, 2005

Robert Dickerson Letter in Support of Albert J. Ellis Airport (NC)

By: Robert Dickerson


May 6, 2005

Strater Hotel Barker & Co. Letter in Support of City of Durango, CO

By: James Bray


May 4, 2005

Patrick Cavanaugh Letter in Support of Stockton Metropolitan Airport (CA)

By: Patrick Cavanaugh


May 9, 2005

County of Monroe Board of County Commissioners Letter in Support of Florida Keys Marathon

By: Peter Horton


May 4, 2005

Chippewa County Auditor/Treasurer Letter in Support of Marshall, MN

By: Jon Clauson


May 20, 2005

Jackson Onslow Economic Development Letter in Support of Albert J. Ellis Airport (NC)

By: Michael Alford


May 10, 2005

Regional Growth Partnership Letter in Support of Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (OH)

By: William Bernnan


May 6, 2005

Durango Business Improvement District Letter in Support of City of Durango (CO)

By: Rod Barker


May 23, 2005

Support for Bishop International Airport

FNT is filing supplemental information supporting this application in the form of a recent market analysis that demonstrates a significant reduction in service, highlighting the current critical situation at FNT. We are anxious to strengthen air service that would be supported by the Department's grant of the funding requested in our application.

By: BIP, James Rice, 810-235-6560



May 24, 2005

Re: Revised Application of Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport

Please find attached a revised application from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Our application has been modified to reflect recent important changes in air service at NNWIA and at other airports in our area, which increase the need for the community to obtain a small community grant from the Department of Transportation. The revisions also adjust technical data and update other information.

As stated in our application, NNWIA is already significantly underserved to numerous major hubs and major O&D markets. A combination of recent service additions at nearby area airports, the general economic state of the air service industry, and a redirection in growth plans by all carriers has impacted passenger levels at NNWIA. For example, AirTran Airways has terminated its daily nonstop Tampa service, an important outlet to Florida vacation markets.

Also, on Friday, May 21, 2005, Delta Air Lines announced a significant expansion of their service at other area airports. Delta will add a total of 20 new flights at Richmond and Norfolk to Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, and Boston All of these markets are served by AirTran Airways from NNWIA. Delta's action will severely impact service at NNWIA.

By: James Evans


June 3, 2005

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport Letters of Support

By: James Smith



June 1, 2005

Letter of Spirit Airlines Regarding South Jersey Transportation Authority Grant

Spirit Airlines has reviewed with interest the documentation filed in support of the grant request. According to the figures submitted by the SJTA, approximately three quarters of the traffic to be carried on that flight would be passengers destined to points beyond Atlanta. More significantly, the vast majority of the connecting passengers to be carried by Delta over Atlanta would be traveling to and from Florida leisure points such as Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers and Palm Beach. These are markets that already receive low‑fare, nonstop service from Spirit.

More specifically, the SJTA indicates in its traffic forecast that Delta would carry approximately 81,000 passengers per year on the route, with 61,000 passengers traveling on a connecting basis. Of 61,000 connecting passengers to be carried, approximately 38,000 (62%) of those passengers would be generated from markets already served by Spirit on a nonstop basis

Spirit wishes to emphasize that it never shies from competition, and would not be writing this letter if Delta were proposing to shoulder the risk of entering this market, just as Spirit itself has shouldered the financial risk of serving Atlantic City. However, Spirit Airlines has strong concern about the prospect of having its competitor receive a subsidy to provide service that would, in essence, be directly competitive with service offered by Spirit. Spirit takes issue with the assertion made by the SJTA that the assistance provided to Delta would not harm Spirit

Counsel: Spirit Airlines, Anita Mosner



April 21, 2005

Delta Air Lines in Support of Cherry Capital Airport's Air 21 application

By: Delta, Scott Yohe


May 12, 2005

JetBlue Airways in Support of Stewart International Airport's Grant Application

By: JetBlue, Robert Land



June 6, 2005

Support for Bishop International Airport

By: James Rice


June 6, 2005

Delta Response to Letter from Spirit

Spirit's position goes too far and would virtually nullify the small community program with respect to access to hubs. If the Department adopted Spirit's position that no subsidy should be granted if another carrier might be affected in a connecting market, then small communities could never get grants to serve hubs because there will always be some airline that could claim an impact. That would essentially limit the small community program grants only for a limited number of point‑to‑point routes that would not involve any connections beyond the destination. It would clearly and unfairly disfavor network carriers with highly developed connecting networks and favor point‑to‑point airlines. Delta questions whether such an approach is consistent with the legislative intent of the statute.

Counsel: Hogan & Hartson, Robert Cohn, 202-637-5600

FAA Letter to Counsel for Wichita - April 6, 2005
Wichita Response to FAA - May 16, 2005



May 17, 2005

Supplemental Information Supporting Bishop International Airport's Application

By: James Rice


May 24, 2005

Supplemental Information Supporting Toledo Express Airports' Application

By: Toledo-Lucas, Paul Toth



May 27, 2005

Correspondence of Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport with Letters of Support

By: James Evans



June 10, 2005

Response of South Jersey Trnasportation Authority / Atlantic City International Airport to Comments Filed by Spirit Airlines

The South Jersey Transportation Authority again states for the record that it appreciates and values the service Spirit provides at Atlantic City. The airline must understand, however, that it is the responsibility of the Authority to address the air service deficiencies suffered by the more than 1.3 million consumers served by Atlantic City International Airport. The Authority's application for funding under this Congressionallyapproved grant program is entirely consistent with that objective.

By: SJTA, James Iannone, 609-645-7895



May 31, 2005

Correspondence of the City of Poquoson in Support of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport

By: Charles Burgess



June 28, 2005

Re: Concern of United Air Lines

As you are aware, the Department has for several years been issuing grants to small communities under a statutory provision enacted in 2000 as part of the AIR 21 legislation. Most of the grants under this small community air services (SCAS) development program have gone to support the introduction of services to a small community from a new hub or to help support the expansion or continuation of existing services. We at United are concerned, however that some grants are being made under this program which are contrary to its intentions and contrary to policies applicable under other laws governing the allocation of Federal tax dollars. Indeed, in some eases the Department is making grants to communities to subsidize the introduction of service by a new competitor in a market that is already being served. If such subsidies included airport revenues they would be barred by FAA's regulations relating to Federally‑funded AIP grants. Such grants are also wholly inconsistent with the principles of deregulation, which United has consistently supported. Deregulation assures that the government will not intervene to support one competitor against another but that is just what DOT is doing with some of this SCAS grant money.

In particular, it has come to our attention that DOT made a grant of $1 million in 2003 to the City of Fresno, California, in Order 2003-9-14, to subsidize the introduction of service by Frontier Airlines, Inc. between Fresno and Denver despite the fact that United Express was already operating nonstop jet service between those points when the grant was made. As a result of that subsidy, Frontier has announced the introduction of twice daily nonstop service between Fresno and Denver later this year in competition with United's unsubsidized services.

Counsel: United, Julie Oettinger



July 1, 2005

Response of Fresno Yosemite International Airport / Fresno, California to United Air Lines' Comments Regarding Grant

With all due respect to a fine airline, in reviewing the letter sent to the DOT by United, it appears that the carrier's Director of Regulatory Affairs is not well versed in the implementation and success of the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. This is unfortunate, as the comments made in United's missive reveal a failure to review either the history of the program or the intent of Congress when it passed the Air-21 legislation.

The comments made by United's Director of Regulatory Affairs were wide ranging, and in many cases they were unfortunately inaccurate. The tone of the letter also gives the impression that the writer views the grant program as one being used to the detriment of United, which certainly is not the case. As just one example, the allegation that Charleston SC has shifted its 2003 grant award to support service by Independence Air, to the detriment of United, is totally non‑factual.

By: Russ Widmar, 559-621-4500

Fresno's Grant Application - June 26, 2003
United's Letter from June 28th

http://www.flyfresno.org/



July 15, 2005

Myrtle Beach Letters in Support

Myrtle Beach needs to attract more people from around the country to fly here if we are to continue to grow our visitor base. The drive market Is saturated which makes air travel so important to this market. As you know, we are largely a destination with a small population base which makes it much more difficult to compete with the larger markets in the Southeastern United States. This grant would enable us all to compete more effectively. Our past advertising campaigns with you have paid oft with more people on our flights corning to Myrtle Beach. Hooters Air would very much like to see these collaborative efforts continue.

Counsel: Preston Gates, David Thomas, 202.628.1700



July 12, 2005

Re: Support of Atlantic City International Airport

By: Norman Mineta

http://www.acairport.com/


July 12, 2005

Re: Support of MBS International Airport

By: Norman Mineta

http://www.mbsairport.org/


July 12, 2005

Re: Support of Montgomery Regional Airport

By: Norman Mineta

http://www.montgomeryairport.org/


July 19, 2005

Response of United Air Lines Regarding City of Fresno, California

With respect to the grant made to Fresno, there is no claim that United has failed to understand the use of the SCAS grant. Indeed, the community does not deny that the grant is to be used to subsidize the operation of additional service in the Fresno-Denver market, a market which is already receiving nonstop service. Fresno argues that the grant is not used for "subsidy," but for "risk abatement." By whatever name, Fresno is using the money to guarantee any losses that might be incurred by the new carrier whose services it has solicited in the Denver-Fresno market to compete with the service that is already there. Without the support of the Federal grant, it is not clear that the new service would be introduced. Whether they are "risk abatements" or "subsidies," such Federally-supported payments distort competition by giving one company a competitive advantage over other companies operating the same service. These circumstances are inconsistent with a marketplace that is supposed to be deregulated and free from governmental interference in such decisionmaking.

By: Julie Oettinger



July 20, 2005

Letters in Support of Myrtle Beach Area Proposal

The Myrtle Beach area, known as one of America's top family beaches has predominately been a drive market. With over 10,000,000 visitors a year, that represents a huge number of automobiles. While we have enjoyed recent road improvements, and look forward to I-73 becoming a reality, it makes very good sense for us to concentrate on growing air service, as a means for increasing our market shale without putting additional vehicles on the road.

Counsel: Preston Gates, David Thomas, 202.628.1700



July 14, 2005

United Air Lines Support of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Application

I am writing in support of the recent application filed by the City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for funding through the Small Community Air Service Development Program. As you may be aware, United, with its United Express partners, recently started service to Myrtle Beach International Airport from its hubs in Chicago-O'Hare and Washington-Dulles commencing in February 2005.

By: David Jehn



August 4, 2005

Re: Delta Air Lines' Concern About Use of Grants

Delta submits that using grants to subsidize competitive nonstop service will ultimately hurt small communities by destabilizing service and undercutting incentives for airlines to invest in small community service in the absence of grants. First, it burdens the incumbent with a market-distorting condition that will weaken its ability to effectively compete against the subsidized carrier. That might result in either withdrawal from the market or a substantial reduction of service by the incumbent. Second, even if the incumbent carrier does not withdraw or reduce service, at a minimum, the grant will dampen its incentive to consider increasing service from the small community to the current hub or to add service to another hub, since it will once again face the risk of competing against a subsidized carrier. Third, at the end of the grant period, the new carrier may be unwilling to continue to provide service to the community in the absence of the subsidy and may withdraw from the market or reduce its service. The end result is substantial service instability with a potential for loss of service from both the incumbent and the previously subsidized carrier.

Counsel: Hogan & Hartson, Robert Cohn, 202-637-4999



July 13, 2005

Northwest Support of Ithaca, New York

Northwest Airline's would like to express its support of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport's application for the Small Community Air Service Development Grant. This grant will help Tompkins County grow and strengthen their air travel market and will help assure a strong air connection for the region long into the future.

NW has recently expanded service to the Tompkins County region in recognition of the potential to recapture passengers and to meet market demand. NW is hopeful that with increased support from the Small Community Air Service Development Program that air travel will remain vibrant and strong in this community for years to come.

By: Thomas Bach

http://www.flyithaca.com/ - Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport



August 11, 2005

Addendum to Application - Atlantic City, New Jersey

The South Jersey Transportation Authority herein wishes to update the Department on changes to the air service situation at Atlantic City International. These changes make the award of a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development program even mo e critical to the consumers of Southern New Jersey.

Since the filing of the Authority's application, the airport has suffered material reductions in air service. Spirit has filed schedules for Atlantic City which represent an almost 20% reduction in weekly departures. Not only does this represent a diminution in overall service Ievels, but it also includes the elimination of all flights to Detroit, effective August 21, 2005.

It is emphasized that these reductions, driven by fleet shifts at Spirit, do not reflect on the enormous traffic demand generated in Southern New Jersey. The community's application, which is to support new Delta Air Lines service to its Atlanta hub, is now even more important in addressing the area's air service deficiencies. The proposed service will be a major step not only in addressing these needs, but in adding the capacity without which additional leakage from the region is absolutely certain.

By: James Iannone

http://www.acairport.com/ - Atlantic City International Airport


August 12, 2005

Re: Leakage Issues at Bishop International Airport / Flint, Michigan

Since Bishop International Airport Authority filed its grant proposal under the Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Development Program, our concerns about our future are increasing due to changes at the airport and increased turmoil in the airline industry. While we remain pleased with our continued expansion of service to new markets, FNT still has no service to important East Coast markets and continues to be without service to critical business communities.

As we have previously reported, due to service cuts made by Delta Air Lines, ATA Airlines, and Northwest Airlines, FNT is experiencing continued seat loss. For example, the loss of ATA's Chicago‑Midway service is particularly troubling as area businesses, including such multinational corporations as General Motors, are now without low‑fare direct service to this important business market. They also continue to be without service to other markets critical to all of our local businesses, such as New York and Washington, D.C./Baltimore. This lack of affordable air service options hinders their ability to strengthen their economic base. This and other similar developments highlight the critical challenges facing the FNT community and serve as additional compelling reasons for FNT to add service to a new East Coast business market as soon as possible.

By: Bishop International Airport, Jim Rice

http://www.bishopairport.org/ - Bishop International Airport


June 17, 2005

Support Letters for Atlantic City, New Jersey

By: South Jersey Transportation Authority, Sharon Gordon



Order 2005-8-19
OST-2005-20127

Issued and Served August 25, 2005

Order Awarding Grants - Bookmarked | Word

The Department awards financial grants for fiscal year 2005 under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to the communities listed in the Appendix A to implement the air service initiatives proposed in their grant applications.  These grant awards benefit 68 communities in 29 states.  Award recipients must execute a grant agreement with the Department before they can begin to spend funds under the grants awarded by this order.

By: Karan Bhatia

http://www.dot.gov/affairs/chart05.htm


OST-2005-20127
OST-2004-17343

August 24, 2005

Comments of Aviation Technologies in Opposition to Application of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport

Aviation Technologies Inc. files these comments in opposition to the Application of the Western Reserve Port Authority d/b/a Youngstown Warren Regional Airport. The Airport’s pending Application is factually deficient, the Airport is not qualified to administer the grants for which it has applied, and the Airport does not deserve to be entrusted with a federal grant. For reasons stated herein, the $250,000.00 grant that was authorized by Order 2004-8-30 should be terminated and the Airport’s pending Application for $500,000.00 should be denied.

Counsel: Susan Jollie, 703-354-8450, sjollie@cox.net

OST-2004-17343 - Proposal of Youngstown, Ohio
OST-2005-20127 - Proposal of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport

http://www.yngwrnair.com/ - Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport



March 28, 2005

Letter in Support of Florida Keys, Florida

The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, have made application for a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant. This grant requests funds for air service development for the Florida Keys Marathon Airport.

The 80,000 residents of the Florida Keys depend on tourism for their economic prosperity. Frequent and reasonably priced air service is essential to the continued growth and success of the hundreds of resorts, hotels, restaurants, fishing and diving services and other tourist related businesses in the Keys.

Currently, the only air service available for the entire length of the Keys is the Key West International Airport. The airport is very congested and due to environmental restrictions, the short runway cannot be expanded which restricts the size of aircraft for takeoffs and landings.

The Monroe County Small Community Air Service Development grant application proposes to alleviate the congestion at Key West by bringing airline service to the Marathon airport, located in the middle Keys. Marathon has a beautiful terminal building in place and a longer runway that will permit airline operations without the restrictions imposed on the Key West airport.

Air service at the Florida Keys Marathon airport will benefit the entire Keys. It will energize economic development in the middle Keys region, bring lower airfares to both airports, relieve terminal congestion at Key West, and reduce automobile traffic on crowded US 1, the only land route from the Florida mainland through the Keys.

By: County of Monroe Board of Commissioners, Dixie Spehar

http://www.fla-keys.com/marathon/marathon_airport.htm - Florida Keys Marathon Airport


April 13, 2005

Letter in Support of Ithaca, New York

I write today in support of the grant application from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. As you may know, Ithaca was named the Number 1 Emerging City in the United States by Cities Ranked and Rated. We believe that the community deserves this distinction. In addition to being in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes area of Central New York, it is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and to a number of other important businesses. The Cornell Business and Technology Park alone houses over 90, mostly high-tech, companies.

The air travel needs of this community are substantial but the erosion of air service has produced a lack of competition and very high airfares, forcing people to look to other airports for reasonably priced flights. Having all these people driving long distances for air travel is unproductive and a real detriment to the local economy. Ithaca now has the dubious distinction of being Number 13 on the list of "Airports that have Lost the Most Passengers since the Year 2000."

A Small Community Air Service Development grant would be the perfect tool to assist Ithaca with its quest to improve air service, increase competition and lower airfares.

As the "Number I Emerging City in the United States" Ithaca may well be the community of the future. Since it is isolated from rail and the Interstate road system, it is vital that air service be improved over what is currently available. Your utmost consideration of Ithaca's application would be greatly appreciated.

By: Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Jean McPheeters

http://www.flyithaca.com/ - Ithaca Regional Airport


December 2, 2005

Letter in Support of Jacksonville, North Carolina

Our business community is pleased that Onslow County's Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville, North Carolina has submitted an application for a Small Community Air Service Development grant. This grant requests funds for air service development at the Albert J. Ellis Airport.

We have created a Commerce Center Concept here at the Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce by combining the Chamber with Economic Development, Tourism and the Sports Commission. We share common goals surrounding economic development. Therefore we understand that the importance of having efficient and affordable air service is critical to the continued economic prosperity of Jacksonville, Onslow County and the surrounding area in Eastern North Carolina. Our community is under-served with respect to air service and the grant will assist the community in moving forward to expand service to meet the current demand, therefore increasing economic development.

By: Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Mona Padrick

http://www.co.onslow.nc.us/airport/ - Albert J. Ellis Airport


April 27, 2005

Letter in Support of Orange County, New York

On behalf of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 2,400 businesses in New York's Hudson Valley, I am writing to support the application from Stewart International Airport for $250,000 in funding under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. I understand that these funds will be used to attract Jet Blue, which would provide much-needed service from the Hudson Valley to several Florida destinations.

Stewart Airport is located in Orange County, the fastest growing county in New York State. With the projected growth of the region and expected demand for aviation services and the economic expansion of the area it serves, Stewart Airport is positioned to become the airport of choice for thousands of business people, residents and visitors in the Hudson Valley. The severe congestion at New York City's metropolitan airports, the insufficient capacity of other airports in our region, as well as arbitrary limitations that have been placed on these regional airports, increases the need to enhance Stewart Airport and support its efforts to attract low-cost air carriers.

Since assuming operation of the airport in 1999, National Express Corporation has invested $77 million in improvements there. It has also been successful in attracting new carriers including Southeast, which terminated all their operations in December 2004. The grant for which the airport is applying will greatly assist NEC in continuing their efforts to attract low-cost air carriers.

Stewart Airport is and will continue to be a key stabilizing element in a strong foundation for economic development in the Hudson Valley now and for years to come. It is imperative that Stewart's enormous potential as a thriving regional passenger facility he realized. The Orange County Chamber of Commerce and dozens of other organizations in the Hudson Valley continue to work very closely with National Express to move closer to this goal. Having Jet Blue at Stewart would be a boon to business people here, providing them with an alternative to traveling more than two hours to the metropolitan airports that offer this type of service.

By: Orange County Chamber of Commerce, John D'Ambrosio

http://www.stewartintlairport.com/ - Stewart International Airport


April 27, 2005

Letter in Support of Roanoke, Virginia

The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce fully supports the application of the Roanoke Regional Airport to the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Air service from Roanoke has long suffered from high airfares and limited service that have negatively affected economic growth. The grant will enable the airport to improve with two striking deficiencies.

On behalf of the business community, The Chamber promises strong support for improved service from Roanoke Regional Airport to better serve its businesses and help drive economic prosperity.

By: Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Beth Doughty

http://www.roanokeregionalairport.com/ - Roanoke Regional Airport



OST-2005-20127
OST-2004-17343

March 10, 2006

DOT Letter to Susan Jollie Concerning Youngstown Grant

You urge the Department not to make a grant award to Youngstown in fiscal year 2005 under the Small Community Program. You also urge the Department to terminate the grant award made to that community under this program in fiscal year 2004 or alternatively, to withhold any federal funds under the grant until such time as the airport demonstrates that claims relating to public charter services provided by Aviation Technologies have been resolved. You argue that the airport is not "qualified to administer grants" for which it has applied and "does not deserve to be entrusted" with a federal grant. You base these comments on a dispute that Aviation Technologies is having with respect to a public charter program that was operated at Youngstown by Vacation Express as the public charter operator and Sky King, Inc. as the direct air carrier. You indicate that Aviation Technologies served as the agent for Sky King and was responsible for arranging and paying for goods and services to support the charter flights and is currently involved in a lawsuit against the airport to resolve the outstanding claims.

With respect to Youngstown's fiscal year 2005 grant application, by Order 2005-8-19, the Department made its grant awards for fiscal year 2005. Youngstown was not one of the communities that received a grant award. That decision was based on the relative merits of the community's application under the Department's evaluation of all of the grant proposals submitted.

As to Youngstown's existing grant, I am not persuaded that the actions you request are warranted. The community was awarded a grant of $250,000 in 2004 to be used for marketing of the charter air services operated at the airport and the benefits to the community of flying from Youngstown. Youngstown is in compliance with the terms of the grant agreement between the community and the Department and its performance under the grant award is satisfactory at this time. In these circumstances, I find no basis under the provisions of the grant to terminate or limit the funding under Youngstown's grant award. I also note that there is no suggestion that the actions involved in your complaint against the airport affected any of the funding under Youngstown's existing grant award. While I appreciate your concerns, the disputed claims are the subject of a pending lawsuit and I believe that they are appropriately addressed in that context. Should Youngstown's performance under its grant award in any way violate the terms of the grant agreement, I can assure you that the Department is in a position to take whatever action it deems appropriate at that time.

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2005-20127
OST-2006-23671

September 16, 2005

Re: Gogebic-Iron County Airport to Offer Financial Incentives to Midwest Connect Airlines

It has been brought to my attention that the Chippewa County International Airport in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has declined the monies awarded them. We have also heard that several other airports may reject their funding. It is our hope that the monies that were awarded to Sault Ste. Marie will remain in the Upper Peninsula to help fund the needs of our area.

The purpose of our application is to offer financial incentives to Midwest Connect Airlines, our current air carrier, to lower fares, increase its frequencies, and if possible, add new routes. Our objective is to overcome some of the major hurdles travelers face, in a remote area such as Ironwood, to connect with the world.

By: Duane DuRay



OST-2004-17343
OST-2005-20127

June 19, 2007

Withdrawal of Oppostion to the Application of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport

By: Aviation Technologies


OST-2005-20127

November 7, 2007

Re: Ex-Parte Letter to Senator Carl Levin

By: Andrew Steinberg


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