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OST-2008-0100 - 2008 Small Community Air Service Development Program


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Small Community Air Service Development Program - 2008

Order 2008-3-8
OST-2008-0100

On File at Federal Register March 31, 2008

Order Soliciting Community Grant Proposals - (From Federal Register) - Bookmarked

Order Soliciting Community Grant Proposals - (From DOT) - Bookmarked

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 June 6, 2008.

Small communities that meet the basic criteria and currently receive subsidized air service under the Essential Air Service program are eligible to apply for funds under the Small Community Program. Indeed, a number of EAS-subsidized communities applied in past years and some have received grant awards. However, grant awards to EAS-subsidized communities are limited to marketing or promotion projects that support existing or newly subsidized air services. Grant funds will not be authorized for EAS-subsidized communities to support any new air service. Furthermore, no funds will be authorized to support additional flights by EAS carriers or changes to those carriers’ existing schedules. These restrictions are necessary to avoid potentially adverse effects on EAS program subsidies and the operations of EAS carriers.

Communities or members of a consortia that were awarded grants in previous years and want to apply for a grant this year should be aware that (1) they are precluded from seeking new funds for projects for which they have already received an award under the Small Community Program and (2) they cannot accept a new grant while they are a party to an existing grant under the program, either as an individual community or as a member of a consortium.

By: Michael Reynolds



May 13, 2008

Report on the Audit of the Small Community Air Service Development Program - Bookmarked

This report presents the results of our audit of the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Concerns have been raised by some stakeholders regarding the program’s effectiveness. In addition, Congress is considering possible reforms to this program as part of its larger reauthorization of aviation programs. We initiated this audit in response to a request from the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. The Office of Aviation Analysis has administered the SCASDP since its inception in fiscal year (FY) 2001.

The objective of this audit was to determine the effectiveness of SCASDP in helping small-hub and non-hub communities in achieving sustainable air service. To achieve this objective, we reviewed SCASDP grants to determine: (1) which grants succeeded and which ones failed; and, (2) whether certain project characteristics or project types lead to a greater likelihood of grant success. Furthermore, we sought to identify “lessons learned” that could improve the probability of small-hub and non-hub communities achieving sustainable air service as a result of their SCASDP grants.

By: David Tornquist, Assistant Inspector General for Rail and Maritime Program Audits and Economic Analysis



Order 2008-9-6
OST-2008-0100

Issued and Served September 8, 2008

Order Awarding Grants

By this order, the Department selects 16 communities in 12 states to receive financial grants under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to implement the air service initiatives proposed in their grant applications. Award recipients must execute a grant agreement with the Department before they can begin to spend funds under the grants. Individual agreements must be executed by September 19, 2008, or the Department’s offer may be withdrawn.

Five of the grant awards are made to non-EAS communities experiencing higher-than-average air fares, including Redding, CA; Missoula, MT; State College, PA; Sioux Falls, SD; and Wichita Falls, TX. These communities plan to use their grants to attract new or expanded air services.

Most of the awards to non-EAS communities include funds for marketing programs to support local air services. Such communities include Bullhead City, AZ; Redding, CA; Bloomington, IL; Springfield, IL; Missoula, MT; State College, PA; Sioux Falls, SD; Midland, TX; and Wichita Falls, TX.

Three awards go to communities that are seeking to acquire their first air service or to restore service previously lost, including Bullhead City, AZ; Moses Lake, WA; and an intrastate consortium of geographically isolated communities in Aroostook County, ME.

Two awards go to communities seeking service by a second air carrier. They are Muskegon, MI, and Wichita Falls, TX.

The award to Dover, DE, will enable the community to conduct a study of its air service needs and potential solutions.

Two grant awards are targeted at EAS communities: Merced, CA, which will use its marketing grant to support its transition to a new air carrier, and West Yellowstone, MT, which intends to use its marketing grant to increase ridership and reduce or eliminate its reliance on EAS.

By: Michael Reynolds


Proposals by State

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Alabama


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Mobile Airport Authority - Mobile, Alabama - Bookmarked

The advertising/promotional campaign's objective would be to increase the value of the Mobile Regional Airport brand through: (a) Increased awareness of current air service offered by airlines at Mobile Regional Airport; (b) Increased awareness of airport amenities therefore the airport's customer service focus; and (c) Increased awareness of costs associated from driving to another airport.

Total: $272,000.

By: Mobile Airport Authority

http://www.mobairport.com/ - Mobile Regional Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Northwest Alabama Regional Airport - Muscle Shoals, Alabama - Bookmarked

There is little incentive for Mesaba to stimulate additional passenger traffic on its own in the Muscle Shoals market due to the stability of its EAS contract. In order to increase passengers, and bring down average fares on current service, the Airport must commence a wide scale marketing campaign, extolling the virtues of flying locally. The Airport must also promote the markets in which local fares are lower than the fares found at other airports in the region. This will cause Muscle Shoals area travelers, at least, to check fares at their local airport before booking from other airports in the region.

The campaign will, specifically, detail the costs of flying from other airports versus flying locally, with a message including, but not limited to, the high cost of gas used in driving to other airports, and the time savings in flying locally. The Airport seeks $200,000 in federal funds, to be paired with $20,000 in local funds, to support this marketing and advertising campaign. The campaign is planned to last for the entire length of the current Essential Air Service contract.

By: Northwest Alabama Regional Airport, Matthew Hea

http://www.flytheshoals.com/ - Northwest Alabama Regional Airport

OST-2000-7856 - EAS at Muscle Shoals




Arizona


June 5, 2008

Proposal of Lake Havasu City Council - Lake Havasu City, Arizona - Bookmarked

In 2003, the City received $600,000 in grant funding through the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program to promote additional air service with Mesa Airlines. Air Midwest’s initial schedule consisted of 18 round trips per week from Lake Havasu City to Phoenix, and 14 round trips per week from Lake Havasu City to Ontario. Aircraft used were 19-seat Beech 1900 turboprops. The West Coast flights were popular on weekends, but most seats went empty during the week.

Air Midwest had considerable difficulties meeting scheduled arrival and departure times, and passengers developed no sense of consistency or confidence in scheduling. That culture within the airline continued in the intervening years until Mesa ceased operations on May 6, 2007.

On April 29, 2007, it was the Council’s consensus to seek a $600,000 grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program, with a 40 percent City match ($240,000). The Council will consider independently funding a consultant to assist in finding scheduled commercial air service in the fiscal year beginning July 2009. We will look for an alternative to the Phoenix-Ontario scenario of 2003 – service between Lake Havasu City and McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas.

By: Lake Havasu City Council, Stan Usinowicz

http://www.lhcaz.gov/airport.htm - Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal


June 2008

Proposal of Laughlin / Bullhead City International Airport - Mohave County, Arizona - Bookmarked

The Mohave County Airport Authority, the airport sponsor, is requesting $500,000 in federal assistance to implement a $945,895 air service initiative at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport to secure scheduled service to Los Angeles.

Local residents must travel two hours to Las Vegas to satisfy their air travel needs. The additional expense to local residents in travel costs and time are significant. The local market is underserved and large enough to support scheduled service, and this grant application is the initial step in establishing scheduled service from Laughlin/Bullhead to Los Angeles and the national air transportation system.

By: Mohave County Airport Authority

http://www.azdot.gov/aviation/airports/airports_list.asp?FAA=IFP - Laughlin / Bullhead City International Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal




California


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Del Norte County Airport - Crescent City, California - Missing Cover Page - Bookmarked

The Crescent City community, including Curry County in Oregon, has already pledged $20,000 for a project to increase advertising and marketing of local air service. The Airport now seeks a federal grant of $200,000, under the Small Community Air Service Development Program, in order to saturate the local market – both in California and in Oregon – with a message of the affordability of air service at Del Norte County Airport. The Airport believes the funding will lead to a dramatic increase in local enplanements, and a dramatic decrease in the federal expense of funding Crescent City service under the Essential Air Service Program.

By: Del Norte County Airport

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_McNamara_Field_Airport - Del Norte County Airport/Jack McNamara Field

OST-1997-2649 | OST-1998-3548 - EAS at Crescent City


June 6, 2008

Proposal of City of Merced - Merced, California - Bookmarked

The City of Merced, acting as sponsor, is applying for $100,000 in Small Community Air Service Development Program funding. This will be matched by $79,160 in local funds ($30,000 in cash contribution and $49,160 in-kind), which together with the grant will provide a three-year marketing program for air service from Merced.

The marketing program will bolster ridership for existing air service and promote the development of additional service by the existing carrier and others. The program will increase visibility and knowledge of Merced's air service throughout the market area. Following the end of the three-year grant, ridership will have increased on a steady basis and additional flight capacity will have been added.

Merced is an eligible applicant for the program. Merced's current service is supported by the EAS program and the intended activity is marketing. Merced has also previously been part of a consortium, but the consortium's activities under a previous grant are being concluded.

By: City of Merced

http://www.cityofmerced.org/depts/airport/default.asp - Merced Municipal Airport

OST-1998-3521 - EAS at Merced

2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Merced County - Merced County, California - Bookmarked

Merced County, CA – Castle Airport’s proposal for Small Community Air Service Development Program funds includes two project goals: 1) establish and market convenient commercial airline service and Castle Airport and make it the airport of choice for inbound and outbound regional travelers in the Central Valley to desired destinations currently not being service; and 2) Obtain Air Service Development Zone designation at Castle Airport.

Key objectives of this proposal are to establish regional jet air service to desired destinations currently not being served; create an air service attraction and expansion program targeting major and/or regional airlines; create and rapidly deploy an extensive air service advertising and awareness campaign utilizing a combination of traditional and innovative marketing strategies; and ultimately become a catalyst for regional industry growth, the travel and tourism sector, local businesses, and the University of California, Merced.

By: County of Merced

http://www.castleairport.merced.ca.us/ - Castle Airport

OST-1998-3521 - EAS at Merced

2007 SCASD Proposal


June 2008

Proposal of Modesto City-County Airport - Modesto, California - 2 Pages Only - Remaining Grant Application Missing

The Airport is currently in discussions with both Delta Air Lines and US Airways, as it works to convince both to enter the Modesto market with service to their respective western hubs – Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The Airport plans to make available a large risk mitigation package to the first airline that agrees to add service to the Modesto City-County Airport. The community has already pledged $75,000 to the project, while the Airport pledged another $75,000. Those local funds will be used for the marketing program and fee waivers. The Airport seeks $650,000 in funding under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to provide a revenue guarantee for the new carrier.

By: Modesto City-County Airport

http://www.modairport.com/ - Modesto City-County Airport

OST-1998-3522 - EAS at Modesto

2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal


June 5, 2008

Proposal of City of Palmdale - Palmdale, California - Bookmarked

The Wheels Up Palmdale Coalition is pleased to submit a proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a grant as part of the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The lead sponsor and partner in the Coalition, the City of Palmdale, is requesting $1,100,000 for support to continue new commercial service. The community will match these funds with $1,125,000 in hard dollar support as well as $3,372,000 with in-kind contributions.

We are extremely grateful to the USDOT for awarding Palmdale a grant in 2006 and the opportunity it has provided our community. We were quick to accept the grant and implement our plan to reintroduce commercial service to the LA/Palmdale Regional Airport. Within 10 months we signed an agreement with the USDOT, selected a well-known commercial airline and aggressively supported the carrier’s introduction into the market – a remarkable and exception timeframe. We have been fortunate to attract United Express, a global airline with service to San Francisco International Airport, the largest domestic market for the Palmdale area.

PMD’s air service growth has been challenged by several unique and unforeseen issues that have hampered United’s ability to realize profitability in the initial year of service. First, Palmdale’s unique business market, dominated by military aerospace/defense and government, has been unable to travel on the existing service in large numbers because of rigid booking policies that strongly encourage use of General Services Administration Airline City Pair Program contract fares and the unavailability of these contract fares until October 1, 2008 in the PMD market. Second, the unprecedented spike in fuel costs (industry average increase of 57%) in the past 12 months has destabilized the entire commercial airline industry. Simply stated, fuel has become the enemy of small community air service across the U.S. and PMD’s service has been negatively impacted as a result.

This request is not without precedent. Nine individual communities (and two consortiums) have been awarded a second grant since the program was funded in 2002. Even prior to a second award, PMD generates traffic levels that exceed four of the individual communities. PMD is clearly a market with considerable potential and worthy of the investment as we have demonstrated considerable progress with our initial grant.

By: City of Palmdale, Sonja Murray, 310-709-7277

http://lawa.org/pmd/welcomePMD.cfm - LA/Palmdale Regional Airport

2006 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport - San Luis Obispo, California - Bookmarked

The Airport proposes the reinstatement of service between San Luis Obispo, San Diego, and Sacramento. This service hasn’t been operated since 1998. The Airport believes there is sufficient demand for service to be successful. However, due to the high fuel cost environment, most airlines aren’t looking to expand. The Airport believes this Small Community Air Service Development Grant will mitigate a new carrier’s risk in both markets, helping to ensure the success of each new service. The Airport has already pledged $25,000 to this project. It requests a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $425,000 for start-up cost offsets, advertising and marketing support, and revenue guarantees in support of new service. The Airport proposes to spend $50,000 on advertising projects, while reserving $375,000 for revenue guarantees.

By: San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport Manager Klaasje Nairne

http://www.sloairport.com/ - San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Sonoma County Airport - Sonoma County, California - Bookmarked

The Sonoma County Community is seeking a grant to support the establishment of air service to a hub airport to the east of California. We are requesting a grant of $650,000, with a local contribution of $570,000 for a total incentive package of $1,220,000. With the receipt of the Small Community Air Service Development grant funds, our airline assistance package will have sufficient resources to provide a strong marketing program for the new, eastbound air service and provide a revenue guarantee for the airline during the initial months of operation.

The Sonoma County Community and the Sonoma County Airport received a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development program in 2004. The grant was $635,000 and was intended to support new air service between Sonoma County Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The Sonoma County Airport had been without any scheduled passenger air service since October of 2001 and the Small Community grant allowed the Community and the Airport to develop a strong incentive package to attract new air service.

By: Sonoma County Airport

http://www.sonomacountyairport.org/ - Sonoma County Airport

2004 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Redding Municipal Airport - Redding, California - Bookmarked

The City of Redding, the Airport sponsor, is requesting $500,000 in federal assistance to support the implementation of a $1,279,500 air service initiative. The project goal is to secure service to a hub airport located east of Redding that provides competitive airfares and connecting opportunities to domestic and international destinations for Redding’s air travelers.

Redding turned its 2004 SCASDP grant award into a small community air service success story. From its beginning in April 2005, Horizon Air’s service between Redding/Arcata and Los Angeles has been a great success for both communities, Redding and Arcata. Since inception (including the ramp-up period), Redding’s load factor through February 2008 averaged 76 percent. In 2007, 40,692 travelers used the service and average airfares in the Redding-Los Angeles market were down 19 percent from the year prior to the start of service. The goals were met, and Redding’s air travelers are happy with the outcome.

This 2008 application is different. Where the goal of the 2004 application was to secure service between Redding/Arcata and Los Angeles, this application addresses Redding’s need for service to a hub airport located east of Redding with Salt Lake City the primary focus.

By: City of Redding Airport Manager, Rod Dinger, 530-224-4321

http://ci.redding.ca.us/transeng/airports/rma.htm - Redding Municipal Airport

2004 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal




Colorado

June 5, 2008

Proposal of Eagle County Regional Airport - Eagle County, Colorado - Bookmarked

This proposal includes Eagle County Government and Eagle County Airport’s request of $450,000 of Federal funds, to be matched with an additional $450,000 from Eagle County, CO and the Eagle Marketing Partnership.

The funds will be used over three years to: Increase EGE’s inbound load factors by filling empty seats through the establishment of brand awareness among local residents and visitors already traveling in and out of the Vail Valley through other air transportation venues, as well as among prospective visitors.

The EMP’s proposal outlines a request of $450,000 to be used over three years to market year-round existing and future air service under awareness and retail campaigns, which will include data collection, website development, and other program support items further described herein.

By: Eagle County

http://www.eaglecounty.us/airport/ - Eagle County Regional Airport

2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


May 19, 2008

Proposal of Telluride Regional Airport Authority - Telluride, Colorado - Bookmarked

Telluride Regional Airport in conjunction with the Telluride/Montrose Regional Air Organization is applying for the Small Community Air Service Development Program grant for $350,000. The community match will be $150,000. This money will be used to increase airline service and airline service competition to the Telluride Regional Airport.

With this grant application, the Telluride Regional Airport Authority and TMRAO hope to engage in a revenue guaranty with an airline with marketing support to increase the availability of airline seats available to/from Telluride and off-set the loss of Great Lakes flights to/from TEX. Our use of grant funds will also focus on increasing fare competition by increasing the seat availability by either attracting new carrier service or seasonal extension of air carrier service by USAirways from Phoenix (Service would be attracted for summer in addition to the winter service presently occurring). Another option to achieving our goals is to attract winter/summer Salt Lake City air service to Telluride.

By: Telluride Regional Airport Authority, Richard Nuttall

http://www.tellurideairport.com/ - Telluride Regional Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal




Delaware

May 30, 2008

Proposal of City of Dover - Dover, Delaware - Bookmarked

Economic development and business interests in central Delaware have called for a definitive
study to determine the feasibility of establishing airline service to the State’s capital. The Civil Air
Terminal, located at Dover Air Force Base is currently certified for FAR Part 139 operations (airline
use). Thus, the study would undertake the following objectives: (a) Determine Demand for Airline Service in Central Delaware; (b) Cost/Benefit Analysis, If Implemented; (c) Economic Feasibility Analysis for Service; (d) Development of Operating Plan; (e) Identification of Potential Carriers; and (f) Development of a Marketing Plan to Potential Air Carriers and Community.

This proposed study is for a new project in a state that has never received a Small Community Airline Service Development Program grant. The total study amount is estimated to cost $150,000, with the federal share totaling $135,000 and matching local share totaling $15,000 (12 percent of the total project). The project would be scheduled to start in September of 2008 and conclude no later than May of 2009. Within the project would be a “go/no-go” decision point. That is, if there was insufficient demand to establish feasibility, the study would be stopped and the balance of funds returned to the USDOT. If potential feasibility is established, then the operating plan, identification of potential carriers, and marketing plan would continue.

By: City of Dover

http://www.catatdover.com/ - Dover Air Force Base Civil Air Terminal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Delaware River & Bay Authority - Wilmington, Delaware - Incomplete Document

New Castle Airport has historically served the Greater Wilmington area as the primary air access point for a variety of corporate, civil defense, maintenance & repair and limited commercial service needs. For most of its civilian history, the airport has experienced fluctuating commercial service levels based on economic and competitive external factors. Most recently, the airport accommodated three daily roundtrips by the now-defunct Skybus Airlines which helped bring a renewed community focus on the need to identify the airport’s true demand potential.

In this regard, the DRBA proposes to seek USDOT’s assistance to: (a) Perform a quality feasibility analysis and market study to identify the airport’s demand potential, if any; (b) Survey existing users and stakeholders to establish current patterns of passenger activity, including leakage analysis; (c) If demand is fully quantified, develop comprehensive framework under which the community could further its partnership efforts at attracting and sustaining air service; (d) Identify those carriers best suited to establish profitable service profiles from New Castle Airport, and present data in support of same; and (e) Strengthen the public/private partnerships and stakeholder relationships associated with this on-going effort by monitoring public and media awareness of New Castle’s existing and future potential.

By: DE River and Bay Authority, Stephen Williams

http://www.newcastleairportilg.com/ - New Castle Airport




Florida


June 6, 2008

Proposal of St. Lucie County International Airport - Port St. Lucie, Florida

The St Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and the St. Lucie County International Airport are seeking funding in the amount of $200,000 to assist with a study to determine the feasibility of pursuing commercial air service. The study will include a community survey and, if so indicated, the development of a marketing strategy.

The first part of the proposed study would be to conduct a study/market survey that will analyze the demand for commercial air service at the SLCIA. This service might range from small commuter service to commercial airlines. The study would help define what type of commercial air service the airport and the community could support, as well as examine what people would be willing to pay for this service. The study would also include community and business surveys and, dependent upon results and available funding, the second part of the proposed study would be the drafting of a marketing strategy.

By: St. Lucie County International Airport

http://www.stlucieco.gov/airport/index.htm - St. Lucie County International Airport


June 5, 2008

Proposal of Charlotte County Airport Authority - Punta Gorda, Florida - Bookmarked

The Charlotte County Airport, represented by the Charlotte County Airport Authority, herein applies for $210,000 funding from the SCASD Grant Program. This will be combined with a $10,000 local cash commitment and additional "in-kind" funding of approximately $15,000 which will be used to recruit nonstop air service to the Columbus, Ohio and the Boston area markets.

As a gateway to the West Coast of Florida, Charlotte County is dependent on tourism. The lack of convenient cost-effective access to the Midwest and Northeast, particularly Columbus, Ohio and the Boston markets, presents a major air service deficiency. In this application, the Authority and the community present the need for a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The airport worked for a period of four years to restore airline service that was lost in the 1980s. Airline service was restored in December 2007. Just 3 1/2 months later, the airport had proven the market with over 40,000 passengers in the month of March, 2008. The airline providing a service to Columbus, Ohio, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, (Boston market) and Greensboro, North Carolina, filed bankruptcy and discontinued service as of April 4, 2008. This was due in very large measure to the run-up in fuel costs. The loss of 70 jobs increased the County's unemployment rate, already the fourth highest in the state. The current state of the airline industry requires incentives, particularly in funding of both marketing and startup costs for new service at Charlotte County Airport. In addition, we are competing for airline service with the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport which has the benefit of the second largest grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. This has put us at a competitive disadvantage.

By: Charlotte County Airport Authority, Geary Quill, 941-639-1101

http://www.flypgd.com/ - Charlotte County Airport




Georgia


June 6, 2008

Proposal of the North Carolina DOT - 23 North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Communities - Bookmarked

The Essential Air Service program is exhibiting the same dramatic symptoms - communities are losing service, and service options are shrinking. Fewer carriers are available to provide service, and the cost of that service is causing the EAS budget to swell dramatically. New ideas for the program are necessary, with solutions that can cut costs and increase revenues. On-demand service has the ingredients: service that only operates when revenue demands it, flying nonstop to the destinations passengers desire. The Southeast Consortium of communities in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina firmly believes that on-demand service can provide communities effective and important access to air transportation.

The Southeast Consortium consists of Albany, Brunswick-St. Simon, Columbus, Douglas, Gainesville, Lagrange, Rome and Valdosta in Georgia; Albemarle/Stanly County, Fayetteville, Greenville, Lumberton and Pinehurst/Southern Pines in North Carolina; and Columbia, Aiken, Anderson, Clemson, Georgetown, Greenville, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Sumter and Walterboro in South Carolina. None of these airports were classified as larger than a small hub in 1997. This group of communities boasts a variety of air service available: most currently have no scheduled air service at the airport, several have service to one hub offered by a regional affiliate of the major carrier at the hub, one has service to two hubs and one, Columbia, has service to several hubs in the eastern half of the country. However, none of the communities are growing their air service, nor is the current service adequately serving the needs of the community.

By: NCDOT

http://www.albany.ga.us/AIRPORT/AIRPORT.HTM - Southweset Georgia Regional Airport - Albany
http://www.glynncountyairports.com/services3.html - Brunswick Golden Isles Airport - Brunswick/St. Simons
http://www.flycolumbusga.com/ - Columbus Metropolitan Airport - Columbus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Municipal_Airport_(Georgia) - Douglas Municipal Airport - Douglas
http://www.gainesville.org/citydepartments.publicworks.airport.asp - Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport - Gainesville
http://troupair.com/cgi-bin/p/w66p-home.cgi?d=troup-air - Lagrange Callaway Airport - Lagrange
http://www.floydcountyga.org/Airport/about_air.htm - Richard B. Russell Regional Airport - Rome
http://www.flyvaldosta.com/ - Valdosta Regional Airport - Valdosta

2007 SCASD Proposal of Columbus | Withdrawn
2006 SCASD Proposal of Brusnwick



Illinois


June 30, 2008

Proposal of Central Illinois Regional Airport - Bloomington/Normal, Illinois - Bookmarked

It is near-certain that two of CIRA's incumbent air carriers - Northwest and Delta - will effect a merger by the end of 2008. This will reduce competition at CIRA by eliminating one entire airline brand, and, possibly a reduction in the number of hub gateways served. Adding DFW service will help offset these effects.

While this application seeks a grant to attract and support service to Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines, service to Houston Intercontinental on Continental would be a backup in the event industry events preclude American's ability to respond.

The community is requesting a grant in the amount of $500,000 to provide risk-offset funding, if necessary, to establish nonstop service to the American Airlines hub at Dallas/Ft. Worth International. In the event that airline industry restructuring or mergers make this impossible to pursue, the Community will pursue service to the Continental hub at Houston Intercontinental. This grant will be matched by $725,000 in cash by the community

By: Central Illinois Regional Airport

http://www.cira.com/ - Central Illinois Regional Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal


June 4, 2008

Proposal of Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria - Peoria, Illinois - Bookmarked

The Airport Authority's Marketing and Development Department, under the direction of the Airport Authority's Director of Airports will have responsibility for development and management of this program on the local level and will be designated as the community sponsor that will accept program reimbursements. The Airport Authority and its public/private partners request a $800,000 grant under the terms of The Small Community Air Service Development Program to attempt to secure competitive air service to a new hub destination within the United States. Based on our current understanding of our community's air service needs and the current competitive state of airlines and their air service priorities, these destinations have been targeted for increased service.

The $800,000 of requested federal money is being matched by a Public/Private contribution of $250,000 or 32% of the federal funds requested. Through numerous discussions that the Airport Authority has had with potential airlines for this Small Community Air Service Development Program, the Authority and the airlines have identified four major cost factors that weigh heavy in their decision to serve Peoria. They are: station start up costs, first year airport operating costs and public awareness costs (advertising and marketing) and the cost of fuel. These airlines believe that they can be profitable in Peoria over time. However, the start up period of the first 24 months is critical to their long-term success. The Small Community Air Service Development Program will allow us to help share in these initial start up risks in a manner that would not be possible if not for this program.

By: MAAP, Ken Spirito, 309-697-8272

http://www.flypia.com/ - Greater Peoria Regional Airport

2004 SCASD Proposal - Illinois Commercial Airport Coalition
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport - Springfield, Illinois - Bookmarked

The Airport has identified the Springfield – Memphis route as a strong contender for new service. It proposes two daily flights to and from Memphis on a Northwest Airlines regional affiliate. The Airport and the community have already pledged $475,000 for this new service. The Airport now seeks a federal grant in the amount of $750,000. $100,000 of the total funding will be used for advertising and marketing in central Illinois. The federal portion will be used as a revenue guarantee.

By: Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport Director Mark Hanna

http://www.flyspi.com/ - Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal




Indiana

June 3, 2008

Proposal of Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority - Fort Wayne, Indiana - Bookmarked

Fort Wayne International Airport, which is operated by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, qualifIes for and is in need of grant assistance to support a study aimed at identifying the impact from the General Services Administration's City Pair Program on passenger traffIc. This study will be designed to qualify those policies that will make FWA more competitive to other area airports, primarily Indianapolis. Through this study overall passenger travel costs will be identifIed, particularly on airlines which provide service at Fort Wayne International and will help to reduce "leakage" to other airports in the region due to a potential disparity in policy application. Additionally, findings from this study may identify other communities which are being negatively impacted and allow them to benefit from this potential cost savings.

By: Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority Director Torrance Richardson

http://www.fwairport.com/ - Fort Wayne International Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal




Iowa


May 28, 2008

Proposal of Dubuque Regional Airport - Dubuque, Iowa - 38MB - Bookmarked

To remain competitive, Dubuque Regional Airport is requesting financial assistance from the Department of Transportation to forge a partnership between the traveling public from the greater tri-state regional communities and the airlines that operate in and out of DBQ. We are proposing airfare incentives to travelers utilizing Dubuque's airlines for the next three years. DBQ already has in place the FlyDBQ Rewards program. This no-cost rewards program thanks travelers for choosing Dubuque. It is in its third year of existence and has over 1700 members. If the Dubuque Regional Airport is successful in its grant application, we will implement the following addition to the FlyDBQ Rewards Program:

FlyDBQ Reward members will receive periodic e-mail blasts about airfare incentives. The first twenty-five FlyDBQ Reward members who purchase an airline ticket out of Dubuque during the promotional timeframe will receive a $250 gift certificate for American Eagle/American Airlines or Northwest Airlink/Northwest Airlines (Delta?) out of Dubuque. The FlyDBQ Reward member can use the $250 gift certificate for future travel out of Dubuque within the next year.

By: Dubuque Regional Airport Manager Robert Grierson, 563-589-4128

http://www.flydbq.com/ - Dubuque Regional Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Sioux Gateway Airport - Sioux City, Iowa - Bookmarked

The City of Sioux City, the airport sponsor, is requesting $520,000 in federal assistance to implement an $812,000 air service initiative. In 2004, the City of Sioux City received a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant. The proposed project’s goals and objectives differ from the previous grant application and award.

The project goals are three-part: (a) Reinstate westbound service to serve the Siouxland area; (b) Provide competition in the marketplace to reduce airfares; and (c) Mitigate the need to drive long distances to access adequate air service. Reinstatement of westbound service is a top priority. The Strategic Plan, United Airlines’ Denver service, will achieve the project goals.

By: City of Sioux City, Rick McElroy, 712-279-0170

http://www.flysux.com/ - Sioux Gateway Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal




Kansas


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Salina Municipal Airport - Salina, Kansas - Bookmarked

he Airport proposes additional flights, under its Essential Air Service docket, which does allow for an expanded schedule, on Great Lakes Airlines to its Denver hub. The Airport also proposes that Great Lakes use larger aircraft on the route – 30 seat Embraer EMB120 turboprops. In order to mitigate Great Lakes’ risk in expanding Salina service, the Airport proposes a wide ranging program of marketing and advertising support and revenue guarantees.

The Salina Airport Authority has already received pledges from the community of $350,000 in support of increased service on the Denver route. The Airport itself will pledge $50,000 of the project cost in landing fee waivers, fuel flowage fee waivers, and by waiving overnight hangar fees. The local pledge is 30% of the total project cost, with the remainder of the project being supported by federal funds from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Of the total project cost of $1,150,000, $400,000 will come from local sources. The federal share of this project will be $750,000.

By: Salina Airport Authority, Timothy Rogers

http://salinaairport.com/ - Salina Municipal Airport

OST-2002-11376 - EAS at Salina

2007 SCASD Proposal of Salina/Topeka


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Forbes Field Airport - Topeka, Kansas - Bookmarked

Essentially, those who live in the Topeka catchment area are paying a premium for air service, even though there is no local air service provided in their community. In order to fix the problem, Forbes Field Airport is proposing non-stop service to Denver, connecting to the hubs of United and Frontier. In providing a local option for east central Kansas air service, flights to Denver will connect more than 50% of Topeka area travelers with the destinations. Denver service will help ameliorate current high fares that are a detriment to business, to economic development agencies, and to the three-quarters of a million residents of east central Kansas.

The Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority has already raised $50,000 in funding in support of scheduled air service. The Airport seeks a federal grant of $500,000 under the Small Community Air Service Development Program.

By: Forbes Field Airport Director Eric Johnson

http://www.mtaa-topeka.org/ - Forbes Field Airport

2007 SCASD Proposal of Topeka/Salina




Kentucky


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Elizabethtown Regional Airport - Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox, Kentucky - Bookmarked

The Elizabethtown Airport Board, and its legal sponsor, the City of Elizabethtown, seeks a grant under the United States Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Program in the amount of $650,000. If awarded, the City of Elizabethtown will provide an additional grant, in the amount of $16,500.

If awarded, the grant proceeds will be used to support the re-establishment of passenger airline service at the Elizabethtown Regional Airport in the form of air carrier start-up cost offsets and a marketing campaign to promote the new service.

By: City of Elizabethtown

http://www.ekxairport.com/ - Elizabethtown Regional Airport

2007 SCASD Proposal




Lousiana


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Shreveport Airport Authority - Shreveport, Louisiana - Bookmarked

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

This application is based on an analysis of airline service needs for Shreveport Regional Airport and the deficiencies that currently exist in the Airport’s service pattern, and the need for risk abatement funds to support airlines in the startup phase of expanded service at SHV.

By: City of Shreveport

http://www.ci.shreveport.la.us/dept/airport/ - Shreveport Regional Airport

2002 SCADS Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal




Maine


June 5, 2008

Proposal of Bangor International Airport - Bangor, Maine - Bookmarked

Bangor International Airport hereby submits its proposal for $400,000 for funding under the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. Combined with a $25,000 cash commitment from the Maine Department of Transportation, $65,000 Airport non-aeronautical funds, and $25,000 matching funds from Bangor Region Development Alliance, the $515,000 will be used to recruit and retain year-round air service to New York City.

The community and Bangor International Airport believe that this grant is the key to attracting and retaining critically needed year-round air service to the New York City metro area and meets the intent of the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The funds requested will address a major air service deficiency for the region by providing consistent year-round service to a vital transportation link and by improving fare discipline.

By: Bangor Airport, Rebecca Hupp, 207-947-0381

http://www.flybangor.com/ - Bangor International Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Northern Aroostook Regional Airport Authority - Frenchville, Maine - Bookmarked

This proposal has two components: to connect the northern most region of Maine with the center of medical and economic activity available in the greater Portland area and to provide efficient and reasonable air transportation to those with offices in southern Maine wishing to conduct business in Aroostook County.

The aggregate request is for $350,000 over two years. The NARAA and the local communities it represents face challenging economic times with record high energy costs stretching already tight local budgets. Each of the five communities: Madawaska, Fort Kent, Frenchville, St. Agatha, and St. John Plantation have considered the positive impact regular air service will have on their community and have found creative ways to provide non-airport cash support in excess of $50,000.

If the air service does not achieve an average of 3 passengers / flight after the first 12 months consideration should be given to discontinuing the service.

By: NARAA, David Fernald, 207-543-6300

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Aroostook_Regional_Airport - Northern Aroostook Regional Airport




Massachusetts


June 6, 2008

Proposal of City of New Bedford - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Bookmarked

The proposal seeks to add additional air service between the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts (mainland) and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. New Bedford has the highest unemployment rate in Massachusetts with an eager-to-work population. The islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have significant workforce shortages. This shortage has caused the islands to “scramble” for “makeshift” solutions to address the workforce shortages. Added air service targeted for workers would begin a permanent and sustainable solution.

New Bedford would provide free parking at the airport for any qualified participant. This is a $10.00 per calendar day value or $50 per week per participant. It is estimated that this contribution would total $49,500 in lost revenue the first year and $99,000 in the final year based upon goals and no ridesharing.

By: City of New Bedford

http://www.ci.new-bedford.ma.us/airport/nbair.html - New Bedford Regional Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal




Michigan

June 6, 2008

Proposal of Delta County Airport - Escanaba, Michigan - Bookmarked

Grant Proposal Amount: $181,000. Major Objectives: (1) Develop and expand a campaign that will market the newly selected EAS air carrier for Delta County Airport with its quality air service and customer convenience for the next 2-years. (2) Stop passenger declination through an aggressive marketing campaign to publicize and market Delta County’s air service at a better dollar value by flying locally rather than driving to Marquette or Green Bay, WI. (3) Increase the passenger market to be able to work with the carrier for improved service to other requested destinations.

By: Delta County Airport

http://www.deltacountymi.org/airport.php - Delta County Airport

OST-2003-15128 - EAS at Escanaba

2003 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Sawyer International Airport - Gwinn, Michigan - Bookmarked

Total Amount of Request: $ 750,000.

This project will provide the funding to begin the process of recruiting a new-entrant carrier to the County of Marquette, Michigan. Note: If no new-entrant carrier is able to commit to new service between Marquette and Lansing, Michigan, this application also will provide two Alternatives to provide a proposal to one of our two existing airlines (American Airlines or Northwest Airlines).

No scheduled air service exists today between Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and Lower Michigan – and in fact, Detroit Metro Airport is the only city in Michigan that has schedule passenger air service to Lansing (via Northwest Airlines).

By: Sawyer International Airport, 906-346-3308

http://www.sawyerairport.com/ - Sawyer International Airport


June 5, 2008

Proposal of Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport - Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan - Bookmarked

The Small Community Air Service Development Program provides the ideal means for assisting small communities with limited resources develop comprehensive air service advancements that benefit all sectors of the traveling public. We humbly request that the Department of Transportation award the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport $500,000 for the purpose of collaborating with Midwest Express to introduce new non-stop service from Kalamazoo to Milwaukee, to provide efficient and economical access to the national air transportation system for the people of Southwest Michigan.

AZO has secured total cash commitments of $100,000, which coupled with an airport in-kind trading commitment of $125,000, and broadcast in-kind contribution of $40,000, provides 35 percent of the total funding required to complete this project. Furthermore, the plan laid forth by AZO only requires a one-time grant award to secure air service enhancements that have lasting benefits.

By: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport Director Clifton Moshoginis, 268-388-3668

http://www.azoairport.com/ - Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Muskegon County Airport - Muskegon, Michigan - Bookmarked

In order to counteract increasing fares and declining passengers, the Muskegon County Airport has been active in working to bring additional airlines to the market. The Airport has had several discussions with American Airlines, about launching regional jet service to its hub at Chicago O’Hare. This Small Community Air Service Development Grant is the final piece of funding needed to secure new service. American won’t launch additional, speculative, routes without risk mitigation, due to the high cost of fuel. This Grant provides that risk mitigation, in the form of marketing, revenue guarantees, and start-up cost offsets.

The Airport and the Muskegon community have already pledged $65,000 to the project, with $650,000 in federal funding helping the Airport build the rest of its package for American service. The Airport pledges to use $50,000 for advertising and marketing projects in support of new service. It will use the remainder of the funding - $665,000 – for revenue guarantees.

By: Muskegon County Airport

http://www.muskegonairport.com/ - Muskegon County Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of The Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City, Michigan - Bookmarked

The Cherry Capital Airport is requesting a grant in the amount of $500,000 to attract and support new service that will address and reverse the significant and continuing reductions in capacity and access suffered by Traverse City since 2005. The community has committed another $50,000 local match, and Cherry Capital Airport’s marketing funds will contribute an additional $50,000 specifically and exclusively to promote the Airport and the new service.

The Airport has identified three carrier/route options. While each is different, they all address the air service deficiency noted herein. Each will fill the lost capacity, meet the needs of the growing region, and provide additional competition. These options are: Midwest Airlines to Milwaukee, Continental Airlines to Cleveland, or Delta Air Lines to Atlanta.

By: Cherry Capital Airport

http://www.tvcairport.com/ - Cherry Capital Airport

2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal




Minnesota

June 4, 2008

Proposal of Chisholm-Hibbing Airport - Hibbing, Minnesota - Bookmarked

Northeastern Minnesota has for many years generated solid, year-round demand for inbound and outbound flights for business and recreational travel. In recent years, the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority has identified two key challenges to meeting this demand: (a) reduced commercial air service; and (b) lack of on-demand air service.

The airport authority is pursuing a solution for this challenge. The staff have already begun the process of identifying a qualified air charter service provider to be based at the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport. Selection of a provider will be based on a fair and competitive due diligence process, to assure that the region’s business and leisure air transport needs are served by a company with a demonstrated safety and service record that provides air service at reasonable costs.

Funds from the Small Community Air Service Development Program would help the Chisholm Hibbing Airport Authority fill a void in the region’s air service options, thus making air travel more robust throughout the region. In addition, demand for this type of service would significantly expand the airport’s service area. The airport authority has pledged significant in-kind services to demonstrate its commitment to the long-term success of this venture.

By: Chisholm-Hibbing Airport

http://www.hibbingairport.com/ - Chisholm-Hibbing Airport

OST-2003-15796 - EAS at Chisholm/Hibbing

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal




Mississippi

June 6, 2008

Proposal of Greenwood-Leflore Airport - Greenwood, Mississippi - Bookmarked

Based on the forecast developed in this proposal, the Airport will need $750,000 as an incentive to support the new air service. Of this total, the sponsors of this proposal will need a $500,000 grant from the DOT and the sponsors of this proposal will provide $100,000 in in-kind contribution, $100,000 in pre-purchased tickets and $50,000 in cash. The timing of the Small Community Air Service Development program for 2008 is perfect since the airport is about to begin its recruiting program.

By: Greenwood-Leflore Airport Manager Bardin Redditt, 662-453-1526

http://www.gwoairport.com/ - Greenwood-Leflore Airport

2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Trent Lott International Airport - Moss Point, Mississippi - Bookmarked

To support new air service, the airport is seeking money to guarantee flights for the first six months of operation and pay for a local marketing and advertising campaign in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Based on the forecast developed in this proposal, the Airport will need $700,000 as an incentive to support the new air service. Of this total, the sponsor of this proposal will need a $500,000 grant from the DOT and the sponsor of this proposal will provide $75,000 in in-kind contribution, $75,000 in pre-purchased tickets and $50,000 in cash. The timing of the Small Community Air Service Development program for 2008 is perfect since the airport is about to begin its recruiting program.

By: Trent Lott International Airport Director Carol Snapp, 228-475-1371

http://www.co.jackson.ms.us/Ds/Airport.html - Trent Lott International Airport




Montana

June 6, 2008

Proposal of Bert Mooney Airport - Butte, Montana - Bookmarked

The Bert Mooney Airport Authority, the airport sponsor, is requesting $260,000 in financial assistance to support a $445,000 air service improvement initiative. The project goals are to: (a) Improve performance of existing service to prevent further service reductions and (b) Improve schedule coverage and connectivity for local air travelers.

The Strategic Plan to accomplish the project goals is to add an additional year-round third flight from Bert Mooney Airport to Delta Air Lines’ Salt Lake City hub. An additional frequency will provide improved air service options and connectivity. Local travelers needing schedule flexibility will have more local options and less need to drive to alternate airports.

By: Bert Mooney Airport Manager Rick Griffith, 406-494-3771

http://www.butteairport.com/ - Bert Mooney Airport

2004 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Missoula International Airport - Missoula, Montana - Bookmarked

The Missoula County Airport Authority, the airport sponsor, is requesting $485,000 in federal assistance to implement a $612,000 air service initiative. The Strategic Plan, daily roundtrip service to San Francisco, will achieve the project goal: obtain nonstop, daily service to a hub located to the southwest of Missoula International Airport.

By: Missoula County Airport Authority, Cris Jensen, 406-728-4381

http://www.flymissoula.com/ - Missoula International Airport


June 2, 2008

Proposal of Yellowstone Airport - West Yellowstone, Montana - Bookmarked

The Montana Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division, the airport sponsor, is requesting $105,000 in federal assistance to facilitate the study and implementation of a $136,000 marketing and promotion initiative.

By: Montana DOT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_Airport - Yellowstone Airport

OST-2003-14626 - EAS at West Yellowstone

2002 SCASD Proposal




Nevada

June 5, 2008

Proposal of Elko Regional Airport - Elko, Nevada - Bookmarked

Vision Air has announced its intention to begin service between Elko and Reno with a single morning rotation six days a week. While a specific start date has not been announced, indications are that service will begin in late summer. Reno and the capital district of Carson City are very important communities of travel interest with Elko. Furthermore, Reno is one of the major sources of traffic leakage from the EKO service area. The Airport and the Community believe the service will be successful, albeit with a single roundtrip planned at this time. A second flight would assure this success.

Elko is herein requesting a grant to support a second Vision Air round trip in the market. This will not only fill an existing air service deficiency, but will also tend to offset some of the decreased access represented by both the recent SkyWest reduction, as well as the near-certain cut in frequency to Salt Lake City that will result from the retirement of that carrier’s EMB-120 fleet.

By: Elko Regional Airport Manager Trent Moyers, 775-777-7190

http://www.ci.elko.nv.us/airport/airport.htm - Elko Regional Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal




New York


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport - Ithaca, New York - Bookmarked

The Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant is an investment in continued economic growth, not a subsidy. This grant will provide funding for ITH to continue growing in the new air service environment. Our community is looking to continue to build relationships with our current carriers, US Airways and Northwest. We are seeking ways to make ITH more competitive in light of the substantive changes in the airline industry in recent years, including the growth of Low Cost Carriers and the spiraling cost of jet fuel. We intend to improve air service options, improve city match pairs for ITH, and aggressively market the results of our efforts.

By: Tompkins County

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

2004 SDASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Syracuse Hancock International Airport - Syracuse, New York - Bookmarked

As the Public Sponsor for this public/private partnership, the City of Syracuse hereby applies for a grant of federal funds, in the amount of $750,000, under the DOT Program for FY2008. The requested DOT grant, combined with $250,000 that the MDA will contribute, will fund the SYR Business Air Travel Improvement Program to improve air services in major Syracuse business travel markets that lack non-stop service. The primary focus of the SYR Program will be to provide incentives to a carrier or carriers that commit to satisfactorily address such air service deficiencies at Syracuse Hancock International Airport, to the benefit of business air travel and economic development in the Syracuse and Central New York State region.

By: City of Syracuse

http://www.syrairport.org/ - Syracuse Hancock International Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal




North Carolina


June 6, 2008

Proposal of the North Carolina DOT - 23 North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Communities - Bookmarked

The Essential Air Service program is exhibiting the same dramatic symptoms - communities are losing service, and service options are shrinking. Fewer carriers are available to provide service, and the cost of that service is causing the EAS budget to swell dramatically. New ideas for the program are necessary, with solutions that can cut costs and increase revenues. On-demand service has the ingredients: service that only operates when revenue demands it, flying nonstop to the destinations passengers desire. The Southeast Consortium of communities in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina firmly believes that on-demand service can provide communities effective and important access to air transportation.

The Southeast Consortium consists of Albany, Brunswick-St. Simon, Columbus, Douglas, Gainesville, Lagrange, Rome and Valdosta in Georgia; Albemarle/Stanly County, Fayetteville, Greenville, Lumberton and Pinehurst/Southern Pines in North Carolina; and Columbia, Aiken, Anderson, Clemson, Georgetown, Greenville, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Sumter and Walterboro in South Carolina. None of these airports were classified as larger than a small hub in 1997. This group of communities boasts a variety of air service available: most currently have no scheduled air service at the airport, several have service to one hub offered by a regional affiliate of the major carrier at the hub, one has service to two hubs and one, Columbia, has service to several hubs in the eastern half of the country. However, none of the communities are growing their air service, nor is the current service adequately serving the needs of the community.

By: NCDOT

http://www.stanlycountyairport.com/ - Albemarle-Stanly County Airport - Albemarle/Stanly County
http://flyfay.ci.fayetteville.nc.us/ - Fayetteville Regional Airport - Fayetteville
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitt-Greenville_Airport - Pitt-Greenville Airport - Greenville
http://www.lumberton-airport.com/ - Lumberton Regional Airport - Lumberton
http://www.moorecountyairport.com/ - Moore County Airport - Pinehurst/Southern Pines

2007 SCASD Proposal for 11 NC Airports




Oregon


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Redmond Municipal Airport - Redmond, Oregon - Bookmarked

The City of Redmond, the sponsor of this Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application, in cooperation with its private partners, is requesting $450,000 in federal assistance to implement a $710,000 air service initiative. The City of Redmond, Economic Development of Central Oregon, and the Central Oregon Visitors Association have formed a public/private partnership. This partnership has a history of air service success, including a 2003 SCASDP grant award.

The goal of this grant application is to: acquire additional capacity to a hub airport located south of Redmond. To achieve this goal, the Strategic Plan includes upgrading existing United Airlines’ turboprop service to San Francisco to regional jets

By: City of Redmond, Carrie Novick, 541-504-3496

http://www.ci.redmond.or.us/internet/content/view/233/292/ - Roberts Field, Redmond Municipal Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of the Northwest Consortium of Airports - Washington and Oregon Communities - Bookmarked

The cities of Olympia, Hoquiam/Aberdeen, and Tacoma in Washington, and the City of Roseburg in Oregon are working together to bring air service to four currently unserved airports. Each airport represents a unique air service challenge. But together, the four believe an airline, flying 9-seat twin-prop aircraft to a hub in Portland, can bring the first successful air service to some of the more remote parts of the Northwest.

The consortium proposes that a relatively small portion of the cost of starting the new service be supported up-front with federal funds from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Of the total project cost of $1,650,000, only $200,000 – or 12% - will be used for advertising projects. The federal share of this project will be $1,500,000. Local airports and economic development agencies in the consortium have already raised $150,000 in funding for the project.

By: Port of Olympia, Rudy Rudolph

http://www.roseburgairport.com/ - Roseburg Regional Airport - Roseburg




Pennsylvania


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Lehigh Valley International Airport - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Bookmarked

The Airport must bring a low cost network carrier to the Allentown market in order to bring fares in line with other airports in the region, to retain local passengers who would otherwise fly from those other regional airports, and to draw passengers from Philadelphia’s northern suburbs in order to relieve congestion at Philadelphia International. The Lehigh Valley International Airport has targeted AirTran for new service in the Allentown market, serving its hub at Atlanta with daily mainline jet flights. The Airport has had numerous conversations with AirTran about entering the market. AirTran has shown continued interest, but has expressed its requirement for a risk mitigation package due to high fuel costs.

The Airport has already committed more than $900,000 dollars to bringing AirTran to Allentown. This Small Community Air Service Development Grant, in the amount of $500,000 is the final piece of funding needed to bring AirTran to the Lehigh Valley. $405,000 from the local share of funding will be used for marketing and advertising projects. The remainder of the local funding – $500,000 – will be used for start-up cost offsets and fee abatement. The federal funding of $500,000 will be used for revenue guarantees.

By: Lehigh Valley International Airport, George Doughty

http://www.lvia.org/ - Lehigh Valley International Airport

2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of University Park Airport - State College, Pennsylvania - Bookmarked

Centre County Government, the application Sponsor, is requesting $474,000 in financial assistance to support a $707,420 air service improvement initiative. The project goals are to: (a) Obtain air service to a southeast hub airport; (b) Improve air service options and competition for a broad segment of the State College community; and (c) Reduce the need for air travelers to drive long distances to access air service and competitive fares.

The Strategic Plan to accomplish the project goals is to begin new nonstop service from University Park Airport to US Airways’ Charlotte hub. New service to a southeast hub will provide improved air service options and connectivity to meet growing air service demand for local air travelers and decrease the need to drive to alternate airports to get to these destinations at competitive fares.

By: Centre County Airport Authority Director Charles Welch, 814-237-2011

http://www.statecollegeairport.org/ - University Park Airport


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport - Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania - Bookmarked

The primary goals of this grant proposal are to increase enplanements at AVP by attracting new service and expanding current service, to address insufficient air service by attracting replacement service for such services recently lost, and to address unreasonably high fares to AVP’s prime markets by increasing competition between existing air carriers and new air carriers. Currently, the AVP markets are underserved and it is apparent that travelers in the region are choosing to use alternative airports offering more scheduled service to a broader range of destinations with lower fare service.

Total: $730,000.

By: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Barry Centini

http://www.flyavp.com/ - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

2004 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal




South Carolina

June 5, 2008

Proposal of Myrtle Beach International Airport - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

In this proposal, the Myrtle Beach International Airport, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber, along with other air service development partners, request $600,000 in grant funds for the purpose of supporting the recruitment of access to an additional airline connecting hub. In particular, the program is aimed at restoring service to Chicago O’Hare. Because of the uncertainty of conditions in the airline industry, such as consolidation and mergers, there is no guarantee that this will be possible. Therefore, the grant application has the wider goal noted above – access to a viable connecting hub to meet the needs of Midwest and Western consumers seeking to take advantage of Myrtle Beach as a resort destination.

The Myrtle Beach Air Service Partnership will contribute $150,000 in local funds for total cash funding of $750,000. The Myrtle Beach International Airport will serve as the legal sponsor responsible for administering the Grant.

By: Horry County Department of Airports, Robert Kemp

http://www.flymyrtlebeach.com/ - Myrtle Beach International Airport

2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of the North Carolina DOT - 23 North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Communities - Bookmarked

The Essential Air Service program is exhibiting the same dramatic symptoms - communities are losing service, and service options are shrinking. Fewer carriers are available to provide service, and the cost of that service is causing the EAS budget to swell dramatically. New ideas for the program are necessary, with solutions that can cut costs and increase revenues. On-demand service has the ingredients: service that only operates when revenue demands it, flying nonstop to the destinations passengers desire. The Southeast Consortium of communities in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina firmly believes that on-demand service can provide communities effective and important access to air transportation.

The Southeast Consortium consists of Albany, Brunswick-St. Simon, Columbus, Douglas, Gainesville, Lagrange, Rome and Valdosta in Georgia; Albemarle/Stanly County, Fayetteville, Greenville, Lumberton and Pinehurst/Southern Pines in North Carolina; and Columbia, Aiken, Anderson, Clemson, Georgetown, Greenville, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Sumter and Walterboro in South Carolina. None of these airports were classified as larger than a small hub in 1997. This group of communities boasts a variety of air service available: most currently have no scheduled air service at the airport, several have service to one hub offered by a regional affiliate of the major carrier at the hub, one has service to two hubs and one, Columbia, has service to several hubs in the eastern half of the country. However, none of the communities are growing their air service, nor is the current service adequately serving the needs of the community.

By: NCDOT

http://www.columbiaairport.com/ - Columbia Metropolitan Airport - Columbia
http://www.aiken.net/index.php?page=aiken_municipal_airport - Aiken Municipal Airport - Aiken
http://www.andersoncountysc.org/web/Transportation_01.asp - Anderson Regional Airport - Anderson
http://www.oconeesc.com/airport/ - Oconee County Regional Airport - Clemson
http://www.airnav.com/airport/KGGE - Georgetown County Airport - Georgetown
http://www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/ - Greenville Downtown Airport - Greenville
http://www.cityofrockhill.com/dynSubPage.aspx?deptID=1&pLinkID=0 - Rock Hill/York County Airport - Rock Hill
http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/City_Government/City_Departments/Memorial_Airport.htm - Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport - Spartanburg
http://www.scaeronautics.com/onedata.asp?FAAID=SMS - Sumter Airport - Sumter
http://www.walterboroairport.com/ - Lowcountry Regional Airport - Walterboro




South Dakota


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Sioux Falls Regional Airport - Sioux Falls, South Dakota - Bookmarked

In order to spur additional passenger growth, and bring fares in line with the central region average, the Airport is actively seeking service on an American Airlines regional affiliate. The Airport believes American service through its hubs at Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Ft. Worth will help better connect Sioux Falls with many of its domestic and international destinations. The Airport proposes at least two flights per day to both Chicago and Dallas/Ft. Worth, with American’s risk being mitigated by a Small Community Air Service Development Grant.

The Sioux Falls community has already pledged $50,000 for this project. The Airport seeks $500,000 in federal funding. The federal funds will be used, solely, to provide revenue guarantees in the first two years of new service. The local funding will be used for a large scale marketing and advertising program.

By: Sioux Falls Regional Airport Director Michael Mamach

http://www.sfairport.com/ - Sioux Falls Regional Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal


August 4, 2008

Re: Opposition of United Air Lines to Subsidy Requesting Grants

United Airlines has previously expressed its objection to grants from Small Community Air Service Development Program that would subsidize the introduction of new service on routes where service is already operated. DOT has recognized the problematic nature of such grants, stating that it “is concerned generally about subsidizing one carrier but not others in a competitive market.” (Order 2008-3-8)

In this proceeding United has identified at least two applications whose primary proposals raise the concern previously expressed by the Department: the application of Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority for service related to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the application of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and East Tennesseans for Airfare Competition for service related to Knoxville, Tennessee. Although United cites only these two proposals in this letter, its objection extends to other proposals the Department may receive which seek to use SCAS funds to subsidize additional service to a market already served by another carrier or carriers.

As a general matter, subsidies to new entrants on routes where there is already an unsubsidized carrier (or, in the case of Sioux Falls and Knoxville, multiple unsubsidized carriers) providing non-stop service are patently unfair. In the case of Sioux Falls and Knoxville in particular, a grant of federal subsidy to entice an additional carrier would be would be grossly unfair to United, which has invested substantial resources to build its market presence in both cities. Because the proposals related to Sioux Falls and Knoxville failed to establish why their existing (and substantial) service is inadequate, and because of the risk that a SCAS grant will harm existing, unsubsidized service in these markets, United hereby requests that the Department deny these applications and others that may raise the same or similar objections.

Counsel: United, Julie Oettinger, 202-296-2370

OST-2006-23671 - United Letter - Sioux Falls, SD - May 11, 2006
OST-2007-27370 - United Letter - Grand Junction, CO - May 16, 2007
OST-2007-27370 - United Letter - September 26, 2007 (Confidential Treatment Request for Generic SCAS Grant Applicant)



Tennessee


June 4, 2008

Proposal of Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority - Knoxville, Tennessee - Bookmarked

As a government agency and legal sponsor of this Application, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority seeks $600,000 in federal grant funds. These funds will be combined with both locally-provided cash generated by our public-private support group East Tennesseans for Airfare Competition, as well as airport in-kind services to yield over $1.3 million in marketing incentives that will be used to attract increased low-fare airline service to the Knoxville community.

By: MKAA, James Evans

http://www.tys.org/ - McGhee Tyson Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal


August 4, 2008

Re: Opposition of United Air Lines to Subsidy Requesting Grants

United Airlines has previously expressed its objection to grants from Small Community Air Service Development Program that would subsidize the introduction of new service on routes where service is already operated. DOT has recognized the problematic nature of such grants, stating that it “is concerned generally about subsidizing one carrier but not others in a competitive market.” (Order 2008-3-8)

In this proceeding United has identified at least two applications whose primary proposals raise the concern previously expressed by the Department: the application of Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority for service related to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the application of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and East Tennesseans for Airfare Competition for service related to Knoxville, Tennessee. Although United cites only these two proposals in this letter, its objection extends to other proposals the Department may receive which seek to use SCAS funds to subsidize additional service to a market already served by another carrier or carriers.

As a general matter, subsidies to new entrants on routes where there is already an unsubsidized carrier (or, in the case of Sioux Falls and Knoxville, multiple unsubsidized carriers) providing non-stop service are patently unfair. In the case of Sioux Falls and Knoxville in particular, a grant of federal subsidy to entice an additional carrier would be would be grossly unfair to United, which has invested substantial resources to build its market presence in both cities. Because the proposals related to Sioux Falls and Knoxville failed to establish why their existing (and substantial) service is inadequate, and because of the risk that a SCAS grant will harm existing, unsubsidized service in these markets, United hereby requests that the Department deny these applications and others that may raise the same or similar objections.

Counsel: United, Julie Oettinger, 202-296-2370

OST-2006-23671 - United Letter - Sioux Falls, SD - May 11, 2006
OST-2007-27370 - United Letter - Grand Junction, CO - May 16, 2007
OST-2007-27370 - United Letter - September 26, 2007 (Confidential Treatment Request for Generic SCAS Grant Applicant)



Texas


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport - Killeen-Ft. Hood, Texas - Bookmarked

Grant Proposal Amount: $400,000.

Major Objectives: (a) Market the Killeen-Ft. Hood Regional Airport, improving quality air service and customer convenience; (b) Stop passenger leakage through a successful 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/Ft. Worth or 80 miles to the Austin Airport; and (c) Increase passenger market and customer satisfaction by soliciting the airline industry and offering incentives to attract additional airlines, while continuing to develop more direct flights to other hubs and popular destinations.

By: Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport

http://www.ci.killeen.tx.us/index.php?section=27 - Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal - Killeen
2004 SCASD Proposal - Killeen
2005 SCASD Proposal - Killeen
2006 SCASD Proposal - Killeen
2007 SCASD Proposal - Killeen


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Midland International Airport - Midland and Odessa, Texas - Bookmarked

Midland International Airport and the Community are requesting a program grant in the amount of $600,000. This will be matched by local non-airport funds in the amount of $100,000. In addition, $100,000 in Airport Marketing support will be provided, for a total program funding of $800,000.

These financial resources will be applied to a program to provide risk abatement, marketing and promotional support for the introduction of new westbound air service at Midland.

By: Midland International Airport Director Marv Esterly, 432-560-2200

http://www.flymaf.com/ - Midland International Airport


June 6, 2008

Proposal of City of Wichita Falls - Wichita Falls, Texas - Bookmarked

The Wichita Falls Municipal Airport shares its runway/taxiway infrastructure with Sheppard Air Force Base. Sheppard Air Force Base, recently affected by a round of “Base Realignment and Closure” measures, is a good partner for the Community and many of our passengers are military personnel. While Sheppard Air Force Base lost a medical training function in the last round of BRAC activity, it still serves as the home of the only joint-jet Euro-NATO pilot training program in the world, and it continues to attract additional training missions. Subsequently, commercial air service is vital in serving the needs of Sheppard Air Force Base, as well as the citizens of North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.

As a result, the City of Wichita Falls is asking for $500,000 in grant money to promote commercial aviation travel over a two year period.

By: City of Wichita Falls, John Burrus

http://www.cwftx.net/index.asp?nid=703 - Wichita Falls Municipal Airport




Utah

June 6, 2008

Proposal of Logan-Cache Airport - Logan City, Utah - Bookmarked

The City of Logan and Cache County are seeking a grant to support the establishment of air service to a hub airport. We are requesting a grant of $650,000, with a local contribution of $725,000 for a total incentive package of $1,375,000. With the receipt of the Small Community Air Service Development grant funds, our airline assistance package will have sufficient resources to provide a strong marketing program for the new air service and provide a revenue guarantee for the airline during the initial months of operation.

The Community and the Logan-Cache Airport received a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development program in 2004. The grant was $530,000 and was intended to support new air service to Denver International Airport. The grant was extended in 2006 and terminated in September 2007. At the time of termination, the Airport was in final discussions with Frontier Airlines and Vision Airlines regarding nonstop service between Logan and Denver. In its request for an extension, the Airport included letters from both Frontier Airlines and Vision Airlines regarding their strong interest in serving Logan-Cache Airport upon certification of Lynx Airlines and Vision Airlines by the FAA. Airport management and the Community contacted the staff at the Department of Transportation and requested another extension and were told that they should file a new proposal in 2008.

By: Logan-Cache Airport Manager Richard Stehmeirer, 435-752-8111

http://www.cachecounty.org/airport/ - Logan-Cache Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Provo Municipal Airport - Provo, Utah - Bookmarked

In order to attract the air service between Provo and the hub airports, the air carriers have requested that the Airport and the City establish an incentive package that would be supportive of their new air service and reduce the risk of this new air service. The total incentive package developed herein includes: Flight guarantees to off-set initial operating losses; funds for marketing and advertising; consulting and marketing services; and waiver of certain airport fees. The cash cost for this part of the incentive package is estimated to be $880,000.

The sponsors of this application agree to cover $80,000 of the cash cost of the incentive package and $100,000 of in kind marketing and airport services for a total of $180,000. This is 15% of the total budget. The Small Community Air Service Development grant will need to cover $800,000 of the total budget.

By: Provo Municipal Airport Manager Steve Gleason, 801-852-6700

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provo_Municipal_Airport - Provo Municipal Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal




Virginia


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport - Staunton, Viringia - Bookmarked

The Shenandoah Valley community has already pledged $20,000 for a project to increase advertising and marketing of local air service. The Airport now seeks a federal grant of $200,000, under the Small Community Air Service Development Program, in order to saturate the local market with a message of the affordability of air service, and timing of connections on new flights, at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. The Airport believes the funding will lead to a dramatic increase in local enplanements, and a dramatic decrease in the federal expense of funding Shenandoah Valley service under the Essential Air Service Program.

By: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Director Greg Campbell

http://www.flyshd.com/ - Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

OST-2002-11378 - EAS at Staunton




Washington


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Grant County International Airport - Moses Lake, Washington - Bookmarked

The Port of Moses Lake, the Airport sponsor, is requesting $475,000 in federal assistance to support the implementation of a $1,480,751 air service initiative. The project goals are to: (a) Link the Moses Lake region to the national air transportation system and provide the benefits of "air access" to support the region's dynamic growth and robust business activity; (b) Reduce the high cost of air transportation to the region.

The Strategic Plan to accomplish these goals is to initiate nonstop service from Grant County International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

By: Port of Moses Lake

http://www.portofmoseslake.com/gcia.htm - Grant County International Airport


June 6, 2008

Proposal of the Northwest Consortium of Airports - Washington and Oregon Communities - Bookmarked

The cities of Olympia, Hoquiam/Aberdeen, and Tacoma in Washington, and the City of Roseburg in Oregon are working together to bring air service to four currently unserved airports. Each airport represents a unique air service challenge. But together, the four believe an airline, flying 9-seat twin-prop aircraft to a hub in Portland, can bring the first successful air service to some of the more remote parts of the Northwest.

The consortium proposes that a relatively small portion of the cost of starting the new service be supported up-front with federal funds from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Of the total project cost of $1,650,000, only $200,000 – or 12% - will be used for advertising projects. The federal share of this project will be $1,500,000. Local airports and economic development agencies in the consortium have already raised $150,000 in funding for the project.

By: Port of Olympia, Rudy Rudolph

http://www.portolympia.com/airport - Olympia Regional Airport - Olympia
http://www.portgrays.org/airport/index.html - Bowerman Field - Hoquiam/Aberdeen
http://www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?nid=124 - Tacoma Narrows Airport - Tacoma

2002 SCASD Proposal - Olympia
2003 SCASD Proposal - Olympia




West Virginia

June 6, 2008

Proposal of Mercer County Airport - Bluefield, West Virginia - Bookmarked

The Mercer County Airport is requesting a grant in the amount of one million dollars, to be matched by $100,000 in local funding, to attract and establish air access to one of three regional connecting hubs.

The goal is to apply $875,000 toward a risk-abatement program to recruit US Airways to begin nonstop Express service to its hub at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, using 34-37 seat turboprop airliners. An additional $150,000 will be applied to help the carrier off-set station start-up equipment costs. The final part of the plan is a comprehensive marketing and community support plan.

By: Mercer County Commission, Joe Coburn

http://www.wvdot.com/1_airports/1c3_bluefield.htm - Mercer County Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal


June 4, 2008

Proposal of Tri-State Airport Authority - Huntington, West Virginia - Bookmarked

Exhibits - Excel Spreadsheets

Tri-State Airport, located in Huntington, West Virginia, is seeking a grant in the amount of $500,000 to fund a revenue guarantee program which would address the Airport’s primary service deficiency – the lack of direct service to the northeastern United States. A revenue guarantee is necessary to reduce the risk associated with new service, and the grant is necessary to provide Tri-State sufficient funds for this program. The needs of the business community must be addressed if Tri-State is to maintain its current marketing momentum within the three-state region it serves. Thus, the focus of Tri-State’s current effort is to improve the service available to the business community by obtaining service via identified hubs that would provide a more direct routing than exists today.

By: Tri-State Airport Authority

http://www.tristateairport.com/ - Tri-State Airport

2005 SCASD Proposal


June 6, 2008

Proposal of Greenbrier Valley Airport - Lewisburg, West Virginia - Bookmarked

The Greenbrier Valley Airport and its community partners are requesting $200,000 for a two-year period for the purpose of developing and implementing an aggressive marketing program. The partners will contribute matching cash totaling $25,000 for total project funding of $225,000. These funds will be supplemented with $201,000 of in-kind support from the airport, as well as benefit from approximately $500,000 in destination marketing by the Greenbrier Resort that will create traffic demand.

By: Greenbrier Valley Airport

http://www.gvairport.com/ - Greenbrier Valley Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal




August 4, 2008

Re: Opposition of United Air Lines to Subsidy Requesting Grants

United Airlines has previously expressed its objection to grants from Small Community Air Service Development Program that would subsidize the introduction of new service on routes where service is already operated. DOT has recognized the problematic nature of such grants, stating that it “is concerned generally about subsidizing one carrier but not others in a competitive market.” (Order 2008-3-8)

In this proceeding United has identified at least two applications whose primary proposals raise the concern previously expressed by the Department: the application of Sioux Falls Regional Airport Authority for service related to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the application of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and East Tennesseans for Airfare Competition for service related to Knoxville, Tennessee. Although United cites only these two proposals in this letter, its objection extends to other proposals the Department may receive which seek to use SCAS funds to subsidize additional service to a market already served by another carrier or carriers.

As a general matter, subsidies to new entrants on routes where there is already an unsubsidized carrier (or, in the case of Sioux Falls and Knoxville, multiple unsubsidized carriers) providing non-stop service are patently unfair. In the case of Sioux Falls and Knoxville in particular, a grant of federal subsidy to entice an additional carrier would be would be grossly unfair to United, which has invested substantial resources to build its market presence in both cities. Because the proposals related to Sioux Falls and Knoxville failed to establish why their existing (and substantial) service is inadequate, and because of the risk that a SCAS grant will harm existing, unsubsidized service in these markets, United hereby requests that the Department deny these applications and others that may raise the same or similar objections.

Counsel: United, Julie Oettinger, 202-296-2370

OST-2006-23671 - United Letter - Sioux Falls, SD - May 11, 2006
OST-2007-27370 - United Letter - Grand Junction, CO - May 16, 2007
OST-2007-27370 - United Letter - September 26, 2007 (Confidential Treatment Request for Generic SCAS Grant Applicant)



September 11, 2008

Re: Clarification Letter of United Air Lines

United urges the Department to clarify that using any portion of FSD’s $500,000 grant to subsidize service to Chicago is impermissible because it is inconsistent with the Department’s policies in this case. Absent such a clarification, the Department should provide a full and detailed explanation as to how it could find that subsidizing service in this case would be consistent with its policy quoted above in light of FSD’s grant application failure to comply with that policy. The Department’s explanation should address specifically the competitive implications of subsidized service by another carrier, such as American/American Eagle, in the Sioux Falls-Chicago market specifically and how such service would affect fare levels in that and other Sioux Falls markets. Since FSD does not yet have a commitment from American to enter into an agreement for this service and may seek alternative service from another carrier, the Department should also clarify that the alternative service FSD may seek should be consistent with the Department’s policy and limited to markets not already served by an unsubsidized carrier.

Counsel: United, Julie Oettinger



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November 3, 2008

Re: DOT Letter to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA)
Re: DOT Letter to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Prior to the expiration of the grant on September 17, 2007, Waterloo submitted invoices seeking reimbursement for consulting services and advertising that, in part, had not yet been performed and would not be performed during the grant period. DOT apportioned the overall request to allow reimbursement for work completed prior to the expiration date, but denied the claim for reimbursement of consulting services work that would have been performed after the expiration date. The invoice amount denied was $80,056.02, on an overall grant amount of $550,000. Waterloo appealed the denial, and you asked that we give the situation all due consideration.

In its appeal to DOT, Waterloo concedes that DOT's Order soliciting proposals specified that "'reimbursements [will be made only for expenses incurred and billed during the period that the grant agreement is in effect," but claims it literally complied with that provision, even though some of the services contracted and paid for were to be provided in the future. Waterloo does not otherwise recite or rely on the terms of its Grant Agreement with DOT, other language of the solicitation Order, or any other provisions having legal effect, whether incorporated or not incorporated within the Agreement. It relies almost exclusively on the language of an email received from DOT's program analyst assigned to the Waterloo grant. There, the analyst indicated that, although the grant could not be extended past September 17, 2007. Waterloo, "over the next six to seven weeks...would be able to secure advanced ad buys and updated analyses," provided it supply DOT "with invoices dated prior to contract expiration and proof of payment for reimbursement." Waterloo contends that it complied with advice in submitting the reimbursement request it did. and was entitled to do so.

In general, paying contractors in advance obviously entails significant risk that the work will not be performed, or be performed poorly. Moreover, there is risk in such cases that the payment either cannot be recovered, or can be recovered only with additional cost and effort (which can be substantial). Here, these risks are compounded by the fact that the grant term would expire before prepaid work was completed, giving DOT no effective way of monitoring or assuring performance of that work. I am sure you understand why we, as stewards of Federal grant funds, are charged with taking appropriate precautions not to create or abide circumstances that permit such potential misuse of appropriated funds.

DOT's program analyst did not mean to suggest otherwise; his intent was simply to indicate that there was still time, before the expiration of the grant, to have services performed and properly invoiced. By virtue of his previous contacts, he expected that Waterloo understood the reimbursement nature of the program and, indeed, would not place its own interests in jeopardy by paying for work before it was performed. It is regrettable that there was a misunderstanding. But please be aware that we have cooperated fully with the community in seeking a fair and reasonable way to allocate the eligible payments.

By: Michael Reynolds


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