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OST-2009-0149 - Small Community Air Service Development Program


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Small Community Air Service Development Program

Order 2009-7-11
OST-2009-0149 - 2009 Small Community Air Service Development Program

Issued and Served July 10, 2009 | On File at Federal Register July 16, 2009

Order Soliciting Community Grant Proposals - Bookmarked

As Published in Federal Register July 17, 2009

DOT Version - July 17, 2009

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 must be submitted in the above-referenced docket no later than 5 PM, Eastern Daylight Time on August 28, 2009.

The program is limited to a maximum of 40 grant awards, with a maximum of four grants per State, in each year the program is funded. There are no limits on the amounts of individual awards, and the amounts awarded will vary depending upon the features and merits of the proposals selected. Over the past eight years, the Department’s individual grants have ranged from $20,000 to nearly $1.6 million. Authorized grant projects may include activities that extend over a multi-year period under a single grant award; however, grant funds are to be used in a timely manner. Generally speaking, individual grant awards have not exceeded a three-to-four-year period.

By: Christa Fornarotto


Order 2010-2-12
OST-2009-0149 - 2009 Small Community Air Service Development Program

Issued and Served February 18, 2010

Order Awarding Grants

Seven of the grant awards are made to non-EAS communities proposing revenue guarantees and marketing support as means to attract new carriers, combat higher-than-average air fares, and/or provide air travelers with access to additional markets. These communities are Huntsville, AL; San Luis Obispo, CA; Rockford, IL; Traverse City, MI; Butte, MT; Binghamton, NY; and Knoxville, TN.

Two of the awards go to non-EAS communities – Tunica, MS and Bowling Green, KY – that are seeking to acquire new air service or to restore service previously lost.

Four awards go to non-EAS communities – Shreveport, LA, St. George, UT, Port Angeles, WA, and Appleton, WI -- for marketing programs to promote existing, upgraded or recently acquired air services at their local airports.

The award to American Samoa will help secure ground-support equipment critical for improving access to the remote Manu’a Islands.

The award to West Wendover, NV, will enable the community to study the possibilities for developing and implementing a new regional scheduled air service.

Four grant awards are targeted at EAS communities seeking to promote their existing, recently restored, or newly subsidized air services. The award selectees are Hays, KS; Augusta, ME; Bridgeport/Clarksburg, WV; and the Arkansas consortium.

By: Susan Kurland



Order 2010-4-5
OST-2009-0149

Issued and Served April 13, 2010

Order Amending Fiscal Year 2009 Grant Awards

By this order, the Department adds Monterey, California, to the communities previously selected to receive financial grants under the Small Community Air Service Development Program for 2009.

By: Susan Kurland



October 2, 2009

Re: Objections of United Air Lines

United Air Lines 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 reluctant to subsidize one carrier but not others in a competitive market” (Order 2009-7-11).

As a general matter, subsidies to new entrants on routes where there is already an unsubsidized carrier (or, in the case of some routes from Knoxville, Greenville-Spartanburg and Huntsville, multiple unsubsidized carriers) providing non-stop service are patently unfair. In the case of Knoxville, Greenville-Spartanburg and Huntsville 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 all three cities. Because the proposals related to Knoxville, Greenville-Spartanburg and Huntsville have 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.

The service proposals related to Knoxville, Greenville-Spartanburg and Huntsville may not be the only ones raising these same or similar objections. Availability of SCAS applications has been limited because of difficulties of loading the applications on the Regulations.gov website. United has not been able to review all applications but offers these three as examples of those which fall short of the justification required by the Department for subsidization of new entry in competitive markets.

Counsel: United, Julie Oettinger


Order 2010-2-12
OST-2009-0149

March 1, 2010

Re: Comments of United Air Lines

United urges the Department to clarify that using any portion of HSV’s $1 million or TYS’s $500,000 grants to subsidize service to Washington/Baltimore (or Chicago or Denver) is inconsistent with the Department’s policies in this case and is prohibited under those policies. Absent such a clarification, the Department should provide a full and detailed explanation as to how it could find that subsidizing service in these markets would be consistent with its policy quoted above in light of the failure of both HSV’s and TYS’s grant applications to provide the detailed information that would be required to comply with that policy. The Department’s explanation should address specifically the competitive implications of subsidized service by another carrier in these markets and how such service would affect fare levels in these and other markets.

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


March 15, 2010

Re: Comments of Edward Faberman for Huntsville, Alabama

Apparently United has accepted the Department's decision to consider Washington and Baltimore as separate markets since it did not raise this "concern" regarding services to Cancun even though five carriers have authority to operate between Cancun and the Baltimore and Washington markets.

Apparently, United Airlines believes that despite the fact that the Department has specifically determined that Baltimore (BWI International Airport) is a separate market from the Washington, DC market (Ronald Regan Washington National Airport/Dulles International Airport), all of these airports must be considered as a single market for awards under AIR-21.

For these reasons, it is important that the Department immediately dismiss United's incorrect claims. The Department should advise United that although United would like to limit competition in the entire Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia area, there is no question that Baltimore is a different market from Washington, DC (DCA and lAD).

Counsel: Wiley Rein, Edward Faberman


May 26, 2010

Re: Ex-Parte Letter to Edward Faberman of Wiley Rein

Your letter makes reference to a March 1 letter from United Airlines, which offers nonstop service between Huntsville and Washington Dulles airport. Among other points, United's letter asserted that Huntsville should not be peffilitted to use grant funds to extend service to any of the Baltimore/Washington airports, as doing so would be anticompetitive and inconsistent with the Department's policies. Your letter contended that Baltimore is a different market than the two Washington-area airports and that United's position was therefore incorrect.

I have responded to United's letter, noting that Huntsville was specifically targeting Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International airport in its proposal, and that the Department's selection of Huntsville and use of grant funds for BWI-Huntsville service were consistent with the relevant statutory criteria and DOT's policies. A copy of my letter to United is enclosed.

By: Susan Kurland




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Letters in Support By State




Alabama

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Dothan Regional Airport - Dothan, AL - Bookmarked

Under this proposal, Dothan Regional Airport is seeking American Eagle service to the Dallas/Ft. Worth hub. This route will provide the broadest possible range of one-stop connecting destinations, better linking Dothan with more of its top 30 passenger markets, both domestically and internationally, while minimizing the duplication of connecting opportunities via existing Atlanta service. The Dallas/Ft. Worth hub is also well-positioned to provide additional connectivity not available with the current service on Delta via Atlanta. Moreover, both hubs would provide competition in many of Dothan’ top origin and destination markets (especially in markets west of Dallas/Ft. Worth), likely leading to lower and more competitive average one-way fares.

In order to support such service, the Airport requests a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $750,000. The funding will be supplemented by a local community cash match of $240,000 - or 32% of the funds requested under the Small Community Air Service Development program. The SCASD funding will be used for a minimum revenue guarantee while the community funding will be used for advertising and marketing the new service. In addition to the community matching funds of $240,000 in cash, the airport is willing to waive all fees and rent that American Eagle would otherwise pay to the airport as a tenant of the airport. In recent conversations with American Eagle, the airline has told the community a revenue guarantee is the most likely tool that the community can use to recruit service.

By: Airport Director, Art Morris

http://www.flydothan.com/ - Dothan Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Huntsville-International Airport - Huntsville, AL - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

To secure service from the Target Carrier the community is committing $500,000 in cash towards the revenue guarantee, and the airport will spend $500,000 in marketing while waiving $800,000 in fees. The community funds will come from the City of Huntsville, the city of Madison, the Madison County Commission, and the Limestone County Commission. HSV is requesting a $1,500,000 grant to supplement local revenue guarantee funds.

The latest Bureau of Transportation Statistics report (July 29, 2009 – details in Exhibit 7: Highest U.S. Domestic Average Itinerary Fares 1st Quarter 2009) shows HSV to be the highest fare airport in the country. This is despite the airport’s efforts through the years to be vigilant in conversations with incumbent carriers and creative in the ways in which it attempts to address the high fares, including successfully implementing its 2004 Small Community Air Service Development Grant. High fares at HSV continue to drive significant passenger volumes to neighboring Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN; leakage is estimated at 39%. To achieve significant and long-term fare reduction, HSV needs sustainable low cost carrier service. The airport along with regional community and city leaders are committed to this objective, pledging more than $1.8 million dollars in cash and in-kind contributions with $1.3 million from the airport and $500,000 from the community.

The airport, through work with Seabury APG consulting has identified service to Baltimore, MD and Orlando, FL on“Target Carrier” as prime candidates to address the needs of the community. They are the second and third largest markets out of HSV and neither currently has service. HSV recently lost successful Delta MCO service in September 2008.

By: HSV

2004 SCASD Proposal

http://www.hsvairport.org/ - Huntsville International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Mobile Regional Airport - Mobile, AL - Bookmarked

Mobile Regional Airport is proposing to offer a minimum revenue guarantee to a low cost carrier to operate service the Mobile-Atlanta market, and this service would compete with existing service in the local Mobile-Atlanta market. Although the Department of Transportation is generally reluctant to award funding in a market that would subsidize one carrier and not other carriers in a nonstop competitive market, the Mobile Airport Authority believes the only way to lower fares at Mobile in a wide array of markets is to introduce a low cost carrier to the Atlanta market. While Delta Air Lines already offers nonstop service in the Mobile-Atlanta market on service operated by both Delta and Delta Connection, Delta’s fares are substantially higher than its average one-way fare in the Pensacola-Atlanta market and the Gulfport-Atlanta market where Delta competes against low cost carrier AirTran. (It should be noted that AirTran discontinued Gulfport-Atlanta service in early 2009).

In order to mitigate AirTran’s risk of entering the Mobile market, Mobile Regional Airport would like to offer AirTran a minimum revenue guarantee and marketing assistance. A Small Community Air Service Development award would be used to fund a portion of the minimum revenue guarantee, and the Airport is requesting a SCASD Grant in the amount of $750,000. The funding will be supplemented by a community and airport cash and in-kind match totaling 750,000 - or equal to the funds requested under the Small Community Air Service Development program. The SCASD funding will be used for a minimum revenue guarantee while the community/airport funding will be used for advertising, marketing, start-up and some of the operating expenses associated with the new service. In addition to the community/airport matching funds/in-kind of $750,000, the airport will include the new service in its general airport advertising and marketing programs.

Mobile proposes three daily flights in each direction to/from AirTran’s Atlanta hub, to be operated with mainline narrowbody aircraft, such as the Boeing 717. The Airport proposes the aircraft overnight in Mobile, to allow for an early morning departure, connecting into an early bank of flights at Atlanta. The Airport also proposes an evening departure from Atlanta to Mobile, allowing connections from most destinations served by AirTran from Atlanta. The second and third proposed roundtrips would operate as mid-morning and late afternoon turns.

By: Mobile Airport Authority, William Sisson

OST-2001-10680 - EAS at Mobile

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Montgomery Regional Airport - Montgomery, AL - Bookmarked

The community was honored to have been awarded a Small Community Air Service Grant in 2005. The objective of that grant was to support implementation of nonstop service to the Northwest Airlines hub at Detroit to better support the Alabama auto industry. At the time, the auto industry was still healthy, and the commonalities of business interests between MGM with its Hyundai auto plant, and the first and second tier suppliers located in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Ontario, represented a vital air travel need. Unfortunately, a set of events precluded the effective use of the 2005 grant. At the bottom line, ultimately Northwest Airlines found itself in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and therefore in a contraction mode. Furthermore, the near-collapse of the US auto industry and its supplier base has much reduced the deficiency that the 2005 grant was intended to address.

This current grant application is intended to gain access to the Chicago/O’Hare hub of American or United, which will provide needed new competition, reverse the capacity decline, provide some additional fare discipline, and recapture traffic leaking to ATL and BHM.

The veracity of Montgomery’s need to address this deficiency is underscored by the increasing delays, misconnections, and other operational problems at Atlanta Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport. In fact, Hyundai Motors – a major employer in the region - has advised repeatedly that these issues are becoming problematic in regard to that company’s future expansion plans in Alabama. This air service deficiency, therefore, is a serious economic issue.

The community intends to target American Airlines as the primary service provider. This is for two reasons. One is that they have operated the market in the past – well before the industrial growth in the region. The other is that American already operates at MGM with flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth. This will make the implementation of service to ORD easier. However, as the Department knows, things can change rapidly in the airline industry. Therefore, this application specifically includes United as a secondary service target for O’Hare access. The carrier’s ORD operation is somewhat larger than American’s and for Asian traffic, and United has a fifth-freedom hub at Tokyo.

By: Montgomery Airport Authority, Phil Perry, 334-281-5040

2005 SCASD Proposal

http://iflymontgomery.com/ - Montgomery Regional Airport


Index of States


American Samoa

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Fituta and Ofu Airports - Manu'a Islands, American Samoa - Bookmarked

The Government of American Samoa, represented by the Department of Port Administration, in partnership with the Department of Commerce and Inter Island Airways, herein applies for $169,000 funding from the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. This will be combined with a $20,000 local cash commitment which will be used to enhance air service to the Manu’a Islands.

By: Fituta and Ofu Airports

OST-2009-0144 - EAS at Manu'a Islands

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitiuta_Airport - Fiti'uta Airport
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ofu_Airport - Ofu Airport


Index of States


Arizona

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport - Mesa, AZ - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, the airport sponsor, is requesting $500,000 in federal assistance to implement a $738,000 air service initiative.

Several financial analyses have been done recently for both eastbound and westbound service. In this proposal the financial analysis and forecast that has been developed for service to Dallas/Ft. Worth will be highlighted.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will first approach American for Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport service. If Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport fails to obtain Dallas/Ft. Worth service, United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines/Midwest Airlines, and low-cost carriers will be approached for service to their network hubs. Consistent with the intent of the air service initiative proposed, obtaining nonstop service to a hub airport with good connections to eastern destinations and competitive airfares is the best option for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport catchment area passengers. Hub service to Denver, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, or Houston would also meet the goals of this strategic plan.

By: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Lynn Kusy, 480-988-7600

http://www.phxmesagateway.org/ - Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Yuma International Airport - Yuma, AZ - Bookmarked

To recruit the needed service, Yuma International Airport and its community partners are requesting a grant in the amount of $400,000 to provide risk mitigation funds to support development of service to an additional airline connecting hub over a two year period. The community will provide local matching funds of $100,000, for total program cash funding of $500,000. In addition, the Airport will provide an additional $81,806 in the form of “in-kind” support.

Yuma International Airport currently has access to a single connecting hub and the goal of the project is to provide risk mitigation funding for development of additional hub access. The Airport and its partners believe that the Yuma market can generate sufficient traffic and revenues to support an additional hub, however to successfully recruit new airline service in the current environment it will be necessary to provide some risk mitigation funds. The funds requested in this proposal meet this need.

By: Yuma International Airport, Craig Williams

2007 SCASD Proposal

http://www.yumainternationalairport.com/ - Yuma International Airport


Index of States


Arkansas

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Arkansas EAS Partnership - El Dorado, Harrison and Jonesboro, AR - Bookmarked

Arkansas EAS Partnership is requesting a SCASD grant in the amount of $150,000 for a two-year period for the purpose of developing and implementing an aggressive and extended marketing and promotional program of air service at the three alliance member airports. Each community in the Partnership will contribute $5,000 in matching funds, for total project funding of $165,000.

By: Airport Manager Gary Harrell, 870-881-4192

OST-1997-2935 - EAS at El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs and Jonesboro, AR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Arkansas_Regional_Airport_at_Goodwin_Field - South Arkansas Regional Airport
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonesboro_Municipal_Airport - Jonesboro Municipal Airport
http://www.boonecountyairport.com/ - Boone County Airport


Index of States


California

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Del Norte County Regional Airport - Crescent City, CA - Bookmarked

It can be argued it will end up being more cost effective for the DOT to invest in a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in Crescent City, to be used on marketing and advertising projects, driving additional paying passengers to the local SkyWest service, than to increase its EAS subsidy as passengers decline. The more passengers who fly locally, instead of driving to Eureka/Arcata and Medford, the lower the total subsidy amount becomes under the EAS program.

In order to increase local awareness about the air service in Crescent City, increase enplanements, and eventually bring down local fares, the Del Norte County Regional Airport proposes a major marketing and advertising campaign, spreading the message across the Airport’s market area.

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: Del Norte County, Jim Bernard

2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-1997-2649 - EAS at Crescent City

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of McClellan-Palomar Airport - Carlsbad, CA - Bookmarked

The funding from the grant and the local funding will be directed to two projects: (1) Development of a recruiting program for new air service; and (2) Development of a marketing and advertising program to support new air service.

To support this new project, the sponsors of this grant are seeking $120,000 in Federal funds that will be matched with $15,000 in cash by the local community, $22,000 of in-kind marketing support. This should be sufficient to retain the experts needed to help improve the current air service and recruit new air service.

By: County of San Diego, Peter Drinkwater, 619-956-4839

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/airports/palomar.html - McClellan-Palomar Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of the Town of Mammoth Lakes - Mammoth Lakes, CA - Bookmarked

TOML is seeking a grant from the U.S. DOT in the amount of $813,499 to be used for two expense categories:

First, to cover the MRG in the Horizon Air contract, if applicable. It is important to note that this expense may not be incurred if the revenue to Horizon Air exceeds its operating cost for the Mammoth summer/fall flights in each of the years 2010 and 2011.

Second, for marketing the program. This expense will occur as we are fully committed to making the program a success.

By: Mammoth Lakes

http://www.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us/airport/awos.htm - Mammoth Yosemite Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Modesto City-County Airport - Modesto, CA - Bookmarked

The Airport must find another competitor for the market, as soon as possible, in order to build upon the momentum created under the previous Grant award. Knowing that SkyWest won’t re-enter the Modesto – Los Angeles route, even with a new Grant award, due to the change in its business strategy, the Airport will now seek service on the west’s lowest fare regional carrier – Horizon Air. The Airport believes new service, in the Horizon/Alaska Airlines system, can help it continue to grow passenger numbers, building upon the tremendous success in air service in Modesto under the Small Community Air Service Development Program.

The Airport proposes to offer the grant funding, in the form of start-up cost abatements, fee waivers, marketing support, and revenue guarantees to Horizon/Alaska Airlines for two daily flights to either Seattle and/or Portland.

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

By: Modesto, Jerome Thiele

2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-1998-3522 - EAS at Modesto

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Monterey Peninsula Airport - Monterey, CA - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

The Monterey Peninsula Airport District, the airport sponsor, is requesting $500,000 in federal assistance to implement a $773,000 air service initiative.

The project goals are three-part:

  • Initiate nonstop service to the Pacific Northwest
  • Provide competition in the marketplace to reduce airfares
  • Mitigate the need to drive long distances to access adequate air service

New service to the Pacific Northwest is the region’s top priority. The Strategic Plan, Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines’ service to Seattle, will achieve the project goals.

By: Monterey Peninsula Airport, Thomas Greer

2002 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal

http://www.montereyairport.com/ - Monterey Peninsula Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport - San Luis Obispo, CA - Bookmarked

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant, in the amount of $500,000, to help mitigate Horizon’s initial monetary risk in serving both the San Luis Obispo – Sacramento route and the continuing route to one of the Airline’s northwest hubs.

The Airport proposes two daily flights on the route in each direction. The route between San Luis Obispo and Sacramento would cover 244 miles in a flight time of 36 minutes, on average, assuming an average groundspeed of 350 knots on a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft seating 76 in an all-economy layout (see Table 9). The route between Sacramento and Seattle would cover an additional 605 miles in 1 hour and 30 minutes, with the same groundspeed and aircraft. Ten minutes of ground time has been added on the end of each flight for a block time of 56 minutes between San Luis Obispo and Sacramento, and a block time of 1 hour and 50 minutes between Sacramento and Seattle.

By: Richard Howell

2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Sonoma County Airport - Santa Rosa, CA - Bookmarked

The County of Sonoma and the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS) are seeking a grant to support the establishment of new air service to San Diego International Airport in San Diego, California. We are requesting a grant of $600,000, with a local cash contribution of $200,000, an in kind contribution of $150,000, plus a $200,000 commitment for tickets for a total incentive package of $1,150,000. 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.

By: Sonoma County Airport, Jon Stout, 707-565-7243

2008 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of County of Ventura - Oxnard, CA - Bookmarked

The development of a marketing program to recruit new air service will include retaining an air service development consultant to work with the Airport in identifying the true passenger market for Oxnard Airport and the best opportunities for new air service. This will be in the form of a Market Assessment and Catchment Area Analysis based on passenger bookings from the Ventura County market area.

The County of Ventura and Oxnard Airport believe that this program will result in new air service and lower fares but does not have the money to fund this project by itself. To support this project, the sponsors of this grant are seeking $135,000 in Federal funds that will be matched with $20,000 in cash by the local community, $20,000 of in-kind marketing support for a total incentive package of $175,000. This should be sufficient to retain the experts needed to help improve the current air service and recruit new air service.

By: County of Ventura, Todd McNamee, 805-388-4200

http://www.iflyoxnard.com/ - Oxnard Airport


Index of States


Colorado

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Eagle County Airport - Eagle County, CO - Bookmarked

It will require some incentive for an airline to initiate yearround service. The Eagle County Airport and its community partners are herein requesting a grant in the amount of $500,000, to be matched dollar-for-dollar locally for a program amount of $1 million. These funds will be applied to a revenue guarantee program to recruit Delta Air Lines to implement year-round nonstop service between EGE and its global hub at Atlanta Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport.

By: Eagle County Airport, Chris Anderson, 970-328-2680

2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 15, 2009

Re: Proposal of Telluride Regional Airport Authority - Telluride, CO - Bookmarked

Our strategic plan is designed to obtain an early morning inbound/outbound flight via a hub airport with many connections into the national transportation system and a second ca rrier for summer service to provide competition and help lower airfares. The primary targeted service, in order to add an early morning flight summer and winter, is with Great lakes Aviation from Telluride to Denver. Our alternate plan would be to obtain an early morning flight with any eastbound carrier that could provide a connectable flight from Telluride that could get business travelers to major mid-west and east coast cities at reasonable times on the date of departure. The primary targeted service in order to add a second summer service carrier is with US Airways from Telluride to Phoenix. Our alternate plan is to attract service on a new 2nd summer service ca rrier that can provide many connections from a hub airport.

By: Rich Nuttal

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal at Montrose Regional Airport
2006 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


Index of States


Delaware

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Delaware River & Bay Authority - New Castle, DE - Bookmarked

The overall goal of the study is to determine demand for airline service in northern Delaware with the ultimate purpose of increasing access and economic development in the region. It is also important to determine the best model for service, including airline fit, market niche, and service destinations. Because air service initiatives have failed in the past, we need to know which service offering has the best chance at ILG. In this regard, the DRBA is in support of implementing commercial air service, but needs better information regarding the economic feasibility of such a service, as well as disclosing the most logistically sound services, providers, and destinations, before additional funding for development can be secured and/or allocated.

The DRBA will provide 20 percent of our funding needs in direct cash contribution to the study project. With a total need of $200,000 for the project, DRBA is prepared to contribute $40,000 to the study effort.

SCASD Funds $160,000
Local Share $40,000
TOTAL $200,000

By: James Johnson

2008 SCASD Proposal

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


Index of States


Florida

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Key West International Airport - Key West, FL - Bookmarked

In this proposal, Key West and Monroe County are requesting a grant in the amount of $375,000, to be matched locally by $125,000 in hard dollars, for a total program amount of $500,000. The majority of the funding would be for a carefully-designed risk-sharing mechanism to incubate AirTran’s new service from its focus city of Orlando.

The Airport and the County feel that this is a huge opportunity for Key West to regain mainline air service, access to another gateway, access to a low-fare carrier system, and restoration of nonstop service to Orlando.

By: Monroe County Director of Airports Peter Horton, 305-809-5200

http://www.keywestinternationalairport.com/ - Key West International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of City of Naples Airport Authority - Naples, FL - Bookmarked

The Naples Airport Authority is requesting a grant of $400,000 to offset a portion of the operating costs to include the purchase of common use airline equipment and a portion of the marketing and advertising costs.

The type of air service and the timing of air service start-up are critical. To qualify under this program the airline must have a Part 121 or Part 135 (with scheduled service waiver) Operating Certificate, provide year-round service to a major hub, and provide connecting service from the major hub or have interline agreements with a carrier operating from the major hub. To be successful, the commercial air service would need to start no later than November or December in order to take advantage of our seasonality. A two to three month lead time before service commenced would be necessary to properly promote the availability of service both locally and in regions where our visitors reside.

By: City of Naples Airport Authority

2006 SCASD Proposal

http://www.flynaples.com/ - Naples Municipal Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of St. Lucie County International Airport - Port St. Lucie, FL - Bookmarked

The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and the St. Lucie County International Airport are seeking funding in the amount of $195,000 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 and market survey to analyze the demand for commercial air service at the SLCIA. Pending an outcome of this study that suggests a demand for commercial air service, the second part of the proposed project would be to draft a well-designed marketing strategy to be used in approaching airlines regarding the possible provision of service.

By: St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners

2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Tallahassee Regional Airport - Tallahassee, FL - Bookmarked

Tallahassee’s proposal aims to reverse a serious downturn in traffic caused by both insufficient service and unreasonably high airfares. Despite a relatively strong economic climate and economic diversification, air passengers eroded as affordable and convenient air service became rarer. New service in TLH’s top unserved market, New York City, is critical and can be best be achieved through the SCASDP for which TLH seeks support through this grant.

Tallahassee Regional Airport respectfully requests a grant in the amount of $500,000 to help attract and support new nonstop service to New York LaGuardia operated by Delta Connection. The program is supported locally by a public/private partnership between the Airport, the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, State Government and the Chamber of Commerce. It will provide cash and in-kind contributions totaling $125,000, along with airport cash and in-kind contributions of up to $125,000, for a total program amount of $750,000.

By: Tallahassee Regional Airport, Kenneth Austin

2002 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

http://www.talgov.com/airport/ - Tallahassee Regional Airport


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Georgia

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport - Savannah, GA - Bookmarked

The goal of this program, which is consistent with the legislation, is to stimulate new demand at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and make that demand attractive to potential new and existing carriers that traditionally support both Savannah and Hilton Head Island. By stimulating new demand for both Savannah and Hilton Head Island, it is our intention that the airlines that serve Savannah would increase capacity, add destinations and utilize larger equipment.

Federal Amount Request $750,000
Airport Funds $300,000
Airport In-Kind Contribution $200,000
Total Requested $1,250,000

By: Savannah Airport Commission, Sylvester Formey

2003 SCASD Proposal

http://www.savannahairport.com/ - Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport


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Idaho

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Friedman Memorial Airport - Hailey, ID - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Friedman Memorial Airport Authority, the grant sponsor, is requesting $150,000 in federal assistance to implement a $203,600 marketing initiative. In 2002, the City of Hailey, ID on behalf of Friedman Memorial Airport received a SCASDP grant to help secure air service to Los Angeles. The proposed project’s goals differ from the previous grant application and award.

The goals of this proposal are to: a)Improve the performance of Sun Valley - Seattle service to ensure its continued operation and b) Build traveler support for new links to the national air transportation system via Boise and Portland.

Horizon’s long-time service from Seattle to Sun Valley was sustainable until recent years when fuel and other costs increased and passenger revenue decreased due to the economic environment. When Horizon notified Sun Valley that the service could not continue without a revenue guarantee, the community stepped up and committed the necessary funds. An assessment of the market identified the need for aggressive marketing to rebuild the Seattle revenue base to sustainable levels.

By: Rick Baird, 208-788-4956

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal

http://www.flyfma.com/ - Friedman Memorial Airport


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Illinois


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

By: Robert O'Brien

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal

http://www.flyrfd.com/ - Chicago Rockford International Airport


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August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Quad City International Airport - Moline, IL - Bookmarked

Federal Amount Requested: $1,297,957

Develop a program which reduce the costs to both incumbents and prospective carriers, lowering the barriers entry by sharing in the financial risk of initiating and/or expanding service to Quad City International Airport.

Recruit new service to Phoenix or Las Vegas:

  • Potential carriers: Allegiant, AirTran, US Airways, Charter
  • Regionally-based with lowers fares than today

By: Bruce Carter, 309-764-9621

2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal

http://qcairport.com/ - Quad City International Airport


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Indiana


August 28, 2009

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

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Federal Amount Requested: $500,000

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

By: Robert Working

2004 SCASD Proposal with South Bend

http://www.evvairport.com/ - Evansville Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Purdue Universitiy Airport - Lafayette, IN - Bookmarked

It is essential, in the recruitment of Class A local investors, for the Airport to have a Class B investor to reduce some of the risk of launching service under this model. The best possible option for a large Class B investment, in this case covering $500,000 of the project cost, is a Small Community Air Service Development Grant. Once a Grant is in place, the Airport will begin working in the Lafayette community to secure the remainder of the Class A investment needed for service to operate.

The Purdue University Airport is working under an aggressive timeline to make this service happen. ExpressJet has committed to a launch date for new service of April 4th, 2010, under this proposal. In order to make that date possible, the Airport must first win its SCASD Grant. Then, it must find local investors and secure all remaining funding (which will be detailed in the next section of this proposal) no later than December 11th of this year. Routes will be announced on January 6th of 2010. ExpressJet is committed to beginning service between Lafayette and Chicago O’Hare on April 4th of next year.

By: Purdue University, Betty Stansbury

2003 SCASD Proposal

OST-2004-16915 - EAS at Lafayette

http://www.purdue.edu/airport/ - Purdue University Airport


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Iowa

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Dubuque Regional Airport - Dubuque, IA - Bookmarked

Cost Breakdown of Grant Application:

Airport Sales Consultant - $150,000
This position will promote the Dubuque Regional Airport utilization to the tri-state business community. This will help fund this position for 3 years.

Market Studies - $25,000
This will provide updated, detailed studies for the airport in determining leakage, airline performance and determine the travel needs of the tristate community. Information is critical with the impact of the loss of Delta and for the growth of American Airlines in Dubuque.

Airport Marketing - $50,000
To continue promotion of the airport to include but not limited to print, direct marketing, billboards, television and radio ads to Dubuque and outlying communities.

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

2006 SCASD Proposal

EAS at Dubuque OST-2001-10130, OST-2001-10170, OST-2003-14517

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


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August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Sioux Gateway Airport/Colonel Bud Day Field - Sioux City, IA - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

The City of Sioux City, the airport sponsor, is requesting $600,000 in federal assistance to implement a $1,283,500 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) Provide additional eastbound air service to adequately serve the Siouxland area; b) Provide competition in the marketplace to reduce airfares and c) Mitigate the need to drive long distances to access sufficient air service.

Additional service eastbound, particularly to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, is a top priority. The Strategic Plan, American Airlines or United Airlines service to Chicago O’Hare, will achieve the project goals.

By: Curtis Miller, 712-279-6165

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


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Kansas

August 26, 2009

Re: Proposal of Hays Regional Airport - Hays, KS - Bookmarked

The City of Hays owns and operates the Hays Regional Airport and is acting as sponsor in applying for $216,450 from the Small Community Air Service Development Program funding. This will be matched by an additional $248,050 in local funds with cash donations and in-kind services from a variety of local entities within the community for a total of $464,500. Hays Regional Airport (HYS) project will provide for a three-year marketing program to promote increased boardings at the airport.

The marketing program is planned to provide public education and promotional insight to local residents as well as the 20 county surrounding area regarding changing commercial flights with Great Lakes Airlines taking four daily flights to Denver, the fastest growing hub in the airline industry.

By: Hays Regional Airport

OST-1998-3497 - EAS at Hays

http://www.haysusa.com/html/airport.html - Hays Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Forbes Field Airport - Topeka, Kansas - Bookmarked

The purpose of this Grant-supported effort is to better identify a route which is, not only, feasible in the current economic environment, but to ensure community support is in place before the launch of a route. The Airport believes its planned course of action will lead to new market insight, community buy-in, airline support, and eventually sustainable service.

The Airport plans to begin work on the first phases of this project within 30 days of the Grant award. The specific timeline will be aggressive, with a mind towards landing service by the summer of 2011.

For the purposes of this project the local and federal portions of the funding will be pooled and expensed as a reimbursable grant. The federal share of the project is $150,000, while the local share of the project is $15,000, for a total project cost of $165,000.

By: Forbes Field, Eric Johnson

2007 SCASD Proposal Along with Salina, KS
2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-1996-1352 - EAS at Topeka

http://www.mtaa-topeka.org/facilities.htm - Forbes Field


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Kentucky

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport - Bowling Green, KY - Bookmarked

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

The Airport proposes to offer Grant funding, from its second Small Community Air Service Development Program award, in the form of start-up cost abatements, fee waivers, marketing support, and revenue guarantees to a Delta Connection carrier – likely Pinnacle Airlines – for at least two daily flights to Memphis.

By: Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, Robert Barnett

2007 SCASD Proposal

http://www.bowlinggreenwarrencountyairport.org/ - Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport


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Louisiana

August 28, 2009

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

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

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

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

By: Anthony Marino

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

http://www.flybtr.com/ - Baton Rouge Metro Airport


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

By: Lafayette Airport Commission

2004 SCASD Proposal

http://www.lftairport.com/ - Lafayette Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

By: Roy Miller

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


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Maine


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

By: Rick Cloutier

http://www.flytome.com/ - Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Augusta State Airport - Augusta, ME - Bookmarked

The City of Augusta has come to an appreciation that scheduled air service is its connection into the national aviation system and is an essential element for a community competing for business investment. That said, the amount of enplanements has continued to decrease over the past decade to an alarmingly low level. The community is concerned that if the amount of air travelers slips further that Essential Air Service could be jeopardized. As such, the community’s air service need is to bolster the amount of air travelers utilizing the existing scheduled air service.

The City of Augusta is requesting $100,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development Program to implement this proposal. This will be matched by $20,000 in direct local funding by the City of Augusta and the Augusta Board of Trade and in-kind funding from Colgan Air and the KVCC.

By: City of Augusta

2006 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-1997-2784 - EAS at Augusta

http://www.augustaairport.org/ - Augusta State Airport


August 27, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Rebecca Hupp, 207-947-0381

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

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

Federal Funds Requested: $648,000

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

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

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

By: Knox County Island Airport Consortium

OST-1997-2784 - EAS at Augusta/Waterville, Bar Harbor and Rockland, ME

http://knoxcounty.midcoast.com/departments/airports/index.html - Knox County Regional Airport


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Michigan

August 28, 2009

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

Grant Proposal Amount: $163,000.00

Major Objectives:

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

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

By: Thomas Elegeert

2003 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-2003-15128 - EAS at Escanaba

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


August 28, 2009

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

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

By: Robert Selig

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

http://www.flylansing.com/ - Lansing Capital Region International Airport


August 28, 2009

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

Federal Funds Requested: $150,000

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

By: Keith Kaspari

2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

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

By: Stephen Cassens

2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


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Minnesota


August 25, 2009

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

Federal Funds Requested: $907,757

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

Goals/Objectives:

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

By: John Chattin, City Manager

http://www.bemidjiairport.org/ - Bemidgji Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority - Hibbing, MN - Bookmarked

The Chisholm-Hibbing Airport, represented by the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority, respectfully applies for $162,130 funding from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. This will be combined with a $60,000 local and state cash commitment and additional - in kind - a funding of approximately $38,410. These funds will be used to initiate and support a ground transportation program to improve access to air service to sustain current and future economic development and tourism industry in Minnesota’s Iron Range Region.

With the loss of scheduled air service in 2004 from Grand Rapids and Ely, the Chisholm-Hibbing Airport provides the only scheduled air service and historically has been served inadequately with high fares, inconvenient flight times and long layovers at the air carrier’s hub. The Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority worked this past year to address these issues and coordinate the addition of a third daily flight under the Essential Air Service Program. Delta Air Lines was recently approved for the additional flight under the program. This is the first step to enhancing air service and public transportation to our Region. Providing public ground transportation to our communities will ensure air service sustainability and provide the required support for economic development and tourism. Without this enhanced service, the Region is at a competitive disadvantage.

By: Shaun Germolus, 218-262-3452

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-2003-15796 - EAS at Chisholm/Hibbing

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


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

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

By: Brian Ryks

2003 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal

http://www.duluthairport.com - Duluth International Airport


March 12, 2010

Re: Ex-Parte Letter to Chairman James Oberstar

Given the large number of applications and the limitations in the law, it was necessary to make a number of very difficult decisions. Unfortunately, Duluth was not selected for one of the grant awards. However, the Department congratulates Duluth on achieving the primary objective of its Small Community Program grant application independent of Federal funding. As you may know. United Airlines commenced twice-daily nonstop service between Duluth and Chicago on December 18, 2009. United's new air service expands both domestic and international destinations for your constituents.

By: Susan Kurland


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of St. Cloud Regional Airport - St. Cloud, MN - Bookmarked

Federal Funds Requested: $500,000

The St. Cloud Regional Airport is working under an aggressive timeline to make this service happen. ExpressJet has committed to a launch date for new service of April 4th, 2010, under this proposal. In order to make that date possible, the Airport must first win its SCASD Grant. Then, it must find local investors and secure all remaining funding (which will be detailed in the next section of this proposal) no later than December 11th of this year. Routes will be announced on January 6th of 2010. ExpressJet is committed to beginning service between St. Cloud and Chicago O’Hare on April 4th.

This project is essential due to the fact that St. Cloud market lacks competitive air service. The way current service is structured, with high fares on Delta/Northwest, and limited service on only one network carrier, there is little incentive for Delta/Northwest to keep fares in-line with those found in other communities in the region. New flights, to a major hub, with connectivity to one of the world’s largest network carriers, would provide real competition in almost all of St. Cloud’s largest markets. The effect of this competition would be to bring fares down and increase enplanements.

By: William Towle

2002 SCASD Proposal

http://www.stcloudairport.com/ - St. Cloud Regional Airport


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Missouri

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Missouri Department of Transportation - Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kirksville and Waynesville, MO - Bookmarked

Federal Funds Requested: $393,222

The Missouri Department of Transportation - Aviation Section is working in conjunction with the communities of Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kirksville and Waynesville to improve air service. We respectfully submit this proposal for marketing funds to assist these communities in bringing awareness to the traveling public about the benefits provided by local air service. A goal of the Missouri Department of Transportation - Aviation Section is to inform the traveling public within the state of all easily accessible modal choices that are available to them.

The marketing and promotion activities proposed herein are intended to extend for a period of twelve to eighteen months.

By: MODOT

2007 SCASD Proposal of Cape Girardeau (with Owensboro, KY and Jackson, TN)

2006 SCASD Proposal of Columbia

2003 SCASD Proposal of Joplin

2006 SCASD Proposal of Kirksville
2007 SCASD Proposal of Kirksville

2002 SCASD Proposal of Waynesville

OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau
OST-2006-23931 - EAS at Columbia
OST-2006-23932 - EAS at Joplin
OST-1997-2515 - EAS at Kirksville

http://www.capeairport.com/ - Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
http://www.flymidmo.com/ - Columbia Regional Airport
http://www.jlnairport.com/ - Joplin Regional Airport
http://www.kirksvillecity.com/content/72/152/default.aspx - Kirksville Regional Airport
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waynesville_Regional_Airport_at_Forney_Field - Waynesville Regional Airport


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Mississippi

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority - Gulfport, MS - Bookmarked

Since the departure of AirTran Airways in January 2009, GPT has experienced a drastic decline in vital inbound traffic from Florida.  

With funds made available through the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program, GPT plans to conduct an economic impact study and focus on increasing inbound awareness of nonstop air service from Florida markets currently served (TPA, JAX, FLL).  Through an aggressive strategic marketing program based in Florida, our goal is to strengthen and grow the Florida inbound traffic which is vital to the Economic well being of our region.
2009 SCASD Proposal $300,000
Florida Marketing Campaign $260,000
Economic Impact Study $40,00

By: Bruce Frallic, 228-863-5951

2005 SCASD Proposal

http://www.flygpt.com/ - Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Tunica Airport Commission - Tunica, MS - Bookmarked

The public-private partnership of the Tunica Gaming Industry, the Tunica Airport Commission, the City and the County of Tunica along with the Tunica Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Chamber of Commerce (collectively the Tunica Air Service Development Coalition; TASC) propose a relationship with Air Tran to re-initiate scheduled service from Atlanta, GA. Envisioned is four times weekly scheduled service to UTA from ATL for a period of one year with Boeing 717 equipment. The calculated cost of the service is $4.6 million for the proposed year. 70 percent load factor has been used for planning purposes, leaving an estimated shortfall of $1.38 million.

In order to fully fund the new airline service the public-private partnership is seeking a $500,000 federal grant under the 2009 Small Community Air Service Development Program. This effectively brings the unfunded amount to $880,000. Proposed In-kind landing fee and ground handling fee waivers total $146,432 for the period leaving $733,568. This remaining shortfall will be relieved in the form of cash financial contributions from the gaming industry. In addition, but separate from this application, the Tunica gaming industry plans to spend $1 million to market and advertise the service over the one year time period.

By: Clifton Nash

2003 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal

http://www.tunicaairport.com/ - Tunica Airport


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Montana

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Bert Mooney Airport - Butte, MT - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

The Bert Mooney Airport Authority, the airport sponsor, is requesting $460,000 in financial assistance to support a $600,000 air service improvement initiative. The project goals are to: a) Improve performance of existing service to prevent further service reductions and b) Improve service to reduce passenger diversion.

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 options and less need to drive to alternate airports.

Since Horizon Air exited the Butte market in August 2008, only Salt Lake City service remains. With extremely limited air service options, the Airport’s catchment area population and businesses are forced to drive to larger alternate airports to access conveniently scheduled service. As a result, the performance of existing service is eroding and at risk of being terminated.

By: Rick Griffith, 406-494-3771

2004 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Glacier Park International Airport - Kalispell, MT - Bookmarked

Glacier Park International Airport proposes that a relatively small portion of the cost of starting the new service be supported up-front with federal funds from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. Of the total project cost of $550,000, only $50,000 will be used for marketing and advertising projects. Due to the fact United Express already serves the market, and its previous start-up costs were covered by a previous Grant, it is not anticipated that United will incur any additional start-up costs for the launch of the San Francisco route. The federal share of this project will be $500,000, of which the entire amount will be available for use as a revenue guarantee.

If, for some unforeseen reason, service is not commenced in a timely manner by United Express on the San Francisco route, the Airport proposes to use federal grant money awarded under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to recruit service on another route, or on another carrier interested in beginning service to the community.

By: Cindi Martin

2003 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal

http://www.iflyglacier.com/ - Glacier Park International Airport


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New Jersey

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of South Jersey Transportation Authority - Atlantic City, NJ - Bookmarked

This year, the Airport is requesting $1,100,000 to fund a revenue guarantee to support the new air service for its initial twelve months of operation. The Airport will provide $375,000 to fund a $300,000 comprehensive marketing plan as well as $75,000 worth of fee waivers Atlantic City International Airport.

Atlantic City’s overriding objective is to establish another connection to the national and international air transportation system via the hub of a major network carrier on a long-term, self-sustaining basis that provides increased connectivity to more destination than the airport’s current AirTran Atlanta service. The Airport believes that service to one of the proposed airline hubs presents the greatest opportunity for success; however, the Airport realizes that other viable opportunities may be presented by airlines and all potential markets will be reviewed.

By: Bart Mueller, 609-965-6060

2005 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal

OST-2003-15415 - EAS at Atlantic City

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


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New York

August 26, 2009

Re: Proposal of Albany International Airport - Albany, NY - Bookmarked

The FlyAlbany program will establish a new Airport interactive internet based web site to include an internet portal to provide a new and convenient means for business and leisure travelers to search for and purchase Albany’s low-fare service to all direct destinations, take advantage of specials offers, plan their parking, as well as complete foreign currency exchanges and provide real-time parking and rental car information to alert travelers of current availability for the full spectrum of services to satisfy all air travel service needs. The Albany County Airport Authority requests consideration for a Small Community Air Service Development Improvement Grant totaling $1,208,700.

By: FlyAlbany

http://www.albanyairport.com/ - Albany International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport - Ithaca, NY - Bookmarked

Project Goals:

  1. Promoting and broadening awareness in Tompkins and surrounding counties of new service at ITH to DCA that provides access to the Washington, DC market and that provides better connectivity to the Southeast region of the United States.
  2. Promoting and broadening awareness in Tompkins and surrounding counties of new service at ITH to EWR that provide critical access to the NYC market.
  3. Provide more reliable services to ITH passengers traveling to the NYC area by providing back up transportation services in the event air service back to ITH is unavailable, and to promote and broaden awareness of this service.

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, Northwest and Continental. 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.

By: Sharon Reagin

2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-2003-15414 - EAS at Ithaca, NY

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Greater Binghamton Airport - Johnson City, NY - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) in Johnson City, New York, the legal sponsor, is requesting $550,000 in federal assistance to implement a $1,075,074 air service initiative. Broome County Department of Aviation was awarded a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant on behalf of Greater Binghamton Airport in 2002 to upgrade existing service. This grant’s proposed project goals and objectives differ from the previous grant application and award.

The project goals are three-part:

  • Obtain service to a hub airport not served today west of Greater Binghamton Airport.
  • Improve air service choices and provide additional competition in the marketplace to reduce airfares.
  • Reduce the need to use alternate airports to access adequate air service and competitive fares.

Through interaction with the Air Service Committee and other members of the local business community, the Airport has concluded that service to a new westbound hub is the number one priority in the community. The Strategic Plan, United Express Chicago O’Hare service, will achieve the project goals.

By: Carl Beardsley, 607-763-4471

2002 SCASD Proposal for Binghamton Regional Airport
2006 SCASD Proposal

OST-2001-10102 - EAS at Binghamton

http://www.flybgm.com/ - Greater Binghamton Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Syracuse Hancock International Airport - Syracuse, NY - Bookmarked

The sources of funds for the two-years of the SYR Program are as follows:

MDA US DOT Total Funding
$100,000 $500,000 $600,000

First non-stop jet service by a new entrant carrier to any un-served market would be awarded incentive funds from the DOT grant in an amount up to $500,000, plus marketing and promotion support from the MDA funds in an amount up to $100,000.

First non-stop jet service by an incumbent carrier to any un-served market in conjunction with other service enhancements would be awarded incentive funds from the DOT grant in an amount up to $150,000, plus marketing and promotion support from the MDA funding an amount up to $75,000.

First non-stop jet service by an incumbent carrier to any un-served market would be awarded incentive funds from the DOT grant in an amount up to $100,000, plus marketing and promotion support from the MDA funding in an amount up to $50,000.

By: Anthony Mancuso, 315-454-3263

2002 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


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North Carolina

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of North Carolina Non-Hub Airport Consortium - Burlington-Alamance, Charlotte-Monroe, Concord, Lee County, Rowan County, Smith-Reynolds and Triangle North - Bookmarked

Federal Amount Requested: $350,000

For this grant application we are working with several companies, certified to part 135, who are currently operating, using modern, propeller and jet powered aircraft to provide this service. Two of the companies, SATSair LLC and ImagineAir, operate the Cirrus SR22, a comfortable, air-conditioned three passenger aircraft. Another operator, FlightGest, operates executive-configured Cessna Caravans and King Air aircraft, which are turboprop powered, 7 to 9 passenger aircraft. JetPool, based in Charlotte, offers service with one of the most modern and efficient business jets available, the Embraer Phenom 100, and Flight Options, based in Raleigh, provides on-demand service with aircraft ranging from the Beech Baron to King Airs and light business jets.

This grant will help us develop greater awareness in the communities of the availability of this service, first by identifying potential passengers, then educating them on the benefits of using the service, and thirdly developing marketing materials that can be used to help further expand the market. Each of these communities have allocated funds for a 20% match to the requested federal grant, which comes to $10,000 per community. The State of North Carolina will put up $10,000 in matching funds for each community, which equals the community matches and allows the state and local match to total a 40% with respect to the federal grant request.

By: NC DOT

2007 SCASD Proposal for 11 NC Airports
2008 SCASD Proposal for 23 NC, SC and GA Communities

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington-Alamance_Regional_Airport - Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport
http://www.ci.concord.nc.us/Departments/Airport/tabid/89/Default.aspx - Concord Regional Airport
http://www.sanford-leecoairport.com/ - Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport
http://www.co.rowan.nc.us/GOVERNMENT/Departments/AirportRUQ/tabid/127/Default.aspx - Rowan County Airport
http://www.smithreynolds.org/ - Smith Reynolds Airport
http://www.flytrianglenorth.com/ - Triangle North Executive Airport


August 28, 209

Re: Proposal of Moore County Airport Authority - Pinehurst, NC - Bookmarked

It has become clear to the Moore County Airport Authority that they need to evaluate their options to extend their runway in order to enable them to attract scheduled air service back to their community. The N.C. Division of Aviation recommends a length of 6500’ for an airport with their type and number of aircraft operations. To determine the best way to move forward, the Moore County Airport Authority is requesting $450,000 to update their Airport Master Plan (last updated in 1996), including an evaluation of runway extension alternatives, and an Environmental Assessment.

Moore County Airport’s most immediate needs have an estimated costs of $2,519,000; however, the most critical and top priority is the project they are currently requesting under the Small Community Air Service Development Program, Docket OST- 2009-0149 for $450,000 for the proposed Airport Layout Plan / Master Plan Update / Environmental Assessment for Five Year Development and Runway Extension Alternatives Analysis.

By: Moore County Airport Authority

2002 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal for 23 NC, SC and GA Communities

http://www.moorecountyairport.com/ - Moore County Airport


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Oregon

August 26, 2009

Re: Proposal of Baker City Municipal Airport - Baker City, OR - Bookmarked

Baker City is requesting a Small Community Air Service grant of $500,000 to fund the revenue guarantee that is required to launch operations. The community will provide significant in-kind advertising and promotion. We expect the air service to be self-sufficient by the end of year three.

Although we would consider competitive bids from airlines, this proposal focuses on SeaPort Airlines as an example. SeaPort Airlines flies a fleet of 300 mph Pilatus PC-12 nine passenger aircraft. This is the "right size" aircraft for rural communities such as Baker City. SeaPort operates as an FAA part 135 Scheduled airline and falls into a category that does not require full TSA security at general aviation airports. Thus, operations will easily fit into our existing airport infrastructure.

SeaPort Airlines could provide 12 flight segments per week between Baker City and Portland via the existing Pendleton service. They would require a revenue guarantee of $350,000 per year to launch this service. Prices would range $250 to $350 round trip. We project 1 revenue passenger seat per flight segment by the end of the first year and 3 revenue passenger seats per flight segment by the end of the third year.

By: Jennifer Watkins, 541-524-2032

2002 SCASD Proposal

http://www.bakercity.com/airport.htm - Baker City Municipal Airport


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Pennsylvania

August 28, 2009

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

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

By: Gabe Monzo, 724-539-8100

2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal for Pennsylvania Consortium

http://www.palmerairport.com/ - Arnold Palmer Regional Airport


March 12, 2010

Re: Comments of Westmoreland County Airport Authority

We humbly bring to your attention a situation that has long hampered and continues to impede our efforts to deliver air service to the many communities that are served by Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township, Westmoreland County. We can't stress enough the importance of your awareness, comprehension and support in this critical issue.

There are two federal programs that desperately need to be revamped, retooled and rebuilt if we are ever going to have a thriving, sustainable and reliable air-service system In Pennsylvania - the Essential Air Service Program and a lessor-known counterpart, the Small Community Air Service Development Program. While the former has been a bane to us, the latter has proven extremely effective in developing air service at Arnold Palmer Regional.

By: Gabriel Monzo


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

By: George Doughty

2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

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

Federal Funds Requested: $600,000

Specifically, the five program goals are as follows:

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

By: Barry Centini, 570-602-2000

2004 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


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South Carolina


August 28, 2009

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

Motion for Confidential Treatment

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

The objectives of this application are as follow:

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

By: David Edwards

2007 SCASD Proposal

http://www.gspairport.com/ - Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

By: Pat Apone, 843-839-7340

2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal
2007 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


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South Dakota


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Pierre Regional Airport - Pierre, SD - Bookmarked

The City of Pierre respectfully requests a $67,500 Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant to recruit a low-fare carrier to Pierre Regional Airport in central South Dakota. This carrier will ideally provide non-stop flights between PIR and popular destinations including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Phoenix/Mesa.

These four markets represent significant leakage for PIR as local residents seek direct flights, convenient schedules and most importantly -- lower fares. According to a recent study, this leakage may exceed more than 51 percent of potential air travelers in the PIR catchment area.

By: City of Pierre, 605-773-7341

2003 SCASD Proposal

OST-2001-10128 - EAS at Pierre

http://ci.pierre.sd.us/department.aspx?id=2 - Pierre Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

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

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

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

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

By: Cameron Humphres

2002 SCASD Proposal

http://rcgov.org/Airport/pages/ - Rapid City Regional Airport


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Tennessee

August 27, 2009

Re: Proposal of Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority - Knoxville, TN - Bookmarked

Motion for Confidential Treatment

Through this Application, the Knoxville Region seeks $500,000 in federal matching funds that will be combined with at least $700,000 in local dollars. The $1.2 million in marketing incentives will be used to attract increased low-fare airline service to the Knoxville community.

It is the goal of the Knoxville Region to not only attract new competitive-fare airline service in McGhee Tyson Airport's most-traveled markets, but also to significantly promote the new service to insure its success. The Knoxville Region will assist airlines bringing expanded low-fare service to key TYS markets with a variety of marketing and advertising initiatives, plus the Region will work to help lower or offset initial airline station costs.

By: James Evans

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2008 SCASD Proposal

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


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Tri-Cities Regional Airport - Blountville, TN - Bookmarked

Tri-Cities Regional Airport seeks American Airlines service, via its affiliate American Eagle, first to the Chicago O’Hare hub, and second, to the Dallas/Ft. Worth hub. These routes will provide the broadest possible range of one-stop connecting destinations, better linking Tri-Cities with its top 20 passenger markets both domestically and internationally. The ORD and DFW hubs are also well positioned to provide additional connectivity not available with current carriers Delta and US Airways. Moreover, both hubs would provide competition in many of Tri-Cities’ top origin and destination markets, likely leading to lower, and more competitive, average fares.

In order to support such service, the Airport requests a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $500,000. The funding will be supplemented by a local community match of $75,000 – or 15 percent of the project cost. The funding will not be used for a revenue guarantee. Instead, the Airport plans to use its Grant funding to provide ground handling, including ticket counter and ramp operations; landing fees, terminal rent, and aircraft parking fees; and provide some start-up activities at no cost to the airline; allowing the new carrier to enter the market with no direct cost for two full years.

By: John Abe Teague

2007 SCASD Proposal

http://www.triflight.com/ - Tri-Cities Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Everett-Stewart Regional Airport - Union City, TN - Bookmarked

The Everett-Stewart Regional Airport is making an application to the Small Community Air Service Development Program for $320,000. The counties of Obion and Weakley have agreed to a cash match of $80,000 for a total project cost of $400,000. The total project cost represents the funding required to expand all lighting systems at the airport as part of the 1,500’ runway extension project. These funds, if awarded, will compliment a nearly $4million expansion project currently being undertaken at the Everett-Stewart Airport.

By: Obion and Weakley Counties

http://www.estewartregionalairport.com/ - Everett-Stewart Regional Airport


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Texas


July 30, 3009

Re: Proposal of Waco Regional Airport - Waco, TX - Bookmarked

Grant Proposal Amount: $150,000

Major Objectives:

  1. Develop and activate a successful campaign that markets Waco Regional Airport, improves quality air service and customer convenience for the next fiscal year.
  2. Stop passenger leakage through a successful aggressive marketing campaign to publicize and market Waco’s quality air service at a better dollar value by flying locally rather driving 90 miles to Dallas/Fort Worth or 90 miles to Austin Burgstrum.

This grant is needed to market Waco’s state-of-the-art airport, meet the ever growing need to improve commercial air service and stop leakage to Austin, Killeen and DFW airport.

By: Waco Regional Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal

http://www.waco-texas.com/Airport/airport.htm - Waco Regional Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport - Amarillo, TX - Bookmarked

The community and Amarillo International Airport are requesting a grant in the amount of $325,000 dollars, to be matched by $325,000 in local funding for a total of $650,000. The plan herein is to use $600,000 of the total amount as a risk-abatement to recruit nonstop jet service to a western connecting hub. The remaining $50,000 in funding will be allocated to a concentrated program to market and advertise the new service on a focused basis to assure rapid traffic build.

The Airport has identified two target carriers that will meet the objectives of this grant. These are US Airways, which has a robust connecting hub at Phoenix, and Delta, which is restructuring its connecting hub at Salt Lake City in efforts to generate net-new system revenues. The Airport is in contact with these airlines to discuss the opportunities represented by adding Amarillo to their route maps.

By: Scott Carr

http://www.amarillo-cvb.org/Airport-Airline/index.html - Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Corpus Christi International Airport - Corpus Christi, TX - Bookmarked

Federal Amount Requested: $1,297,957

CRP proposes to own and operate the local airline station, charging the carrier only for its use of facilities and personnel.

Develop a program which reduce the costs to both incumbents and prospective carriers, lowering the barriers entry by sharing in the financial risk of initiating and/or expanding service to Corpus Christi International Airport.

Recruit new service to DAL and LAS:

  • Potential carriers: Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Airlines
  • Regionally-based with lowers fares than today

By: Fernando Segundo

2003 SCASD Proposal

http://www.cctexas.com/airport/ - Corpus Christi International Airport


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Utah


August 25, 2009

Re: Proposal of Wendover Airport - Wendover UT - Bookmarked

The proposed study would focus on establishing and attaining realistic goals with regard to scheduled service for the communities of West Wendover, Nevada and Wendover, Utah through service at the Wendover Airport in addition to incorporating additional service to other regional communities which may be defined as being “under served” by existing scheduled service. These communities might include Elko, Nevada and Ely, Nevada. In all cases, such service would be associated with tying back to a hub airport such as Salt Lake City International, Reno-Tahoe International and/or Las Vegas-McCarran International.

The proposed study would incorporate existing information, which is of a limited nature such as the Regional Air Service Study completed by the Nevada Department of Transportation in January 2009. Though helpful this study was a broad state-based study that did not address adequately specific areas that are not served by scheduled air service (e.g. West Wendover, Nevada and Wendover, Utah) and was very limited in exploring all potential possibilities with regard to increasing scheduled air service to communities identified as being underserved in our region. Thus the NDOT study was insufficient in providing in-depth focus to address the regional scheduled air service issue in general or provide any realistic recommendations in solving that issue.

Activity Consultant Cost Source of Funding
Contract w/Consultant and Conduct Study and Assessment City to Perform Selection Process $41,000 Grant: $40,000
City: $1000
Grant Administration Administration by City $8000 City: $8000
Total Cost $49,000 Grant: $49,000
City: $9000

By: Wendover Airport

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal

http://www.co.tooele.ut.us/wendoverairport.htm - Wendover Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of St. George Airport - St. George, UT - Bookmarked

St. George Airport is a small hub airport and has commuter air service to one market with small turbo prop aircraft. We are requesting a grant of $100,000, with a local cash contribution of $20,000 and an in-kind contribution of $20,000 for a total incentive package of $140,000.

The funding from the grant and the local funding will be directed to three projects: (1) Development of an air service business and marketing plan; (2) Development of a marketing program to recruit new air service; and (3) Advertising for air service at the new airport. The community will also work with the incumbent airline, SkyWest Airlines, to see if the current air service can be improved and airfares can be reduced. This will also include meetings and presentations with representatives of SkyWest Airlines to see if they can re-institute service to LAX as the Delta Connection.

By: Marc Mortensen, 435-627-4005

http://www.sgcity.org/airport/ - St. George Municipal Airport


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Virgin Islands

August 26, 2009

Re: Proposal of Virgin Islands Port Authority - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - Bookmarked

By all measures, the $150,000 grant awarded to the VIPA in 2007 has been highly successful. Although the funds received were modest (the original request was for $660,000), the investment supported the development of a strategic marketing plan and allowed some limited carrier marketing. Implementation of the short-term recommendations of that plan has already resulted in a substantive increase in both U.S. mainland and inter-island flights. In short, the ROI “return on investment” of the 2007 grant has been extremely positive, easily exceeding the investment of the initial grant.

That being said, however, significant opportunities were identified in the marketing plan which were unable to be acted upon due to the limited funds received in that initial grant. In moving forward, a 2009 grant of $300,000 is requested to address those opportunities that will not only ensure continuity but cement recent service improvements and support continuing progress. The objectives of the requested funds are to:

  1. Secure non-stop services to a number of new mainland destinations;
  2. Introduce a low-fare airline to STX to mitigate the fare disadvantage that exists; and
  3. Develop an effective risk sharing/incentive program to support and promote new air services.

By: Virgin Islands Port Authority, Kenn Hobson

2007 SCASD Proposal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_E._Rohlsen_Airport - Henry E. Rohlsen Airport


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Virginia

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Peninsula Airport Commission - Newport News/Williamsburg, VA - Bookmarked

With funds made available through the Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program, PHF plans to increase awareness of airport initiatives, support marketing efforts for a new destination, create new jobs and improve the region’s access to the air transportation network through an aggressive community based marketing program.

Currently, PHF is underserved primarily to the west. A westbound market with connectivity would provide competitive access to the central & western United States from PHF.

Partner $ Investment % of Total Investment
PHF Airport $50,000 10%
Community Investment $100,000 20%
Grant Award $350,000
Total Investment $500,000

By: Newport News-Williamsport International Airport, 757-877-0221

2002 SCASD Proposal
2003 SCASD Proposal
2004 SCASD Proposal
2005 SCASD Proposal
2006 SCASD Proposal

http://www.nnwairport.com/ - Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport - Shenandoah, VA - Bookmarked

One of the main reasons for the continued passenger leakage from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, even with lower fares than its competing airports in some cases, is the lack of local knowledge about available air service at SHD. Those who live in the Airport catchment area are not conditioned to check local fares first, before booking flights from other airports throughout Virginia. Local area travelers immediately book flights from Charlottesville, Roanoke, and Richmond, without ever checking to see if fares would be cheaper in the Shenandoah Valley itself. This lack of general air service awareness is draining the local economy of valuable travel dollars, as travelers spend more than they would locally by flying from other airports.

In order to counteract this harmful trend, which, in effect, wastes valuable Essential Air Service dollars, the Airport plans a wide-ranging marketing campaign, saturating the entire Shenandoah Valley. The main message will be to check local fares before booking from other airports in the region.

The campaign will highlight local air service affordability, by showing direct comparisons on certain routes between fares at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport and the airports in Charlottesville and Richmond. The campaign will include frequent radio, television, and newspaper advertising, along with giveaways. 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 at least 12 months, and possibly as long as 18 month depending on the in-kind matching donations made by local media companies.

By: Greg Campbell

2008 SCASD Proposal

OST-2002-11378 - EAS at Staunton

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


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Washington

August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Port of Port Angeles - Port Angeles, WA - Bookmarked

The Port of Port Angeles, the Airport sponsor, is requesting $360,000 in federal assistance to support the implementation of a $482,500 air service initiative. Port Angeles will lose all commercial air service and access to the national transportation system if its sole service provider, Kenmore Air Express, does not realize an increase in passenger traffic. The goal of this project is to increase the ridership of existing Kenmore service sufficiently to ensure the ongoing viability of service between Port Angeles and Seattle.

With six daily flights in nine-seat Cessna Caravans, the quality and frequency of the service provides a vital link to the national transportation system, but that link is in jeopardy of being lost. The plan is to increase the utility of the service to Port Angeles’ air travelers by linking it to Alaska Airlines with an interline ticketing agreement. The effect will be dramatically improved connectivity to and from destinations beyond Seattle. Further, to drive bookings and improve customer convenience, Kenmore will implement an e-ticketing system that matches those used by major airlines. This powerful combination of an interline e-ticketing system will be supported by a two-year marketing plan, funded by this grant application, and the public-private partners.

By: Jeff Robb, 360-457-1138

2004 SCASD Proposal

http://www.portofpa.com/airports/fairchild-international-airport.html - William Fairchild International Airport


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West Virginia

August 28, 2009

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

Federal Funds Requested: $150,000

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

These initiatives will target:

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

By: Jim Griffith, 304-842-3400

2002 SCASD Proposal for Harrison-Marion County Regional Airport
2004 SCASD Proposal

http://www.flyckb.com/ - North Central West Virginia Airport


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Wisconsin


August 28, 2009

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

Motion for Confidential Treatment

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

The project goals are:

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

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

By: Tom Miller, 920-498-4800

http://www.co.brown.wi.us/airport/ - Austin Straubel International Airport


August 28, 2009

Re: Proposal of Outgamie County Regional Airport - Appleton, WI - Bookmarked

Looking to secure its recent air service gains, ATW is requesting a $150,000 Small Community Air Service Development grant to fund additional marketing and community support efforts in the local region to address this, hopefully, short-term issue and prepare ATW for the longer term. The funds will be matched with $75,000 in cash from airport reserves and $92,170 of community in-kind contributions. Note that in addition to the marketing campaign outlined here, the airport will continue with its normal marketing efforts and budget. The grant will enable the airport to expand into additional media outlets and formats as well as fund outside expert support.

Key program objectives:

Raise resident awareness of recent improvements at ATW including:

  • New United Denver service
  • Recently upgraded Delta Air Lines service
  • New customer conveniences and amenities

By: Outgamie County Regional Airport

2003 SCASD Proposal

http://www.atwairport.com/ - Outgamie County Regional Airport


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