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Issued May 9, 2012 | On File at Federal Register May 12, 2012
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 issues in their communities. Applications must be submitted to www.grants.gov no later than 5 PM EDT on Monday, June 11, 2012.
By: Robert Letteney
Issued and Served August 14, 2012
The proposals we selected incorporate the purpose of the statute, and provide an expanded opportunity to test a variety of approaches to improving small community air service in all regions of the country. The attached Appendix provides a description of each project, the basis for its selection, and the amount of grant funding it will receive. As an overview:
By: Susan Kurland
Served October 2, 2012
By Order 2012-8-14, the US Department of Transportation awarded 33 grants under the Small Community Air Service Development Program benefitting 34 communities in 25 states/territories. Casper, Wyoming was among the communities receiving these financial grants to implement air service initiatives.
The Small Community Program statute directs the Department to designate an airport in one community awarded a grant under this program as an Air Service Development Zone and to work with the community on means to attract business to the area surrounding the airport, to develop land-use options for the area, and to provide data, working with the Department of Commerce and other agencies. See Title 49 USC § 41743(h). The designation does not provide any additional financial assistance.
The Department recognizes the efforts that Casper has taken to improve business interest in the airport. These efforts include initiatives to expand Foreign Trade Zone 157, installation of fiber optic loop and digital subscriber line technologies, improvements to the industrial road entrance, and updates to the Industrial Park development plan. Casper, Wyoming, was the only community seeking the designation this year, requesting that the Department designate the Casper/Natrona County International Airport as an ASDZ.
Accordingly, we hereby designate the Casper/Natrona County International Airport, in Casper, Wyoming, as an ASDZ.
By: Susan Kurland
Proposal of Montgomery Regional Airport - Montgomery, AL
This grant application is intended to gain access to the Chicago/O’Hare hub of American or United, which will: a) provide needed new competition, b) reverse the capacity decline, c) provide some additional fare discipline, and d) recapture traffic leaking to ATL and BHM.
Montgomery is applying for a grant in the amount of $400,000, with a hard-dollar local match of 20%, resulting in a total program funding of $480,000. In addition, the Airport will negotiate other in-kind support for the carrier, depending if it is American (an incumbent) or United (a newentrant).
Proposal of Southeast Alaska Consortium - Angoon, Pelican, Elfin Cove & Tenakee Springs, AK
Federal amount requested: $495,000
This submission requests federal funding to support the goal of increasing ridership on these important EAS routes. Through a program to increase ease of use and awareness of the service provided, the Consortium's goal is to improve the long-term sustainability of air service to the area, which has historically seen fluctuations in pricing and service frequencies and the associated ups and downs in passenger use.
Proposal of Northweset Arkansas Regional Airport Authority - Bentonville, AR
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is proposing a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $1,000,000 to supplement a community-based cash contribution of $100,000, airport cash funding of $200,000, community in-kind contributions of $50,000 and airport in-kind incentives valued at $625,052 to provide a minimum revenue guarantee for service at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport by a low-cost carrier.
Proposal of McClellan-Palmoar Airport - Carlsbad, CA
The entire funding of the program will be focused on marketing and advertising projects to support expanded service, specifically, at McClellan-Palomar Airport. One goal of the marketing and advertising campaign will be to convert Carlsbad catchment area passengers from users of the San Diego International Airport to users of the McClellan-Palomar Airport. This part of the campaign will focus on north San Diego County.
California Pacific Airlines has committed $250,000 in direct cash to this strategic plan. Additionally, the County of San Diego has committed $150,000 in direct cash to match federal funds. McClellan-Palomar Airport is seeking a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $500,000 as the federal share of the project.
Proposal of Arcata-Eureka Airport - Eureka, CA
Federal amount requested: $750,000 for landing fee waiver, program administration and marketing
Proposal of Town of Mammoth Lakes - Mammoth Lake, CA
Federal amount requested: $700,000
Proposal of Oxnard Airport - Oxnard, CA
The County of Ventura Department of Airports, the airport sponsor, is requesting $500,000 in federal assistance to implement a $993,013 air service initiative.
The project goal is to re-introduce air service at OXR in order for catchment area passengers to access the national air transportation system. Reintroduction of air service is the region’s top priority. The Strategic Plan, Alaska Airlines service to the San Francisco Bay Area, will achieve the project goal.
Proposal of Santa Maria Public Airport - Santa Maria, CA
Santa Maria Public Airport District, the legal sponsor, is requesting $490,000 in federal assistance to implement a $730,000 air service initiative. The project goal is to obtain nonstop service to a major airline’s hub that is located east of Santa Maria. The Strategic Plan, SkyWest Airlines/United Express Denver service, will achieve the project’s goal.
Proposal of Montrose Regional Airport - Montrose, CO
This grant is intended not only to bring ultimately year-round nonstop service to the US West, but also bring a low-fare carrier to the Western Slope. In this application, the Airport and the Community are requesting a grant of $500,000, to be matched with $100,000 in local dollars, to provide a revenue guarantee and marketing funding to support the new service. The grant is intended for a two year period.
Proposal of Town of Telluride - Telluride, CO
Telluride Regional Airport and its community partner, the Telluride-Montrose Regional Air Organization are requesting a grant in the amount of $500,000, to be matched by local funds of $100,000 to provide the target airline with a revenue guarantee to implement seasonal service to TEX, plus marketing and advertising support. Optimally, the service will be from a major Western destination. (Alaska has done this successfully at Mammoth Lakes, an airport with no prior scheduled service, to serve the Mammoth Ski Resort.)
Proposal of Charlotte County Airport - Punta Gorda, FL
The airport and its community partners need marketing dollars to aid Allegiant and prospective new airlines in effectively marketing the Punta Gorda Airport as a gateway to Southwest Florida. This Grant application requests $140,000 in Department funding matched by $60,000 in local funds. The total of $200,000 will give the Airport the ability to ensure the success of existing routes and encourage carriers to add additional flights. Additional flights will lower the cost of air travel to Southwest Florida, improve access to the region for tourists, residents, and businesses, and thus confer a significant local economic benefit. This modest Grant funding request is entirely consistent with the purpose of the Grant Program and Department funds will enable new air service that will have a significant positive local economic impact.
Proposal of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport - Lakeland, FL
Lakeland Regional Airport believes that in order to successfully recruit air service, we need to meet the needs of three different business models:
In order to put all of the elements in place, the airport is requesting a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $500,000. These funds will be combined with local funds of $300,000 for an $800,000 total project. The project has two major elements: to establish airport operated ground handling services; to create marketing campaigns tailored to the services we are able to recruit.
Proposal of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport - Sarasota, FL
The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is requesting a grant in the amount of $500,000 to address this major air service deficiency, which is a material economic hardship on the region's competitiveness in the global economy. The Airport, and the community led by the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, are contributing an additional $500,000, representing a hard-dollar 100% match.
Northeast Florida Regional Airport believes that in order to successfully recruit air service, we need to meet the needs of three different business models:
Northeast Florida Regional Airport is requesting grant funds in the amount of $250,000 from the Department. This funding will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the airport operator, St. Augustine – St. Johns County Airport Authority and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau. Thus the federal government is being asked to fund only 50% of the $500,000 marketing project.
Proposal of Boise Airport - Boise, ID
The application requests a grant of $1 million dollars, to be accompanied by a local cash match of $210,000, plus in-kind incentives of over $50,000, to accomplish two main objectives:
Proposal of Magic Valley Regional Airport - Twin Falls, ID
The City of Twin Falls, Idaho, the legal sponsor and owner/operator of TWF, is requesting $500,000 in federal assistance to implement a $584,925 air service initiative.
The project goal is to increase seat capacity in the TWF market. With the reduction in daily roundtrips to/from Salt Lake City from a high of six in recent years down to just three daily beginning in September 2011, TWF’s primary air service need is additional seat capacity to Salt Lake City. The reinstatement of a fourth Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia roundtrip or an aircraft upgrade on one or more of the existing flights to 50-seat regional jets would accomplish the goal.
Proposal of Central Illinois Regional Airport - Bloomington/Normal, IL
Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington/Normal is requesting a grant in the amount of $500,000, to be matched with $150,000 in hard community contribution, plus $50,000 in-kind support, to address the lack of access from the region to the US Northeast.
The fundamentals of this application are straight-forward. CIRA will provide a risk-abatement program to a carrier that can provide the access outlined in this application, along with marketing support to assure success of the service.
Willard Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant, in the amount of $600,000, to help mitigate United’s initial monetary risk in serving the Champaign/Urbana – Washington Dulles route. The University of Illinois Willard 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 $680,000, $50,000 will be used for marketing and advertising projects. The federal share of the project will be $600,000, all of which will be used for the airline revenue guarantee. The federal revenue guarantee share will be matched by $30,000 in local revenue guarantee money and $50,000 in local marketing money. Another $345,000 has been committed by the Airport and the University to reduce United’s initial start-up cost by offering full terminal fee waivers and landing fee credits. Including in-kind, the total package of incentives available for new eastbound service will total almost $1.03 million. The Airport projects the new flights will be profitable within 12 months.
The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria, in cooperation with the Peoria Area and Pekin, IL Chambers of Commerce, are beginning efforts to extensively market the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport with two goals in mind: first to maintain the service levels currently enjoyed in the community, and second, to identify gaps in air service that need to be filled to fully serve the economic development and transportation needs of the service area.
In order to meet these goals, MAAP and the two Chambers have embarked on a project to work with area businesses to more closely identify their existing travel patterns and future needs. A detailed air service study is needed to carry this effort beyond the memberships of the two Chambers and beyond the two communities directly involved. MAAP is requesting $350,000 to carry out this study, which will be matched by $100,000 of MAAP funds as well as an as-yet to be determined in-kind match of staff time of MAAP and the two chambers.
Proposal of Springfield Airport Authority - Springfield, IL
Direct Air’s shutdown in March has left Springfield with only six network carrier regional jet departures per day to two hubs. In August of 2012 Springfield capacity will be down 14% from August of 2011, due to the loss of Direct Air. As already noted above, this is on top of 2011 market capacity being down 46% from 2004 levels. Also, the shutdown of Direct Air comes just before this summer’s already announced withdrawal of AirTran service from nearby Bloomington. On a regional basis, Central Illinois low fare capacity in August of 2012 will be down 39% from August of 2011, despite modest AirTran replacement services starting at Bloomington.
To address this devastating loss of low fare capacity, both locally and regionally, the Springfield Airport submits this Grant proposal. Building on our proven ability to recruit and support air service we propose to use modest Grant funding of $250,000 (with a $100,000 local cash match and $70,000 in local in-kind contributions) to fund a first year no-cost ground handling and marketing program to support a new low cost air service at Springfield. The air service we recruit will replace the locally popular Direct Air service in form, if not exact destination, and provide low fare air travel options for residents of Springfield, the St. Louis metro area and all of Central Illinois including Decatur, Champaign, Bloomington and Peoria.
Proposal of Sioux Gateway Airport - Sioux City, IA
The City of Sioux City, the airport sponsor, is requesting $160,000 in federal assistance to implement a $240,000 air service initiative. The project goal is to create a marketing campaign and comprehensive monitoring program to ensure the success of new Essential Air Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport on American Airlines.
Proposal of Town of French Lick - French Lick, IN
The French Lick Airport is seeking a grant of $30,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program to conduct a study on alternative approaches to air service to and from this area, It will also promote the collection of air travel and tourism data in this area to facilitate an analysis of our market. This project will work with the French Lick Resort and the Convention and Visitors Bureau on accommodating the guests to the French Lick/West Baden area, The grant funds will be matched with $10,000 of local community funding.
Proposal of Forbes Field Airport - Topeka, KS
Topeka is one of the few state capitals in the country without local air service. The State of Kansas is beginning to realize the economic hardship the lack of air service causes the capital. As such, the State is beginning a partnership with the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority to bring scheduled airline service to Forbes Field. The partnership is modeled after the successful effort to bring American Eagle service to Manhattan, Kansas. As part of this project, the State will provide $1 million in revenue guarantee funding, in conjunction with Small Community Air Service Development Program dollars and local funding.
Proposal of Lafayette Airport Commission - Lafayette, LA
The Lafayette Airport Commission, in anticipation of increasing airline service to the Acadiana Region, realizes it must increase the size of its existing terminal. LAC has already conducted a preliminary study and is working on a concept design. The next step will be a schematic and developmental design at an estimated cost of $1,500,000. The LAC, in pattnership with the Aviation Section of the LA Department ofTransportation and Development, is requesting a match of $750,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program.
Proposal of Westover Metropolitan Airport - Chicopee, MA
Westover Metropolitan Airport is requesting a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $300,000. SCASD funding would be supplemented with community funding totaling $50,000 in cash to market and advertise daily or less-than-daily service to one or more leisure destinations from Westover and to provide ground handling services for the proposed services. In addition providing marketing and ground handling support services, the Airport would provide incentives, in the form of fee waivers, valued at up to $308,330 over two years for the proposed service.
Proposal of Rochester International Airport - Rochester, MN
The $500,000 grant request will be combined with $200,000 in local non-airport funding from Rochester and used to recruit critically needed new air service at Rochester, Minnesota.
The total project cost of the Grant-supported air service marketing and advertising campaign is $1,000,000 – a large number but a necessary amount due to the national nature of airline traveling tourists who visit Branson. The campaign must cover a lot of national ground to reach its target audience all over the country. Of the total project cost, $500,000 has already been committed by local partners in air service development. $400,000 of the funding will come from the sponsor of this application, the BLACVB. Another $100,000 in local funding will come from the Branson Airport. The final $500,000 for this campaign is earmarked from the federal Small Community Air Service Development Program. It is important to remember 50% of the total project funding is local and already committed.
Most of the funding from this program will be dedicated to the out-of-market media plan. In all, $800,000 will be spent spreading the Branson message to potential fly markets outside the six-hour drive radius. The out of market program will focus heavily on television, with major cable networks being the major outlets for the program.
Proposal of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport - Gulfport, MS
The Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority is seeking a grant in the amount of $950,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development Program to provide revenue and marketing support for the restoration, recruitment and development of nonstop service to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, or other base, hub, or focus city in Florida.
The grant funds will be matched with $600,000 from public-private partnership, $50,000 in Airport funds, and $60,000 in Airport In-kind funds.
Proposal of Tupelo Regional Airport - Tupelo, MS
The Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in order to assist with a widespread marketing and advertising campaign in support of new Essential Air Service provided by Silver Airways to Atlanta.
The Airport believes a more widespread campaign, specifically targeted at passengers who are currently leaking to other airports in the region, will spur more passenger growth. At the same time, the Airport would hope the increased enplanements from a marketing and advertising program would reduce the burden on the Essential Air Service program to provide subsidies in the market.
To reduce the leakage to Memphis, Tupelo plans a wide-ranging marketing campaign, saturating Tupelo’s air service area. The campaign will include frequent radio, television, Web, and newspaper advertising, along with giveaways. The Airport seeks $75,000 in federal funds, to be paired with $25,000 in local cash funds from the City of Tupelo. The local funds of $25,000 are above and beyond the airport’s current marketing budget.
Proposal of Bert Mooney Airport - Butte, MT
The Bert Mooney Airport Authority, the airport sponsor, is requesting $150,000 in financial assistance to support a $175,000 air service initiative. The project goal is to improve the performance of existing Essential Air Service to prevent further service reductions after the initial EAS agreement ends.
The Strategic Plan to accomplish the project goal is to fund a marketing/service awareness campaign to publicize the attributes of the existing EAS service. Additionally, market monitoring will be conducted to track the value of the marketing campaign and to provide feedback for adjusting local promotion if needed. The intent of the program is to make local travelers aware of the service options available from BTM and the convenience of flying local versus driving to alternate airports.
Proposal of Glacier Park International Airport - Kalispell, MT
Glacier Park requests Grant funding totaling $200,000, matched by local funding of $62,500 (gathered from a broad spectrum of mostly private interests). This Grant’s new service target is first ever nonstop service to the Los Angeles Basin. The LA Basin is our largest market without nonstop service. With only connecting service options, 6% of total Glacier Park domestic O&D involves LA Basin airports. Grant funding would support the startup phase of new service and we anticipate the same success we had with our first Grant and Denver service.
Proposal of Mineral County, Nevada - Mineral County, NV
The Consortium is seeking $250,000 in federal funding through the SCASDP Grant for the Project. The Community's total contributions to the Project that includes in-kind contributions from the airport, the county and in-kind contributions from the community are projected to be $50,000. There are no cash contributions from the County and member communities. As well, the Hawthorne Airport will not be contributing cash from revenues because there are no related operations presently for such contributions from which to be drawn. There are no cash contributions from other community sources, and no cash contributions from the state and/or local government projected at the time of this submission.
The Consortium has established a 3P to explicitly structure and facilitate air carrier service to the public. The process directly structures the decision-making event to be mutually examined and reviewed, with the determination of results being intended to stimulate and foster commerce. MCEDA and the Mineral County Commission along with its Hawthorne Airport will carry the duties of policy and related approval advocacy in the Partnership. They will actively participate in the implementation of the Project and provide critical guidance as well as insight in decision-making to NIC as to what aspects of the Business Plan best enable economic sustainability in the County and peer counties in NV along with leading advocacy.
Proposal of Los Alamos County - Los Alamos, NM
The total Project Cost is $340,000. The SCASDP grant request is for eighty percent or $272,000 – this for development of a pilot program to demonstrate the viability and cost-effectiveness of nine daily round trip flights between Albuquerque and Los Alamos, scheduled to coordinate with commercial flights to and from primary Los Alamos destinations such as Washington Dulles, Regan National, and BWI. The County and its partners are prepared to contribute twenty percent or $68,000 towards the $340,000 total cost of the program.
Proposal of Southeast New Mexico Air Service Coalition - Roswell, NM
Currently the Coalition has raised $256,000 in financial commitments for marketing of the current ROW-DFW service from the private sector, local city and state governments. The flights use Embraer Regional Jets with either 44 or 50 and operate six days a week with three flights per day and two flights a day on Saturdays. All the US DOT funds will be matched 50/50 and spent on marketing of the program. The Coalition requests $200,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development program which will be spent over a two year period. The City of Roswell, as sponsor of the proposal, will be responsible for the management of the funds and will work with the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corporation to execute the marketing and advertising plan.
Proposal of Griffiss International Airport - Rome, NY
Federal amount requested: $500,000
The Griffiss International Airport Air Service Feasability Study was initiated in January 2012, with the express purpose of determining local air service potential from the Utica/Rome New York area to Dayton, OH and/or other specific air service destinations. In determining air service potential, an aviation consultant, R.A. Wiedemann & Associates, Inc., was retained to work with Oneida County, NY, in a potential two-Phase project. The purpose of the first phase is to determine if there is sufficient demand in the Utica/Rome area to warrant scheduled air service to Dayton, OH. The feasibility of such a service would be determined in general terms such as potential aircraft sizes, flight frequencies, and aircraft load factors. If the initial demand indicators show potential feasibility, a second phase would be conducted. The second phase of the study would examine potential air carriers, route economics, and route structures.
Proposal of Asheville Regional Airport - Asheville, NC
AVL is requesting a $300,000 Small Community Air Service Development grant. These funds would be used in addition to matched funds (cash and in-kind) from community sources, as well as cash from airport reserves. Specifically, $180,000 of cash from the WNC Air Service Development Coalition, $150,000 of airport marketing funds and $70,000 of in-kind commitments will be the baseline community support for the grant.
Proposal of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport - Vienna, OH
YNG requests a $780,000 SCASDP grant award to reestablish regularly scheduled commercial air service at YNG to a hub of a major U.S. airline in the East, Midwest, or Southeast US. This grant, in combination with an additional $420,000 in local cash contributions, will be used to develop an airline revenue guarantee program to support the first 12 months of such air service by mitigating the initial business risk that a carrier will face in entering a new market.
Proposal of Rogue Valley International - Medford Airport - Medford, OR
The challenges in the Medford market are clear: an airline capacity cut of almost a third in the last three years that has precipitated large increases in the average fare, driving local passengers away from their Airport. While there is still enough local demand to fill the market’s seats at exceptionally high fares in the summer, the rest of the year sees lagging load factors and the threat of even greater air service cuts. The Airport must act now to ensure it grows passengers in off-peak periods.
In support of this goal, the Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in order to provide essential marketing and advertising support for all carriers and service offered. The marketing program will be targeted to two primary segments:
The Airport has already received commitments from its community partners for $15,000 in marketing funding for this project. The Airport is adding $5,000 in new funding to the local commitment, for a total community match of $20,000. The Airport is seeking $150,000 in federal funds to support this marketing and advertising campaign. The total project cost for the campaign will be $170,000.
Proposal of Eastern Oregon Regional Airport - Pendleton, OR
The City of Pendleton and its community partners seek to implement a focused marketing program to increase public awareness of scheduled air service at Eastern Oregon Regional Airport that results in higher use rates among potential travelers within the Airport’s reasonable service area of northeast Oregon. An increase in enplanements is primary metric by which near-term success of this marketing program will be measured. Long-term success will be measured by a decrease in required levels of subsidy from the Essential Air Service program and, potentially, the eventual elimination of all subsidy requirements.
This proposal requests $50,000 in grant funds from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The community partners will provide $5,000 in local matching funds (10%). In total, this will provide $55,000 for preparation and execution of the marketing program described in this proposal.
Proposal of Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority - Allentown, PA
The Airport has had discussions with several airlines and consequently has found many potential suitors to provide new air service; however, due to current economic conditions these suitors find new air service to ABE or any new location to be a risky proposition that requires some sort of financial assistance to offset the risks associated with the new service. To address these concerns, the Airport has developed a strong community support package that includes assistance with startup costs, and a comprehensive marketing and advertising program. The Airport is requesting a $300,000 grant to fund this program while the Airport will provide $138,000 worth of marketing and additional landing fee waivers for up to one year to assist in mitigating startup costs. The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority is confident that, with the help of a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant, it will be in a strong position to attract another new hub service by a network carrier such as Frontier to Denver, thereby providing new access to a low cost network airline hub for passengers throughout the ABE catchment area.
The Bradford Regional Airport in partnership with Silver Airways., Bradford Travel and the Bradford Area Alliance; hereby requests $120,400 under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. This will be matched by $40,000 in local funding and $20,400 in-kind funding.
In order to continue eligibility in the EAS Program, Bradford Regional Airport must increase the average daily enplanements above the 10 passenger requirement.
Bradford Regional Airport has forged a strong partnership with Silver Airways; both parties are committed to strengthening the competitive position of the airport. With more competitive airfares, convenient schedule, and the possibility of a change in the destination hub to Pittsburgh International Airport, both parties will work hard at marketing the new service and destination.
Pittsburgh International Airport has been working on an inter-line baggage agreement, where the airport would handle baggage and thus access to Low Cost Carriers such as Southwest would become an opportunity to increase passenger traffic.
This innovative concept may become a new approach for de-hubbed airports such as Pittsburgh to become the central hub it once was and relieve congestion at other airports.
Proposal of Williamsport Regional Airport - Williamsport, PA
The Williamsport Regional Airport proposes Small Community Air Service Development Grant funding of $500,000. The Airport’s community partners will match the $500,000 with $500,000 of local (non airport) funding and the Airport will provide $50,000 in marketing funds, making total cash Grant funding $1,050,000. The Airport will provide for the new carrier or new service one year of a complete waiver of all airport related fees. Second year and beyond marketing and promotional funding will be an allocation of Airport marketing funds by market share of the new service.
Proposal of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA
Federal amount requested: $100,000
The three program goals are as follows:
Proposal of Rhode Island Airport Corporation / Puerto Rico Tourism Company - Block Island, RI / Culebra, PR
The communities of Block Island and Culebra are enthusiastic that an airline is committed to starting this service if the grant is provided from the US Government. Cape Air has completed its own analysis about the future viability of the route including a route forecast. The total funding request from the US DOT to support this two year project is $900,000.00 ($600,000.00 in year 1 and $300,000.00 in year 2). This will be supplemented by $366,544 of local funding from the public/private partnership in place.
Proposal of Abilene Regional Airport - Abilene, TX
Federal amount requested: $750,000 for Marketing, Travel Bank, Start-Up Cost Offset, New Route and Revenue Guarantee
Jack Brooks Regional Airport located in Beaumont, Texas, is proposing a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $200,000 to supplement a community-based cash contribution of $50,000 to develop and implement a marketing and advertising campaign to build general awareness of the community's local air service, communicate the convenience of originating trips at the local airport versus the airports in Houston and to support the introduction of United Express regional jets at Beaumont/Port Arthur when Colgan Airways discontinues the Saab 340 turboprop service it currently operates for United Express at Beaumont/Port Arthur.
Proposal of Corpus Christi International Airport - Corpus Christi, TX
Our goal for this two year Grant Program is to increase passenger use retention at CRP from 43 percent to 50 percent. The increase in passenger demand will ensure the current service is self-sustaining and will also be a catalyst for additional flights, larger aircraft and new destinations.
Total requested: $340,000
Proposal of Del Rio International Airport - Del Rio, TX
The Community and the Airport are requesting a grant in the amount of $500,000 to facilitate the addition of a third daily round trip flight to the United hub at Houston Intercontinental.
This will enhance the consumer acceptance of the two daily round trips that United is implementing with regional jets.
The community is matching the grant dollars with $100,000, for a total in hard dollars of $600,000.
The grant period is requested for three years. The Revenue Guarantee portion would be for a 12-month period. The Airport and Community strongly feel that the service will be a success by that time. Contingent on this, and the flight remaining in operation, the Marketing Component will be for the full three years, focused on continually building the market and establishing a wider usage of service on both sides of the border.
Proposal of Henry E. Rohlsen Airport - St. Croix, USVI
In 2007, the USDOT awarded a Small Community Air Service Development Program grant to St. Croix through the VIPA. This grant was used to develop a comprehensive strategic air service marketing plan for St. Croix. In awarding the grant, the DOT recognized the unique challenges faced by a small island community in obtaining scheduled mainland airline services. 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 US 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 2012 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:
Proposal of Ogden-Hinckley Airport - Ogden, UT
The goal of the Action Plan is to address issues associated with the proposed air service that are critical to the long-term success of that service. In this regard, this Action Plan will address these elements for the Ogden-Hinckley Airport:
The Small Community Air Service Development grant is proposed to cover $200,000 of the total proposed and the remaining $300,000 in cash shall be used for marketing expenses and to reduce carrier costs.
Proposal of St. George Airport - St. George, UT
This proposal is part of a two phase program to get new air service for St. George Airport in St. George, Utah. The first phase secured a grant in February 2010 to pay for an Air Service Market Study to determine passenger demand, to pay for a Recruiting Program to attract new air service, and to pay for an advertising program promoting the new airport. The second phase is to secure a grant under this year’s program to provide a revenue guarantee and marketing funds to support new non-stop regional jet air service to Denver by Sky West Airlines.
In order to create an attractive incentive package, the City of St. George and St. George Airport is requesting a grant of $550,000 from the Department of Transportation under the Small Community program. These funds will be matched with $100,000 of local cash, $100,000 of in-kind funding, and a travel bank program of $100,000 resulting in a total incentive package of $850,000.
Proposal of Burlington International Airport - Burlington, VT
Burlington International Airport is proposing a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $450,000 to supplement a community-based cash contribution of $45,000, airport cash contribution of $50,000 and airport in-kind incentives valued at $85,593. The goal of such a proposal is to provide both a minimum, short term (12 to 18 month) revenue guarantee program as well as a marketing program aimed specifically at the proposed new air service to either Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Delta Airlines (or regional affiliate) or Charlotte Douglas International Airport on US Airways (or regional affiliate).
Proposal of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport - Newport News/Williamsburg, VA
The proposed funding mix for the grant application includes direct and non-direct airport funds in the form of advertising and waived landing and terminal fees, regional commitment from a consortium of Economic Development Agencies that form a regional partnership and USDOT grant funds. Our total grant request from DOT is for $2,000,000.
PHF has two service gaps that are the focus of current air service development initiatives:
Proposal of Thurston County - Olympia, WA
Currently it seems the most usage of the Olympia Airport is by the Governor of the state and other high ranking political figures as they use the airport to visit other parts of the state and elsewhere, but as far as a passenger destination and departure point, there is nothing truly to speak of at all. This area is a wonderful area for not just commuters many of whom go to Seattle everyday, but also as a tourist destination. And as such we should be advertised in both manners. This funding if we are given it will go for both advertising AND for working with a local airline to find out cost effectiveness and reliability to be able to make the Port/city of Olympia a destination for both commuters and travelers to use on a regular basis. Also the money will also be used to also outfit one of the port of Olympia’s buildings into a nice and comfortable waiting lounge area for those who will be using the service regular as we right now do not truly have anything that one can call a comfortable waiting area for passengers. So we will be using the funding for not just the passenger comfort but also to bring more awareness of the facts that we do have a decent and regular flight service from this area. I would like to see a minimum of about $40-50,000 alone to bring passenger accommodations at the Olympia Airport up to a little more professional level. To begin with I foresee an advertising budget of about $10-15,000 to bring that awareness to the public along with a gradual shift to the airline to also bring in funds of their own, to help in the effort to advertise in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater area. The need of an airline that is aware of the need to bring in business through their own advertising is just as important as it will show that they will consider the Port of Olympia as a valued and important destination. A lack of excitement will show that the airline will really not see us as one that will work with the surrounding area to make the venture stick and stay a highly placed and valued piece of both commuters and travelers alike.
Proposal of Walla Walla Regional Airport - Walla Walla, WA
The Port of Walla Walla is requesting $250,000 in federal assistance to implement a $309,000 air service initiative.
Immediate action is needed to increase load factors and bring Alaska Airlines back to profitability in the Walla Walla market. Without immediate action the Walla Walla Valley is in danger of losing its only access to the national air transportation system.
Proposal of Pangborn Memorial Airport - Wenatchee, WA
The Community and the Airport are requesting a grant in the amount of $200,000 to facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive marketing and advertising plan which will increase ridership for both inbound and outbound air travelers at Pangborn Memorial Airport.
The community is matching the grant dollars with $40,000, for a total in hard dollars of $240,000.
Proposal of Outgamie County Regional Airport - Appleton, WI
The grant application specifically is seeking:
Funding for a study to develop the business model for the new ARFF program:
Total community participation in funding the study is 57%
Funding for start-up and year 1 expenses:
Casper/Natrona County International Airport is seeking a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to help fund a comprehensive marketing and advertising program to: (1) expand service in the Casper-Las Vegas market, (2) support new regional jet service in the Casper-Salt Lake City market, (3) support additional regional jet service in the Casper-Denver market; and (4) add service in the Casper-Phoenix market.
To support this program, the sponsors of this grant are seeking $100,000 in Federal funds that will be matched with $40,000 in cash and $30,000 in-kind by the Airport and the community. This should be sufficient to retain the experts needed to develop and manage this program to improve passenger traffic for current and attract passengers for the new air service. If follow up funding to support additional marketing and advertising is needed, the funding will be provided by local sources.
Proposal of Yellowstone Regional Airport - Cody, WY
Yellowstone Regional Airport serving Cody, Wyoming seeks $100,000 through a Small Community Air Service Development Grant to implement a ticket rebate marketing program to stimulate passenger traffic on YRA flights receiving federal funds through the Essential Air Service Program during the months of January through April 2013.
The fundamental goal YRA hopes to achieve is to minimize its reliance on state, local or federal subsidies to maintain daily year round service in its two destination markets, Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Program’s marketing and promotional push will increase ridership during the slow winter months, which will help make airfares more competitive and decrease the leakage of passengers to Billings.
Proposal of Sheridan County Airport - Sheridan, WY
Sheridan County Airport serving Sheridan, Wyoming seeks $1,000,000 through a Small Community Air Service Development Grant for a revenue guarantee and start-up expenses to attract SkyWest Airlines to begin service to Denver. The Airport is currently served by only one carrier, and service is expensive, insufficient and unsatisfactory. SkyWest would bring improved service and increased competition to the market, which would bring fares more in line with the nearby airports that are currently capturing a large portion of the Sheridan market. SkyWest supports this proposal.