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2014 Small Community Air Service Development Program
Issued June 30, 2014 | On File at Federal Register July 2, 2014
The Department of Transportation is soliciting proposals from communities or consortia of communities interested in receiving grants under the Small Community Air Service Development Program.
The Department is authorized to award grants under 49 USC 41743 to communities that seek
Priority Selection Criteria:
By: Brandon Belford
Issued and Served September 30, 2014
The proposals we selected incorporate the purpose of the statute, and provide opportunities to test a variety of approaches to improving small community air service in many regions of the country:
By: Susan Kurland
Ex-Parte Letters to
Proposal of Huntsville International Airport - Huntsville, Alabama
Federal amount requested: $500,000
After AirTran launched service, with assistance from a SCASDP 2010 grant, HSV’s leakage to other airports was recaptured and fares declined. In fact, HSV dropped as low as eighth on the BTS list of domestic air fares. HSV was one of the initial 16 small communities that lost AirTran service due to the merger with Southwest, and coupled with the “capacity discipline” by all the carriers we began to see an increase in market leakage and fares again.
To achieve considerable and long-term air service enhancement, HSV needs a sustainable air service program that is mutually beneficial for the community and the carriers. The Airport adopted an incentive program to offer airline incentives up to $2 million. This incentive can be used by multiple carriers, to offset current or future airport costs for a two-year promotional period, with the goal of promoting new passenger service which will reduce the number of passengers driving to other airports. The objective of the program is for the airlines to provide an innovative approach to reduce our leakage. The airline(s) must offer a program which can be readily advertised and substantially reduce the number of passengers driving to alternate airports. The grant will supplement the Airport’s established incentive program by offsetting the start-up/station costs and marketing costs.
By: Huntsville Int'l Airport
Proposal of Montgomery Airport Authority - Montgomery, Alabama
The Montgomery Regional Airport is seeking a modest Small Community Air Service Development Grant for promoting, marketing and advertising the benefits of supporting the regional airport. The Airport is requesting $200,000 in federal funds matched with local, non-airport funds of $60,000 to aid in this endeavor. The Montgomery Regional Airport has had continued air service reductions over the last decade. The primary goals for the Airport are to expand the current customer base, increase local awareness on the ease of traveling from MGM and to attract additional air service. Montgomery Regional Airport, up until this point, has not received federal aid through the SCASD Grant. The air service climate has changed dramatically, with carriers now expecting Airport partners to assist in marketing of the service without aid from the Airline directly, leading to an environment where additional air service development will be extremely difficult without the help of a SCASD Grant.
Due to the lack of travel options and awareness over the existing abilities of the carriers serving MGM, the majority of the Montgomery catchment area passengers use alternate airports in the region. Just 24% of the area passengers currently use Montgomery Regional Airport.
By: Chip Gentry
There is clearly demand for scheduled air service in the Laughlin-Bullhead market. Airlines clearly have interest. Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport simply ran out of time to finalize a deal before the expiration of its pervious Grant award. This application will renew the Airport’s Grant, with a change in amount and scope due to a larger community cash match, totaling more than $900,000, and a new focus for air service development. The Airport looks forward to working with the DOT again, and securing the community’s first scheduled airline service in more than a decade in 2015.
By: Mohave County Airport Authority
Proposal of Indian Wells Valley Regional District - Inyokern, California
Inyokern has had the unfortunate event of losing all commercial air service in November 2013, which necessitates their request as a first-time applicant for a SCASD Grant. There were several factors that caused this demise. For years Inyokern has had the distinction of having the highest air fares in the continental United States! Competition and flight levels have dwindled over the years. In addition the air fares kept rising to a point where fewer than 8% of area travelers would fly from Inyokern Airport for air service. In 2012 average one-way fares peaked out at an astronomical $503. Inyokern seeks for a fresh start by relinking Inyokern Airport with the national transportation system with a new carrier and new pricing. This will be a difficult task and the community believes the assistance of a SCASD grant will substantially assist with the process.
The Airport is seeking a total of $500,000 in federal assistance; $450,000 is to provide a revenue guarantee to a carrier to restore service to a hub city. The remaining $50,000 is for marketing and advertising of the new service.
By: Scott Seymour
Proposal of City of Redding - Redding, California
The City of Redding is requesting $450,000 in federal assistance to implement a $500,000 airline assistance program to retain access to the air transportation system by preserving critically important commercial air service in the Redding market.
The number one air service issue in the Redding market is the reduction of SkyWest Airlines’ Embraer Brasilia 120 service. Recently, there have also been several EMB-120 service cancellations including cessation of service at Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Modesto, California, and the elimination of the EMB-120 aircraft at Portland, OR. Reduction of smaller turboprop service is a well-known industry issue and is likely to continue. The solution for RDD is a regional jet upgrade to RDD’s existing hub service, San Francisco International Airport.
SkyWest (United Express) is the sole service provider at RDD with three daily roundtrips to SFO, operated with the 30-seat EMB-120 turboprop aircraft. If SkyWest continues to reduce their EMB-120 service, RDD is at serious risk of losing access to the national air transportation system. The impact of the loss of air service would likely be severe, with loss of local jobs and a negative impact on the local economy. This application is intended to mitigate the potential loss of air service and its negative impact on the economy.
By upgrading existing EMB-120 turboprop service to the 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet 200, RDD will benefit from increased seat capacity and maintain access to the air transportation network even if frequency is reduced. Compared to other markets of similar geography and population, RDD is significantly underserved. A SCASDP grant award will assist RDD with securing a regional jet upgrade which will retain air service and increase seat capacity, making RDD more comparable to other communities.
By: City Manager Kurt Starman
Proposal of San Bernadino International Airport Authority - San Bernadino, California
We are requesting a SCASD grant amount of $500,000 to offset anticipated airline startup costs and for the specific purposes of i'ncreasing the likelihood and retention of the successful introduction and sustainability of airline service in the Inland Empire region of Southern California - a key node in the National Air Transportation System.
The Southern Ca lifornia Association of Governments forecasts that by 2035, SBD will experience a demand for over 3.3 million annual passengers. However, since SBIAA's inception in 1993, only commercial charter, governmental, and military flights have provided passenger service from the Airport.
To provide commercial passenger flights for residents within SBD's catchment area, and the greater region, SBIAA is seeking to incentivize airline costs during the first two years of new airline service. In furtherance of its military base reuse obligations, the IVDA has authorized a grant to SBIAA in the amount of $200,000 for use in commercial airline incentives in concert with this application to attract and retain service during these critical first two years of airline operations. If awarded, incentives would include offsets of the following fees and services:
By: Michael Burrows
Proposal of Montrose Regional Airport - Montrose, Colorado
The community’s grant request is for $500,000 in funding for revenue guarantee purposes to attract western US air service access, with a specific emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area. The grant request will be matched by Colorado Flights Alliance with $125,000 in cash, for a total of $625,000. In addition to the revenue guarantee, a specifically targeted marketing and advertising campaign will be launched to promote this service. It is envisioned that this proposed service will be seasonal, as winter season is the peak of traffic at Montrose Regional Airport.
By: Board of County Commissioners
Proposal of Tweed New Haven Airport Authority - New Haven, Connecticut
The Federal Amount requested in the grant proposal is $640,000. The “Local Match” will be an additional $260,000 in matching cash or 29% of the combined dollar amount. Local funds will be provided by the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, a private non-profit organization, dedicated to business and economic development within the City of New Haven. Together, these two amounts will combine for a total of $900,000 in cash to be used to provide revenue assistance to US Airways to upgrade its existing Dash-8 aircraft at HVN to regional jets.
The Tweed New Haven Airport Authority has been in discussions with US Airways regarding the eventual upgrade of service at HVN. The carrier has expressed interest in upgrading HVN’s flights to jet service provided some level of revenue assistance were made available to them. Once the SCASDP funds are acquired, the Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport Authority will notify US Airways of the grant receipt and begin discussions for upgrading the service during the first half in 2015.
By: Diane Jackson
Proposal of Columbus Airport - Columbus, Georgia
The Airport is developing a strong incentive package for its recruitment of American service to Charlotte. This Grant application is a major part of that package. In anticipation of applying for this Grant, the Airport developed a community cash match of $175,000 for the project. This cash will be used for both revenue guarantee funding, to guard against an airline’s losses in the start - up phase of new service, and marketing money.
The Airport is requesting a Small Community Air Service Development Grant of $750,000 to be used as a revenue guarantee. The total project cost is $950,000. The Airport anticipates using 90% of the total funding as a revenue guarantee for the new route.
By: Richard Howell
Proposal of Gemstone Homes & Properties - Tucker, Georgia
The indicated amount of outright funds that is requested from USDOT is $7,000,000.00 for 12 months
By: Eric Davis
July 29, 2014
Proposal of Boise Airport - Boise, Idaho
Boise is at an increasing disadvantage in attracting and expanding its now-vibrant high-tech economy due to lack of access to the US East Coast. The grant is intended to be used as a revenue-guarantee for Delta Air Lines for access to its global hub at Atlanta.
The Airport and the Community are requesting a grant in the amount of $700,000, with a local hard-dollar match in excess of 33%, to attract and establish access to an additional east-oriented connecting hub. Delta Air Lines has indicated interest in meeting this deficiency with service to its hub at Atlanta, with the potential of JFK as an alternative.
By: Boise Airport
Proposal of Lemhi County - Salmon, Idaho
To support the growth to maturity and sustainability, the partnership is requesting a $250,000 revenue guarantee from the US DOT. This will be combined with $194,400 of local cash and in-kind contributions.
SCASD Grant funds will be used to:
The majority of DOT funds will be applied to revenue guarantee with a portion going to marketing the route. Revenue guarantee funds will only be used if pre-determined monthly traffic and revenue goals are not met. Funds unused during the 3 year project will be returned to the DOT.
By: Terri Morton
Proposal of Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria - Peoria, Illinois
MAAP is currently engaged in a process of revamping our air service development program. We are conducting market analysis of our current and projected traffic flows to determine the best application of a revenue guarantee to restore pricing balance and recapture leaked traffic. We anticipate that any of six hubs could be selected as a target for a revenue guarantee. We are currently analyzing these targets to determine the best strategic outcome that will result in the highest return of leaked passengers with the least negative impact on existing routes or carriers. The Airport Authority’s request under the SCASDP will involve completing this market analysis with funds for a revenue guarantee to follow.
The Airport Authority has conducted an analysis of passenger flows, anticipated revenue streams, and an estimate of airline operating costs for flights to determine the level of support needed in the form of a revenue guarantee. MAAP’s experience with the revenue guarantee to Atlanta has influenced our analysis and calculation of the costs and likely revenue streams. Based on this experience, a revenue guarantee of between $900,000 and $1.3 million would be anticipated for service to the New York area, the Washington, DC area, Charlotte, NC, or the Houston area.
The Airport Authority is proposing a partnership in funding this project with a combination of SCASDP funds, Airport Authority funds from non-airport revenue sources, and in-kind contributions from the Airport Authority. MAAP is requesting a federal share of $500,000 for this project, matched by local funds in excess of the federal share.
By: Gene Olson
July 31, 2014
Proposal of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport - St. Clair County, Illinois
Allegiant’s success on the Orlando/Sanford route proves that MidAmerica can be an effective low fare airport for the St. Louis area. MidAmerica recently met, in person, with Allegiant planners who did discuss the expansion of local service to other points in Florida. Allegiant expressed the need to additional marketing in the St. Louis region before the launch of additional service, as it works to draw more passengers, not only, from the metro east counties, but also from the Missouri counties in the catchment area.
The Airport has defined its role as the low cost alternative to Lambert. In order to recruit additional service, the Airport is seeking its first Small Community Air Service Development Grant. It intends to use $200,000 in Grant funding, matched by $50,000 in non-airport local cash, to offer marketing incentives to carriers launching service to new non-stop destinations. This service will help replace lost airline seats, provide additional competition in the region, and better serve one of the most underserved markets in the Midwest.
By: St. Clair County
Proposal of Lake Cumberland Regional Airport - Somerset, Kentucky
Pulaski County Government seeks a grant through the USDOT Small Community Air Service Development grant program on behalf of its partners, the Somerset- Pulaski County Development Foundation and the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in the amount of $1,000,000. The community has successfully recruited air service which meets its needs, contingent upon the establishment of a short-term minimum revenue guarantee fund while the service provider builds the market to a fully sustainable position.
Following the departure of Locair, the Somerset - Pulaski County Development Foundation retained the services of L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC for the purpose of re~starting the recruiting process. This included the development of a new market profile for the 16-county region and the identification of potential airlines. Recruitment efforts centered on airlines which could offer service using 19-passenger turboprop aircraft. Meetings were scheduled and presentations were given to representatives of various airlines, including Great Lakes Airlines, Gulfstream International Airlines (now Silver Airways) and US Airways Express. Additional discussions were held with representatives from Delta Air Lines, Mesaba Airlines, and Pinnacle Airlines.
Through this process, a working dialogue was established with Corporate Flight Management, which is based in Smyrna, TN and is the largest operator of BAE Jetstream J31/J32/J41 aircraft in the United States. This led to a proposal for air service which was received on July 17, 2013.
The immediate goal for SME is confirm the proposed service of CFM/PC to SME.
By: Pulaski County
Proposal of City of Monroe - Monroe, Louisiana
Objectives of Program:
The Monroe regional airport plans to make available the full share of the federal portion of the funding for this project at least $500,000 for a revenue guarantee to the new carrier, to cover losses that may occur during the first six months of service.
By: Mayor James Mayo
Proposal of Shreveport Airport Authority - Shreveport, Louisiana
The Shreveport Airport Authority, operator of Shreveport Regional Airport, respectfully submits its application for a grant under the Small Community Air Service Development Program in the amount of $500,000. This grant funding would be matched by $250,000 in local and airport funding, waived airport fees, and advertising via local media outlets, making for a total grant of $750,000.
If awarded the grant, the Shreveport Airport Authority’s goal is to work with existing and potential new entrant carriers to attract and recruit new Upper Midwest or East Coast nonstop service. The Airport and community have identified several route options for this potential new service:
By: Bryant Francis
Proposal of Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation - Chicopee, Massachusetts
Westover Metropolitan Airport is requesting a Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant in the amount of $250,000 with a local matching share of $125,000 and airport in-kind incentives valued at $311,000 to market, advertise and promote low-cost carrier service to one or more destinations and, in particular, to fund ground handling services for the low-cost carrier service. The Airport is targeting either Allegiant Air or Frontier Airlines to provide the low-cost service.
Westover Metropolitan Airport has all of the facilities and FAR Part 139 certifications needed to begin airline service immediately and accommodate up to 100,000 passengers per year with only minor changes to the existingterminal building facilities.
By: Allan Blair
July 20, 2014
Proposal of Golden Triangle Regional Airport - Columbus, Mississippi
Over the past decade, Golden Triangle Regional Airport has become the gateway and the center of $5.5 billion in major industrial development and investment. Today, despite the influx of this global business, GTR market has only three daily flights – totaling only 150 seats each way – to the Delta hub at Atlanta. Because capacity has not matched the explosion in the region’s global economic expansion, these flights tend to be full and result in both spillage of traffic, as well as high fares.
This situation is specifically what the Small Community Air Service Development Program was created to address. GTR and the region it serves today require additional air service access to satisfy, support, and maintain the economic growth that this region of Mississippi has experienced.
To that end, the Airport and community are requesting a grant in the amount of $750,000, with a substantial local match, to recruit service to a westbound air gateway. This would be branded service on the American system to Dallas/Ft.Worth International, the United system to Houston Intercontinental, or the United system to Denver. A minimum of two daily round-trip flights are the goal. The grant funds will be matched by $500,000 in local cash (for a total of $1.25 million) plus fees and waivers representing another $200,000 of in-kind support.
By: Michael Hainsey
Proposal of Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority - Gulfport, Mississippi
The Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority is seeking a grant in the amount of $350,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development Program to provide revenue and marketing support for the development of nonstop service to MSP. The grant funds will be matched with $150,000 from public-private partnership, $50,000 in Airport funds, and $81,600 in Airport In-kind funds.
Due to recent airline mergers and acquisitions, the scheduled air service offerings from GPT have declined considerably. However, an exciting and realistic opportunity presents itself to reverse the decline in air service at GPT. Sun Country Airlines will operate from GPT to PIE, 5 times a week beginning in August 2014. This service is a 1-to-1 replacement for service recently lost when Vision Airlines, operating on behalf of the Beau Rivage Casino, ceased operations in June 2014.
The entry of Sun Country into the GPT market provides a unique and innovative opportunity to enhance the air service offerings at GPT. Our proposal is to begin 3x a week service from GPT to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. This service will both increase the low fare offerings at GPT and enhance the economic opportunities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast by providing direct, non-stop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to the Coast.
By: Clay Williams
Proposal of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority - Jackson, Mississippi
The continued consolidation of the US airline industry has resulted in Southwest Airlines’ determination to cease service at Jackson. JMAA has held preliminary discussions with Allegiant to fill in part of the service deficiency caused by the Southwest departure, with leisure flights to points in Florida. The airport and the community are seeking a grant in the amount of $200,000 to provide funding to support the first year of ground handling for Allegiant. This will be matched by $40,000 in local community funding.
Jackson was awarded a grant to implement and support nonstop service to New York/Newark. The service was initially a success, but the costs of operation were increasingly hampered by the congestion and air traffic control issues in the New York area, ultimately making the economics of the flight untenable for the operator, Continental.
By: Dirk Vanderleest
Proposal of Branson Regional Airport - Branson, Missouri
Over the course of the next several years, the Airport intends to work with additional network carriers to reconnect Branson to the central and eastern regions of the United States. Approval of this Grant application will greatly enhance Branson’s ability to “kick start this national air service development effort.” We believe by targeting increased capacity initially through Buzz Airways to Chicago and Houston and Alaska Airlines to Los Angeles and Seattle makes the most sense. Alaska Airlines would represent a new network carrier for the region. They do not currently serve any airports within four hours of Branson.
The Airport has never been awarded a SCASD Grant. The airport has developed $350,000 in local non-airport cash from members of these two groups to combine with the requested amount for $450,000 in federal funding. The airport will also provide in-kind contributions of up to $100,000 in airport handling fee reductions.
By: Pamela Laboi
July 31, 2014
Proposal of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport - Bozeman, Montana
The air service deficiency that exists at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the limited southern US air service access, and the intent of the grant is to incubate new southern US service to Dallas-Ft. Worth. The airport and community partners have given serious consideration to the Department of Transportation’s guidance on a multi-faceted approach to the use of the funding, and a portion of the cash funding will be for risk abatement as well as a strategic marketing/advertising plan in order to help ensure the self sufficiency of the route. The details and specifics of the grant implementation plan are outlined in detail later in the application.
Proposal of Great Falls International Airport Authority - Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls International Airport is proposing Small Community Air Service Development Grant funding in the amount of $500,000 for a for a minimum revenue guarantee for service to Chicago on American Airlines or United Airlines or service to Atlanta on Delta Air Lines. Service to Chicago or Atlanta would provide better connections from Great Falls to destinations on the East Coast (and the Midwest in the case of service to Chicago). Connectivity from Great Falls to both the East Coast and the Midwest is somewhat limited to existing service offered by Delta via its hub in Minneapolis/St. Paul, service offered by United via its hub in Denver and seasonal less-than-daily service on Frontier via its hub in Denver.
By: John Faulkner
Proposal of Mineral County - Nevada Consortium - Hawthorne, Nevada
The Consortium is seeking $500,000 in federal funding through the SCASDP Grant for the Project.
This application is structured using a Public Private Partnership framework. Airlines like Great Lakes terminated operations once they were forced to operate like an unsubsidized airline, shutting down their air service as of March 31, 2013. The per passenger subsidy to exceeded $1500 and correspondingly Great Lakes Airlines dropped flights from Merced and Visalia along with closing their Las Vegas terminal. HSA's business model is predicated on HSA being the Logistical Access Catalyst for Rural Nevada. In this role, HSA would function as the enabler of commerce to these communities and redefine aspects of movement for business to these locations where rubber-tire access is the predominant mode for transportation now.
By: Nevada Consortium
Proposal of Cities of West Wendover and Elko - West Wendover/Elko, Nevada
Federal amount requested: $950,000
Our application seeks funding for reinstated service for the Elko, Nevada community via Elko Regional Airport and new service to West Wendover, Nevada/Tooele County, Utah communities via Wendover Airport, to Reno International Airport. This is envisioned as a single roundtrip route, RNO-EKO-ENV. The Order says our application should help secure air service enhancements that will be responsive to our air transportation/air fare needs on a long-term basis after the financial support of the grant has expired, and our application is crafted to do explicitly this.
A decision was reached to solicit SeaPort, Inc. and their Caravan equipment for the route, and ultimately a 30-seat aircraft. Both SeaPort and the consortium agree that there will be a ramp-up period of passengers and revenue until the carrier reaches a nominal market share. In this instance, it is assumed that the ramp-up period will take approximately six months.
Four scenarios are presented:
By: West Wendover City Manager Chris Melville
July 31, 2014
Proposal of The City of Alamogordo - Alamogordo, New Mexico
The City of Alamogordo, a municipal corporation within the State of New Mexico, is in the process of publishing a Request for Proposals to solicit carriers interested in providing services to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX metropolitan area. This RFP is being carried out after a commercial airline service company expressed a strong interest in providing services to the area. Alamogordo, in collaboration with communities in the Otero-Lincoln County area, is submitting this proposal to the Small Community Air Service Development Program to fund a revenue guarantee pool and to support initial marketing. The investment for this grant will allow for the City to develop self-sustaining regional jet service for the area. It is anticipated that the selected airline carrier will use a 70 passenger Embraer Regional Jet nineteen times a week.
By: City of Alamogordo
Proposal of City of Roswell - Roswell, New Mexico
The City of Roswell, the sponsor of this Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application for Roswell International Air Center, in cooperation with the Southeast New Mexico Air Service Coalition is requesting $450,000 in federal assistance to implement a $1,575,585 air service initiative. The City of Roswell and the Coalition are continuing their successful public-private partnership. This partnership has a history of air service success, including a 2007 SCASDP grant award and implementation. This application is requesting assistance with a different project and goal
The goal of this grant application is to acquire nonstop westbound service to a major connecting hub. To achieve this goal, the Strategic Plan targets nonstop service by American Airlines to Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport.
By: City Manager Larry Fry
July 31, 2014
Proposal of Town of Islip/Long Island MacArthur Airport - Islip, New York
Federal amount requested: $400,000
The funding from this grant would be used to develop additional service at ISP in a way that begins the next phase of air service development at ISP. The Regional Planning Association report commissioned by the Port Authority identified ISP as the primary regional airport that can provide immediate benefits to the NY region. Further air service development at ISP will provide the following benefits to the region:
By: Robert Schaefer
Proposal of Niagara County Department of Economic Development - Niagara, New York
The NFIA Stakeholders Group is seeking a $500,000 grant from the USDOT to:
NFIA currently has two airlines in operation -- Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Travel.
By: Samuel Ferraro
Proposal of Watertown International Airport - Watertown, New York
The Watertown International Airport is seeking a federal Small Community Air Service Development Grant for the development of a strategic marketing plan to promote, market, and advertise the benefits of supporting the local community airport. The Airport is requesting $250,000 in federal funds matched with local funds of $75,000 to aid in this project. The Watertown International Airport currently has limited EAS air service through American/US Airways at this time. The primary goal is to expand their current customer base through an aggressive marketing and community outreach plan which showcases the benefits of the Airport. Watertown International Airport, up until this point, has not requested federal aid through the SCASD Grant. The air service climate has changed dramatically over the last several years and the Airport finds itself in an environment where improving the marketing capability of the Airport is essential to long term growth and eventual exit from the EAS program.
By: Grant Sussey
Proposal of City of Concord - Concord, North Carolina
Concord Regional Airport represents the best opportunity to bring more wide-ranging low cost air service to the region. Allegiant will operate four flights per week from Concord to Orlando-Sanford in the coming fall. But Concord needs additional flights to truly be able to bring low fares to the Charlotte metro area.
The Airport and its private partners have developed $50,000 in funding to help recruit additional low cost flights. The Airport is seeking $250,000 in federal Small Community Air Service Development Grant funding to support this effort by being able to offer a marketing incentive for new routes.
By: Rick Cloutier
July 31, 2014
This application is submitted for assistance in the marketing and start-up costs for establishing a Part-135 On-Demand service at the Ardmore Municipal Airport. Under Part 135, we will have the flexibility to perform a limited number of small passenger routes and provide on-demand service.
Proposal of City of Rapid City - Rapid City, South Dakota
The Rapid City Regional Airport proposes an expansion of a recently-introduced seasonal, Saturday-only Atlanta service to a daily, year-round, non-stop flight. The airport, along with the public-private Black Hills Air Service Partnership, would build public awareness for this improved air service through a $500,000 strategic marketing initiative. This improved air service would increase capacity at RAP by
To fund this marketing initiative, this grant proposal calls for $325,000 of DOT SCASDP funding and $175,000 of local, non-airport matching funds, in addition to approximately $25,000 in landing fee waivers provided by the airport. Funding this air service improvement project would help alleviate the burden of high fares paid by travelers to and from Rapid City, and would greatly encourage economic development throughout the Black Hills region.
By: Peter Girtz
Proposal of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority - Chattanooga, Tennessee
The plan for grant implementation is to address considerable air service deficiencies due to a lack of northeastern US access from the greater Chattanooga region. Specifically, there is a strong community of interest between the Chattanooga region and the New York City metropolitan area, and the objective of this grant application is to gain nonstop access to the NYC metro region.
July 30, 2014
Proposal of Knoxville, Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville has historically suffered from high airfares resulting from a lack of significant low-fare airline competition at Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport. The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and our public/ private support organization The Competitive Airfare Partnership have crafted a reasonable, realistic plan that will help reduce the cost of air travel to and from the East Tennessee region. Our plan will benefit not only our local residents, but also countless thousands of business and vacation travelers who are either being forced to pay high fares, or are electing not to travel at all due to the unreasonable cost.
By: Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
Proposal of Millington Airport Authority - Millington, Tennessee
Millington Regional Jetport is seeking a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $250,000 for marketing and ground handling assistance to help secure its first scheduled air service. The Jetport is targeting an ultra-low-cost airline such as Allegiant or Spirit for service as an alternative to the service operated by airlines at Memphis International Airport. Millington Regional Jetport can offer either airline lower rates and charges than the rates and charges the airlines would pay at Memphis International Airport.
The grant will assist with the start-up with no-cost ground handling and a marketing program for a period of two years to support new air service at the Jetport. Earlier this year, the Jetport held preliminary discussions with Allegiant Air to begin the recruitment process, and has continued the discussions with Allegiant. The proposed service of Allegiant at Millington can be compared to Allegiant’s successful service at Concord, North Carolina, where Allegiant serves Concord as a low-cost alternative to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The proposed ultra-low-cost service will fill a void for residents of Millington and the rest of Southwest Tennessee.
By: Roy Remington
July 30, 2014
Proposal of Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas
The Research Valley Air Service Partnership has been formed to foc us the efforts and resources of the community, in conjunction with the proposed assistance of the US Department of Transportation, to achieve several specific goals:
Our application requests that a grant of $525,000 be made available for the development and implementation of the Easterwood Air Service Action Plan. The proposed grant will be combined with $175,000 in cash funding and $50,000 in in-kind funding from the Partnership to fund the Action Plan.
By: Rex Janne
Proposal of County of Victoria - Victoria, Texas
Beginning in late 2014, the airport is changing air carriers and initiating higher quality regional air service, connecting Victoria to new hub destinations including Austin and Dallas-Ft Worth. Taking advantage of the Alternate Essential Air Service program, Victoria will assume a greater hands-on role toward controlling and managing air service, with funds directly received from DOT which can be used to incentivize the airport’s new air service provider. This change is expected to provide the platform for dramatically improving the utilization of air service both for the region’s travelers and for visitors alike.
To help re-introduce travelers to the improved equipment, new schedules, and destinations available as a result of the shift to AltEAS, the County of Victoria is seeking $100,000 in federal funds from the Small Community Air Service Program to develop and implement a comprehensive marketing program. If granted, the County intends to use the SCASD funds (in addition to $50,000 of its own funds plus $15,000 in in-kind services) to conduct an aggressive and sustained television, radio, print, and social media marketing campaign to recapture what was until recently, a growing number of passengers using the airport. The target audience will be focused on the business community, not just locally, but also toward industry and leisure travel representatives in who regularly visit the region.
By: Judge Donald Pozzi
July 30, 2014
The Partnership has been formed to focus the efforts and resources of the community, in conjunction with the proposed assistance of the US Department of Transportation, to achieve several specific goals:
Proposal of Tri-Cities Airport - Pasco, Washington
While Tri-Cities Airport has solid service to a number of hubs, Los Angeles ranks as the market’s number one destination, averaging 145 passengers per day each way. However, only 51% of those passengers use Tri-Cities Airport, with the others “leaking” to airports in Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane and Portland.
The Airport has developed more than $104,000 in local cash matching funds for this Grant. It is seeking $750,000 in federal assistance to provide a revenue guarantee to a network carrier for Los Angeles service. This amount will allow it to mitigate risk for the new carrier, as well as provide marketing to help curb its passenger leakage.
By: Ron Foraker
Proposal of Spokane Airport Board - Spokane, Washington
Federal amount requested: $750,000
This objective of this proposal is a revenue guarantee and accompanying marketing program to attract year-round service to American Airlines’ Dallas-Ft. Worth hub. With American Airlines and US Airways recently completing their merger to create one of the largest airlines in the world, the DFW hub will not only allow for air service access between Spokane and the southern United States, but also create convenient and efficient one-stop connectivity to many international destinations.
By: Lawrence Krauter
Proposal of City of Yakima - Yakima, Washington
Federal amount requested: $290,000
Over the recent past, however, since 2007, Yakima, and its market catchment area, has funded development of commercial aviation through participation of private and public entities. This includes the consortium that raised $650,000 in incentives to bring Sky West/Delta to Yakima, and operate nonstop service to their hub in Salt Lake. Unfortunately, even though the service produced enough demand to sustain its operation, the service was dropped in the fall of 2008 due to the combination of a deep recession and Delta’s merger activities with Northwest.
The number one objective of the application of the Grant is to start a new route from Yakima to Portland by year 2. PDX is by far the preferred Alaska hub after SEA, and strengthen the other catchment area.
By: Sean Hawkins
July 31, 2014
With a one-time investment of $200,000 in a fully-automated parking system, ATW could save $150,000-200,000 per year. Over the next three years, that could total up to $600,000, thereby recovering twice over the initial investment.
By: Outagamie County
Proposal of Chippewa Valley Regional Airport - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
The Airport is seeking $150,000 in federal assistance to develop and implement a strategic marketing plan for the promotion of the airport. The proposed marketing plan would utilize grant funds to develop a full strategic marketing strategy and advertising plan to use as a guide for all future initiatives and ensure all airport marketing activities are aligned with achievable goals and industry demands. The grant funds would be used to advertise the airport based on the recommendations of the strategic marketing plan.
Eau Claire’s current air service is operated by SkyWest Airlines operating 50-seat regional jet aircraft on twice daily service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. SkyWest operates the service under a codeshare agreement with United Airlines, and the service is marketed using the United Express brand. The SkyWest service replaced previous Mesaba Airlines service operated under a codeshare agreement with Northwest Airlines in early 2010.
By: Charity Speich
Proposal of Cheyenne Regional Airport - Cheyenne, Wyoming
Cheyenne Regional Airport is applying for a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $200,000, combined with state and local public and private funds to establish a minimum revenue guarantee to secure and market new airline service to a large hub or airport with substantial regional draw. Total funds available for this minimum revenue guarantee are $1 million, including in-kind contributions, fee waivers and marketing funds.
Federal funds will account for 22% of the revenue guarantee.
By: Cheneynne Regional Airport Board
Proposal of Sheridan County Airport - Sheridan, Wyoming
Only one airline serves Sheridan currently. Sheridan seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant to fund a revenue guarantee for nonstop service to a large hub by a second airline, securing the community’s link to the national air service network.
Sheridan County Airport proposes funding a portion of this revenue guarantee with a $500,000 Small Community Air Service Development Grant. Federal funds will be combined with $1.3 million in cash funds from the State of Wyoming and $450,000 cash from local sources
By: John Stopka