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Essential Air Service at Owensboro, Kentucky

OST-2000-7855 August 24, 2000 Notice of Intent to Terminate Service Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By:  Express Airlines, Philip Reed, 901.348.4265, preed@nwairlink.com 


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

Order 00-10-3
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7857
Issued October 2, 2000
Served October 5, 2000
Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By: Francisco Sanchez


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

Order 00-12-18
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7857
Issued December 21, 2000
Served December 27, 2000
Order Extending Service Obligation Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By: Randall Bennett


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

Order 00-1-16
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7857
Issued January 22, 2001
Served January 25, 2001
Order Extending Service Obligation Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By: Randall Bennett


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

OST-00-7855 January 26, 2001 Letters Regarding Termination of Service Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By:  John Jones 

OST-00-7855 January 26, 2001 Letter of Wendell Ford Regarding Termination of Service at Owensboro Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By:  U.S. Senate, Wendell Ford

OST-00-7855 January 26, 2001 Objection of the Owensboro-Davies County Regional Airport Board to the Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By:  Owensboro-Davies County Regional Airport Board, Mayor Waymond Morris 


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

OST-00-7855
OST-00-7857
January 29, 2001 Proposals of Corporate Airlines to provide EAS Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By:  Corporate Airlines, Fred Breeden


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

Order 01-2-12
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7857
Issued February 14, 2001
Served February 20, 2001 
Order Extending Service Obligation Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By: Randall Bennett


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

OST-00-7855 February 26, 2001 Exhibits for Proposal of Corporate Airlines to Provide EAS Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By:  Corporate Airlines, Fred Breeden


Express Airlines I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

Order 01-03-21
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7857
Issued March 21, 2001
Served March 26, 2001
Order Selecting Carrier and Setting Final Rate 90-Day Notice to Terminate EAS at Owensboro, KY / Muscle Shoals, AL / Jackson, TN

By:  Susan McDermott

Order 01-03-22
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7857
Issued March 22, 2001
Served March 27, 2001
Order Extending Service Obligation 90-Day Notice to Terminate EAS at Owensboro, KY / Muscle Shoals, AL / Jackson, TN

Order 2001-3-22 is extending Northwest Airlink's service obligation at Owensboro, Kentucky, Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Jackson, Tennessee, for an additional 30 days, through April 23, 2001.  

By:  Randall Bennett


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

Order 01-4-27
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7857
Issued April 20, 2001
Served April 25, 2001
Order Extending Service Obligation Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport Northwest Alabama & Jackson, TN

By: Randall Bennett


Essential Air Services At Muscle Shoals, AL; Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport; Jackson, TN; Topeka, Kansas; Alamogordo/Hollman AFB, New Mexico; Hot Springs and Jonesboro, Arkansas; Pueblo, Colorado; Hana, Hawaii; Kamuela, Hawaii; Augusta/Waterville; Oneida County Airport; Massena, New York; Enid, OK; Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Order 01-8-9
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7855
OST-00-7857
OST-96-1352
OST-96-1901
OST-97-2935
OST-99-6589
OST-99-6502
OST-97-2833
OST-97-2784
OST-00-7556
OST-97-2842
OST-97-2401
OST-97-2523
OST-99-6592
OST-99-5712
Issued August 7, 2001
Served August 10, 2001
Statement of Proposed Policy Regarding Program Deductions Essential Air Services At Muscle Shoals, AL; Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport; Jackson, TN; Topeka, Kansas; Alamogordo/Hollman AFB, New Mexico; Hot Springs and Jonesboro, Arkansas; Pueblo, Colorado; Hana, Hawaii; Kamuela, Hawaii; Augusta/Waterville; Oneida County Airport; Massena, New York; Enid, OK; Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Because a $50 million budget can no longer cover the program's current commitments, the Administration's budget proposal also includes a proposal to revise some of the standards under which communities are ineligible for subsidy-supported scheduled air service. Under the proposed revisions, communities would not be eligible if they are:

The statutory prohibition against continuing to subsidize communities requiring subsidy of more than $200 per passenger, except for exceptionally isolated points, would remain unchanged.  The proposed revisions would allow the Department to continue to meet its core obligation of ensuring that truly isolated communities continue to receive at least a minimum level of scheduled air service and thereby remain connected to the national air transportation system. At the same time, it would curtail spending for local service at communities that are within reasonable driving distances of service at other airports.

In light of the program's current spending rate and the Administration's budget proposal, we have decided to issue this statement of proposed policy now, to give the communities and carriers ample notice of the program reductions that we will implement in the event that Congress enacts them into law. Those reductions will result in the termination of subsidy at the 17 communities listed below as of October 1, 2001 -- the first day of fiscal year 2002 -- and will allow the carriers providing subsidized service at those communities to discontinue service on the same date, if they choose, without the need to provide individual notice. Implementation of the reductions at the very outset of the next fiscal year is necessary for program spending to remain within the proposed $50 million budget. Waiting to initiate the process until Congress has already acted could delay implementation of the reductions and require us to make even deeper program cuts, affecting more communities, in order to remain within our budgetary constraints.

By:  Susan McDermott


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

OST-00-7855 August 27, 2001 Objection of the City of Owensboro, Kentucky Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport Northwest Alabama & Jackson, TN

By: City of Owensboro, Kentucky, Mayor Waymond Morris, 270.687.8650

OST-00-7855 August 27, 2001 Objection of the Daviess County Fiscal Court Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport Northwest Alabama & Jackson, TN

By: Daviess County Fiscal Court, Reid Haire 


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

OST-00-7855 August 27, 2001 Objections of the Regional Aviation Partners Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport 

By:  Regional Aviation Partners, Maurice Parker

OST-00-7857 August 27, 2001 Objections of the Regional Aviation Partners Terminate Air Service Jackson, TN

By:  Regional Aviation Partners, Maurice Parker


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

OST-00-7855 August 28, 2001 Objections of Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Board Terminate Air Service Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport

By:  Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Board


Express I, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink

OST-00-7855
OST-00-7856
OST-00-7857
February 1, 2002
Docketed February 20, 2002
Request for Subsidy andEssential Air Service Proposal of Northwest Airlink, Express Airlines Terminate Air Serviceat Owensboro Davies County Regional Airport Northwest Alabama & Jackson, TN

As a result of the Department's Order 2000-10-3, Express Airlines I (Express 1) was compelled to provide essential air service at the above-captioned points and is entitled to subsidy for such service. With respect to Owensboro, Kentucky and Jackson, Tennessee, Express I is entitled to subsidy for essential air services provided beginning on November 22, 2000, the date upon which Express I's 90-day notice elapsed and Order 2000-10-3 compelled Express I to continue service, through April 30, 2001, the date upon which Express I terminated service pursuant to Order 2001-3-21, selecting Corporate Airlines, Inc. to provide replacement service effective May 1, 2001. With respect to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Express I provided essential air service beginning November 22, 2000, pursuant to Order 2001-10-3, through February 21, 2002, pursuant to Order 2002-1-1. Attached are Express I's detailed subsidy reimbursement proposals for provision of the above-described services.

In addition, attached is Express I's subsidy proposal for continued essential air service at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, at a level of two or three roundtrip flights per day. Express I proposes to operate the proposed Muscle Shoals essential air service using 33-seat Saab 340 aircraft, as it does currently.

By:  Northwest Airlink, Curtis Sawyer


EAS at Burlington, Iowa, Cape Girardeau, Ft. Leonard and Kirksville, Missouri, Jackson, Tennessee, Marion, Illinois, and Owensboro, Kentucky

Issued May 6, 2003 | Served May 9, 2003

Order 03-5-7
OST-01-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-96-1167 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-97-2515 - Kirksville, MO
OST-00-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-00-7855 - Owensboro, KY

Order Setting Final Rates

We have made adjustments to the rates consistent with the framework established by Order 2002-2-13, namely, that we would make up for revenue reductions to the extent that they fell below those forecast in the final subsidy rates in effect on September 11, and insurance increases directly attributable to the September 11 attacks. Even though Corporate's revenue fell after September 11, only at Cape Girardeau and Kirksville did they fall below those forecast in the subsidy rate, and we adjusted those rates accordingly. At all seven communities, the only other adjustments we made were for increased hull and liability insurance (other than general and administrative and return elements which are set as a percentage of expenses).

By: Read C. Van de Water


Issued May 9, 2003 | Served May 14, 2003

Order 03-5-12
OST-01-8731
- Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-96-1167 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-97-2515 - Kirksville, MO
OST-00-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-00-7855 - Owensboro, KY
OST-03-14492 - Quincy, IL

Order Setting Final Rates | Word

As discussed in Order 2002-2-13, the Department authorized emergency EAS payments to all subsidized carriers because of the losses suffered by them in the face of generally lower revenue and higher costs after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, combined with the fact that the EAS carriers are paid on a pre-agreed, fixed rate per flight. Recently, Order 2003-5-7, issued May 6, 2003, set final rates for seven of the above communities (all except Quincy) from October 1, 2001, until the respective ends of the various contracts. This Order sets final rates that go into effect at the expiration of those contracts, and will remain in effect until further Department action while we process the various carrier selection proceedings for all the communities.

By: Read C. Van de Water


Essential Air Service at Burlington, Iowa, Cape Girardeau, Ft. Leonard, and Kirksville, Missouri, Jackson, Tennessee, Marion/Herrin, Illinois, and Owensboro, Kentucky

Order 04-12-13
OST-01-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-96-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-97-2515 - EAS at Kirksville, MO
OST-00-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-00-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

Issued and Served December 22, 2004

Order requesting Proposals, and Order to Show Cause Tentatively Termination Subsidy Eligibility and Allowing Suspension of Service | Word

By this order, the Department is requesting interested persons to show cause why we should not terminate the essential air service subsidy eligibility of Kirksville, Missouri, and allow Corporate Airlines, Inc., d/b/a American Connection, to suspend its subsidized service. The Department is also requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing EAS at the other communities identified above for new two-year periods. Proposals to provide subsidized EAS at each of the above communities, as well as objections to the Department’s tentative decision to terminate the subsidy eligibility of Kirksville, are due within 30 days of the service date of this order.

With the end of the current rate term approaching, we conducted a review of the communities' traffic results in anticipation of requesting carrier proposals for a new rate term beginning at the end of their current two-year terms. During calendar year 2003, Burlington averaged 24.0 enplanements a day, Cape Girardeau 23.7, Ft. Leonard Wood 20.0, Jackson 14.0, Marion/Herrin 34.6, Owensboro 17.6, and Kirksville 7.1. The Department is prohibited from subsidizing service at communities where the subsidy amounts to more than $200 per passenger, unless they are more than 210 highway miles from the nearest large or medium hub.' Based on the 2003 traffic level of 4,428 passengers and the current subsidy rate of $968,249, Kirksville's subsidy per passenger is $218.67 and, thus, exceeds the $200-per-passenger ceiling.

We request that any carriers interested in providing essential air service at any or all of the communities, including Kirksville, and with or without subsidy, file their proposals within 30 days of the service date of this order. With respect to each community, we expect proposals consisting of service, at a minimum, with two‑pilot, twin‑engine aircraft with at least 15 passenger seats, and offering two or three one‑stop or nonstop round trips each weekday and each weekend period to St. Louis or any other suitable hub such as Kansas City or Memphis.

By: Karan Bhatia


January 31, 2005

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation - Owensboro, KY


January 20, 2005

Proposal of Multi-Aero d/b/a Air Choice One - Owensboro, KY


OST-96-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-00-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY
OST-00-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-01-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-97-2515 - EAS at Kirksville, MO


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Cliff Hammock, Mayor of The City of Waynesville

I would like to update you on the essential air service situation at Ft. Leonard Wood and give you an opportunity to submit any comments if you wish. As you know, by Order 2004-12-13, December 29, 2004, the Department solicited proposals from all interested air carriers to provide service at Ft. Leonard Wood and six other communities in Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In response to that order, we received a total of 42 proposal options from five carriers - Corporate Airlines, Inc. d/b/a American Connection, Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., Mesa Air Group d/b/a Air Midwest, Mesaba Aviation d/b/a Northwest Airlink, and Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One, Inc. Please note that while Corporate, Great Lakes, and Air Midwest submitted a number of service options, each of their options represents an indivisible package that cannot be separated on a community by community basis. Also, some carriers submitted options involving fewer than six communities. For example, Mesaba submitted a proposal for just Jackson, Tennessee. While we would normally write up a brief summary of all the proposals, it is not practical in this case given the number of options. While we would normally write up a brief summary of all the proposals, it is not practical in this case given the number of options.

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Tim Bradshaw, Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Airport Manager

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Robert Butler, Mayor of The City of Marion, IL

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Gary Chick, Waynesville Regional Airport Airport Manager

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Mike Edwards, Mayor of Burlington, IA

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Charles Farmer, Mayor of The City of Jackson, TN

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Mayor Jerry Gist, Madison County Courthouse

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Rodney Hendrix, Jackson-Madison County Airport Authority

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Douglas Kimmel, Williamson County Airport Authority Airport Manager

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Jay Knudtson, Mayor of Cape Girardeau, MO

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Sharon Leeper, Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Airport Manager

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Bruce Loy, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport Airport Manager

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Debbie Masten, Mayor of The City of Kirksville, MO

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Waymond Morris, Mayor of The City of Owensboro, KY

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Brian Morrissey, Ft. Leonard Director of Logistics

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from The Honorable Victor Ritter, Mayor of The City of Herrin, IL

By: Dennis DeVany


February 9, 2005

Re: Request for Comments from Jody Sayer, Kirksville, Regional Airport Airport Supervisor

By: Dennis DeVany


OST-01-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-96-1167 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-97-2515 - Kirksville, MO
OST-00-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-00-7855 - Owensboro, KY


February 15, 2005

Re: Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Letter Requesting Extension of Deadline

By: Sharon Leeper


February 16, 2005

Re: Letter Extending Deadline for Filing Community Comments

At the request of the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Authority, as well as of several other communities, we are extending the deadline for filing community comments for the carrier selection case in the above-listed dockets from February 25, 2005, to March 15, 2005.

By: Dennis DeVany


OST-01-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-96-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-97-2515 - EAS at Kirksville, MO
OST-00-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-00-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

March 9, 2005

Re: Extension of Time to File Community Comments

The Airport Manager of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has requested a second extension, from March 15, until March 25, to file the community's comments in response to our letter of February 9, 2005. The extension is necessary because of an unforeseen scheduling conflict involving the Cape Girardeau's City Council meeting, scheduled for March 21, and a meeting of the community's Airport Advisory Board that was scheduled to review the various carrier proposals and make a carrier‑selection recommendation to the Cape Girardeau City Council.

This is to advise all parties that we have decided to grant the requested extension to file community comments. Community comments must now be filed no later than March 25, 2005.

By: EAS & Domestic Analysis Division, Dennis DeVany


OST-2000-7855

March 22, 2005

Comments of Owensboro and Daviess Regional Airport Board

The Airport Board, along with the Chamber of Commerce, reviewed the proposals and the historical enpianement data for this area. The Air Service Selection Committee also looked at top O&D markets as well as passenger surveys recently conducted by both agencies. The consensus of the group was that we were very satisfied with the service provided by our incumbent carrier Regions Air (formerly Corporate Airlines), but they were concerned about the viability of our connecting hub in St. Louis, Missouri. Since American Airlines reduced their departures from over 400 ffights a day to 207 flights a day, our enpianement numbers have dropped significantly. As you well know, frequency drives the market just as much or if not more than price. Our travelers, both inbound and outbound, are frustrated by the lack of frequency in and out of STL. This reduction in frequency also drives ticket prices higher due to the lack of available seats at reduced fares.

Our enpianements numbers have dropped so significantly that we are now approaching the subsidy cap and we could lose our airline service altogether if we don't increase our boardings. Often times, airports are reactive and dependent upon actions of the large legacy carriers and in this instance it is clearly evident that our drop in boardings is directly related to the changes that American and Corporate Airlines instituted in November, 2003 and January, 2004, respectively.

By: O&DRAB


Essential Air Service at Burlington, Iowa, Cape Girardeau, Ft. Leonard, and Kirksville, Missouri, Jackson, Tennessee, Marion/Herrin, Illinois, and Owensboro, Kentucky

Order 2005-6-14
OST-01-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-96-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-97-2515 - EAS at Kirksville, MO
OST-00-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-00-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

Issued June 15, 2005 | Served June 20, 2005

Order Reselecting Carrier and Terminating Show-Cause Proceeding

By this order, the Department is reselecting RegionsAir, Inc. d/b/a American Connection, formerly known as Corporate Airlines (RegionsAir), to provide subsidized essential air service at each of the above communities for a new two-year period from June 1, 2005, through May 31, 2007, for a combined annual subsidy of $7,306,249. Also by this order, the Department is terminating the show-cause proceeding tentatively terminating subsidy at Kirksville, Missouri, as RegionsAir's selected proposal is below the $200-per-passenger cap.

This was a difficult decision based on the number of proposals presented and the fact that all of the applicants, with the exception of Multi-Aero, are current providers of EAS and have demonstrated their ability to provide reliable air service at other communities across the country. It is further complicated by the fact that the carriers' proposals cannot be broken apart. There is no combination of proposals that would provide each community with the service they support. This means we are faced with a decision that, by its very nature, must go against some of the communities' wishes. We also note that some support service options that would provide more service than they currently receive, and we are not in a position to subsidize increased service levels. The EAS program is designed to ensure that every eligible community receives a safety-net level of service that provides access to the national air transportation system, which may not be the level of service that communities would like to receive.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-2000-7855

July 1, 2005

Re: EAS Subsidy in Jeopardy - Letter to Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport
Re: EAS Subsidy in Jeopardy - Letter to the Mayor of Owensboro

We must inform you that the continued subsidy eligibility of your community is in jeopardy. As we mentioned in Order 2005-6-14, authorizing subsidy for service to Owensboro, under the program's statutes, the Department is prohibited from subsidizing service at communities where the subsidy amounts to more than $200 per passenger, unless they are more than 210 highway miles from the nearest large or medium hub, which Owensboro is not. Based on our analysis of Owensboro's traffic data for the year 2004, the most recent period for which data were available at the time we requested proposals from interested air carriers to serve there, we noted in Order 2005-6-14 that Owensboro's subsidy per passenger was precariously close to the statutory ceiling of $200. In fact, passenger levels have slipped since then. Our review indicates that, for the 12-month period ended March 31, 2005, Owensboro registered 5,498 origin-and-destination passengers. (See historical passenger traffic enclosed.) Coupled with the annual subsidy rate of $1,127,453, Owensboro's subsidy per passenger is $205.07, an amount in excess of the $200 statutory limit.

By: Karan Bhatia


OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN

July 29, 2005

Re: Response of RegionsAir Regarding EAS Programs

RegionsAir is working with both airports on additional promotions and specials that will stimulate traffic and increase visibility of the airports. The Jackson‑Madison County Airport Authority indicated in its July 11, 2005 response that it will assist RegionsAir in making the community aware of such promotional fares.

The subsidies at issue here have been in place for less than two months. RegionsAir deserves a reasonable opportunity to prove that its pricing initiatives and other marketing plans will result in compliance with the $200 cap. Early indicators are that the reduced fares are working. Additionally, RegionsAir has seen a very positive trend in most markets since early this spring when the major carriers initiated a new simplified fare structure. Given the ever‑increasing price of gasoline and the attractiveness of American Airlines' connecting flights at St. Louis, RegionsAir believes that compliance with the $200 cap is attainable and can be sustained for the duration of the subsidy award.

Counsel: The Wicks Group, Margaret Giugliano, 202-457-7790


Order 2006-12-25
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Giradeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro, KY

Issued December 27, 2006 | Served January 2, 2007

Order Requesting Proposals

Passenger traffic has increased slightly at each of the six communities compared to calendar year 2004 levels. Passenger enplanements for 2006 range from a high of 36 a day at Marion/Herrin to a low of 11 a day at Jackson, while the number of enplanements at Burlington, Cape Girardeau, and Ft. Leonard Wood each average about 24 a day, and at Owensboro, they average about 15 a day.

By: Todd Homan


OST-2001-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

January 30, 2007

Extension of Proposal Due Date

By Order 2006-12-25, December 27, 2006, the Department requested proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at any or all of the above communities no later than February 1, 2007. In an email dated January 29, Mesa Air Group, Inc. requested a one-week extension of the due date for filing proposals until February 8. Before responding to the carriier, we contacted each of the six communities listed above either by phone or email to learn whether they supported or did not support Mesa's request. Only one community opposed the extension. Thus, we are hereby granting Mesa's request and extending the due date for proposals from all interested carriers until February 8.

By: Mike Waters


OST-2001-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herron, IL
OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY


February 8, 2007

Proposals of Air Midwest - Bookmarked

Mesa's proposed options would contemplate service with a combination of hubs at Chicago Midway, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, and St. Louis.

Mesa proposes to operate all flights as a combination of Mesa Airlines, US Airways Express and Midwest Connect. All operations at Chicago Midway will be Mesa Airlines. Mesa plans on pursuing a primary codeshare relationship with American Airlines in both St Louis and Nashville if awarded service to those respective hubs as we assume the incumbent carrier will not serve these markets without subsidy. Option #2, with service to Memphis, is contingent upon receiving a Northwest Airlines codeshare, which we are currently pursuing. We have established an internal deadline of March 1 for this process and reserve the right to rescind this option should we be unable to come to terms with Northwest.

All operations proposed would utilize our modern fleet of Raytheon/Beechcraft B-1900D airliners. These aircraft offer a very comfortable 19-seat, pressurized cabin with two turboprop engines.

By: Mesa Airlines, Jeffrey Hartz


Feburary 8, 2007

Proposals of RegionsAir

RegionsAir is proposing 6 options that would offer a variety of services to continue operating the vital link to American Airlines’ hub city of St. Louis, Missouri. All flights will be sold and marketed as AmericanConnection utilizing 19 seat BAe Jetstream 32 turboprop aircraft. Flights will be timed to offer optimal connecting opportunities to American Airlines’ flights at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Unfortunately the company has had some operational issues in the past few months that have negatively impacted performance causing an increase in cancellations and delays. The primary problem was unexpected engine removals last summer and fall compounded with significantly higher fuel costs than anticipated in the current contracts. The company is addressing capital issues with funding from an outside investment group. The company’s Cleveland operation, which further strained resources, is ending this spring.

The company realizes that many passengers were impacted by recent and unexpected cancellations, it anticipates the capital infusion to allow a rapid return to the previous high standard. By early summer, RegionsAir will have sufficient Jetstream aircraft, to provide an optimal schedule including an operational spare aircraft to assure reliability.

By: RegionsAir


OST-2001-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY


February 8, 2007

Proposals of Big Sky Airlines - Bookmarked

All flights will be operated with modern 19 passenger Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

Community Proposal 1 Proposal 2 Proposal 3 Proposal 4
Burlington St. Louis Cincinnati St. Louis N/A
Cape Girardeau St. Louis Cincinnati N/A Cincinnati
Ft. Leonard Wood St. Louis Cincinnati St. Louis N/A
Jackson St. Louis Cincinnati N/A Cincinnati
Marion/Herrin St. Louis Cincinnati St. Louis N/A
Owensboro St. Louis Cincinnati N/A Cincinnati
Annual Subsidy $6,838,269 $8,356,955 $3,243,889 $3,247,440

Counsel: Big Sky, Fred deLeeuw, 406-247-3912, fred.deleeuw@bigskyair.com


February 8, 2007

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

Proposal Part Service Point(s) Hub(s) Served Round Trips Equipment Subsidy Requirement Passengers Forecast Average Fare
1 Burlington St. Louis 3 1900D $943,793 16,000 $79.00
2 Cape Girardeau St. Louis 3 1900D $949,956 16,500 $69.00
3 Ft. Leonard Wood St. Louis 3 1900D $519,858 17,500 $89.00
4 Jackson St. Louis 2 1900D $1,072,948 7500 $99.00
5 Marion/Herrin St. Louis 4 1900D $1,126,810 25,000 $59.00
6 Owensboro St. Louis 2 1900D $968,470 10,500 $77.00

Great Lakes will provide service at these Essential Air Service points in a similar fashion as is offered in Denver and utilize our interline agreements with all the major carriers, which will (enable connecting bag service through the St. Louis hub. In addition, we will endeavor to obtain code-sharing arrangements with major carriers serving the St. Louis market, to allow passengers in these EAS markets the seamless service, in which they are accustomed to, through St. Louis to the destinations served by our partners and prospective partners.

All proposals contemplate the use of 19 seat Beechcraft 1900D airliner equipment.

Counsel: Great Lakes, Michael Matthews, 307-432-7000


February 12, 2007

DOT Letters Requesting Community Comments of:

As you know, RegionsAir, Inc. d/b/a American Connection, serves your community, as well as five others, to St. Louis, and their contract expires on May 31, 2007. In anticipation of that, we issued Order 2006-12-25, December 27, 2006, soliciting proposals from carriers interested in providing subsidized service at all six communities in the region, for a new, two-year period, beginning June 1. In response to our request, we received proposals from RegionsAir, Inc. (6 options), Mesa Air Group d/b/a Air Midwest, Inc. (8 options), Big Sky Airlines, Inc. (4 options), and Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (6 options). While we would normally compose a brief summary of all of the proposals, that is not practical in this case given the number of options.

With specific respect to Marion/Herrin, we note that the community recently began to receive service to Chicago in addition to RegionsAir’s service to St. Louis under the Department’s essential air service program. For the present, we are willing to continue to subsidize service to St. Louis, or some other hub, in recognition of the joint state-and-local effort to build Marion/Herrin’s air service, and in view of the fact that Air Midwest’s service has just begun. We intend to defer our consideration of the implications of this new service on Marion/Herrin’s air service needs until we can assess the results of the new service.

My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the proposals before we submit a carrier-selection recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. We request that you review the proposal and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in no case later than March 7.

By: Dennis DeVany


OST-01-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-96-1559 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-96-1167 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-97-2515 - Kirksville, MO
OST-00-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-00-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-00-7855 - Owensboro, KY

February 23, 2007

Re: Kansas City International Airport Support for Air Midwest Option 4 or 5

Air Midwest's proposals include a unique fare product which will offer low local fares that then become "add‑on" fares on connecting flights. This will stimulate local traffic to Kansas City. In addition to the convenient online options Air Midwest proposes with its mainline partners, EAS travelers will have the ability to connect with all major airlines using Air Midwest's convenient local fare "add‑on" product.

When compared to the other connecting hubs listed in the competing proposals, fares from Kansas City International Airport are substantially lower. Kansas City fares are 37 percent lower than Cincinnati, 29 percent lower than Memphis, and 9 percent lower than St. Louis. While the average fares at ChicagoMidway are compelling, travelers connecting in Chicago-Midway instead of Kansas City International Airport have fewer nonstop destinations and one third less marketing airlines to connect to.

By: Mark VanLoh


OST-2001-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

March 2, 2007

Statement of American Airlines

American Airlines, Inc. hereby states that it has signed a letter of intent with Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. To operate American Connection‑branded service to from St. Louis in the event that Great Lakes Aviation is selected in this proceeding.

Counsel: American, Carl Nelson, 202-496-5647


OST-2001-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

March 2, 2007

Opposition of Great Lakes Aviation bid by RegionsAir

We feel that the Department should reject Great Lakes bid for the 6 markets currently served by RegionsAir to St. Louis.

Great Lakes submitted a bid that was $1,000,000 less than the current contract and over $800,000 less than their bid two years ago even though fuel costs have climbed dramatically during that time. Their bid is approximately $1,300,000 less than Big Sky’s and almost $2,000,000 less than Air Midwest both flying the same aircraft as Great Lakes and proposing essentially the same service.

We find this extremely disturbing in light of Great Lake’s communications to RegionsAir. During the first few days of February the Chairman of Great Lakes called us wanting to know if the sale of our airline had closed. He said that he was interested in our Saab certification but had little interest in St. Louis as they had determined that short haul flying under a prorate contract was not a very good business. He stated that their prime focus was in Milwaukee but they would probably make a token bid for St. Louis as they had 2 years previously.

Clearly Great Lakes has by far the lowest bid. However, we feel that Great Lakes in part submitted this extremely low bid as a means of preventing RegionsAir from completing a transaction to refinance the airline and put a competitor out of business.

By: RegionsAir, Douglas Caldwell


OST-2000-7855

March 2, 2007

Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Board in Support of Big Sky Airlines

The Airport Board, along with the Chamber of Commerce, reviewed the proposals and requests that you approve the application submitted by Big Sky Airlines for non-stop service to Cincinnati as a Delta Connection carrier.

By: Mayor, Tom Watson


OST-2001-8731 - EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

March 7, 2007

Statement of Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines, Inc. submits this statement in support of the submission of Big Sky Transportation Co. d/b/a Big Sky Airlines to the extent it proposes to provide essential air service between the above-referenced communities and Cincinnati, Ohio. Delta further hereby advises the Department that if one of Big Sky's Cincinnati proposals (either proposal 2 or proposal 4) is selected, Delta intends to codeshare with Big Sky on those EAS flights. A codeshare relationship with Big Sky would offer passengers from the affected EAS communities access to Delta's global transportation system.

Counsel: Hogan & Hartson, Robert Cohn, 202-637-4999, recohn@hhlaw.com


Order 2007-3-5
OST-2001-8731
- EAS at Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - EAS at Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - EAS at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-2000-7857 - EAS at Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2000-7855 - EAS at Owensboro, KY

Issued March 9, 2007 | Served March 14, 2007

Order Selecting Carriers and Establishing Subsidy Rates

As the end of the two-year contract period was approaching, the Department issued Order 2006-12-25, December 27, 2006. requesting proposals for a new two-year period beginning June 1, 2007, with or without subsidy. In response to our request. we received proposals from four earners: the incumbent, Regions, Air Midwest Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express (Air Midwest), Big Sky, and Great Lakes.

By this order, the Department is selecting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, and Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service at the above communities for the two-year period from June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2009, using 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft as follows: Big Sky at Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Owensboro for a combined annual subsidy of $3,247,440: and Great Lakes at Burlington, Fort Leonard Wood, and Marion/Herrin for a combined annual subsidy of $2,590,461.

By: Andrew Steinberg



Order 2007-12-20
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Giradeau
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-1997-2842 - Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-2003-14783 - Plattsburgh
OST-2000-8025 - Saranac Lake/Lake Placid

Issued December 20, 2007 | Served December 27, 2007

Emergency Request for Proposals for Replacement Service

By this order, the Department is (a) prohibiting Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines, from suspending its service at the eight above-captioned communities at the end of its 90-day notice period, and (b) requesting proposals, with or without subsidy requests, from carriers interested in providing replacement service.  Because of the emergency nature of this case, proposals are due January 11.

Big Sky was selected to provide essential air service at the eight communities by a series of orders. Big Sky serves all eight communities with 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft.  All five communities in New York receive three round trips to Boston on weekdays and weekends, the levels called for in the existing contracts.  At Jackson, Owensboro and Cape Girardeau, Big Sky is providing less than the contract amount, as it had been ramping up its service after replacing RegionsAir.  Jackson and Owensboro currently receive one round trip a day to Cincinnati instead of the two called for in the contract, and Cape Girardeau receives two round trips a day instead of three.

On December 20, 2007, Big Sky filed notices of intent to suspend its subsidized EAS at all eight of the communities.  Big Sky is the only carrier providing scheduled service at the communities In its notices, Big Sky states that it is incurring unsustainable losses on these routes and that it will be forced to cease all operations at these communities on January 7, notwithstanding the statutory EAS obligations that require a full 90-day notice period.

By: Michael Reynolds



December 19, 2007

Re: Notice of Termination of Service

Big Sky Transportation Co. d/b/a Big Sky Airlines d/b/a Delta Connection hereby gives notice of the termination of its scheduled services at Owensboro, Kentucky effective on January 7, 2008.

Termination of service on January 7, 2008 is both regrettable and unavoidable and is the result of enormous unsustainable financial losses Big Sky has incurred, and which Big Sky is unable to continue to endure, on its Eastern U.S. route system (those routes serving Boston and Cincinnati). The Company does not have the financial resources to continue to absorb these mounting and unacceptable losses and has determined that it has no alternative but to terminate service.

Big Sky is concurrently filing notices of termination of service covering the other EAS points it serves, including its western essential air service points. However, Big Sky is currently in discussions with another carrier to take over Big Sky's Montana EAS services within about 60 days, and Big Sky intends to work with the Department and the replacement airline to effect a seamless transfer of those services.

Counsel: Hogan & Hartson, Robert Cohn, 202-637-4999, recohn@hhlaw.com



OST-1996-1559 - Cape Giradeau
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro


January 10, 2008

Proposals of Air Choice One

We will utilize 9-seat, single-engine turbine powered, Cessna Grand Caravan configured for 9 passenger seats. The aircraft will be operating with two crewmembers and air conditioning for passenger safety and comfort. All proposals are using St. Louis, MO as the hub.

By: Air Choice One, Shane Storz, 866-435-9847, shane@airchoiceone.com


January 11, 2008

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

Great Lakes will provide service at these Essential Air Service points in a similar fashion as is offered in our Denver hub. We will utilize our interline ticketing and baggage handling agreements, as well as, code share agreements that are available at commercially reasonable terms.

The communities should assume that the average fare proposed is based on travel distance to a St. Louis hub. If an alternate hub is chosen, average fares will increase or decrease relative to distance traveled.

The proposals for Jackson and/or Owensboro are contingent on, and require that Great Lakes be selected for Cape Girardeau. All proposals contemplate the use of 19 seat Beechcraft 1900D airliner equipment.

By: Michael Matthews



January 14, 2008

Re: Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Board in Support of Great Lakes Airlines

The Airport Board, along with the City of Owensboro and Daviess County, have reviewed the proposals and requests that you approve the proposal submitted by Great Lakes Airlines.

By: Robert Giles


Order 2008-2-1
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro

Issued February 1, 2008 | Served February 6, 2008

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates | Word

By this order, the Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service at the above communities for the two-year period beginning when the carrier starts full EAS at all three communities.

The communities fully support the selection of Great Lakes, and we find that the carrier’s proposed subsidy rates are reasonable for the service it intends to provide. Great Lakes is fully experienced in operating regional carrier service both as a general matter and within the essential air service program specifically. Moreover, Multi-Aero’s proposals do not meet the statutory minimum aircraft standards and did not receive the requisite endorsement from any of the communities. We note that Great Lakes is continuing discussions with American Airlines to develop a code-share agreement at St. Louis, but our decision here is not contingent on such an agreement.

Subsidy Rate per Departure: $771.13
Weekly Compensation Ceiling: $29,302.94

By: Michael Reynolds



Order 2009-4-8
OST-1997-2935 - El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs and Jonesboro, AR
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro

Issued and Served April 16, 2009

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at any or all of the communities listed above, with or without subsidy, by May 15. Jackson and Owensboro have not had air service since Big Sky Airlines ceased operations there on January 6, 2008, and the four Arkansas communities have been without air service since Air Midwest ceased operations on June 30, 2008.

ith respect to each community, we expect proposals consisting of service with two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft with at least 15 passenger seats, and offering two round trips each weekday and weekend (12 total round trips per week) to a suitable hub airport (e.g. Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Memphis or Chicago O’Hare), with numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. Two communities may be served on a linear basis, where traffic demand and aircraft size are appropriate (e.g. Harrison – Hot Springs – Dallas/Fort Worth). If aircraft with fewer than 15 passenger seats are contemplated, service patterns should consist of three round trips each weekday and weekend (18 total round trips per week). If such a proposal is submitted and the community ultimately supports the service, in effect waiving their right to 15-seat or larger aircraft, we would consider the waiver to apply only to the two-year carrier-selection at hand, i.e. we would not assume that the community waives their rights for all time. Several communities have requested that we solicit proposals that include at least one option to a specific hub, but service proposals to other hubs will also considered. The list below summarizes the hubs that those communities have noted are of high interest to them:

El Dorado/Camden – Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth
Harrison – Dallas/Fort Worth, Memphis
Hot Springs – Dallas/Fort Worth
Jonesboro – Dallas/Fort Worth, Little Rock, St. Louis
Owensboro – Atlanta, Cincinnati, Memphis, Nashville
Jackson – Atlanta, Cincinnati, Memphis

By: Todd Homan




OST-1997-2935 - El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs and Jonesboro, AR
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro


May 15, 2009

Proposal of Alaska Juneau Aeronautics d/b/a Seaport Airlines

SeaPort proposes options that provide for three direct round trips per day between all six covered cities and Memphis, seven days per week. This service level will offer more than enough inventory to provide for the historical traffic of the last several years, while keeping capacity “right-sized” and avoiding an unnecessary flooding of empty seats and resulting higher operating costs.

We have provided two options for the cities of El Dorado and Owensboro. Based on the historical numbers provided, we do not believe that we can provide air service at the frequency requested by the Department and remain within the subsidy per passenger guidelines. Subsequently, option one (1) provides a frequency of nine (9) round trips per week for those two communities. This allows us to remain within the per passenger subsidy guidelines. Option two is for the frequency requested by the department of three (3) round trips per day, seven days per week.

SeaPort welcomes this opportunity to be chosen to provide essential air service at El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Owensboro, and Jackson for the next two year period. We bring a fresh approach and a strong track record, and believe we have presented a proposal that will meet the EAS needs of the communities at reasonable subsidy levels. Thank you for your consideration.

By: Robert McKinney

http://www.seaportair.com


May 15, 2009

Proposal of Con-Air Charters d/b/a Empower Aviation Air Charters (Owensboro)

Empower Aviation is a Part 135 Charter Operator currently based in Hamilton, Ohio under the Cincinnati Flight Standards District Office. We are an approved 10 seats or more charter carrier, but will fall under the Scheduled Part 135 guidelines of 9 seats or less for purposes of this request for proposal. We are currently in a name change approval process from our local FSDO but as of today our certificate is listed as Con‑Air Charter, LLC N85A566L.

Empower Aviation offers a fleet of BAE Jetstream 31/32 small twin-turboprop airliner with pressurized fuselage, ensuring a fast, safe and comfortable ride. A direct shuttle service from CVG to OWB three times a day correlating with CVG commercial operators to help connect OWB to other major cities. We would offer flights early morning, afternoon and evening. See attached schedule. We would fly one aircraft with a second one as mechanical backup.

By: Daphne Selden

http://www.flyempower.com


May 15, 2009

Proposal of Locair

At Locair, we want to apply our methods used at Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset, Kentucky into the EAS program. While we are only an Air Taxi operator under ii CFR 298, we have seen the community rally under our ability to fly to additional points under the SCASD grant rather than focus on one key market (Nashville). Initial bookings to Washington Dulles and interest in this market has us looking at moving up our start date weeks early and we're already increasing flights by 50%. While our ultimate goal is to obtain our Economic Authority under 14 CFR 298c, we would like to bid on these above markets and help REBUILD their market before we begin daily operations to one point, and look at splitting up the frequencies into multiple destinations if deemed efficient by EAS standards. The Department has been more than generous to carriers that have replaced the Regions Air markets and feel that these markets have faced above-and-beyond normal circumstances that requires the Department to think 'outside the box' in working with carriers, like Locair, who propose new ways of rebuilding the markets in these communities.

By: Locair

OST-2008-0210 - Locair's Commuter Application

http://locair.net/


May 15, 2009

Re: Proposal of Mesaba Airlines

Mesaba Aviation, Inc., doing business as Delta Connection, is enclosing a detailed subsidy proposal for essential air service from El Dorado/Camden and Hot Springs to Memphis; from Jonesboro and Harrison to Memphis; and from Owensboro and Jackson to Memphis. Each market would be operated with twice daily departures using the 34‑seat Saab 340 aircraft.

By: John Spanjers

http://www.mesaba.com/


May 15, 2009

Response of Multi-Aero d/b/a Air Choice One

Attached please find our proposals to provide Essential Air Service to the communities of Flamson, Arkansas; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Jonesboro, Arkansas, EL Dorado/Camden, Arkansas, Jackson, Tennessee, and Owensboro, Kentucky. We will utilize multi‑engine powered, Piper Navajo Chieftain configured for 6 passenger seats. The aircraft has air conditioning for passenger safety and comfort. We will use St. Louis as the hub for Harrison, Jonesboro, Jackson and Owensboro. Little Rock will serve as the hub for EL Dorado/Camden and Hot Springs.

Air Choice One, operating as a "micro‑carrier", is perfectly poised to commence service in such markets. The dynamics associated with scheduled air service require the aircraft selected for service to be nothing less than perfect in every regard, performance, comfort, ease of Operation, acquisition/operating economics and availability are important considerations. However, there are two considerations which are of paramount importance to the company. safety and reliability.

By: Multi-Aero, Shane Storz

http://www.airchoiceone.com


May 15, 2009

Re: Proposal of Pacific Wings (Owensboro and Jackson)

Jackson and Owensboro have been without scheduled air service since Big Sky Airlines abruptly ceased operations approximately sixteen months ago. Even with scheduled EAS flights, USDOT statistics indicate declining passenger traffic to both locations during the last two years Big Sky provided service.

Respondents in Owensboro and Jackson indicated they use (or would like to use) the Nashville Airport at least some of the time to fly discount carrier Southwest, which does not currently serve Atlanta. Respondents expressed considerable reluctance to drive to Nashville, however, due to ongoing, long-term Interstate construction frequently resulting in unpredictable and extended traffic delays.

By: Greg Kahlstorf


May 15, 2009

Re: Proposal of Sovereign Air

In response to Order 2009-4-8, Sovereign Air, Inc. offers the following proposal. Sovereign Air will base and maintain the proposed aircraft in the first city listed for each route, along with the associated crews and maintenance personnel. The following schedules will be adjusted in the best interest of passengers travelling to and from the various cities. Sovereign Air will be going in and out of the listed hubs, connecting with all major air carriers, as well as discount carriers. Sovereign Air is not tied to just one airline, allowing Sovereign Air better visibility in the various reservation systems. Sovereign Air anticipates having the authority to operate scheduled service by the time this scheduled service is to begin. Because of Sovereign Air's On Demand operations, back-up aircraft will be available at all times. Sovereign Air will have ticketing and baggage agreements with large and discount carriers at the listed hubs. Sovereign Air's low overhead and debt levels reduce the burden for the subsidy requirements.

Sovereign Air is proposing the aircraft for the exclusive use (no up-line or down-line service) of the
proposed EAS routes. Sovereign Air believes that with good schedules, proper pricing and a recovering economy, the load factors will likely increase in these markets.

By: Jon Payne

http://sovereignairinc.com/


May 15, 2009

Proposal of TransportAzumah

TransportAzumah will provide 50 seat regional jet aircraft to fly all of these markets. We will provide seven roundtrips weekly in all markets. Service will be one stop or nonstop from all airports. Our fare structure will aggressively drive traffic in these markets to push them towards sustainability. We are very aware that many of these communities are at risk of losing their eligibility due to the $200 per passenger cap. The only way to do this currently is to drive enplanements up. Our jet service will provide equal or superior levels of quality to comparable air service in the region.

Currently, there are no interline agreements in place for these services. For customers traveling to CVG, TransportAzumah will purchase and award Delta SkyMiles on its own accord. For customers traveling to DFW, TransportAzumah will purchase and award AAdvantage miles on its own accord. This will encourage customers to use their local airports instead of driving to a faraway hub.

By: J. Azumah

http://www.transportazumah.com



OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro, KY
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN

May 20, 2009

Re: City of Somerset in Support of Locair

This letter is to indicate our support for LOCAIR's bid for service to Owensboro, Kentucky and Jackson, Tennessee. The start up of commercial air service in Somerset has been extremely successful and the community is excited about future operations and being a part of a network of cities having access to this type of aviation.

By: Mayor Eddie Girdler



OST-1997-2935 - El Dorado/Camden, Harrison, Hot Springs and Jonesboro, AR
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro

May 29, 2009

Re: Withdrawal of Proposals of Mesaba Airlines

Mesaba Aviation, Inc., doing business as Delta Connection, hereby withdraws all of its EAS proposals, as submitted on May 15, in the above-captioned dockets. After further internal review, it has been determined that, due aircraft availability constraints, and the continued weak economy, Mesaba is unable to commit to starting new EAS markets at this time.

By: John Spanjers



Letters in Support of Locair of:

James Briggs - Owensboro
Neil Clements - Owensboro
Rolfe Colbert - Jackson
Tonya Ferrell - Owensboro
Robert Green - Jonesboro
Darin and Erin Greer - Owensboro
Larry Hearn - Jackson
Marissa Holt - Owensboro
H. Malone - Jackson
Miles Mayfield - Owensboro
"Lady McBeth" [sic] - Owensboro
Ryan Mont - Jonesboro
Tim Nichols - Owensboro
Gary Pickens - Jackson
Robert Reeves - Jackson
Ruth Seidel - Owensboro
Phillip Slaughter - Jackson
Dennis Thorman - Jackson
Vicky Thorman - Jackson




June 12, 2009

Re: Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce in Support of Pacific Wings

We recently polled our 900 Chamber members about their preferred hub choice. Nearly 30% of our members responded, which is a very high number for surveys. The overwhelming choice by the local business community was for Nashville and Atlanta—both of which would be served by the Pacific Wings proposal.

By: Jody Wassmer


June 15, 2009

Re: Daviess County Fiscal Court in Support of Pacific Wings

After hearing what participants felt were critical factors in selecting an air carrier, I agreed that Pacific Wings Airlines presented the most assuring proposal. Knowing that Pacific Wings already successfully provides Essential Air Service in several communities certainly had an impact on my decision.

By: Reid Haire


June 15, 2009

Re: Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation in Support of Pacific Wings

Based on these interviews as well as in-depth conversation with many of the community's large employers, our agency would like to recommend Pacific Wings Airlines as the best choice to serve as Owensboro Essential Air Services air carrier.

By: Nick Brake


June 17, 2009

Re: Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport in Support of Pacific Wings

After reviewing the experience and services offered, our panel unanimously recommends that the Department of Transportation select Pacific Wings to provide EAS to Owensboro. We were also impressed that Pacific Wings has renewed EAS contracts in some cities and actually worked itself off EAS contracts in other communities. As you would expect, our foremost concern is that the airline carrier actually honor its commitment to service for the long term.

By: Ray Assmar




Order 2009-6-17
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro

Issued and Served June 22, 2009

Order Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is selecting Pacific Wings, LLC to provide essential air service at Owensboro, Kentucky, and Jackson, Tennessee, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $2,294,401 ($1,068,773 for Owensboro and $1,225,628 for Jackson), for a two-year period beginning when Pacific Wings inaugurates service. If Pacific Wings does not inaugurate service at both communities on the same date, the two-year period will begin at each community with the later start date. The two-year period will run through the end of the 24th month thereafter.

We received a number of comments from the public, all supporting Locair, for both Jackson and Owensboro. But the decision is straightforward. Pacific Wings’ proposal is the least expensive proposal that meets the criteria outlined in the request for proposals (Order 2009-4-8) and both communities fully support the proposal. Pacific Wings will provide both communities 18 nonstop round trips a week to Nashville with nine-seat Cessna Caravans at annual subsidy rates of $1,068,773 for Owensboro and $1,225,628 for Jackson. In addition, Pacific Wings states that its service to Nashville would continue on to Atlanta. However, the beyond service to Atlanta is outside the scope of the EAS program and, while we always encourage communities and carriers to work together to provide enhanced service, we cannot require that Pacific Wings provide the service and we will not consider it in our carrier-selection decision.

By: Christa Fornarotto



Re: Community Support for Locair:

Birgit Jones - Owensboro
Rick Jones - Owensboro


June 16, 2009

Re: Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-2) in Support of Pacific Wings

I am writing to you in support of the application submitted by the Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport for Essential Air Service approval of the addition of Pacific Wings service to the airport. Because the Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport is in my district and serves my constituents, I am extremely interested in their efforts.

By: Brett Guthrie


Re: Community Support for Locair:

Douglas Smith - Owensboro

Donald Davenport - Owensboro


June 10, 2010

Ex-Parte Letter to Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-2)

Thank you for your letter expressing concern about the lack of direct access to the main terminal in Nashville, Tennessee, by Kentucky Skies, a carrier that is part of the EAS program, and the adverse effect of this lack of access on the travel needs of passengers from the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, which it serves.

I have instructed the EAS staff to continue to work with the FAA and Nashville Airport on this issue.

By: Susan Kurland



Order 2011-1-19
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro

Issued and Served January 21, 2011

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Owensboro, Kentucky, and Jackson, Tennessee, for the next two-year period from September 1, 2011, through August 31, 2013, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due March 16, 2011.

Particularly in view of the service hiatuses, rather than terminate service eligibility at either community, at this stage, the Department will solicit proposals for EAS at both, but the Department will evaluate all proposals submitted before committing to a two-year contract or making a final determination on Owensboro and Jackson’s continuing eligibility.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro


March 14, 2011

Request of Pacific Wings for an Extension

Pacific Wings is currently evaluating various subsidized and nonsubsidized EAS service models for Jackson, Tennessee and Owensboro, Kentucky.

In order to provide time necessary to conduct thorough due diligence, analysis and risk assessment, we respectfully request an extension of time to submit proposals for these communities, until 11 APR 2011.

By: Pacific Wings, Greg Kahlstorf


March 15, 2011

Request of Communities of Jackson and Owensboro for No Extension

This letter is in response to the request for an extension of the Essential Air Services March 16, 2011 bid deadline, the communities of Jackson, TN and Owensboro, KY ask that the deadline not be extended. Several airlines have contacted Jackson and Owensboro about Iheir intention to submit bids for our EAS program, and we do not want them to lose interest if the deadline is extended. Some of these airlines have visited and called us wanting information to formulate their bids. We feel everyone has had sufficient time to contact us, our community leaders and other EAS carriers, etc. to gather what information is needed to submit an educated bid. These carriers who are prepared to submit their bids on time have acted responsibly and taken the EAS bid specs seriously.

By: Bob Whitmer - Owensboro / Steve Smith - Jackson


March 15, 2011

DOT Denying Extension Request of Pacific Wings

We have reviewed your request for an extension for proposals for EAS at Owensboro, KY and Jackson, TN. We contacted both communities about the request. They responded and asked that the deadline not be extended. They told us that several airlines are interested in submitting proposals for EAS at their communities and they are concerned that they may lose interest if the deadline is extended.

While we do occasionally grant extension requests, we generally do so only if the communities support it, as this program exists for the benefit of the communities. The original deadline of March 16 for proposals at Owensboro and Jackson will remain in place

By: Kevin Schlemmer



April 11, 2011

Owenboro Daviess County Regional Airport Request for Options for New EAS Provider

On behalf of the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, I request that you encourage the Department of Transportation to research the options available to our Airport regarding its Essential Air Services. The current bid process was discontinued recently when Pacific Wings, operating as Kentucky Skies in Owensboro, KY and Tennessee Skies in Jackson, TN, claimed it would provide EAS unsubsidized. We believe Pacific Wings has not provided the services it promised in the last selection process, and we have no reason for greater expectations should Pacific Wings be awarded the order for the next two-year term.

By: Bob Whitmer



May 9, 2011

Comments of PacificWings

Pacific Wings LLC, d/b/a KentuckySkies has served Owensboro for more than two years; first under a subsidized Essential Air Service contract, and more recently, at our own expense with no federal subsidy. Your letter was the first indication we have received that Airport Manager Bob Whitmer is apparently dissatisfied with some aspect(s) of our service.

The only recent feedback we have received from Mr. Whitmer has come in the form of pressure to purchase advertising from local media outlets, including one owned and operated by a member of the Owensboro Airport Board.

It appears there is also some expectation by airport officials that KentuckySkies personnel will render customer service on behalf of another airline, at times when that company's airport counter is not staffed. KentuckySkies is not an agent of, and has no affiliation with this company. We are neither authorized nor trained to provide their customers with any type of service, and we do not hold commercial or liability agreements necessary to render services on behalf of unaffiliated, independent third parties.

Kentucky Skies cannot address real or perceived issues without specific, actionable facts and information. Mr. Whitmer's letter contains neither. It is our hope that in the future, Mr. Whitmer will make some effort to substantiate or document facts to support statements like those contained in his remarkable letter, before documenting official statements so potentially damaging to our ongoing business and investments in Kentucky.

By: Greg Kahlstorf



OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro

June 30, 2011

Notice of Pacific Wings to Terminate Service

As you know, Pacific Wings has been attempting to gain access to airline terminal facilities at Nashville International Airport, necessary to support Essential Air Service, for more than two years without success.

We have repeatedly requested assistance from the FAA Airports District Office and USDOT Office of the Secretary; however, we have been unable to procure .counter or gate space at BNA on reasonable terms.

Despite apparent non-compliance by the airport sponsor with federal Airport Grant Assurance 39, barriers to access continue to impede and frustrate our service delivery efforts. Therefore, we are providing you with this 90-day notice of our intent to terminate service to Jackson, Tennessee and Owensboro, Kentucky from Nashville, effective September 30, 2011.

By: Pacific Wings, Greg Kahlstorf


 


Order 2011-8-6
OST-2000-7855

Issued and Served August 22, 2011

Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is (a) prohibiting Pacific Wings, LLC from terminating its subsidized service at Owensboro, Kentucky, for 30 days beyond the end of its 90-day notice period, and (b) requesting long-term proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service, with or without subsidy, by September 13, 2011.

Specifically, we are seeking proposals similar to the service that the community is currently receiving (three round trips each weekday and weekend for a total of 18 round trips per week with aircraft seating fewer than 15 passengers) or proposals with 15-seat or larger aircraft (two round trips each weekday and weekend for a total of 12 round trips per week) to Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, Memphis, St. Louis, or another suitable hub where numerous connections to the national air transportation system can be made.

By: Susan Kurland




September 13, 2011

Proposal of Air Choice One

Option 1, 2 Year Service to St. Louis - Cessna Grand Caravan
18 round-trips per week subsidized + 10 round-trips per week unsubsidized

Option 2, 2 Year Service to St. Louis - Cessna Grand Caravan
21 round-trips per week subsidized + 10 round-trips per week unsubsidized

Option 3, 2 Year Service to Nashville - Cessna Grand Caravan
18 round-trips per week subsidized + 10 round-trips per week unsubsidized

Option 4, 2 Year Service to St. Louis - Cessna Grand Caravan
21 round-trips per week subsidized + 10 round-trips per week unsubsidized

By: Air Choice One, Shane Storz, 866-435-9847


September 13, 2011

Proposal of Cape Air

Notional Owensboro-St. Louis:

Depart Owensboro Arrive St. Louis Depart St. Louis Arrive Owensboro
6:00am 7:10am 10:35am 11:48am
12:10pm 1:20pm 3:02pm 4:15pm
5:10pm 6:20pm 5:32pm 6:45pm

By: Cape Air, Andrew Bonney, 508-862-9719


September 13, 2011

Proposal of SeaPort Airlines

Option 1 - 18 weekly round-trips to Nashville

Option 2 - 12 weekly round-trips to St. Louis + 6 weekly round-trips to Memphis

Option 3 - 12 weekly round-trips to St. Louis + 6 weekly round-trips to Nashville

By: SeaPort, Timothy Sieber, 971-340-1716


September 13, 2011

Proposal of TransportAzumah

Our service proposal cuts the subsidy rate from $1,068,773 to $545,727 and provides a substantially more attractive option than the existing service. At 42 trips per week, OWB can recover a larger portion of the traffic that it is leaking to other airports.

By: Joel Azumah, 347-927-0750



September 15, 2011

DOT Request for Community Comments of:

Mayor of City of Owensboro
Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport Director

Cape Air proposes three daily nonstop round trips (21 per week) to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (St. Louis) using 9-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft. The carrier expects to offer a codeshare agreement with American Airlines. Cape Air proposes an annual subsidy of $1,829,680, for a two-year term, or an annual subsidy of $1,784,898 for a four-year term.

Air Choice One proposed four options, each operating with 9-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft. Option 1 is three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend (18 per week) to St. Louis for an annual subsidy of $1,504,893. Option 2 is three daily nonstop round trips (21 per week) to St. Louis for an annual subsidy of $1,579,756. Option 3 is three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend (18 per week) to Nashville International Airport (Nashville) for an annual subsidy of $1,426,475. Option 4 is three daily round trips to Nashville (21 per week) for an annual subsidy of $1,566,823. In addition. Air Choice One states that each of its four options would offer 10 nonstop round trips each week on an unsubsidized basis. Under Options 1 and 2, it proposes five nonstop round trips to Chicago O'Hare and five additional nonstop round trips to St. Louis. Under Options 3 and 4, it proposes five nonstop round trips to Chicago O'Hare and five additional nonstop round trips to Nashville. However, the proposed unsubsidized service is outside the scope of the EAS program, thus, if selected, we could not require that Air Choice One provide the service and we will not consider it in our carrier-selection decision.

SeaPort proposes three options, all using 9-passenger Cessna Caravan aircraft. Option 1 is three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend (18 per week) to Nashville for an annual subsidy of $1,029,080 (first year) and $1,024,114 (second year). Option 2 is two nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend (12 per week) to St. Louis and one nonstop round trip each weekday and weekend (6 per week) to Memphis International Airport for an annual subsidy of $1,297,492 (first year) and $1,353,557 (second year). Option 3 is two nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend (12 per week) to St. Louis and one nonstop round trip each weekday and weekend (6 per week) to Nashville for an annual subsidy of $1,278,929 (first year) and $1,254,171 (second year).

TransportAzumah proposes two ground transportation options, both utilizing a 47-passenger bus. Option 1 is four daily round trips to Nashville International Airport for an annual subsidy of $377,151. Option 2 is six daily round trips to Nashville International Airport for an annual subsidy of $545,727.

We ask that you submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than October 5, 2011.

By: Dennis DeVany



September 20, 2011

American Airlines in Support of Cape Air

American Airlines enthusiastically supports the proposal of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service for Owensboro, KY. If Cape Air is selected to serve Owensboro, American Airlines expects to expand our existing codeshare agreement with Cape Air into the Owensboro market, providing to the Owensboro community seamless booking and travel on American Airlines' worldwide network.

By: American, Gary Foss


September 22, 2011

City of Owensboro in Support of Cape Air

The community assembled a ten-member interviewing panel comprised offive OWB Board members, representatives from the City, County, Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation and our Airport Director. This group interviewed the three air service candidates on September 19, 2011. Using criteria established by the panel, the Owensboro Community is recommending that the Department of Transportation select Cape Air Airlines as the Owensboro- Daviess County Regional Airport's Essential Air Service carrier.

By: Mayor Ron Payne



Order 2011-10-14
OST-2000-7855

Issued and Served October 20, 2011

Order Tentatively Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is tentatively selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide subsidized essential air service at Owensboro, Kentucky, for a four-year period. The four-year period will begin when Cape Air inaugurates full EAS and will run through the end of the 48th month thereafter. This tentative selection of Cape Air will provide Owensboro with 18 nonstop round trips per week to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport using 9-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft at an annual subsidy rate of $1,529,913.

By: Susan Kurland



October 21, 2011

Objection of TransportAzumah

This letter concerns Docket OST-2000-7855 regarding the award of Owensboro KY’s EAS subsidy to Cape Air. TransportAzumah does not object to the carrier awarded, but it does object to the classification of our bid as non-responsive. The objective of the Essential Air Service program is to provide access to the national air transportation system. TransportAzumah’s bid is no more non-responsive than a bid from any carrier offering air service with less than 15 seats, which is the statutory minimum. The fact is indisputable that a 9 seat aircraft is a completely different class of lift than envisioned in the creation of this program. Class of service (in our lexicon) should not be confused with quality of service, as Cape Air is known to provide service of a high quality. If the Department had stuck to the 15 seat minimum, it would likely be unable to service all of the communities in the program today. Nevertheless, there is no statutory basis for allowing aircraft less than 15 seats to receive subsidies in EAS service in the continental 48 states. Likewise, there is no statutory basis for awards longer than two years despite the financial benefits that it provides both the USDOT and the carrier.

The Department’s use of common sense and logic, despite being outside of the statutory scope, makes the program work better and cheaper at the same time. The next logical step is to offer communities the ability to obtain flights using buses or vans to a major hub, as Continental uses on its Newark NJ – Allentown PA flights. Communities may find that these types of flights provide a more attractive option than the status quo.

By: Joel Anabilah-Azumah



Order 2011-11-5
OST-2000-7855

Issued and Served November 3, 2011

Final Order

By Order 2011-10-14, issued October 20, 2011, we tentatively selected Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide subsidized essential air service at Owensboro, Kentucky, but at service and subsidy levels less than it had proposed. As a result, we gave Cape Air and the community 10 days to show cause why we should not select Cape Air at the service and subsidy levels described in Order 2011-10-14 (see the appendix for service levels and subsidy calculations). We did not receive any communication objecting to that Order. Therefore, we will make final our tentative findings in Order 2011-10-14.

This order is issued under authority delegated in Order 2011-10-14 to the Director, Office of Aviation Analysis.

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2015-6-12
OST-2000-7855

Issued and Served June 11, 2015

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Owensboro, Kentucky, for a new contract period beginning January 1, 2016, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than July 14, 2015.

During the calendar year 2014, Owensboro averaged 12 enplanements per day. For carriers proposing service with 9-passenger aircraft, the Department expects proposals for 3 round trips a day. For carriers proposing 19-passenger or larger aircraft, we expect proposals for 2 daily round trips. Air carriers are also welcome to propose more than one service option, if they choose.

By: Todd Homan


 

July 14, 2015

Proposal of Community AirLink

21 Round Trips per Week
15 seat Turboprop Commuter (Beechcraft 99)

By: Community AirLink

 

July 14, 2015

Proposal of Hyannis Air Service d/b/a Cape Air

Cape Air expects higher ridership on a 3x daily pattern, with load factors consistent with other cities served at St. Louis, to keep Owensboro’s subsidy per passenger under $200. Cape Air proposes 3x daily service for Owensboro, and prefers a 4-year reselection at a discount to DOT. Codeshare with American Airlines

By: Cape Air


 

July 15, 2015

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2015-6-12 on June 11, 2015, requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS for a new term. In response to our request, Cape Air (the incumbent) and Community Airlink Co. submitted proposals. I request that you review each proposal carefully and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, July 24.

By: Michael Martin, 202-366-6494


 

Order 2015-10-18
OST-2000-7855

Issued and Served October 26, 2015

Order Reselecting Air Carrier

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is re-selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service at Owensboro, Kentucky, with 21 weekly nonstop round trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport using 9-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2019. The annual subsidy rates are:

Year Annual Subsidy
1 $1,948,217
2 $2,026,145
3 $2,107,191
4 $2,191,479

By: Brandon Belford


 

Order 2016-5-17
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa, CO
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2008-0299 - El Centro, CA
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown, MD
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney, NE
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster, PA
OST-2007-28671 - Macon, GA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1998-3521 - Merced, CA
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro, KY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton, OR
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott, AZ
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo, CO
OST-2002-11376 - Salina, KS
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff, NE
OST-1998-4409 - Show Low, AZ
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria, TX
OST-2004-19916 - Visalia, CA
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served May 20, 2016

Order Tentatively Terminating EAS Eligibility and Tentatively Granting a Waiver for Communities That Experienced a Service Hiatus

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is directing interested persons to show cause why the Department should not terminate the eligibility under the Essential Air Service program of the communities listed on the caption of this Order. The Department has tentatively determined that these communities did not enplane an average of 10 or more passengers per day during Fiscal Year 2015, as required by 49 USC § 41731(a)(1)(B), and/or required a rate of subsidy per passenger in excess of $200. Objections to the Department’s tentative decision are due within 20 days of the service date of this Order. Additionally, communities that required a subsidy per passenger in excess of the Subsidy Cap during Fiscal Year 2015 may work with an air carrier to submit a proposal to the Department that complies with the Subsidy Cap.

Also by this Order, the Department tentatively grants a waiver to the eight communities that suffered a service hiatus for the reasons described herein.

Communities may object to the Department’s tentative findings. If the Department terminates a community’s eligibility for EAS, the community will be provided an opportunity to petition the Department for a waiver. The process for submitting a petition for waiver will be addressed in a separate Order.

By: Susan McDermott

OST-2016-0084 - EAS Community Flexibility Pilot Program


June 3, 2016

Comments of Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport

Thank you for notifying the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport that Owensboro, Kentucky's subsidy per passenger for the year ending September 2015 was $207, or $7 over the statutory limit of $200 subsidy per passenger. While we do not object to the findings in this order, we look forward to participating in the forthcoming waiver process. Please know that the Owensboro community highly values our Essential Air Service, and by the end of 2015 already had subsidy per passenger below $200. We are actively engaged with our EAS carrier, Cape Air, on improving ridership to keep subsidy per passenger below $200.

By: Bob Whitmer


 

Order 2016-8-21
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa, CO
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2008-0299 - El Centro, CA
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown, MD
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney, NE
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster, PA
OST-2007-28671 - Macon, GA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1998-3521 - Merced, CA
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro, KY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton, OR
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott, AZ
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo, CO
OST-2002-11376 - Salina, KS
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff, NE
OST-1998-4409 - Show Low, AZ
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria, TX
OST-2004-19916 - Visalia, CA
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served August 29, 2016

Final Order Terminating Eligibility, Granting Waivers for Certain Communities and Establishing Waiver Procedures

Having received no objections to the Department’s tentative findings regarding Altoona, Clarksburg/Fairmont, DuBois, El Centro, Hagerstown, Jackson, Jamestown, Johnstown, Kearney, Lancaster, Owensboro, Parkersburg/Marietta, Salina, Scottsbluff, Show Low, Tupelo, Victoria, and Visalia, the Department will finalize its tentative findings for these communities’ distance to the closest medium or large hub, and average daily enplanements and/or subsidy per passenger, as listed in Appendices B and C.

The Department received objections from Alamosa, Pendleton, and Watertown. These communities argue that the Department should use a location other than the “city center” to measure the distances to the nearest large- or medium-hub airport. The Department rejects these objections and will finalize its tentative finding for these communities’ distance to the closest medium or large hub, and average daily enplanements and/or subsidy per passenger.

In the case of Alamosa, the FHWA reports that the total mileage from Alamosa City Hall to Albuquerque International Sunport is 205 miles (via Hunt Ave - Main Street - West Avenue - US 285 - Sunport Blvd).

In the case of Pendleton, the FHWA reports that the total mileage from Pendleton City Hall to Portland International Airport is 205 miles (via Dorian Avenue - 4th Street - Emigrant Avenue - I-84 - I-205 (War Veterans Memorial Highway) - Airport Way.

In the case of Watertown, the FHWA reports that the total mileage from the courthouse in Watertown, SD is 207 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (via S. Broadway Street – US 212 – I 494/SD 5).

The Department grants waivers to eight communities for Fiscal Year 2015: Bradford and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania; Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa; Macon, Georgia; Merced, California; Muscle Shoals, Alabama; and Pueblo, Colorado.

The Department finalizes its tentative decisions in Order 2016-5-17 that the 22 communities that had continuous service during Fiscal Year 2015, listed in Appendix C of this Order are no longer eligible Essential Air Service communities.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

September 20, 2016

Petition for Waiver from $200 per Passenger Cap

The purpose of this letter is to justify continued Essential Air Service for Owensboro. OWB is meeting the minimum number of passengers per day required by the DOT, but we were slightly above the $200/passenger subsidy threshold in the year ending 302015. This letter intends to explain what OWB has improved recently to increase passenger counts, and what measures OWB is pursuing now to grow those passenger numbers even more.

OWB's subsidy for Federal Fiscal Year 2015 was $207/passenger. Because of a marketing blitz lead by Cape Air, STL and OWB, OWB improved its passenger loads significantly by the end of calendar year 2015. As of December 31, 2015 OWB's most recent 12-month subsidy per passenger had dropped to $198.

By: Bob Whitmer


 

Order 2016-11-8
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa, CO
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2005-20736 - Clarskburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2008-0299 - El Centro, CA
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown, MD
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney, NE
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster, PA
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro, KY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton, OR
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott, AZ
OST-2002-11736 - Salina, KS
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff, NE
OST-1998-4409 - Show Low, AZ
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria, TX
OST-2004-19916 - Visalia, CA
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served November 10, 2016

Order Granting Waivers

After careful consideration of this matter, the Department has decided to grant the waiver petitions of all 22 communities.

For the eight communities that seek a waiver from the 10-enplanement requirement, a review of those communities’ enplanement data over the past few years, in combination with the arguments put forth in their waiver petitions, demonstrates to the Department’s satisfaction that the decline in enplanements at these eight communities is temporary.

For the 22 communities that seek a waiver from the Subsidy Cap, the Department acknowledges that there were challenges arising from the air service provided at these communities that caused the increase in the per passenger subsidy paid to the EAS carriers. As noted in the waiver petitions, many communities currently have a new air carrier and passenger levels are increasing. In addition, these communities have indicated that they are working with their carrier to improve service and attract passengers, and expect their subsidy per passenger to decline.

The waivers granted by this Order apply to Fiscal Year 2015. Communities are expected to have been compliant for Fiscal Year 2016, which ended September 30, 2016. Compliance based on Fiscal Year 2016 will be assessed at a later date.

By: Jenny Rosenberg




Order 2017-9-23
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals
OST-2008-0299 - Imperial
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-2007-28671 - Macon
OST-2002-11376 - Salina
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Seved September 29, 2017

Order Tentatively Terminating EAS Eligibility and Tentatively Granting a Waiver for Communities that Experienced a Service Hiatus

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation has tentatively determined that all 27 communities listed on the first page of this Order did not meet one or two statutory eligibility criteria required to remain in the Essential Air Service program. The Department has tentatively determined that these 27 communities did not enplane an average of 10 or more passengers per day during Fiscal Year 2016, as required by 49 USC § 41731(a)(1)(B), and/or required a rate of subsidy per passenger of more than $200. The Department is directing interested persons to show cause why the Department should not terminate the eligibility of the 19 communities listed in the first group of communities identified in the caption of this Order.

All 27 communities may file objections and/or petition for waivers, and the Department will not terminate subsidized service until objections and petitions for waivers are reviewed and a final Order is issued granting or denying petitions for waivers.

Also by this Order, the Department tentatively grants a waiver to the eight communities listed in the second group identified in the caption of this Order due to their extended service hiatus during Fiscal Year 2016, as further discussed below. The Department directs interested parties to show cause why the Department should not grant these communities a waiver on its own initiative.

Objections to the Department’s tentative decision and petitions for waivers from these requirements are due within 20 days of the service date of this Order. Additionally, communities that required a subsidy per passenger in excess of the Subsidy Cap during Fiscal Year 2016 may work with an air carrier to submit a proposal to the Department that complies with the Subsidy Cap,

By: Susan McDermott


 

October 16, 2017

Petition of Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport for Waiver of $200 per Passenger Limit

  1. Cape Air commits to restructure its fares to attract more passengers, a tactic that has already proven effective.
  2. OWB is committing $78,000 to increasing awareness of OWB air service and advertising Cape Air's new fares.
  3. The two local governments, who understand the economic value of Cape Air's service to our community, are increasing their financial support of our Airport.
  4. Cape Air is reinforcing its commitment to improve its already quality services by purchasing 20 new aircraft, the Tecnam P2012 Traveler, which can only make our St. Louis hub flights more attractive.
  5. OWB's hub, St. Louis Lambert International Airport, has added numerous Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Frontier Airlines destinations, which provides Cape Air OWB passengers more connection opportunities.
  6. OWB and Cape Air believe the above efforts will bring the per passenger subsidy below $200 on an annual basis. If the actions do not, though, Cape Air pledges to decrease its payment from the Department of Transportation to ensure the per passenger subsidy does not exceed $200. The pledge reflects Cape Air's commitment to the Essential Air Service Program and OWB.

By: Bob Whitmer


 

Order 2017-12-2
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals
OST-2008-0299 - Imperial
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-2007-28671 - Macon
OST-2002-11376 - Salina
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served December 29, 2017

Final Order Granting Essential Air Service Waivers for 26 Communities and Terminating Eligibility for One Community

After careful consideration of this matter, the Department has decided to grant the waiver petitions of 18 of the 19 communities seeking waivers. The Department acknowledges that there were challenges arising from the air service provided at these communities, including a nationwide commercial pilot shortage, that caused reliability issues and resulted in increases in the per passenger subsidy. As noted in the waiver petitions, many communities currently have a new air carrier and passenger levels are increasing. All of these 18 communities, both those that have and have not experienced a carrier change, have indicated that they are working with their carrier to improve service and attract passengers, and expect their subsidy per passenger to decline. For these reasons, the Department has decided to grant the following communities a waiver from the Subsidy Cap: Alamosa, CO, Altoona, PA, Bradford, PA, Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV, DuBois, PA, Fort Dodge, IA, Franklin/Oil City, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Jackson, TN, Johnstown, PA, Kearney, NE, Lancaster, PA, Mason City, IA, Owensboro, KY, Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH, Prescott, AZ, Scottsbluff, NE, and Victoria, TX.

In addition, four of the communities that had service during the entire fiscal year also sought a waiver from the 10-enplanement requirement (Altoona, PA, DuBois, PA, Franklin/Oil City, PA, and Victoria, TX). A review of those communities’ enplanement data over the past few years, in combination with the arguments put forth in their waiver petitions, demonstrates to the Department’s satisfaction that the decline in enplanements at these four communities is temporary.

The Department denies Jamestown’s petition for waiver. Jamestown was one of only five communities that had service the entire fiscal year and did not comply with either eligibility requirement. Of these five communities, Jamestown had the second highest per passenger subsidy and was among the lowest average daily enplanements. While Jamestown’s non-compliance with either metric was not the worst, the Department’s decision is based on Jamestown’s combined significant non-compliance with both requirements and its extremely close proximity to a medium hub airport. Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a mere 76 driving miles away. Jamestown is the closest of any of the affected communities to a large- or medium-hub airport.

By: Susan McDermott


 

Order 2018-5-14
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton
OST-2007-28761 - Macon
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney
OST-2007-28671 - Macon
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff

Issued and Served May 11, 2018

Order Tentatively Terminating EAS Eligibility and Tentatively Granting a Waiver for Communities that Experienced a Service Hiatus

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation has tentatively determined that all 25 communities listed on the first page of this Order did not meet one or two statutory eligibility criteria required to remain in the Essential Air Service program. The Department has tentatively determined that these 25 communities did not enplane an average of 10 or more passengers per day during Fiscal Year 2017, as required by 49 USC §41731(a)(1)(B), and/or required a rate of subsidy per passenger of more than $200. The Department is directing interested persons to show cause why the Department should not terminate the eligibility of the 21 communities listed in the first group of communities identified in the caption of this Order. The Department is also tentatively granting waivers for the four communities in the second group because each one suffered a service hiatus during Fiscal Year 2017.

All 25 communities may file objections and/or petitions for waivers, and the Department will not terminate subsidized service until objections and petitions for waivers are reviewed and a final Order is issued granting or denying petitions for waivers. The Department also directs interested parties to show cause why the Department should not grant Macon, Georgia; Kearney, Nebraska; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Pendleton, Oregon, a waiver on its own initiative.

Objections to the Department’s tentative decision and petitions for waivers from these requirements are due within 20 days after the service date of this Order. Additionally, communities that required a subsidy per passenger in excess of the Subsidy Cap during Fiscal Year 2017 may work with an air carrier to submit a proposal to the Department that complies with the Subsidy Cap.

By: Joel Szabat


 

May 25, 2018

Petition of Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport for Waiver from 10-Enplanement Statute and $200 per Passenger Cap

Please accept this letter as a petition for waiver from 49 USC 4173 (a)(1)(B). The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport was just a fraction over the $200 per passenger subsidy limit required by the Department of Transportation's Essential Air Service Program during Fiscal Year 2017. This letter guarantees that Cape Air and OWB will not exceed the $200 per passenger subsidy in this current fiscal year. Cape Air's willingness to accept a $200 per passenger subsidy for this current year illustrates its confidence in the Owensboro market.

By: Bob Whitmer


 

Order 2018-8-2
OST-1997-2960 - Alamosa
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-1996-1899 - Prescott
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton
OST-2007-28671 - Macon
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown
OST-1996-1715 - Kearney
OST-2007-28671 - Macon
OST-2004-19934 - Pendleton
OST-2003-14535 - Scottsbluff

Issued and Served August 6, 2018

Final Order Granting Essential Air Service Waivers

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation makes final its tentative determinations in Order 2018-5-14, that all 25 communities listed in the caption of this Order did not meet one or two statutory eligibility criteria required to remain in the Essential Air Service program. This Order also grants the petitions for waivers for 21 communities listed in the first group in the caption of this Order, and finalizes the tentative grant of waivers for the four communities in the second group because each one experienced a service hiatus during Fiscal Year 2017.

The Department recognized that four of the 25 communities at issue experienced an extended service hiatus in FY 2017 during which time there was no scheduled EAS at the community. Because of the service hiatus, these communities endured a particular hardship during FY 2017 that materially and substantially impaired their ability to comply with the 10-enplanement and Subsidy Cap requirements, and the Department proposed a tentative waiver from the requirements for FY 2017.

After careful consideration of this matter, the Department has decided to grant the waiver petitions of all 21 communities that petitioned the Department for a waiver from one or both eligibility requirements. The Department acknowledges that there were challenges arising from the air service provided at these communities, including a nationwide commercial pilot shortage, that caused reliability issues and resulted in increases in the per passenger subsidy. As noted in the waiver petitions, many communities currently have a new air carrier and passenger levels are increasing. All 21 communities, both those that have and have not experienced a carrier change, have indicated that they are working with their carrier to improve service and attract passengers, and expect their subsidy per passenger to decline. For these reasons, the Department has decided to grant these 21 communities a waiver from the Subsidy Cap.

In addition, four of the communities that had service during the entire fiscal year also sought a waiver from the 10-enplanement requirement (Franklin/Oil City, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Pueblo, CO and Victoria, TX). The reasons identified above for the Department’s decision to grant these communities’ waivers from the Subsidy Cap requirement, a review of those communities’ past enplanement data, and the arguments put forth in their waiver petitions, demonstrates to the Department’s satisfaction that the decline in enplanements at these four communities is temporary.

All communities are expected to be compliant for Fiscal Year 2018, which ends September 30, 2018.

By: Joel Szabat


 

Order 2019-3-15
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster
OST-1998-3521 - Merced
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served March 29, 2019

Order Tentatively Terminating EAS Eligibility at Certain Communities and Tentatively Granting Waivers for Other Communities

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation has tentatively determined that the 16 communities listed above did not meet one or two statutory eligibility criteria required to remain in the Essential Air Service program.

The Department has tentatively determined that three of these communities (Franklin/Oil City, PA, Hagerstown, MD, and Victoria, TX) did not enplane an average of 10 or more passengers per day during Fiscal Year 2018, as required by 49 USC § 41731(a)(1)(B). In addition, two other communities (Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and Morgantown, WV) tentatively required a rate of subsidy per passenger of more than $200, with each of the community’s subsidy per passenger during FY2018 not lower than the subsidy per passenger for any of the three previous fiscal years. The Department is directing interested persons to show cause why the Department should not terminate the eligibility of these five communities.

The Department is also tentatively granting waivers for the 11 remaining communities because each of these communities required a subsidy-per-passenger for FY 2018 that is lower than the subsidy-per-passenger for any of the three previous fiscal years, as discussed further below and as displayed in Appendix D. Additionally, even if the Department ultimately determines that Vernal, UT’s subsidy-per-passenger was not lower than it was in any of the three previous fiscal years, the Department tentatively grants Vernal a waiver because it experienced a service hiatus during Fiscal Year 2018 that impacted its compliance.

All 16 communities may file objections and/or petitions for waivers, and the Department will not terminate subsidized service until objections and petitions for waivers are reviewed and an Order is issued finalizing the Department’s findings about compliance with the 10-enplanement and Subsidy Cap requirements, and granting or denying petitions for waivers.

Objections to the Department’s tentative decision and petitions for waivers from these requirements are due within 20 days after the service date of this Order. In addition, communities that required a subsidy per passenger in excess of the Subsidy Cap during FY 2018 may work with an air carrier to submit a proposal to the Department that complies with the Subsidy Cap, as further described in this Order.

By: Joel Szabat


 

Order 2019-4-22
OST-2000-7855

Issued and Served April 25, 2019

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Owensboro, Kentucky, for a new contract term beginning January 1, 2020, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than June 12, 2019.

Wish specific respect to Owensboro, the Department expects proposals that are consistent with what the community currently receives, namely service with 21 weekly round trips using 8/9-passenger aircraft. If 30-50-passenger aircraft are contemplated, the Department will consider 12 weekly round trips.

By: Todd Homan


 

June 12, 2019

Proposal of Boutique Air

Option 1:

21 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,478,985

Option 2:

21 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis/Atlanta
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,647,254

Option 3:

21 weekly Owensboro-Nashville
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,433,057

Option 4:

21 weekly Owensboro-Nashville/Atlanta
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,553,109

Option 5:

21 weekly Owensboro-Chicago
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,927,829

By: Shawn Simpson




June 12, 2019

Proposal of Hyannis Air Service d/b/a Cape Air

Option 1:

21 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $2,183,329 (4 year discount: $2,132,204)

Option 2:

14 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis; 7 weekly Owensboro-Nashville
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $2,110,863 (4 year discount: $2,061,435)

Option 3:

7 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis; 14 weekly Owensboro-Nashville
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $2,038,398 (4 year discount: $1,990,667)

By: Andrew Bonney




June 12, 2019

Proposal of Multi Aero d/b/a Air Choice One

21 weekly Owensboro-Chicago
Aircraft: Beechcraft 1900C
Subsidy required:

Two year selection: $2,688,784 (Year 1); $2,769,448 (Year 2)
Four year selection: $2,688,784 (Year 1); $2,768,448 (Year 2); $2,852,531 (Year 3); $2,938,107 (Year 4)

By: Darnea Wood




June 12, 2019

Proposal of Southern Airways Express

Option A:

21 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis
Aircraft: Caravan or Chieftain
Subsidy required: $2,181,439

Option B:

12 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis; 7 weekly Owensboro-Chicago
Aircraft: Caravan or Chieftain; Beechcraft 1900
Subsidy required: $2,782,055

Option C:

12 weekly Owensboro-St. Louis; 7 weekly Owensboro-Chicago
Aircraft: Caravan or Chieftain; Beechcraft 1900
Subsidy required: $2,657,506

By: Stan Little


 

July 2, 2019

American Airlines in Support of Cape Air

American Airlines, Inc. enthusiastically supports the proposal of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. dba Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service for Owensboro–Daviess County Regional Airport serving Owensboro, Kentucky. If Cape Air is reselected to continue serving Owensboro, American Airlines would be delighted to continue our existing codeshare agreement with Cape Air, providing to the Owensboro community seamless booking and travel on American Airlines’ worldwide network

By: Robert Wirick




July 10, 2019

Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport in Support of Cape Air

The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport board and staff have reviewed the EAS bids submitted by Air Choice One, Boutique Air, Cape Air, and Southern Airways. After hearing presentations from all 4 airlines, and taking public comments into consideration, the OWB board recommends that Cape Air serve Owensboro to BNA and STL over the next two years beginning January 1, 2020.

OWB has experienced very favorable service from Cape Air over the last 8 years, and we believe Cape Air is the best airl ine to continue OWB's commercial air service growth. We have been pleased with Cape Air's personnel, operations, marketing efforts, community involvement and responsiveness.

By: Rob Barnett


 

August 2, 2019

Request of Cape Air to Modify EAS Flight Destinations

After discussion and agreement with the Owensboro, Kentucky community, Hyannis Air Service, Inc. dba Cape Air requests authority to switch up to two of Owensboro's three daily Essential Air Service (Docket OST-2000-7855) round trips from serving St. Louis to serving Nashville International Airport, effective October 1, 2019 through the duration of the current EAS contract which is scheduled to end December 31, 2019. Cape Air proposes this change with no change to the rate of EAS subsidy.

By: Andrew Bonney




Order 2019-8-7

OST-2000-7855

Issued and Served August 8, 2019

Order Approving Alternate Service Pattern

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is approving the request of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to change its Essential Air Service pattern at Owensboro, Kentucky, effective October 1, 2019. Cape Air will provide Owensboro 14 nonstop round trips from Nashville International Airport, and 7 nonstop round trips to St. Louis-Lambert International Airport, for a total of 21 round trips per week. There is no change to the annual subsidy or the contract end dates of Cape Air’s term at Owensboro.

By: Todd Homan


 

August 7, 2019

Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport in Support of Cape Air

After speaking with several Owensboro-Daviess County community leaders, the Airport board and staff, we concur with Cape Air's proposed changes to the current flight schedule. On behalf of the Airport and the community, thank you for considering this change and we deeply appreciate the ongoing support from everyone at the Essential Air Service Program.

By: Airport Director Rob Barnett

 

 

 

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