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OST-1999-6589 - EAS at Pueblo, CO

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OST-1999-6589 December 2, 1999 Notice of Termination Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo, Colorado 
    Re:  Notice of Termination  

Counsel:  Great Lakes, Douglas Voss, 712.262.1000



OST-99-6589 December 21, 1999 Objection of the City of Pueblo Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo, Colorado

Great Lakes Aviation is the only carrier providing scheduled air services and operating to and from Pueblo Memorial Airport, Pueblo, Colorado. Termination of service by Great Lakes Aviation at Pueblo, Colorado will result in (a) Loss of all scheduled air service to and from Pueblo, Colorado.  (b) Injury to the Pueblo Memorial Airport and the public, specifically the people living within Pueblo County, Colorado and surrounding counties who will be denied reasonable access to scheduled air services.

By:  City of Pueblo, Thomas E. Jagger



Order 00-2-25
OST-99-6589
Issued February 22, 2000
Served February 25, 2000
Order Prohibiting Suspension of Service and Requesting Proposals Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo, Colorado
    Appendix A:  Map  
    Appendix B:  Historical Traffic  
    Service List  

Order 2000-2-25 is prohibiting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., from suspending service at Pueblo, Colorado, and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing replacement essential air service at the community, within 20 days after the date of service of this order.

By:  Bradley Mims



Order 00-4-25
OST-99-6589
Issued April 25, 2000
Served April 28, 2000
Order Extending Service Obligation Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo

Order 2000-4-25 is extending Great Lakes' service obligation at Pueblo, Colorado, for an additional 30 days, through May 1, 2000.  

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 00-4-28
OST-99-6589
Issued April 27, 2000
Served May 1, 2000 
Order Extending Service Obligation Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo,

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 00-5-25
OST-99-6589
Issued May 25, 2000
Served May 30, 2000 
Order Extending Service Obligation Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo, Colorado

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 00-6-16
OST-99-6589
Issued June 27, 2000
Served June 29, 2000
Order Extending Service Obligation Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo, Colorado

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 00-7-16
OST-99-6589
Issued July 11, 2000
Served July 14, 2000
Order Selecting Carrier Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo, Colorado
    Exhibits:  Map, Compensation Requirement, EAS to be Provided  

By:  Bradley Mims



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



OST-99-6589 August 27, 2001 Objections of the Regional Aviation Partners Essential Air Services Pueblo, Colorado

By:  Regional Aviation Partners, Maurice Parker



Order 01-8-9
OST-99-6589
August 28, 2001 Objection of the Pueblo Memorial Airport Essential Air Services At Pueblo, Colorado

By:  Pueblo Memorial Airport, John O'Neal, 719.948.3355



OST-99-6589 August 31, 2001 First Amended Objections of Regional Aviation Partners Essential Air Services Pueblo, Colorado

By:  Regional Aviation Partners, Maurice Parker, 202.685.4186



Order 02-7-20
OST-97-2706
OST-97-2960
OST-99-6589
OST-96-1266
OST-97-3005
OST-97-2958
OST-97-2959
OST-97-2981
OST-97-2694
OST-97-2827
Issued July 11, 2002
Served July 11, 2002
Order Extending Subsidy Rates Essential Air Service at Page, Arizona; Alamosa, California; 
Pueblo, Colorado; 
Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin; 
McCook, Nebraska; 
Laramie, Nebraska; 
Rock Springs, Wyoming; 
Worland, Wyoming; 
Moab, Utah and Vernal, Utah

The Department extends the interim subsidy rates of Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., for the provision of essential air service at Page, Arizona, Alamosa, and Pueblo, Colorado, Ironwood, Michigan/Ashland, Wisconsin, McCook, Nebraska, Laramie, Rock Springs, and Worland, Wyoming, and at Moab and Vernal, Utah, as set forth in Order 2002-2-13, until further action.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-07-34
OST-97-2960
OST-97-2958

OST-97-2959

OST-97-2981

OST-98-3508
OST-99-6589
Issued July 26, 2002
Served July 31, 2002
Order Requesting Proposals Essential Air Service at Alamosa, Colorado - Rock Springs, Laramie, Worland, WY - Cortez, Pueblo, CO - 90-Day Notice to Suspend Service
    Appendices  

By various orders in 2000, Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Great Lakes) was selected to provide subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) to each of the above communities. Under our normal procedures when nearing the end of a subsidy rate term, we contact the incumbent carrier to determine whether it is interested in continuing service and whether it will continue to require subsidy. We usually negotiate a new subsidy rate with the carrier, issue an order tentatively reselecting it for a new rate term at the agreed rate, and direct other parties to show cause why we should not finalize our tentative decision. Other carriers wishing to submit competing proposals are invited to do so in response to the show-cause order; if any such proposals are filed, we process them as a competitive case. However, the Department recently became aware of other carriers that are interested in providing EAS at one or more of the above communities. In view of this situation, and to save time, we will forego our discussions with Great Lakes and immediately initiate a formal carrier selection case. Thus, we are issuing an order seeking replacement service proposals for essential air service at each of the communities for new two-year contract periods.

By:  Read C. Van de Water



OST-97-2960
OST-98-3508
OST-99-6589
August 19, 2002
Docketed August 29, 2002
Proposal to Provide EAS by Scenic Airlines Essential Air Service at Alamosa, Cortez & Pueblo, CO

By:  Mary Schneider



OST-97-2960
OST-97-2958

OST-97-2959

OST-97-2981

OST-98-3508
OST-99-6589
August 20, 2002
Docketed August 29, 2002
Response of Mesa Air Group to Request for Proposals Essential Air Service at Alamosa, Colorado - Rock Springs, Laramie, Worland, WY - Cortez, Pueblo, CO - 90-Day Notice to Suspend Service

By:  Mesa Air Group, Scott Lyon



OST-99-6589 September 6, 2002 Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation 90-Day Notice of Suspension at Pueblo, Colorado

By:  Great Lakes, Douglas Voss



Order 04-01-10
OST-97-2960 - Alamosa, Colorado
OST-98-3508 - Cortez, Colorado
OST-99-6589 - Pueblo, Colorado

Issued January 13, 2004 | Served January 16, 2004

Order Requesting Propsals | Word

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at the three Colorado communities listed above for a future two-year period, with or without subsidy.

Great Lakes has served all of these communities since 1998. During the year ended March 31, 2003, the most recent 12-month period for which traffic data are available, Alamosa averaged 12.5 enplanements a day, Cortez 19.0, and Pueblo 5.8 . These figures represent declines of 18 to 52 percent from levels registered during calendar year 2000, prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

By: Karan Bhatia



Order 04-1-13
OST-97-2960 - Alamosa, CO
OST-96-1715 - Kearney, NE
OST-97-3005 - McCook, NE
OST-99-6589 - Pueblo, CO
OST-97-2959 - Rock Springs, WY

Issued January 14, 2004 | Served January 20, 2004

Order Setting Final Rates

By this order, we are setting past-period and prospective subsidy rates for Great Lakes Aviation's provision of essential air service at the five communities listed above in two steps. First, we are setting rates retroactive to October 1, 2001, through the ends of the various contract periods, adjusting for the effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Second, we are setting rates from the end of those respective contract periods until further Department action.

By: Karan Bhatia



March 29, 2004

Re: Request for Community Comments from Lee Ebett, City Manager

I would like to update you on the essential air service situation at Pueblo and to give you an opportunity to submit any comments if you wish. As you know, by Order 2004- 1-1 0, January 13, 2004, the Department solicited proposals from all interested air carriers to provide service at Alamosa, Cortez, and Pueblo. In response to that order, we received 27 proposal options from Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., and Mesa Air Group, Inc. d/b/a Air Midwest. While we would normally write up a brief summary of all of the proposals, that is not practical in this case given the number of options. My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the carriers' service and subsidy proposals before we submit a recommendation on the carrier selection issue to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs.

By: Essential Air Service Division, Dennis DeVany


March 29, 2004

Re: Request for Community Comments from Randy Thurston, Pueblo City Council

By: Essential Air Service Division, Dennis DeVany


March 29, 2004

Re: Request for Community Comments from Dan Centa, Pueblo Memorial Airport

By: Essential Air Service Division, Dennis DeVany


March 29, 2004

Re: Request for Community Comments from Travis Vallin, Colorado Department of Transportation

By: Essential Air Service Division, Dennis DeVany



April 22, 2004

Re: Response of the City of Pueblo to Proposals

As evidenced in the historical data provided with Order 2004‑1‑10, Pueblo's air traffic has experienced a steady decline from 1999 through 2002. Our goal is to revitalize our enterprise and continually improve our air traffic productivity. Pueblo City Council's recommendations were influenced by both our community goals and our current essential air service, which provides 3 daily round trip flights to Denver. Both recommendations seek to maintain the spirit of our current level of service. We feel our recommendation is essential to build a strong aviation future for Pueblo. Thus, we support the following option as our first priority:

By: Randy Thurston



Order 04-07-10
OST-97-2960 - Essential Air Service at Alamosa, CO
OST-98-3508 -90-Day Notice of Suspension - Cortez, CO
OST-99-6589 - Ninety Day Notice to Terminate Service at Pueblo, Colorado

Issued July 15, 2004 | Served July 20, 2004

Order Selecting Carrier and Setting Final Subsidy Rates | Word

After a thorough review of the carriers' proposals and the communities' comments, we have decided to select Great Lakes to continue providing Alamosa's and Cortez's service for a new two-year period. We are selecting Mesa/Air Midwest to provide service at Pueblo. Our decision is consistent with the communities' preferences and statutory criteria. The two carriers' proposed rates are reasonable, and both carriers' service at these and other subsidized essential air service communities continues to be satisfactory.

Both communities seek upgrades to the service that they are currently receiving in the form of service to a second hub (Albuquerque or Phoenix). As we fully discussed in Order 2004-5-15, May 20, 2004 (making essential air service carrier selections at five Nebraska communities), though, we are disinclined to support new service to second hubs.

By: Karan Bhatia



May 9, 2005

Notice of Pueblo, Colorado to Petition for Implementation of the Codeshare Pilot Program

Air Midwest currently serves our community with subsidized Essential Air Service to Denver. Air Midwest operates these flights under the Mesa Airlines brand, without any codeshare arrangement. Although Air Midwest has provided a good product, the lack of a codeshare arrangement at a major hub has not enabled our community to maximize the number of passengers that we believe exist. We are aware that Air Midwest has had numerous discussions with major airlines regarding potential codeshares, but to date they have been unsuccessful. Both Air Midwest and Pueblo feel, however, that our community could experience a further increase in traffic if we are involved in the Codeshare Pilot Program that is set forth by the Vision 100 legislation.

The Codeshare Pilot Program could prove to be quite beneficial for Pueblo, allowing for even easier access to the National Transportation System by allowing Air Midwest to engage in multiple codesharing relationships with major airlines in Denver. The Codeshare Pilot Program can and should increase the number of passengers utilizing the current air service, thereby helping to reduce our community's reliance upon the Essential Air Service Program.

By: Pueblo, Colorado, Robert Schilling



June 21, 2005

Notice of Air Midwest to Terminate Scheduled Air Service

Though Air Midwest would prefer to continue providing scheduled air service in Pueblo, Colorado the substantial costs resulting from ever increasing fuel costs and outrageous handling costs being charged by contract carriers in Denver have forced this action. Additionally, in Mesa's original bid, it was the company's intent to provide maintenance support to the Pueblo line of flight via links to our existing Dallas Ft. Worth system by rotating these aircraft over the, then existing, routes of Ponca City and Enid, OK. Unfortunately, Mesa was deprived of this link by the subsequent award of Ponca City and Enid service to Great Lakes. The net effect is that we have been forced to add additional maintenance legs from our Farmington, New Mexico maintenance base to adequately maintain this aircraft, resulting in unanticipated, additional cost. At present, Air Midwest is the sole provider of certificated scheduled air service at Pueblo, Colorado.

Mesa believes that US Department of Transportation action on the request by Pueblo, CO, docketed in OST-2005-21406, to participate in the Codeshare Pilot Program, established by the Vision 100, Section 406 legislation, would serve to greatly stimulate ridership in the Pueblo market and offset much of the above mentioned costs. Unfortunately, the Department has yet to respond to Pueblo's petition and we fear that any relief gained would be mitigated by delays in implementation.

By: Mesa, Mickey Bowman



July 5, 2005

Objection of The City of Pueblo to Termination of Scheduled Air Service by Air Midwest

Air Midwest is the only scheduled air carrier operating to and from Pueblo, Colorado. Termination of all scheduled air service by Air Midwest at Pueblo, Colorado will result in (a) Loss of all scheduled air service to and from Pueblo, Colorado. (b) Injury to the Pueblo Memorial Airport and the public, specifically the people living within Pueblo County, Colorado and surrounding counties who will be denied reasonable access to scheduled air services

By: City of Pueblo, Thomas Jagger, 719-545-4412



Order 2005-8-22
OST-1999-6589

Issued August 29, 2005 | Served September 1, 2005

Order Requesting Proposals - Bookmarked

We request that carriers interested in providing essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, submit their proposals, with or without subsidy requests, no later than 30 days after the date of service of this order.

The Department prohibits Air Midwest, Inc., from terminating service at Pueblo, Colorado, at the end of its 90-day notice period, and requires it to maintain two nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver, Colorado, through October 19, 2005, or until a carrier capable of providing reliable essential air service actually begins service, whichever comes first.

By: Karan Bhatia



September 29, 2005

Response of Big Sky Transportation Co., d/b/a Big Sky Airlines to Order 2005-8-2 Requesting Proposals for Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado - Bookmarked

Big Sky believes that the Pueblo market has not been served well. Big Sky believes that as a result of its marketing initiatives, pricing, scheduling and code sharing agreements, this proposal will result in a dramatic improvement in passenger traffic, as Big Sky has experienced at other EAS points that it serves, and that at the end of the first year of operation the net subsidy per passenger will be less than the statutory maximum.

Big Sky strongly believes that it has the ability to stimulate the market and substantially increase the passenger ridership at Pueblo, as it has at other EAS communities it serves, as a result of its business and marketing plans that includes:

1. EASYFARES
The implementation of EASYFARES, in our other EAS markets, representing a net fare reduction of approximately 30% has resulted in a 60% increase in ridership. Big Sky will offer an unrestricted one-way fare of $35.00 in the Pueblo market. This fare, when combined with fares from Denver to most destinations, results in a total fare that is less than the fare of competing service from Colorado Springs.

2. SCHEDULE
Big Sky’s schedule provides flights at times that make it convenient to use the Pueblo Airport. Big Sky’s flights depart Pueblo at 6:30am and 2:05pm, allowing easy connections, not only to Big Sky’s code share partners, but to virtually every airline serving Denver. In return, Big Sky’s flights depart Denver at 1:05pm and 7:00pm, allowing convenient and well timed connections into Pueblo.

3. CODE-SHARING
Big Sky proposes to offer code-share service with its partners, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, America West Airlines, which became a much larger USAir, after the completion of its merger, and Northwest Airlines. These code-sharing agreements provide single ticketing, through fares and baggage handling service, including the ability to earn frequent flyer credit, to virtually any city in the world through the extensive systems of our partners.

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


October 3, 2005

Proposal of Mesa Air, Inc. d/b/a Air Midwest to Provide Essential Air Services

Mesa Air Group, Inc d/b/a Air Midwest is pleased to submit one proposals to provide Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado. Mesa’s proposal would continue to provide daily service to Denver.

All operations proposed would utilize our modem fleet of Raytheon/Beechcraft B-1900D airliners. These aircraft offer a very comfortable 19-seat, pressurized cabin with two turboprop engines. Mesa has a long history of offering Essential Air Service throughout the country, from New Mexico to New York. The service will be served as Mesa Airlines.

Mesa has seen stronger passenger numbers in the past 3 months, with 964 passengers carried between Pueblo and Denver during the July-September period. This is a large increase in passengers from when Mesa initially took over the route from Great Lakes, and we are hopeful that this will continue, and is the reasoning behind the passenger forecast of 4200 annually.

Option 1:
Hub: Denver:
Service: 2 RT: PUB-DEN
Annual Subsidy: $779,980.

By: Mesa Air Group, Mickey Bowman


October 3, 2005

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation to Provide Essential Air Servcie

In the recent bids for service points in Colorado, Great Lakes bid to provide service to Denver as Great Lakes Airlines, and scheduled the service to connect with our code share partners Frontier and United Airlines, as well as many other airlines serving Denver. Great Lakes will provide service at Pueblo, Colorado marketed as as Great Lakes Airlines to Denver, and with our interline agreements with all the Major airlines, will be able to offer connecting bag service through the Denver Hub. Additionally, Great Lakes Airlines intends on serving Pueblo, Colorado with two daily flights, conveniently timed to originate from our Denver hub in the morning and then again in the afternoon.

All proposals contemplate the use of 19 seat Beech 1900D Airliner equipment.

By: Great Lakes, Nick Wangler, 307-432-7050, nwangler@greatlakesav.com



October 7, 2005

By: EAS Division, Dennis DeVany



November 4, 2005

Comments of City of Pueblo

Our goal is to revitalize our enterprise and continually improve our air traffic productivity. Pueblo City Council's recommendations were influenced by both our community goals and our current essential air service needs. We feel our recommendation is essential to build a stronger aviation future for Pueblo. Thus, we support the following air service:

Great Lakes Aviation - Two daily round trip flights to and from Denver

Our decision to support Great Lakes Aviation was determined by a continual decrease in passenger enplanements through our current provider, Mesa Air Group Inc. Although enplanements have slightly increased in the past few months, the numbers remain below that of previous years. We attribute this decrease to a lack of essential code-share agreements with major airlines servicing the hub airport in Denver. Great Lakes Aviation has code-share agreements with both United and Frontier Airlines, which we believe will contribute to the growth of passenger service in Pueblo.

By: Robert Schilling



Order 2005-11-16
OST-1999-6589

Issued November 22, 2005 | Served November 28, 2005

Order Selecting Carrier and Setting Final Subsidy Rate

The Department selects Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, as described in Appendix C, for the period beginning on the date the carrier inaugurates service through January 31, 2008.

The Department sets the final subsidy rate for Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., for the provision of essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, as described in Appendix C, to be payable as follows: for each calendar month during which essential air service is provided, the amount of compensation shall be subject to the weekly ceiling set forth in Appendix C and shall be determined by multiplying the subsidy-eligible flights completed during the month to Denver by $639.64.

Appendix C:

Effective Period: Date of inauguration of nonstop turnaround service between Pueblo and Denver through January 31, 2008.
Scheduled Service: Two round trips each weekday and each weekend to Denver.
Intermediate stops and upline service: No service to any intermediate or upline points is contemplated under the terms of the carrier's proposal; accordingly, no such service may be provided on subsidized flights without prior Department approval.
Aircraft type: Beech 1900D (19 passenger seats)
Timing of flights: Flights must be well-timed and well-spaced in order to ensure full compensation.
Annual compensation: $780,997.

This rate assumes an annual completion factor of 98 percent. A compensation ceiling is to be applied per calendar week such that service above that ceiling in one week cannot make up for service shortfalls in another week.

Subsidy Rate per Denver Flight: $639.64
Weekly Compensation Ceiling: $15,351.36

By: Michael Reynolds



October 13, 2006

Comments of City of Pueblo in Response to NY Times Article

The City of Pueblo, including those citizens who have worked diligently to improve the Essential Air Service program at Pueblo Memorial Airport, feel obligated to respond to the October 6, 2006 article published by the NY Times.

The biased review included many talking points from people obviously critical of the program. I was personally interviewed for 30 minutes and spoke highly of the program and of the direct and indirect benefits such air service brings to the community. NY Times writer Jeff Bailey listened intently as I explained how the City, County, and the citizens of Pueblo rallied behind our recent marketing efforts to almost triple ridership from one year ago. We talked about the economic impact this program brings to outlying communities such as Pueblo, and how influential it is to companies seeking to relocate or establish. That said, it was made perfectly clear to the reporter that this program is essential to the continued growth of the greater Pueblo community.

It Is the City's position that the EAS Program has fostered growth and economic development within the community. Any such loss or decrease in the level of service would be a great detriment and disadvantage to the traveling public. We are on the grow, and our numbers prove it. But any reader of this particular article would think we are a "money-pit", bilking the taxpayer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to no benefit of the community. As you know, both the direct and indirect impacts of air service are far greater than the subsidy cost alone.

By: Jerry Brienza, 719-553-2760



Order 2007-9-2
OST-1999-6589

Issued September 4, 2007 | Served September 7, 2007

Order Requesting Proposals

As the end of the current rate term approaches, we are here requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing service at Pueblo, with or without subsidy, for the two-year period beginning February 1, 2008. Carriers should file their proposals no later than October 4, 2007. Shortly after that date, our staff will docket the proposals, thereby making them public, and direct each carrier to serve a copy of its proposal on the civic parties and other applicants. Shortly afterwards, we will provide a summary of the proposals to the community officials and ask them to submit their final comments. We will give full consideration to all proposals that are timely filed.

Great Lakes has served Pueblo for several years. During the year ended June 30, 2007, the most recent 12-month period for which traffic data are available, Pueblo averaged 11.9 enplanements a day.

By: Todd Harmon



October 4, 2007

Proposals of Great Lakes Aviation

Great Lakes proposes non‑stop, conveniently timed connecting services with our code share partners, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines, at our Denver hub. Our code share arrangements will offer the Pueblo community the greatest competitive oppourtunity available in the Rocky Mountain Region.. In addition, Great Lakes maintains interline ticketing and baggage agreements with the majority of the other carriers serving Denver International Airport. These relationships will afford air travelers to and from Pueblo enhanced flexibility and numerous options to reach their final destinations. The proposal contemplates the use of pressurized 19 seat Beech 1900D aircraft, which the Company has had a long history of operating.

Proposal # Service Point(s) Hub Served Round Trips Equipment Subsidy Requirement Passengers Forecast Average Fare
1 Pueblo, CO Denver 2 1900D $1,007,982 7500 $69.72
2 Pueblo, CO Denver 2 1900D $1,057,128 8500 $69.72
3 Pueblo, CO Denver 3 1900D $1,405,502 14,000 $67.02

By: Great Lakes, Michael Matthews, 307-432-7030, mmatthews@greatlakesav.com


October 5, 2007

Re: Letter from EAS Division to Pueblo's Director of Public Works & Aviation

Re: Letter from EAS Division to Pueblo's City Manager

Great Lakes' proposal offers three options, each for a two‑year period. The first option is two nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver, under the current schedule for an annual subsidy of $1,007,982. The second option is two nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver, with an aircraft remaining overnight in Pueblo, for an annual subsidy of $1,057,128. The third option is three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver, including an overnight in Pueblo, for an annual subsidy of $1,405,502, We are currently reviewing Great Lakes' compensation requirements.

We request that you review Great Lakes' proposal and submit any comments you may have before we submit a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary. We ask that you submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than November 2, 2007.

By: Dennis DeVany



October 22, 2007

Re: Board of Pueblo County Commissioners in Support of Great Lakes Option 3

We believe that Proposal No. 3, which adds a third flight to/from Pueblo, would best serve the community. An overnight aircraft is required in order to get the public to Denver to make convenient connections. It is also advantageous to have a late night return flight to Pueblo. Pueblo has historically sought to improve air service throughout the years. It is our ultimate goal to secure an airline on a permanent basis, and by providing us with a good schedule, we believe that we have the numbers that will encourage an airline to negotiate with us on a long-term basis.

By: Pueblo Board


October 24, 2007

Re: City of Pueblo Airport Advisory Committee in Support of Great Lakes Option 3

Great Lakes has submitted three proposals. Proposal No. 3 would be the most ideal for business travelers in Pueblo. It would provide three round‑trip flights per business day, with an early‑morning flight to Denver and a late‑evening flight to Pueblo, where Great Lakes would overnight one of its Beech 19 aircraft.

Current service often is not conducive for business flyers, due to the times flights are scheduled. But history has shown that Pueblo business people will use flights out of Pueblo Memorial Airport when they allow connections to other flights across the country.

Great Lakes forecasts 14,000 passengers annually through this proposal. I and my business colleagues believe that number could be even higher.

By: Chuck Campbell


October 22, 2007

Re: Pueblo City Council in Support of Great Lakes Option 3

Our decision to support the third flight option was determined by a continued increase in passenger enplanements attributed to the aggressive marketing campaign that is on-going. Despite having a less than desirable airline schedule, our community efforts have increased airline passenger service from 1417 enplanements in 2005 to 3484 in 2006, that is a 150% increase which we were able to sustain in 2007. Our 2007 enplanememts are expected to be slightly higher than those of 2006, estimated at appoimately 3600.

Current comercial air service ofien is not conducive for the business traveler due to the current operating schedules. However, history has shown that Pueblo business people will use flights out of Pueblo Memorial Airport when they permit connections to other flights across the country.

By: President, Judy Weaver, 719-553-2655


October 22, 2007

Re: Greater Pueblo Chamber in Support of Great Lakes Option 3

We have carefully reviewed the proposals and recommend that the US Department of Transportation seriously consider Proposal No. 3. We sincerely believe that the community will respond positively to the additional air service as evidenced in the increased ridership since 2005 with a less than desirable airline schedule.

It is absolutely critical to the community that commercial air service is sustained. Pueblo's population is on the rise and the demand for good air service is increasing. It is apparent to us that an early morning departure and a late arrival is something that should be considered.

By: GPCC, Rod Slyhoff, 719-542-1624


October 22, 2007

Re: Pueblo Economic Development Corporation - Third Flight by Great Lakes Highly Desirable

The existing commercial air service schedule has not been adequate to meet the needs of the community. After reviewing the proposals submitted by Great Lakes Aviation, it is our opinion that a third flight is highly desirable. Additionally, further consideration should be given for a more accommodating airline schedule. We have received plenty of feedback from local businesses that would indicate an increased use of the airport by local travelers if the schedule were favorable.

By: James Spaecamonti



October 31, 2007

Wells Fargo in Support of Great Lakes Option 3

As a banker here in Pueblo, Colorado, I know how vital air service is to the well being of this community. Air service that provides connections between Pueblo Memorial Airport and Denver International Airport for business travels going from and coming to Pueblo is especially vital.

That is why I am urging approval of Proposal No. 3 submitted recently by Great Lakes Aviation LTD. Current service has two flights that are not handy for business travelers trying to make connections out of or from DIA. Proposal No. 3 would feature an early morning flight out of Pueblo and a late evening flight back to Pueblo.

By: President, Priscilla Lucero



November 1, 2007

Comments of Southern Colorado Economic Development District

As the Executive Director for the District, I understand that the airport is a vital instrument for maintaining and attracting new business to the Greater Pueblo Area. Having commercial air service in Pueblo is a tremendous advantage to our economic development efforts in the Southern Colorado Region.

However, the existing commercial air service schedule has not been adequate to meet the needs of the business community. The addition of a third roundtrip flight would benefit the residents of Southern Colorado immensely. We respectfully ask that serious consideration be given for a more accommodating airline schedule.

We strongly urge the US-DOT to give the Pueblo community the valuable and desirable airline schedule it requires for continued growth.

By: SCEDD, Allison Cortner, 719-545-8680, allison@scedd.com



November 1, 2007

Letter of US Bank in Support of Great Lakes Option 3

By: District Manager, Alice Birch, 719-549-1115



November 2, 2007

Pueblo Chieftan in Support of Great Lakes Option 3

I am the publisher of The Pueblo Chieftain who fully suppoitfcs passenger air service for this community. As a matter of fact, the city and county governments have been funding a Fly Pueblo advertising campaign which has greatly increased boardings of Great Lakes-Aviation LTD flights to Denver International Airport.

Now Great Lakes Aviation LTD has submitted three proposals for extending its Essential Air Service to Pueblo. I fully support Proposal No. 3. This schedule would provide business travelers better connections to points both east and west out of Denver International Airport.

By: R.H. Rawlings, 719-544-3520



Order 2007-11-10
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served November 15, 2007

Order Selecting Carrier | Word

By this order, the Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,057,128, for two years, beginning February 1, 2008.

By: Michael Reynolds



February 5, 2008

Re: Weekly Compensation Ceiling Payout Clarification

Great Lakes is currently unable to serve Pueblo under the authorized service pattern. It plans to inaugurate the originating flight, but it will be several months from now and there is no firm date when it will occur. In order to compensate Great Lakes appropriately for the service provided, a revised weekly ceiling and subsidy-per-flight calculation page is included with this memo.

Further, when Great Lakes inaugurates an originating flight at Pueblo, as Order 2007-11-10 specifies, it will be its responsibility to notify the Department in advance of the start date of the flight, in order to have time to notify the proper personnel of the change in subsidy per flight and weekly ceiling compensation. The revised subsidy per flight compensation is $828.25 per flight, and the revised weekly ceiling compensation ceiling is $19,878.00.

By: Dennis DeVany



Order 2009-8-21
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served August 27, 2009

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, from February 1, 2010, through January 31, 2012, with or without subsidy, by September 30.

Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. was selected to provide EAS at Pueblo for a two-year period from February 1, 2008, through January 31, 2010, by Order 2007-11-10, November 15, 2007. Under that order, Great Lakes was selected to provide 12 nonstop round trips each week to Denver. Currently, Great Lakes is operating 19 round trips per week, more than the level of service that we selected it to provide.

With respect to Pueblo, 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 Denver or a suitable hub airport, with numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. 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 a proposal offering aircraft fewer than 15 seats 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.

By: Todd Homan



September 30, 2009

Re: Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

The proposed service is submitted without any upline restrictions and contemplates the use of 19 seat Beechcraft 1900D airliner equipment.

Proposal Part
Service Point(s)
Hub(s) Served
Round Trips
Equipment
Subsidy Requirement
Passengers Forecast
Average Fare
1 Pueblo Denver 2 1900D $1,299,821 6500 $65.54
2 Pueblo Denver 3 1900D $1,640,698 11,000 $64.72

By: Michael Matthews, 307-432-7000



October 2, 2009

Re: Request for Community Comments:

City of Pueblo City Manager
City of Pueblo Interim Director of Aviation

At this stage, we would normally ask for your preferences for various carrier and service options. However, in response to that order. Great Lakes, the incumbent, was the only carrier to submit a proposal. Nonetheless, we want to give you an opportunity to submit any final comments for the record that you may have.

Great Lakes' proposal offers two options, each for a two-year period. The first option is two nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver (12 per week), for an annual subsidy of $1,299,821. The second option is three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver (18 per week), for an annual subsidy of $1,640,698. We are currently reviewing Great Lakes' compensation requirements. Order 2009-8-21 requested 12 nonstop round trips per week with 15-seat or larger aircraft or 18 nonstop round trips per week on aircraft with less than 15 passenger seats. Great Lakes' three round-trip pattern exceeds our requested level of service.

We ask that you submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than November 6, 2009.

By: Dennis DeVany



Order 2009-11-15
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Serve November 23, 2009

Order Reselecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to continue to provide essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,299,821, for the two-year period from February 1, 2010 through January 31, 2010.

By: Susan Kurland



Order 2011-8-18
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served August 16, 2011

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, for the next two-year period from February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2014, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due September 14, 2011.

With respect to Pueblo, we ask that carriers submit proposals for two nonstop round trips per day (12 round trips per week) with 15-seat or larger aircraft or three round trips per day (18 total round trips per week) with aircraft seating fewer than 15 seats, to Denver International Airport, or another suitable hub where numerous connections to the national air transportation system can be made. If a proposal offering aircraft with fewer than 15 seats 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.

By: Todd Homan



September 14, 2011

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

This document contains the response of Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to Order Requesting Proposals 2011-8-18.

Great Lakes' proposal contemplates non-stop, conveniently timed connecting services to our codeshare partners (United Airlines and Frontier Airlines) at our Denver Hub. Our code share agreements will give the Pueblo community the greatest competitive opportunity available in the Rocky Mountain Region.

By: Great Lakes, Michael Matthews, 307-432-7030



September 15, 2011

DOT Request for Community Comments of:

City of Pueblo City Manager
Pueblo Memorial Airport Director of Aviation

Great Lakes' proposal offers two options, each for a two-year period. The first option is two nonstop) round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver (12 per week), the level of service that the Department is currently subsidizing, for a proposed annual subsidy of $1,592,276, compared to the current annual subsidy of $1,299,821. The second option is three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Denver (18 per week), for an annual subsidy of $1,988,345.

We ask that you submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than October 12, 2011.

By: Dennis DeVany



October 13, 2011

Clarification of City of Pueblo

We do not have any operational concerns regarding the Great Lakes service in Pueblo. During the previous year, Great Lakes have improved the reliability and timeliness of the service as well as adding a 4th flight, mid-morning flight. These changes continue to result in positive growth numbers for Pueblo. Obviously, the City of Pueblo prefers the higher subsidy rate of 3 flights per day. However, we recognize the DOT service level of Option 1, 2 flights per day.

By: Mark Lovin, 719-553-2760



Order 2011-12-4
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served December 13, 2011

Order Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to continue to provide essential air service at Pueblo, Colorado, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,592,276, for the two-year period from February 1, 2012, through January 31, 2014.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2013-8-4
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served August 13, 2013

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado, for a new contract period beginning February 1, 2014, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due September 19, 2013.

With respect to Pueblo, we ask that carriers submit proposals for two nonstop round trips per day (12 round trips per week) with 15-seat or larger aircraft or three round trips per day (18 total round trips per week) with aircraft seating fewer than 15 seats, to Denver International Airport, or another suitable hub where numerous connections to the national air transportation system can be made.

By: Todd Homan


 

September 19, 2013

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

Two round-trips per day to Denver (six days per week)
Beech 1900 equipment
Annual compensation requirement - $1,549,558

By: Michael Matthews, 307-432-7030




September 19, 2013

Proposal of SkyWest Airlines

12 round-trips per week
Embraer Brasilia 120 equipment
Subsidy requirement - $1,737.732

By: Michael Thompson


 

September 20, 2013

Re: Request for Community Comments

In response to the request for proposals for EASat Pueblo, which were due yesterday (Sep. 19), the Department received proposals from two carriers, Great Lakes Airlines and SkyWest Airlines. Please review the attached proposals and submit your comments to me no later than October 17, 2013.

By: Kevin Schlemmer


 

October 15, 2013

City of Pueblo in Support of SkyWest Airlines

The Cay of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and Pueblo Economic Development Corporation have invested much time, effort, and local funds into attracting employers to our community as well as improving the infrastructure and amenities our citizens desire. Many of our citizens and corporate partners remind us of the importance of reliable, timely, and seamless air service. Although, slightly more costly, we feel the performance and product SkyWest Airlines offers best fit our strategy for the present and future of the City of Pueblo.

By: Steve Nawrocki, City Council President

 

October 29, 2013

Pueblo Airport Advisory Committee in Support of SkyWest Airlines

I am very excited and strongly support the SkyWest proposal as a United Express carrier serving Pueblo with an upgraded 30 passenger aircraft with a restroom and a flight attendant. At a recent meeting of the Airport Advisory Committee, the vote was unanimous in supporting the SkyWest proposal. The upgraded service that SkyWest offers will be of immense help in recruiting new employers to Pueblo and growing out economy and creating new jobs and retaining the jobs that we have.

By: Dave Cardinal


 

Order 2013-11-19
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served November 25, 2013

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By this Order, the Department is selecting SkyWest Airlines to provide Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado, for an annual subsidy of $1,737,732. The service to be provided will be 12 nonstop round trips per week to Denver International Airport, using 30-seat Embraer Brasilia 120 aircraft for the two-year period from February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2016.

By: Susan Kurland


 

January 27, 2014

Proposed Bus Service of TransportAzumah

It has come to the attention of TransportAzumah that several EAS markets will be experiencing an interruption in service beginning at the end of this week. The inventory for Pueblo, CO is zeroed out in
the Great Lakes reservations system after Friday, January 31, 2014. Service interruptions in EAS communities tend to destroy the passenger base of the markets involved. This leads to numerous bid periods in which the community exceeds $200 per passenger in subsidy and puts them under constant risk of being eliminated from the program.

In order to maintain the passenger base at these communities, TransportAzumah proposes the implementation of emergency interim bus service. These emergency contracts would be issued under
the Department's discretionary authority for an interim period of three months while Skywest prepares
to start service. TransportAzumah has the ability to implement these services beginning February 1, 2014 using midsized and full sized long distance coaches. During the interim period, there would be no fare charged on these services.

The following markets would receive emergency interim bus service beginning February 1:

Market Hub Round-trips per day 3 month subsidy
Pueblo Denver 3 $286,224

By: Joel Anabilah-Azumah, 347-927-0750


 

Order 2014-2-18
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served February 25, 2014

Clarifying Order

By Order 2013-11-19, issued November 25, 2013, we selected SkyWest Airlines to provide subsidized Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado, for the two-year period from February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2016. By Order 2013-12-5, issued on December 6, 2013, we selected SkyWest to provide subsidized EAS at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for the two-year period from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2015.

Subsequently, SkyWest contacted the Department to inform us that they would inaugurate service at Pueblo on April 1, 2014, and at Moab and Vernal on March 2, 2014. We will therefore clarify the effective period of SkyWest’s two-year selection at Moab and Vernal to be from March 2, 2014, through March 31, 2016, and at Pueblo from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2016.2

By: Todd Homan


 

November 18, 2014

Notice of SkyWest Airlines of Termation of Service

This letter will serve as Sky West Airlines termination notice for turboprop air service between Pueblo, CO and Denver, CO. The last day of service will be on January 31, 2015.

SkyWest will transition to an all jet fleet in 2015 and will eliminate the EMB-120 Brasilia from the SkyWest fleet. This turboprop aircraft is currently used in service from Pueblo, CO under the Essential Air Service Program. This fleet change is driven in part by the additional challenges associated with the new FAR 117 flight and duty rules implemented in January 2014.

By: SkyWest, Michael Thompson


 

Order 2014-11-18
OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served November 25, 2014

Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department prohibits SkyWest Airlines from terminating service at the four above-named communities for 30 days beyond the end of the air carrier’s 90-day notice period, i.e. February 16, 2015. The Department is also requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at any or all of the above-named communities. Proposals are due December 22, 2014.

SkyWest’s proposed termination of service at all four communities would cause service levels to drop below the EAS guaranteed levels established by the Department. Thus, the Department is required by law to prohibit the air carrier from terminating such service at the end of its 90-day notice, i.e. February 16, 2015. As such, the Department will require SkyWest to continue to maintain its current level of service at these four communities for successive 30-day periods until the Department has completed processing the air carrier-replacement case and the selected air carrier has initiated service.

For aircraft seating 19 to 50 passengers, the Department expects proposals of 12 nonstop round trips per week to a suitable hub airport, with numerous connecting flights to choose from. Alternatively, the Department will consider proposals consisting of additional frequencies if smaller aircraft (9-passenger) are contemplated.

Unlike at Pueblo and Vernal, SkyWest has indicated it will not have any aircraft in its fleet to safely operate at Crescent City and Moab past the dates given in its termination notices. This gives particular urgency to finding a replacement carrier at Crescent City and Moab. Prospective carriers should include a proposed start date as part of their service proposals.

By: Brandon Belford


 

OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

December 19, 2014

Re: Extension of Deadline to Submit Proposals

The Department has received two requests to extend the due date until mid January. The Department has decided to grant an extension to the due date for air carrier proposals. Proposals for all four communities are now due by 11:59PM on Thursday, January 15. 2015.

By: DOT, Michael Martin


 

OST-1997-2827 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo


January 15, 2015

Proposal of Aerodynamics

24 Weekly frequencies between Pueblo, Colorado and Denver
Aircraft: Embraer ERJ-145
Subsidy required: $2,074,608

By: Scott Beale




January 15, 2015

Proposal of Boutique Air

Moab:
3 daily roundtrips to Salt Lake City
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,523,089

Vernal:
3 daily roundtrips to Denver
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,490,399

By: Shawn Simpson




January 15, 2015

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

Moab:
2 roundtrips to Denver
Aircraft: Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia
Subsidy required: $2,245,247

Vernal:
2 roundtrips to Denver
Aircraft: Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia
Subsidy required: $2,024,577

Pueblo:
2 roundtrips to Denver
Aircraft: Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia
Subsidy required: $1,776,448

By: Michael Matthews, 307-432-7000




January 15, 2015

Proposal of Redtail Aviation

12 roundtrips to Salt Lake City; 2 roundtrips to Las Vegas per week
Aircraft: Quest Kodiak 100
Subsidy required: $1,858,685

By: Mark Francis, 435-259-7421




January 15, 2015

Proposal of SkyWest Airlines

12 roundtrips per week to Denver
Aircraft: CRJ200
Subsidy required: $3,206,261

By: Greg Atkin





January 16, 2015

DOT Request for Community Comments

The Department issued Order 2014-11-18 prohibiting SkyWest’s termination of service and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing EAS at any or all of these communities. The due date for proposals for Crescent City has been extended to February 17, 2015. Therefore, only proposals for Pueblo, Moab, and Vernal are included here. In response to our request, the Department received the following proposals:

Aerodynamics, Inc. - Pueblo
SkyWest - Pueblo
Great Lakes - Pueblo, Moab, and Vernal
Boutique Air - Moab and
Redtail Aviation - Moab

Please carefully review the proposals for your community and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than February 19, 2015.

By: AJ Muldoon


 

January 20, 2015

Withdrawal of Proposal of SkyWest Airlines

On January 15, 2015, SkyWest proposed a new bid for Pueblo, Colorado. This letter will serve as notice of SkyWest's withdrawal to bid Essential Air Service in Pueblo, Colorado.

As the airline industry evolves to adapt to new regulations affecting pilot and other resources, our route network must also adapt to those changes. This environment was a factor in our decision to withdraw the bid.

By: Greg Atkin


 

January 22, 2015

Second DOT Request for Community Comments

SkyWest notified the Department that it has withdrawn its EAS proposal to serve Pueblo.

Additionally, I want to make you aware of the attached Order, issued today by the Department, tentatively finding that Aerodynamics Incorporated's application for interstate scheduled passenger authority should be denied and its interstate and foreign charter passenger certificates should be revoked. It is the Department's tentative conclusion that ADI has failed to demonstrate that it continues to be fit to operate as an air carrier under the direction and control of its current Chief Executive Officer. Objections to this tentative decision are due in 14 days, and the entire documentation of the application can be found in the Docket number OST-2014-0114.

The Department usually asks for your preferences for various carrier and service options. However, in light of the above, the proposal submitted by Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. is the only proposal which remain open for consideration. Nonetheless, the Department wants to give you an opportunity to submit any final comments for the record that you may have. Please submit your comments as soon as possible, but no later than February 19, 2015.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

Order 2015-3-3
OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served March 9, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express (SkyWest United), at Crescent City, California and Pueblo, Colorado, and also operating as Delta Connection (SkyWest Delta) at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for an additional 30 days, through April 17, 2015.

By: Todd Homan


 

March 19, 2015

City of Pueblo in Support of Great Lakes Airlines

The City of Pueblo feels the Great Lakes Airlines proposal as bid will provide the best opportunity to grow air service in Pueblo, Colorado. The EMB 120 Brasilia aircraft is of adequate size and capacity for forecast load factors and the proposed schedule offers the convenience and connectivity our local community desires. We recommend the award of air service at Pueblo Memorial Airport be to Great Lakes Airlines.

By: Mark Lovin


 

March 23, 2015

Comments of City of Pueblo

In response to the recent bid, Docket OST-1999-6589, for Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service at Pueblo Memorial Airport, and in compliance with provisions of the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012," the City of Pueblo is prepared to contribute to the awarded airline subsidy 2.5% of the requested $1,776,448 assistance, or $44,411 for service years 2015-2016.

By: City Manager Sam AzadBelford


 

Order 2015-4-8
OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served April 16, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express at Crescent City, California, and Pueblo, Colorado, and also operating as Delta Connection (SkyWest Delta) at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for an additional 30 days, through May 17, 2015, or until a new air carrier begins full EAS at the communities, whichever occurs first, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. § 41734(c).

By: Todd Homan


 

March 23, 2015

Proposal of SkyWest Airlines

Pueblo-Denver
12 round-trips per week
Aircraft: CRJ200
Annual subsidy: $3,129,808

By: Greg Atkin




Order 2015-4-11
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served April 17, 2015

Order Establishing Hold-In Subsidy Rate

Revised annual subsidy rate to compensate SkyWest Airlines, Inc. operating as United Express, for providing Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado, beyond the air carrier’s 90-day notice of its intent to terminate service at the community. This rate will remain in effect until a new air carrier is selected and begins full EAS at Pueblo.

By: Brandon Belford


 

Order 2015-4-25
OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served April 30, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express (SkyWest United), at Crescent City, California, and Pueblo, Colorado, and also operating as Delta Connection (SkyWest Delta) at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for an additional 30 days, through June 16, 2015, or until a new air carrier begins full EAS at the communities, whichever occurs first, in accordance with 49 USC § 41734(c).

By: Todd Homan


 

April 28, 2015

Comments of City of Pueblo

Thank you for your response to our offer of 2.5%, $44,411, for service years 2015-2016, Docket OST-1999-6589, for Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service at Pueblo Memorial Airport, and in compliance with provisions of the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95).

In response to the counter offer, the City of Pueblo is prepared to contribute to the awarded airline subsidy 5% of the requested $1,776,448 assistance, or $88,822 for service years 2015-2016.

By: City Manager Sara Azad

 

May 18, 2015

Ex-Parte Letter to Pueblo City Manager

In your original letter dated March 23, 2015, the City of Pueblo proposed a 2.5 percent local cost share for the upcoming EAS contract award. The Department subsequently proposed a counter offer of 7.5 percent for Pueblo's local share for a new two-year term contract. In your April 28 letter, the City of Pueblo proposed a counter offer of 5 percent for the local cost share. The Department has accepted Pueblo's offer and will require a 5 percent contribution of the annual subsidy amount for EAS provided by Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., ($1,776,448) or $88,822, from the City of Pueblo. Concurrent with Department practice, subsidy is paid to carriers on a monthly basis, in arrears, and the Department will require proof of the City's payment to Great Lakes prior to the Department reimbursing Great Lakes.

By: Brandon Belford


 

Order 2015-6-13
OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, at Crescent City, California, and Pueblo, Colorado, and also operating as Delta Connection at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for an additional 30 days, through July 16, 2015, or until a new air carrier begins full EAS at the communities, whichever occurs first, in accordance with 49 USC § 41734(c).

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2015-6-11
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served June 12, 2015

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By this Order, the Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation to provide Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado, for the two-year period beginning August 1, 2015, through July 31, 2017. Great Lakes will provide 12 nonstop round trips per week to Denver International Airport, using 30-seat Embraer Brasilia 120 aircraft, at an annual subsidy of $1,776,448.

Great Lakes is the only remaining eligible EAS provider, and therefore the decision is straight forward and clearly points to the selection of Great Lakes. In addition, Great Lakes has a code share agreement with United Airlines at DEN, and maintains an electronic interline ticketing and baggage agreement with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, which allows passengers to connect to the national and global air transportation network.

By: Brandon Belford


 

Order 2015-7-7
OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served July 15, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation (the Department) extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, at Crescent City, California, and Pueblo, Colorado, and also operating as Delta Connection at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for an additional 30 days, through August 15, 2015, or until a new air carrier begins full EAS at the communities, whichever occurs first, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. § 41734(c).

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2015-8-18
OST-1997-2649 - Crescent City
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served August 20, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express (SkyWest United), at Crescent City, California, and Pueblo, Colorado, and also operating as Delta Connection (SkyWest Delta) at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for an additional 30 days, through September 14, 2015, or until a new air carrier begins full EAS at the communities, whichever occurs first.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2015-9-16
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served September 21, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express (SkyWest United), at Pueblo, Colorado, and also operating as Delta Connection (SkyWest Delta) at Moab and Vernal, Utah, for an additional 30 days, through October 14, 2015, or until a new air carrier begins full EAS at the communities, whichever occurs first, in accordance with 49 USC § 41734(c).

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2015-10-10
OST-1997-2827
 - Moab
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal
OST-1999-6589 - Pueblo

Issued and Served October 15, 2015

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines at Moab and Vernal, Utah and Pueblo, Colorado, for an additional 30 days, through November 14, 2015, or until a new air carrier begins full EAS at the communities, whichever occurs first, in accordance with 49 USC § 41734(c).

By: Todd Homan


 

November 30, 2015

Payout Procedures

Below are the payout procedures, in accordance with Order 2015-6-11, issued on June 12, 2015, selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide EAS at Pueblo, Colorado, for a two-year term, at an annual subsidy of $1,776,448.

In accordance with the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law No. 113-235, the Department was required to negotiate a local cost share with the community as Pueblo is located within 40 miles of a small hub (Colorado Springs Airport). The community agreed to contribute 5 percent ($88,822) of the total subsidy; the Department will provide the remaining 95 percent ($1,687,626).

By: Kevin Schlemmer


 

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

 


 

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


 

Order 2017-2-1
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served February 6, 2017

Order Requesting Proposals and Extending Current Contract

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado, for a new contract term, with or without subsidy support, beginning December 1, 2017. Proposals are due by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on March 9, 2017.

Additionally by this Order, the Department is extending the end of the current term of Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide EAS at Pueblo, from July 31, 2017, through November 30, 2017. This allows Great Lakes to fulfill its two-year contract for service at Pueblo. Although selected to begin service on August 1, 2015, the carrier inaugurated service on November 15, 2015.

By: Susan McDermott


 

March 9, 2017

Proposal of Boutique Air

Option 1:

18 weekly roundtrip Pueblo-Denver
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 350
Subsidy requirement: $1,872,485

Option 2:

24 weekly roundtrip Pueblo-Denver
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 350
Subsidy requirement: $2,038,917

By: Shawn Simpson




March 9, 2017

Proposal of SkyWest Airlines

17 weekly roundtrip Pueblo-Denver
Aircraft: CRJ200
Subsidy requirement: $2,548,067

By: Greg Atkin




March 10, 2017

Proposal of Aerodynamics

24 weekly roundtrip Pueblo-Denver
Aircraft: ERJ145
Subsidy requirement: $2,454,054

By: Mickey Bowman, 678-872-2737





March 10, 2017

DOT Request for Community Comments

The Department issued Order 2017-2-1, on February 6, 2017, requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at your community for a new term beginning December 1, 2017. In response to the Department’s request, Aerodynamics, Inc., Boutique Air, Inc., Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. and SkyWest Airlines submitted proposals for consideration. request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than April 19, 2017.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

March 23, 2017

City of Pueblo in Support of SkyWest Airlines

Most of the passengers flying out of Pueblo connect through Denver to distant destinations. The ability of SkyWest to provide an RON schedule and to match its flight schedule to its airline partner, United, make it a great value to the community.

The aircraft type is an important factor in the success of the service. Many prospective passengers have communicated a genuine concern of the size of the aircraft service in the past. The Airport Advisory Committee strongly believes that the Canadair Regional Jet 200 provides an aircraft that Pueblo passengers will be happy to fly.

It is for these reasons that the City of Pueblo believes SkyWest will be most successful in providing air service to the community. Although slightly more costly, the City feels SkyWest offers the best overall product and service compared to the other proposals.

By: Director of Aviation, Ian Turner

 

April 6, 2017

Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce in Support of SkyWest Airlines

The chamber feels that SkyWest meets the five criteria for DOT carrier selection.

  1. Has demonstrated reliability in providing scheduled service.
  2. Long and successful contractual and marketing arrangements with a large carrier.
  3. Full codeshare arrangements in place with United, American and Delta.
  4. SkyWest is clearly the community preference.
  5. SkyWest has a dedicated marketing staff to assist Pueblo in promoting the service to the community and the region.

While SkyWest is slightly more costly the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce feels that they offer the best overall product for the citizens of Pueblo and Southern Colorado.

By: Rod Slyhoff




Order 2017-6-8
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served June 12, 2017

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service at Pueblo, Colorado, for the two-year period from December 1, 2017, through November 30, 2019. SkyWest will provide 12 nonstop round trips per week to Denver International Airport, using 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet 200 aircraft, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,548,067.

By: Susan McDermott




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 18, 2017

Support Letter of City of Pueblo

Pueblo's Essential Air Service contract, as you know, is transitioning to SkyWest Airlines beginning December 1, 2017. With SkyWest as our carrier, the conununity believes it has a partner that will meet US Department of Transportation criteria regarding EAS. SkyWest is a successful and.established scheduled air carrier, and operates many EAS routes. Some of these successful routes are similar to Pueblo, such as Laramie, Wyoming and Muskegon, Michigan.

SkyWest's ability to connect Pueblo passengers beyond Denver is important. Operating as a fully integrated partner with United Airlines provides the required service beyond Denver, but more importantly it allows this to be done with a single reservation and ticket. SkyWest also has agreements in place with many of the legacy carriers that assist passengers who must reach destinations not served by United.

By: Ian Turner, 719-553-2760


 

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 21, 2018

Petition of City of Pueblo for Waiver from 10-Enplanement Statute and $200 per Passenger Cap

The community of Pueblo, Colorado, appreciates the opportunity to respond to the subject order related to our Essential Air Service. The Pueblo community was last granted a waiver in December of 2017 and our air service has changed dramatically. As was shared with your office, SkyWest Airlines has provided our community with exceptional air transportation access to the nation and world. Since December, SkyWest has provided on-time service with 99% reliability and has been 10-enplanement compliant since then and was $200 cap compliant for the months of February, March and April 2018.

By: Ian Turner


 

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 2019-6-3
OST-1999-6589

Issued and Served June 3, 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 Pueblo, Colorado, for a new contract term beginning December 1, 2019, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than July 2, 2019.

The Department expects proposals that are consistent with what the community currently receives; 12 weekly round trips using 50-seat aircraft, with service to a suitable hub airport that provides numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. For smaller aircraft (8 or 9 passenger seats), air carriers may propose additional frequencies.

By: Todd Homan


 

June 26, 2019

Proposal of SkyWest Airlines

12 weekly Pueblo-Denver
Aircraft: CRJ-200
Subsidy required: $2,784,664

By: Greg Atkin




July 2, 2019

Proposal of Boutique Air

36 weekly Pueblo-Denver
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,629,182 (Year 1); $2,694,910 (Year 2)

By: Shawn Simpson


 

July 5, 2019

DOT Request for Community Comments

The Department issued Order 2019-6-3 requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Pueblo, for a new term beginning December 1, 2019. In response to the Department’s request, Boutique Air, Inc. and SkyWest Airlines, Inc. submitted proposals for consideration. I request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than August 6, 2019.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967




July 23, 2019

Pueblo Memorial Airport Advisory Committee in Support of SkyWest Airlines

In consideration of this fact, the Committee has reviewed and evaluated the two proposals. On July 16, 2019, the Committee moved to support the proposal of SkyWest Airlines, Inc. As the incumbent carrier, SkyWest has performed admirably. The presence of a carrier fully integrated into United Airlines provides for the seamless travel experience that we feel has been lacking in our community in the past. This factor is a key element of the Essential Air Service program that SkyWest has been successful in providing. Additionally, the operation of reliable jet aircraft has proven to be well received in our community. This is represented by nearly a quadrupling of passenger numbers in our community, as seen in the request for proposal document you provided.

Lastly, the proposal is for a three-year period. This level of commitment from a carrier provides stability in air service that the Pueblo community has not seen in nearly two decades. It is our opinion that this stability will reinforce the growth of our air service and enthusiastically recommend SkyWest’s proposal.

By: Paulette Stuart

 

July 29, 2019

Re: City of Pueblo in Support of SkyWest Airlines

Since the last contract was awarded for EAS in Pueblo, our situation has improved dramatically. In calendar year 2018, Pueblo Memorial Airport enplaned more than 10,000 passengers for the first time
since 2012. This includes charter flights but is entirely dependent on the 9,298 passengers enplaned by SkyWest. This has allowed our community to qualify for a one-million-dollar entitlement grant under the Airport Improvement Program; a significant increase for infrastructure improvements at our airport. In addition, aircraft operations have increased to nearly 200,000 a year. Simply stated, aviation is growing in our community. To continue this growth, we recommend the three-year proposal of SkyWest

By: Mayor Nicholas Gradisar

 

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