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OST-2001-10682 - EAS at Mason City, IA


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Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Mesaba Airlines

OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa September 21, 2001 Notice of Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa
    Service List  

No other carrier is currently serving Mason City. After Mesaba terminates service, Mason City will be left with no service.

Counsel:  Mesaba Airlines, John Fredericksen, 612.726.5151



Order 01-12-26
OST-01-10642
 
OST-01-10644

OST-01-10682

OST-01-10684

OST-01-10685

Filed December 31, 2001
Issued January 4, 2002
Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa; Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Watertown, South Dakota; Thief River Falls, Minnesota
      Appendix A:  Maps   
      Appendix B:  Air Passenger Traffic   
     Service List   

On September 17, 2001, Mesaba filed separate 90-day notices of its intent to suspend its unsubsidized scheduled air service at Thief River Falls and Watertown, effective on January 1, 2002. Subsequently, on September 21, 2001, Mesaba filed 90-day notices to suspend service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, both also with an effective date of January 1, 2002. In addition, on September 21, 2001, Express I filed a 90-day notice of its intent to suspend unsubsidized scheduled air service at Laurel/Hattiesburg, again with an effective date of January 1, 2002. Mesaba is the only carrier serving Fort Dodge, Mason City, Watertown and Thief River Falls; Express I is the only carrier serving Laurel/Hattiesburg. Specific details about the service at each community are provided below. In addition, Appendix B provides a summary of the historical passenger traffic based on a 10% sample of all ticketed passengers who flew in and out of each community.

By:  Read Van de Water



Order 02-1-08
OST-01-10642
 
OST-01-10644

OST-01-10682

OST-01-10684
Issued January 18, 2002
Served January 24, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Watertown, South Dakota; Thief River Falls, Minnesota

By:  Randall Bennett



OST-01-10644 February 5, 2002 Essential Air Service Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation Termination of Service at Watertown, South Dakota

By:  Great Lakes Aviation



OST-01-10682

February 5, 2002 Essential Air Service Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa; Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS

By:  Great Lakes Aviation



OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644

OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
February 7, 2002 Proposal of Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Mesaba Airlines to Provides EAS Service (a) Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Paul; (b) Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Paul; (c) Watertown­ Minneapolis/St. Paul; and (d) Thief River Falls-Bemidji/Grand Forks- Minneapolis/St. Paul.

In response to the Department's Order 2001-12-26, Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Mesaba Airlines (Mesaba), submits proposals to provide essential air service, with subsidies, at the above-captioned points. Mesaba has been prohibited from terminating unsubsidized service at these points by Order 2001­12-26. Mesaba's service proposals, requests for subsidies and related information are set forth in the attached exhibits. As indicated, Mesaba proposes to provide subsidized service as follows (a) Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Paul; (b) Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Paul; (c) Watertown­ Minneapolis/St. Paul; and (d) Thief River Falls-Bemidji/Grand Forks- Minneapolis/St. Paul. Mesaba will provide the service as "Northwest Airlink" service.

As to each point, Mesaba has proposed subsidized service at a level of two or three round trip flights per day. It is Mesaba's preference, however, to provide service at a level of three round trip flights per day at the subsidy levels stated in the attached exhibits showing that level of service. Mesaba proposes to operate the service using 30 or 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft, as it does currently.

By:  Mesaba Aviation, Robert Weil



OST-01-10682

February 21, 2002 Essential Air Service Proposal of Corporate Airlines Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa

By:  Corporate Airlines



Order 02-3-02
OST-01-10642

OST-01-10644

OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued March 4, 2002
Served March 7, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Watertown, South Dakota; Thief River Falls, Minnesota

On September 17, 2001, Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Mesaba Airlines (Mesaba), filed 90-day notices of its intent to suspend its subsidy-free service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota and Watertown, South Dakota, effective January 1, 2002. Subsequently, on September 21, 2001, Mesaba filed 90-day notices to suspend service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, also effective January 1, 2002. By Order 2001-12-26, December 31, 2001, the Department prohibited Mesaba from suspending service beyond the end of its 90-day notice period, through January 31, 2002, and requested proposals, with subsidy if necessary, from carriers interested in providing replacement service.

Although we have received proposals from Corporate Airlines, Great Lakes Aviation and Mesaba, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-4-02
OST-01-10642
 
OST-01-10644

OST-01-10682

OST-01-10684
Issued April 3, 2002
Served April 8, 2002
*Not Previously Released
Order Extending Service Obligation Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Watertown, South Dakota; Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Although we have received proposals from Corporate Airlines, Great Lakes Aviation and Mesaba, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41,734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed abov0i for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-04-22
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644

OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued April 29, 2002
Served May 1, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Intent to Terminate Service at Thief River Falls, MN, Watertown, SD, Mason City, IA, and Fort Dodge, IA

On September 17, 2001, Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Mesaba Airlines (Mesaba), filed 90-day notices of its intent to suspend its subsidy-free service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and Watertown, South Dakota, effective January l, 2002. Subsequently, on September 21, 2001, Mesaba filed 90-day notices to suspend service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, also effective January 1, 2002. By Order 2001-12-26, December 31, 2001, the Department prohibited Mesaba from suspending either service beyond the end of its 90-day notice period, through January 31, 2002, and requested proposals, with subsidy if necessary, from carriers interested in providing replacement service. As required by 49 U.S.C. 41734, we have extended Mesaba's service obligation for additional 30-day periods, the latest through May 3, 2002, by Order 2002-4-2.

Although we have received proposals from Corporate Airlines, Great Lakes Aviation and Mesaba, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-5-31
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued May 31, 2002
Served June 5, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, MN; Watertown, SD; Mason City, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-7-10
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued July 5, 2002
Served July 7, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, MN; Watertown, SD; Mason City, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By:  Read Van de Water



Order 02-7-38
OST-00-7856
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued July 30, 2002
Served August 2, 2002 
Order Setting Final Rates 90-Day Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Northwest Alabama Regional Airport and EAS at Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Watertown, SD, Mason and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By this order we are setting short-term final subsidy rates for Express Airlines I at Muscle Shoals and for Mesaba Airlines, Inc., both operating as Northwest Airlink, at Fort Dodge, Mason City, Thief River Falls, and Watertown for "hold-in" essential air service (EAS) until further Department action.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-8-02
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued August 2, 2002
Served August 7, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, MN; Watertown, SD; Mason City, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa

Although we have received proposals from Corporate Airlines, Great Lakes Aviation and Mesaba, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-8-29
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued August 28, 2002
Served September 3, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, MN; Watertown, SD; Mason City, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba's hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals; however, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-10-2
OST-01-10684
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
Issued October 2, 2002
Served October 7, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Termination of Service at Mason City, Iowa; Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Watertown, South Dakota; Thief River Falls, Minnesota

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba's hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals; however, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By: Randall Bennett



Order 02-11-1
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued November 7, 2002
Served November 11, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota / Watertown, South Dakota / Mason City and Fort Dodge, Iowa / Mesa Airlines, Inc.

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba's hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals, and we are in the process of preparing a final decision. However, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



OST-01-10684
OST-01-10682
November 20, 2002
Docketed November 21, 2002
Withdrawal of Corporation Airlines of Proposals Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Mason City, Iowa

By: Fred Breeden



Order 02-12-05
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued December 4, 2002
Served December 9, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation

Microsoft Word File

Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Watertown, South Dakota, Mason City and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba's hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals, and we are in the process of preparing a final decision. However, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 03-1-5
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10684
OST-01-10682
Issued January 2, 2003
Served January 7, 2003
Order Extending Service Obligation

Word Document

Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Watertown, South Dakota, Mason City Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By: Read Van de Water



Order 03-02-1
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued February 3, 2003
Served February 6, 2003
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota / Watertown, South Dakota / Mason City and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba's hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals, and we are in the process of preparing a final decision. However, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 03-03-3
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued March 5, 2003
Served March 10, 2003
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota / Watertown, South Dakota / Mason City and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba’s hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals, and we are in the process of preparing a final decision. However, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba’s service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 03-03-24
OST-01-10642
OST-01-10644
OST-01-10682
OST-01-10684
Issued March 28, 2003
Served April 2, 2003
Order Extending Service Obligation

Microsoft Word

Essential Air Service at Thief River Falls, Minnesota / Watertown, South Dakota, Mason City and Fort Dodge, Iowa

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba's hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals, and we are in the process of preparing a final decision. However, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba's service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By:  Randall Bennett


OST-01-10682 - Termination of EAS Service at Mason City, IA
OST-01-10684 - Termination of EAS Service at Fort Dodge, IA

April 18, 2003

E-Mail from Greg Voss, Chairman of Great Lakes Aviation

Because of the Open nature of the Nebraska EAS cases multistop bids for Grand Island are tied to the Norfolk, McCook and Kearney cases we are looking for your guidance on what the next steps are. In our discussions with Greyhound we have had brief talks about Central Nebraska points to Omaha. I'm not sure if now is the time to bring up Bus service to Omaha but Norfolk might be a example of a good test case. Also we need input from you as how to proceed with the Grand Island & Norfolk bid to MSP that was previously provided to you.

Attached you will find Grand Island nonstop proposals including a 30 seat Brasilia proposal that the community has said they would provide marketing support for including a possible revenue guaranty.

By: Great Lakes, Greg Voss


Order 03-04-12
OST-01-10642 - Theif River Falls, MN
OST-01-10644 - Watertown, SD
OST-01-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-01-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA

Issued April 30, 2003 | Served May 5, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation | Word

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba’s hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals, and we are in the process of preparing a final decision. However, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba’s service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By: Randall Bennett


Order 03-04-23
OST-01-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-01-10644 - Watertown, SD
OST-01-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-01-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA

Issued April 30, 2003 | Served May 5, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation | Word

By Order 2002-7-38, July 30, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Mesaba’s hold-in service until further Department action. In addition to Mesaba, Corporate Airlines and Great Lakes Aviation have also submitted proposals, and we are in the process of preparing a final decision. However, these cases will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Mesaba’s service obligation at the four communities listed above for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By: Randall Bennett



Order 03-5-6
OST-01-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-01-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA

Issued May 6, 2003 | Served May 9, 2003

Order Selecting Carrier | Word

Order 2003-5-6, the Department selects Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Link an affiliate of Northwest Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) for a two-year period at Mason City and Fort Dodge, Iowa, at a combined annual rate of $2,176,708. We have decided to select Mesaba to provide subsidized EAS at Fort Dodge and Mason City for the two-year period beginning on the first day of the month following the service date of this order. Mesaba has served both Mason City and Fort Dodge for many years on a subsidy-free basis. However, a combination of factors affecting the entire airline industry has resulted in decreased passenger revenues and, at the same time, increased operating expenses resulted in this formerly profitable route becoming unprofitable. Mesaba continues to provide both communities with a reasonable pattern of service to Northwest Airline’s connecting hub at Minneapolis.

By: Read C. Van de Water



April 22, 2003

Correspondence of Mason City Airport Commission

I appreciated the opportunity to speak with you and Tern Bingham regarding the importance of the Essential Air Service and Small Community Air Service Pilot Development Programs. As I indicated Mesaba was reluctant to fmalize a service agreement for an additional flight until a two-year EAS agreement contract is in place for Mason City. I will be in contact with Mesaba officials once I hear the two-year EAS program has been approved to negotiate additional service for Mason City. We also appreciate the fact that Mesaba has agreed to continue providing service at the same "hold-in" rate of $2,176,708 established by Order 2002-7-38 for Mason City and Fort Dodge.

By: Pamela Osgood



April 21, 2003

Correspondence of Essential Air Service Division to Pamela Osgood

I would like to update you on the essential air service situation at Mason City and to give you an opportunity to submit any final comments if you wish before the Department issues a final order setting service and subsidy levels going forward for a two‑year period. My purpose in writing to you now is to also advise you that Great Lakes Aviation has recently withdrawn its proposal to serve Mason City leaving the proposal submitted by your current air service provider, Mesaba Aviation, dlb/a Northwest Airlink, as the only remaining available option. (As you know, Corporate Airlines withdrew its proposal last Fall.) We are also aware that Mason City is the recipient of a grant under the Small Community Air Service Pilot Development Program, also administered by the Department, and that the community is working to negotiate additional service from Mesaba when the carrier selection process is complete. We appreciate that Mesaba is reluctant to finalize that service agreement until a two‑year EAS contract for Mason City is in place.

By: Dennis Devany


April 21, 2003

Correspondence of Essential Air Service Division to the Honorable Jean Marinos

By: Dennis Devany



Order 2005-3-26
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Issued ??? and Served ??? / March 21, 2005

Order Requesting Proposals | Word

Fort Dodge, Mason City and Thief River Falls were served without subsidy support until just after 9/11, when Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Northwest Airlink, an affiliate of Northwest Airlines, filed 90-day notices of intent to suspend service at all three communities.  In response to those 90-day notices, the Department issued Order 2001-12-26 prohibiting Mesaba from suspending service and requesting proposals for replacement service.  At Fort Dodge and Mason City, the Department issued Order 2003-5-6, May 6, 2003, selecting Mesaba to provide three round trips on weekdays and weekends to Minneapolis routed Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis-Mason City-Fort Dodge with 34-seat, Saab 340 turboprop equipment, for an annual subsidy of $2,176,708.  At Thief River Falls, the Department issued Order 2003-5-21, May 20, 2003, selecting Mesaba to provide two nonstop round trips on weekdays and weekends to Minneapolis with 34-seat, Saab 340 turboprop equipment, for an annual subsidy of $707,017.

By: Karan Bhatia



OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

April 22, 2005

Re: Proposal of Mesa Air Group d/b/a Air Midwest - Fort Dodge and Mason City, IA Only

The proposal with service to Chicago Midway, Option 1, is contingent upon Mesa being awarded the contract for service to Chicago Midway as part of the 7 city bid package for Owensboro, Kirksville, Burlington, Marion/Herrin, Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Ft Leonard Wood. Mesa's Option 2 is not a contingent bid.

All operations proposed would utilize our modem fleet of Beecheraft 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. Mesa will explore all opportunities for codeshares at Chicago Midway or Omaha, but feels that operating as Mesa Airlines, with our commitment to low fares and quality customer service, will provide each community with superior service. Mesa believes that the introduction of Chicago Midway service, with access to one of the largest low fare hubs, will allow service to the economic heart of the Midwest, as well as connections to the entire country.

By: Mesa, Mickey Bowman


April 22, 2005

Re: Proposal of Mesaba Aviation d/b/a Northwest Airlink

In response to the Department's Order 2005-3-26, Mesaba Aviation, Inc., doing business as Northwest Airlink, is enclosing its detailed subsidy proposal for continued essential air service at Fort Dodge, IA and Mason City, IA at a level of three roundtrip flights per day, using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. Also enclosed is a detailed subsidy proposal for Thief River Falls, MN at a level of two roundtrip flights per day, using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft.

By: Mesaba, John Spanjers



May 3, 2005

Letter of Update and Request for Comments

Mesaba, a ,wholly owned, code‑share partner of Northwest Airlines operating as Northwest Airlink, has proposed to continue its current service to Minneapolis for an annual subsidy of $2,400,856. As you know, that service consists of three nonstop round trips each weekday and five nonstop round trips each weekend using 34‑seat Saab‑340 turboprop aircraft over a Fort Dodge ‑ Mason City ‑ Minneapolis ‑ Mason City ‑ Fort Dodge routing.

By: Dennis DeVany



May 9, 2005

Comments of Mason City Chamber of Commerce

Mesaba Airlines provides a 34‑seat Saab 340 turboprop aircraft that is a good fit for our scope of service needs. The passengers who utilize MCW have grown accustomed to the comfort this aircraft provides and would be discouraged if it were to be replaced by a smaller aircraft. Mesa Airlines' use of 19‑seaters would threaten our ability to maintain the required 10,000 enplanement level which in turn endangers the million dollars the airport currently receives in federal airport improvement funding each year if the fleet is reduced to the 19 seat aircraft.

Northwest/Mesaba have offered reliable, on‑time service at MCW for the past several years. In return, North Iowans have maintained load factors much higher than the industry average. On behalf of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce and its 640 member businesses, we support the Northwest/Mesaba proposal and encourage you to award them the two‑year EAS contract.

By: Robin Anderson, Director


May 9, 2005

Comments of Mason City Convention & Visitors Bureau

After reviewing the EAS proposals that your office has received relating to service to/from MCW, we believe that the proposal submitted by Northwest and Mesaba Airlines is clearly the one that best fits the needs of our community. This proposal offers twice as many available seats each week to the flying public and a total of 35,000 more seats each year. MCW alone nearly has as many annual enplanements (30,000 plus) as the Mesa Airlines proposal is offering in total annual seats. This is a very important aspect to consider as Mason City and the surrounding communities continue to grow and the number of passengers flying from MCW continues to increase as well.

By: Sue Armour, Director



May 9, 2005

Re: Comments of State Representative Linda Upmeyer - Same Text as Mason City Airport


May 9, 2005

Re: Comments of Mason City Airport Commission

After reviewing the EAS proposals, I believe along with the Airport Commission, community officials and the business leaders that the proposal submitted by Northwest/Mesaba Airlines is clearly the one that best fits the needs of our community. This proposal offers twice as many available seats each week to the flying public and a total of 35,000 more seats each year. MCW alone nearly has as many annual enplanements/deplanements (30,000 plus) as the Mesa Airlines proposal is offering in total annual seats. This is a very important aspect to consider as Mason City and the surrounding communities continue to grow and the number of passengers flying from MCW continues to increase as well.

Mesaba airlines provides a 34‑seat Saab 340 turboprop aircraft that is a good fit for our scope of service needs. The passengers who utilize MCW have grown accustomed to the comfort that this aircraft provides and would be discouraged if it were to be replaced by a smaller aircraft. There is also concern about dropping below the required 10,000 enpianement level which would endanger the $1 million dollars the airport currently receives in federal airport improvement funding each year if the fleet is reduced to the 19 seat aircraft.

By: Pamela Osgood, Airport Manager





May 13, 2005

Comments of Palfinger USA, Inc.


May 12, 2005

Comments of Worth County Board of Supervisors


May 12, 2005

Comments of Walter Wendland


May 11, 2005

Comments of Clear Lake Bank & Trust Co.



May 9, 2005

Re: Comments of Mason City Airport Commission

After reviewing the EAS proposals, I believe along with the Airport Commission, community officials and the business leaders that the proposal submitted by Northwest/Mesaba Airlines is clearly the one that best fits the needs of our community. This proposal offers twice as many available seats each week to the flying public and a total of 35,000 more seats each year. MCW alone nearly has as many annual enplanements/deplanements (30,000 plus) as the Mesa Airlines proposal is offering in total annual seats. This is a very important aspect to consider as Mason City and the surrounding communities continue to grow and the number of passengers flying from MCW continues to increase as well.

By: MCAC, Pamela Osgood


May 10, 2005

Re: Comments of Mason City

By: Mason City, Jean Marinos


May 10, 2005

Re: Comments of State of Iowa Senate

By: State of Iowa Senate, Amanda Regan


May 10, 2005

Re: Comments of Edwards-Brandt and Associates Inc.

By: Edwards-Brandt, Tom Ebeling


May 17, 2005

Re: Comments of Joni Dunn

By: Joni Dunn


May 16, 2005

Re: Comments of TeamQuest

By: Vern Steidl


May 16, 2005

Re: Comments of TeamQuest

By: Gary Lindgren


May 9, 2005

Re: Comments of Mason City Economic Development Corporation

By: Daniel Culhane


May 9, 2005

Re: Comments of Hanford Inn

By: Kathy Barlas


May 9, 2005

Re: Comments of Oakwood Care Center

By: Mary Harle


May 9, 2005

Re: Comments of Board of Supervisors

By: Phillip Dougherty


May 11, 2005

Re: Comments of Charles City Area Development Corporation

By: Timothy Fox


May 10, 2005

Re: Comments of Potter & Brant P.L.C.

By: Kristi Brant


May 11, 2005

Re: Comments of Kraft Foods

By: John Michel


May 10, 2005

Re: Comments of Kingland Systems

By: Todd Rognes


May 10, 2005

Re: Comments of North Iowa Area Community College

By: Michael Morrison



May 17, 2005

Comments of Mason City Economic Development Corporation

As Project Manager in the Mason City Economic Development Corporation one of my primary responsibilities is existing business and industry. On the nearly 40 calls to major industries that I have made since October 2004, I have heard resoundingly that the need for a viable airport is essential to economic success for their business and the North Iowa region. I have attached a recent editiorial from our local newspaper as well as a newly created electronic newsletter that we have partnered with the Mason City Municipal Airport to market their efforts for you to peruse.

By: Angela Daterman


May 12, 2005

Comments of Edwards-Brandt and Associates, Inc.

By: Stephen Fettkether


May 12, 2005

Comments of Edwards-Brandt and Associates, Inc.

By: Thomas Douglas


May 11, 2005

Comments of City of Ventura

By: Robert Wolfram


May 12, 2005

Comments of Business & Industry Group

By: Martha Taylor


May 18, 2005

Comments of North Iowa Collision Center

By: Julie Steinberg


May 16, 2005

Comments of Larry Elwood Construction, Inc.

By: Larry Elwood


May 11, 2005

Comments of Iowa Heartland Credit Union

By: Ed Gabel


May 13, 2005

Comments of Clear Lake Community Schools

By: Eldon Pyle


May 12, 2005

Comments of North Iowa Area Council of Governments

By: Joe Myhre




 



May 27, 2005

Re: Letter from Iowa Departent of Transportation

I am writing to you in regard to docket number OST‑2001‑10682. I urge you NOT to change air carriers for the Mason City, IA airport. Connecting through Minneapolis, MN has worked well for North Central Iowa. As a frequent traveler and Commissioner for the Iowa DOT I can say with certainty that the connections through Omaha, NB would be devastating for our airport and the region's economic development.

By: Barbara MacGregor, Commissioner



Letters in Support



OST-2001-10682 - EAS at Mason City, IA
OST-2001-10684 - EAS at Fort Dodge, IA

May 24, 2005

Comments of Iowa Office of the Governor

Mesaba Airlines has consistently provided a level of service for both Fort Dodge and Mason City to Minneapolis and was able to operate without subsidy until the events of 9/11. Since that time, enplanements have steadily grown, showing the commitment of the communities to use the service and the commitment of the airline to provide the needed service. A competing proposal from Mesa Airlines cuts the capacity nearly in half and reduces the number of weekly flights. Given the current and growing air service needs in the area, the Mesa service level would be extremely inadequate in meeting air service needs in northern Iowa.

By: Thomas Vilsack, Governor



May 31, 2005

Comments of Alfred Burkart

By: Alfred Burkart


OST-2001-10682

May 31, 2005

Re: Comments of Kossuth County Board of Supervisors

By: Eugene Elsbecker



Order 2005-6-13
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Issued June 15, 2005 | Served June 20, 2005

Order Tentatively Selecting Carrier

We have decided to select Mesaba on a tentative basis to provide subsidized EAS at Fort Dodge, Mason City and Thief River Falls, for the two‑year period beginning on the first day of the month following the service date of this order.

We are concerned about the significantly higher subsidy request of Mesaba compared to either of Mesa's proposals ‑‑ about half a million dollars. In looking more closely at Mesaba's Fort Dodge‑Mason City proposal, it is clear that it is basing its subsidy proposal on 20 round trips a week, two more than we are currently subsidizing. While we have been paying subsidy for 18 round trips a week, Mesaba has, in fact, been providing 20 per week ‑‑ three round trips a day Monday‑Saturday and two round trips on Sunday. Similarly, at Thief River Falls, we are currently subsidizing 12 round trips a week, whereas Mesaba is operating and based its subsidy proposal on 13 round trips a week. While carriers providing EAS‑subsidized service are free to provide service beyond the subsidized level, we will not pay compensation for such additional service.

By: Karan Bhatia



OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

June 29, 2005

Re: Mesaba d/b/a Northwest Airlink Accepts Certain Modified Subsidy Levels

In Order 2005-6-13, the Department tentatively selected Mesaba Aviation, Inc., doing business as Northwest Airlink, to provide essential air service to Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, at certain modified subsidy levels specified in the Order. Mesaba hereby accepts that award without change and looks forward to continuing its relationship with all three communities.

By: John Spanjers



OST-2001-10682
OST-2001-10684



Order 2007-3-27
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Issued March 30, 2007

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, for a new two-year period, with or without subsidy, beginning June 1, 2007.

Specifically for these communities, we request proposals for service consisting of three round trips each day and three round trips over each weekend (18 rts/wk) at Fort Dodge and Mason City, and two round trips a day and two round trips over each weekend (12 rts/wk) at Thief River Falls, with two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft with at least 15 seats. We encourage proposals that meet those requirements in an efficient manner. Carriers are also welcome to propose more than one option, if they choose; they need not limit themselves to those requirements if they envision other, potentially more attractive service possibilities - different hubs, for example - with subsidy requirements that remain competitive.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

April 25, 2007

Proposals of Mesaba Aviation

In response to the Department's Order 2007-3-27, Mesaba Aviation, Inc., doing business as Northwest Airlink, is enclosing a detailed subsidy proposal for essential air service at Mason City at a level of 18 roundtrip, non-stop flights per week, and from Fort Dodge at a level of 18 one-stop flights per week using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft from Northwest's MSP hub. The following is the current and proposed schedule:

Depart MSP Arrive MCW Arrive FOD Depart FOD Depart MCW Arrive MSP
0850 0944 1034 0500 0545 0627
1420 1512 1602 1059 1152 1237
2115 2210 2255 1622 1710 1808

Mesaba/Northwest Airlink is also enclosing a detailed subsidy for essential air service at Thief River Falls at a level of 12 roundtrip, one-stop flights per week using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft from Northwest's MSP hub. The following is the current and proposed schedule:

Depart MSP Arrive BJI/HIB Arrive TVF Depart TVF Depart BJI/HIB Arrive MSP
1310 1427 1522 0603 0716 0816
2120 2237 2327 1603 1700 1809

By: Mesaba, John Spanjers



OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa

May 22, 2007

Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce in Support of Mesaba Airlines

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has been info ed of Mesaba Airline Essential Air Service's proposal to serve the Mason City, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa airports at the current level of service for the next two years.

We support this proposal as it ensures that the residents and businesses of North Central Iowa are linked to the rest of the world via air service. This service pkovides the area with economic opportunity that otherwise would not be feasible.

By: Steven Ward



Order 2007-6-3
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Issued June 6, 2007 | Served June 11, 2007

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rate

By this order, the Department is reselecting Mesaba Aviation Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, to continue to provide subsidized essential air service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, and Thief River Falls, Minnesota, for the two-year period beginning June 1,2007. Service will consist of 18 round trips per week at Fort Dodge and Mason City, routed Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Paul, at the combined annual subsidy rate of $2,113,865. Service at Thief River Falls will consist of 12 one-stop round trips per week to Minneapolis/St. Paul at the annual subsidy rate of $1,065,639. All service will be provided with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft as Northwest Airlink.

By: Andrew Steinberg



Order 2009-1-10
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Issued and Served January 22, 2009

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Fort Dodge, Mason City, and Thief River Falls for the new two-year period beginning June 1, 2009, with or without subsidy.

Proposals should provide sufficient capacity to accommodate historical levels of traffic. Fort Dodge and Mason City have historically been provided 18 weekly round trips over a Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis routing, because it is the most efficient way to serve the communities. With that service pattern, we request proposals for service consisting of three round trips per week and three round trips over the weekend, with 30-seat aircraft or four round trips with 19-seat aircraft. At Thief River Falls, proposals should provide two round trips a day and two round trips over each weekend (12 round trips per week). Service at all three communities should be with two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft with at least 15 passenger seats, unless the communities agree to smaller aircraft.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

February 16, 2009

Re: Proposal of Mesaba Airlines

In response to the Department's Order 2009-1-10, Mesaba Aviation, Inc., doing business as Delta Connection, is enclosing a detailed subsidy proposal for essential air service at Mason City at a level of 18 roundtrip, non-stop flights per week, and from Fort Dodge at a level of 18 one-stop flights per week using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft from Delta's MSP hub.

Delta Connection is also enclosing a detailed subsidy for essential air service at Thief River Falls at a level of 12 roundtrip, one-stop flights per week using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft from Delta's MSP hub.

By: Mesaba, Thomas Schmidt



OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

February 23, 2009

Re: Requests for Community Comments of:

Fort Dodge Regional Airport Manager
Mason City Municipal Airport Manager
Mayor of Fort Dodge
Mayor of Mason City
Mayor of Thief River Falls
Thief River Falls Regional Airport Manager

By Order 2009-1-10, issued January 22, 2009, the Department solicited proposals from air carriers interested in providing essential air service at Fort Dodge, Mason City and Thief River Falls, MN, in anticipation of the end of the current contract on May 31, 2009. In response to that order, Mesaba Aviation, hic. d/b/a Delta Connection was the only carrier to submit a proposal. At this stage, we would normally ask for your preferences for various carriers and service options. However, we still want to give you an opportunity to submit any final conmients for the record that you may have before we make a carrier-selection recommendation. We request that you review this information as expeditiously as possible and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than March 6, 2009.

Mesaba (the incumbent) proposes to continue to operate 12 one-stop round trips per week to Minneapolis/St. Paul with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft at the annual subsidy of $1,230,322.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

March 3, 2009

Re: City of Mason City in Support of Mesaba

As Mayor of the City of Mason City, Iowa, I support the Mesaba Aviation proposal and encourage you and the US DOT office to recommend awarding the new two-year EAS contract to Mesaba to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation.

By: Mayor Roger Bang



OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

March 27, 2009

Re: Senator Chuck Grassley in Support of Mesaba Aviation

Please find communications from Fort Dodge, Iowa and Mason City, Iowa regarding their support for the Essential Air Service proposal submitted by Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a/ as Delta Connection. I ask that this proposal be given all due consideration.

By: Chuck Grassley



OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

March 31, 2009

Re: Ex-Parte Letter to Senator Charles Grassley

By: Dennis DeVany



Order 2009-4-20
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Issued and Served April 27, 2009

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rates

By this order, the Department is re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection to continue providing subsidized essential air service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, IA, and Thief River Falls, MN, for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2009, at the annual subsidy rates of $2,225,213 for Fort Dodge and Mason City, and $1,230,322 for Thief River Falls.

Mesaba proposes to continue providing its current level of service at all three communities -- 18 one-stop round trips per week at Fort Dodge and 18 nonstop round trips per week at Mason City (over a Fort Dodge-Mason City-Minneapolis routing). This service would continue to be provided with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft, but, because of the recent Northwest-Delta merger, the service will be operated as Delta Connection, not Northwest Airlink as in the past.

By: Christa Fornarotto



May 6, 2009

Re: Ex-Parte Letter to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

We are pleased to inform you that by Order 2009-4-20, issued April 27, 2009, the Department selected Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Delta Connection, to continue providing EAS at Fort Dodge and Mason City, as well as Thief River Falls, MN, for a new two-year period through May 31, 2011. I hope you find this information helpful.

By: Christa Fornarotto



OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa

February 23, 2010

Re: Request of Mesaba Aviation for Change in Authorized Service Pattern

On behalf of Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Delta Connection, we respectfully request a change in the authorized service pattern for Fort Dodge and Mason City in order to eliminate "tag" flying and provide all nonstop service to the Minneapolis/St. Paul hub. This change will provide more convenient and efficient service, benefitting both communities. The current pattern of service authorized by Order 2009-4-20 provides for:

FOD - 18 weekly one-stop flights to MCW
MCW - 18 weekly non-stop flights to MSP

Under the proposed new service pattern, Mesaba would operate:

FOD - 14 weekly non-stop flights to MSP (4 fewer frequencies, but non-stop flights)
MCW - 18 weekly non-stop flights to MSP (no change)

Counsel: Delta, Sascha Van der Bellen, 202-842-4184


Order 2010-2-30
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa

Issued and Served February 26, 2010

Order Approving Alternate Service Pattern

We approve the alternate service pattern requested by Mesaba Aviation, Inc., to serve Fort Dodge, Iowa, with two daily nonstop round trips Minneapolis, at the annual subsidy rate established by Order 2009-4-20, payable as adjusted in Appendix A.

Docket OST-2001-10682 will remain open until further order of the Department.

By: Todd Homan



February 8, 2010

Re: Fort Dodge Regional Airport Support for Delta's EAS Contract Change

Our Airport Commission enthusiastically endorses the recent proposal by Delta Airlines to provide us with two daily direct round trip flights connecting with Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. These flights are proposed to be seven days per week. Since this proposed change necessitates a revision within our Essential Air Service program contract, we encourage you to support and approve this service enhancement for Fort Dodge.

By: Richard Jackson


February 8, 2010

Re: City of Fort Dodge in Support of Delta Air Lines

As Mayor, I am pleased to convey that our City Council and City Administration endorses the recent proposal by Delta Airlines to provide our region with two daily direct round trip flights connecting to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

By: Mayor Matt Bemrich



Order 2011-1-12
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa

Issued and Served January 14, 2011

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals by March 1, 2011, from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, for a new two-year period, beginning June 1, 2011, with or without subsidy.

With specific respect to Fort Dodge and Mason City, we expect proposals consisting of two nonstop round trips per day at each community if 30- or 34-seat equipment is provided, or three nonstop round trips a day with 19-seat aircraft, and more frequencies with smaller aircraft. We may subsidize additional frequencies if the affected community is served in conjunction with another community.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, Iowa
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, South Dakota

Issued and Served February 11, 2011

Notice of Extension

Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa By Order 2011-1-12, January 14, 2011, we requested proposals for EAS at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, no later than March 1, 2011. The current contract expires on May 31, 2011.

Watertown, South Dakota By Order 2011-1-23, January 28, 2011, we requested proposals for EAS at Watertown, South Dakota, no later than March 2, 2011. The current contract expires on July 31, 2011.

By email dated February 10, 2011, Delta Air Lines indicated it is in ongoing negotiations with its Delta Connection partners, and those negotiations will not be completed in time for it to respond to the current deadlines for proposals at the three communities, and requested an extension to April 5, 2011, for all three communities.

We have decided to grant Delta’s request, as the additional amount of time is not unreasonable. All parties must now file competitive proposals for EAS at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, and Watertown, South Dakota, no later than April 5, 2011.

By: Dennis DeVany




OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

April 5, 2011

Proposal of Air Choice One

Fort Dodge:

30-Seater Option 1 - ORD 2 round-trips daily 14 round-trips per week
30-Seater Option 2 - MSP 2 round-trips daily 14 round-trips per week

Mason City:

30-Seater Option 1 - ORD 3 round-trips daily 19 round-trips per week
30-Seater Option 2 - ORD 2 round-trips daily 14 round-trips per week
30-Seater Option 3 - MSP 3 round-trips daily 19 round-trips per week

Combined:

30-Seater Option 1 - MCW-ORD 3 round-trips daily 19 round-trips per week
30-Seater Option 1 - FOD-ORD 2 round-trips daily 14 round-trips per week

Watertown:

30-Seater Option 1 - MSP 2 round-trips daily 14 round-trips per week

By: Shane Storz


OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa

April 5, 2011

Proposals of Mesaba Airlines

As the Department is aware, the Saab 340 aircraft are scheduled to be retired from Mesaba's fleet by the end of 2011. No decision has yet been made on replacement aircraft or replacement flying. Accordingly, Mesaba's bid is for a short tenn EAS contract period ending on November 1, 2011. Mesaba will advise theDepartment as soon as a decision is made regarding long tenn plans for service at these communities.

Round Trips per Week 14
Hub Minneapolis/St. Paul
Subsidy Rate for June 1-November 1, 2011 $1,044,894

By: John Spanjers


OST-2001-10682 - Mason City

April 5, 2011

Proposal of Chautauqua Airlines d/b/a Frontier Express

Chautauqua Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings and doing business as Frontier Express respectfully submits its proposal to provide subsidized Essential Air Service to Fort Dodge, IA. The service contemplated would operate to/from Frontier’s hub at Milwaukee, WI, using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jet aircraft. Two roundtrips per day would be operated nonstop from Milwaukee to Fort Dodge. The flights would be sold under Frontier’s F9 code.

By: Daniel Shurz




April 26, 2011

Mayor of Mason City in Support of Mesaba Aviation

As Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, I support the Mesaba Aviation proposal and encourage you and the US DOT Office to recommend awarding the EAS contract to Mesaba Aviation.

By: Eric Bookmeyer


April 26, 2011

Mason City Airport Commission in Support of Mesaba Aviation

After reviewing the proposals, the Commission unanimously chose to support the Mesaba proposal. MultiAero's proposal noted at present they possess no aircraft to accommodate their proposal. SeaPort Airline's proposal offers the nine-seat Pilatus PC-12 aircraft which does not meet our service guarantee, so Mesaba Aviation's five-month option offering 14 non-stop round-trips per week to Minneapolis with the 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft with the most competitive subsidy was selected.

By: Joni Dunn



Order 2011-6-7
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

Issued and Served June 8, 2011

Order Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection to provide essential air service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, at annual subsidy rates of $1,910,995 and $1,017,545 at Mason City, respectively, for the five-month period June 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011.

Mason City will continue to receive 18 round trips at the subsidy rate specified in Order 2009-4-20 through May 31, the end of the current contract. Effective June 1, we are authorizing subsidy for 14 round trips per week. Program guidelines preclude us from subsidizing more than 67 seats per day to any community. Mason City received 18 round trips only because it was linked with Fort Dodge. Mason City will receive 68 seats effective June 1 because of a separate requirement that communities receive at least two round trips a day.

By: Susan Kurland



Order 2011-6-31
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

Issued and Served June 30, 2011

Order Requesting Propsals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals by August 9, 2011, from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, for a new two-year period, beginning November 1, 2011, with or without subsidy.

With specific respect to Fort Dodge and Mason City, we expect proposals consisting of two nonstop round trips per day (14 a week) at each community if 30- or 34-seat equipment is provided, or three nonstop round trips a day (18 a week) with 19-seat aircraft, and more frequencies with smaller aircraft. We may subsidize additional frequencies if the affected community is served in conjunction with another community.

By: Todd Homan



July 15, 2011

Notice of Termination by Mesaba Aviation and Pinnacle Airlines

Mesaba Aviation and Pinnacle Airlines, each a certificated carrier, hereby give notice of intent to discontinue the current service provided at Mason City, IA, effective October 13, 2011.

Delta is in the process of retiring all turboprop and numerous small jet aircraft operated by Mesaba and Pinnacle. All of the Saab 340 aircraft operated by Mesaba for Delta Connection will be retired by year end. Delta has notified Mesaba and Pinnacle that high fuel costs and low passenger demand further necessitate the filing of this notice. We understand that Great Lakes Airlines intends to submit a bid in response to the Department’s request for proposals to select an EAS carrier.

Counsel: Max Shemesh, 651-637-5218 for Mesaba / Megan Rae Rosia, 202-965-4889 for Pinnacle



OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, Iowa
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls

Issued and Served July 21, 2011

Notice of Extension

On July 15, 2011, Mesaba Aviation, Inc., Pinnacle Airlines, Inc., and SkyWest Airlines, all operating as Delta Connection, filed 90-day notices of their intent to suspend services at 24 Essential Air Service communities, including the seven listed above. Prior to this announcement, the Department solicited proposals for EAS at the above communities, whose contracts were due to expire, and established due dates for proposals. As a result of the filing of these notices and in order to attract as broad a array of proposals as possible, we have decided to issue an Order soliciting a new round of proposals, including a revised due date for the above communities. Carriers who were prepared to submit proposals by the previously stated due dates should wait until the Department issues the forthcoming Order requesting proposals.

By: Dennis DeVany



Order 2011-9-5
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault St. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served September 13, 2011

Order Prohibiting Suspension of Service and Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department prohibits SkyWest Airlines, Inc. d/b/a Delta Connection from terminating service at Butte, Montana. At Pierre, South Dakota, we will permit the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines, d/b/a Delta Connection -- to terminate their service at the end of the 90-day notice period, and rely on the remaining, subsidy-free service of Great Lakes Aviation, Inc. We prohibit Mesaba and Pinnacle from suspending the service that they jointly provide at the 22 remaining communities for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e., November 12. We are also requesting proposals by October 12 from carriers interested in providing replacement essential air service at all of the communities.

By: Susan Kurland



OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault St. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served October 12, 2011

Notice of Extension

By Order 2011-9-5 the Department requested proposals at the twenty-three communities shown, with proposals due no later than October 12. By email dated October 11, Air Choice One requested an extension until October 14. Another carrier orally requested an extension for the same period.

We have decided to grant the carriers’ requests, as the additional amount of time is not unreasonable. All parties must now file competitive proposals for the twenty-three communities listed above no later than October 14, 2011.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

October 14, 2011

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

Proposal # Service Point Hub Served Round Trips Equipment Subsidy Requirement Passengers Forecast Average Fare
1 Fort Dodge MSP 3 1900D $1,798,693 17,000 $102.25
2 Mason City MSP 4 1900D $1,174,468 28,000 $94.40
3 Iron Mountain/Kingsford MSP 3 1900D $1,707,841 18,500 $127.04
4 Brainerd MSP 4 1900D $959,865 30,750 $89.92
5 International Falls MSP 3 1900D $993,247 28,750 $112.55
6 Thief River Falls MSP 2 1900D $1,881,815 6000 $112.75
7 Devils Lake MSP 2 1900D $783,061 10,000 $137.82
8 Jamestown MSP 3 1900D $1,987,655 15,250 $132.75
9 Watertown MSP 3 1900D $1,710,324 16,750 $115.82
Total         $12,996,969 171,000  

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


OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2001-10682
- Mason City, IA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND

October 12, 2011

Proposals of Sovereign Air

Proposal 1 - International Falls-Chisholm/Hibbing 24 round-trips per week using Dornier Jets

Proposal 2 - International Falls-Chisholm/Hibbing 24 round-trips per week using Jetstream 41

Proposal 3 - Thief River Falls-Int'l Falls or Chisholm/Hibbing 14 round-trips per week using Jetstream 41

Proposal 4 - Devils Lake/Jamestown-Minneapolis 12 round-trips per week using Dornier Jets

Proposal 5 - Devils Lake/Jamestown-Minneapolis 12 round-trips per week using Jetstream 41

Proposal 6 - Fort Dodge/Mason City-Minneapolis 19 round-trips per week using Dornier Jets

Proposal 7 - Fort Dodge/Mason City-Minneapolis 19 round-trips per week using Jetstream 41

Proposal 8 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford-Chicago 19 round-trips per week using Dornier Jets

Proposal 9 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford-Chicago 19 round-trips per week using Jetstream 41

By: Sovereign Air, Robert Burns



OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA

October 20, 2011

Re: Delta Air Lines in Support of Great Lakes Aviation

Delta supports the EAS program, and believes in the importance of providing small communities with reliable air service. On October 14, 2011, in response to the Department's Request for Proposals, Delta submitted EAS bids in four markets, and our Delta Connection partner, SkyWest, submitted bids to provide Delta Connection service in five additional markets on a prorate basis.

Due to the retirement of our 34-seat Saab aircraft fleet, Delta no longer has suitable aircraft to serve the smaller EAS markets. To that end, we are cooperating with Great Lakes Airlines to enhance their EAS bids in nine small communities where they recently submitted bids. If Great Lakes is selected. Delta intends to assist Great Lakes through an interline and ticketing arrangement, participation in our SkyMiles frequent flyer program, and booking capability on delta.com.

Counsel: Delta, Alexander Van der Bellen, 202-842-4184



OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

October 21, 2011

DOT Request for Community Comments of:

Mayor of City of Fort Dodge

In response to our request for proposals, we received proposals from Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One, Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. and Sovereign Air, which is not currently operating.

Please note that the proposals of Air Choice One and Great Lakes are stand alone, i.e., the carriers do not need to be selected at any other community for the Department or the community to consider their proposal. For Sovereign to be selected, it would also have to be selected at Mason City.

As you are aware, the EAS program contemplates service with twin-engine aircraft, and Air Choice One proposes service with single-engine aircraft. We anticipate selecting that proposal only if you waive that provision. We would treat such a waiver as effective only for this two-year carrier-selection cycle.

Also, the average passenger fares in the carriers' proposals shown in the docket do not necessarily reflect the average local fares passengers would pay, but, rather, reflect the prorated portion of the total ticket price, e.g., the Fort Dodge - Minneapolis portion of a Fort Dodge to New York ticket. Also, the fare shown is net of certain charges such as federal transportation security fees, excise or ticket taxes, and passenger facility charges. Of course, carriers have the discretion to charge fares they deem appropriate, and the passenger fares presented in their proposals have been developed for subsidy rate computation purposes only. Based on the cost elements incorporated in the carriers' computation summaries, the carriers would have to realize passenger fares comparable to the averages shown in their proposals in order to achieve break-even or profitable operations even with subsidy.

You can expedite matters by responding as soon as possible by email not later than November 21.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

October 21, 2011

DOT Request for Community Comments of:

Mayor of City of Mason City

In response to our request for proposals, we received proposals from Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One, Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. and Sovereign Air, which is not currently operating.

Please note that the proposal of Air Choice One is stand alone, i.e., the carrier does not need to be selected at any other community for the Department or the community to consider its proposal. Great Lakes indicates it needs to be selected at no fewer than five communities in this proceeding to be able to provide the service. For Sovereign to be selected at Mason City, it would also have to be selected at Fort Dodge.

Also, the average passenger fares in the carriers' proposals shown in the docket do not necessarily reflect the average local fares passengers would pay, but, rather, reflect the prorated portion of the total ticket price, e.g., the Mason City - Minneapolis portion of a Mason City to New York ticket. Also, the fare shown is net of certain charges such as federal transportation security fees, excise or ticket taxes, and passenger facility charges. Of course, carriers have the discretion to charge fares they deem appropriate, and the passenger fares presented in their proposals have been developed for subsidy rate computation purposes only. Based on the cost elements incorporated in the carriers' computation summaries, the carriers would have to realize passenger fares comparable to the averages shown in their proposals in order to achieve break-even or profitable operations even with subsidy.

You can expedite matters by responding as soon as possible by email not later than November 21.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

October 28, 2011

DOT Request for Expedited Comments

Delta has expressed a desire to be replaced at your communities as quickly as possible, and I'm sure they would appreciate any assistance you could offer in that regard. Consistent with Delta's desire, they sent a letter to the Department dated October 20, which we docketed.

DOT too would like to expedite these cases, and so would encourage you to send in your comments as soon as possible. The requests for comments we sent you last week asked for your comments as soon as possible, by email, and not later than November 21, and we of course stand by that. However, if you could advance that date by a couple of weeks it would be greatly appreciated.

By: Kevin Adams, 202-366-1047



OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

October 28, 2011

Mason City Municipal Airport in Support of Great Lakes Aviation

On behalf of the Airport Commission and as Manager of the Airport, we support the Great Lakes Aviation proposal and encourage you and the US DOT office to recommend awarding the new two-year EAS contract to Great Lakes to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation.

By: Pamela Osgood



Order 2011-11-8
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault St. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served November 4, 2011

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this order, the Department extends the essential air service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection, at Butte, Montana, for an additional 30 days, through December 12, 2011. Additionally by this order, we extend the EAS obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines d/b/a Delta Connection at the 22 remaining communities for 30 days, through, December 12, 2011.

By: Todd Homan



Order 2011-11-30
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served November 23, 2011

Order Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service at the six communities captioned above at the following annual subsidy rates: Brainerd, Minnesota, $959,865; Fort Dodge, $1,798,693; Iron Mountain, $1,707,841; Mason City, $1,174,468; Thief River Falls, Minnesota, $1,881,815; and Watertown, $1,710,324, for the two-year period beginning when Great Lakes inaugurates full EAS at all six communities.

By: Susan Kurland



Order 2011-11-33
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault St. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served November 30, 2011

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this order, the Department extends the essential air service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection at Butte, Montana, for an additional 30 days, through December 12, 2011. Additionally by this order, we extend the EAS obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines d/b/a Delta Connection at the 22 remaining communities for 30 days, through, January 11, 2012.

By: Todd Homan



Order 2011-12-25
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault St. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served December 29, 2011

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection at Butte, Montana, for an additional 30 days, through February 10, 2012. Additionally by this Order, we extend the EAS obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines d/b/a Delta Connection -- at the remaining communities for 30 days, through February 10, 2012.

By: Todd Homan



Order 2012-1-32
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served January 31, 2012

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department extends the essential air service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection at Butte, Montana, for an additional 30 days, through March 11, 2012. Additionally by this Order, we extend the EAS obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines d/b/a Delta Connection at the 21 remaining communities for 30 days, through, March 11, 2012.

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2012-2-19
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault St. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served February 23, 2012

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department extends the Essential Air Service obligation of SkyWest Airlines, Inc. d/b/a Delta Connection at Butte, Montana, for an additional 30 days, through April 10, 2012. Additionally by this Order, we extend the EAS obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines d/b/a Delta Connection at the 21 remaining communities for 30 days, through, April 10, 2012.

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2012-3-15
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2003-15128 - Escanaba, MI
OST-1999-5175 - Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI
OST-2011-0133 - Pellston, MI
OST-2009-0303 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2001-10685 - Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS
OST-2009-0305 - Tupelo, MS
OST-2011-0136 - Butte, MT
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served March 23, 2012

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, we extend the EAS obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation -- Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines d/b/a Delta Connection at the 20 remaining communities for 30 days, through, May 10, 2012.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2012-6-23
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served June 26, 2012

Order Establishing Contract Period

By this Order, the Department is establishing the effective period for the Essential Air Service contracts awarded to Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., by Order 2011-11-30. That order stated that the contracts would be effective through the 24th month after Great Lakes commenced full EAS at all six communities that they were awarded. Great Lakes subsequently filed notice with the Department that they would not be able to provide service at the communities of Brainerd, MN, and Iron Mountain, MI. The Department will therefore use May 17, 2012, as the effective start-date, when Great Lakes established EAS at all of the remaining communities. The contracts will thus expire at the end of the 24-month period thereafter: May 31, 2014.

By: Todd Homan


 

July 5, 2012

DOT Memorandum - Airport Closure

The Fort Dodge airport has indicated that the airport will be closed from July 6 to July 20, 2012.

It has been our policy, on a case-by-case basis, to pay carriers their usual subsidy rate when airports have been closed on the grounds that circumstances are beyond the carriers' control and that only minimal cost savings are available to the carriers wlrile they would lose all of the revenue. (The carriers would only save on fuel and a portion of maintenance because they would be unable to tum back aircraft or lay off personnel.) Consistent with that precedent, we ask you to compensate Great Lakes for flights that it could not operate, from July 6 through July 20, where Great Lakes states on its billings fortn that the flight was cancelled because of airport closure.

By this memo we are also directing Great Lakes to indicate "Airport Closure" on the monthly subsidy billings it files with you for flights that cannot be completed for that reason.

By: Dennis DeVany


 

Order 2012-10-8
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2011-0131 - Sioux City, IA
OST-2011-0132 - Waterloo, IA
OST-2011-0134 - Bemidji, MN
OST-2011-0135 - Brainerd, MN
OST-2003-15796 - Chisholm/Hibbing, MN
OST-2009-0304 - International Falls, MN
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake/Jamestown, ND
OST-2011-0137 - Aberdeen, SD
OST-2011-0138 - Pierre, SD
OST-2001-10644 - Watertown, SD

Issued and Served October 4, 2012

Order Setting Final Rates

We set the final rates for Delta Air Lines, Inc., for meeting its obligation to provide EAS at Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City and Waterloo, Iowa; Bemidji, Brainerd, Chisholm/Hibbing, International Falls and Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Devils Lake and Jamestown, North Dakota; and Aberdeen, Pierre and Watertown, South Dakota, as described in Appendices B, C and D.

These rates are in lieu of, and not in addition to, those set by Orders 2009-8-6, 2009-8-8, 2010-5-18, 2010-12-9, 2011-6-6 and 2011-6-7 and 2012-9-11.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-1996-1266 - Ironwood, MI
OST-1997-2785 - Devils Lake and Jamestown, ND
OST-2001-10642 - Thief River Falls, MN
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City, IA

January 27, 2014

Suspension of Great Lakes Aviation Service - Press Release

Effective February 1, 2014, Great Lakes Airlines will be suspending service from Devils Lake and Jamestown, ND; Fort Dodge and Mason City, IA; Ironwood, MI; and Thief River Falls, MN due to the severe industry-wide pilot shortage and its relative acute impact on Great Lakes.

Charles Howell, CEO released the following statement: "Due to the unintended consequences of the new congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements, the Company feels it is in the best interest of our customers, communities, and employees to suspend service from these stations until we are able to rebuild our staff of pilots in order to provide reliable service. We deeply regret and apologize for this inconvenience."

By: Great Lakes Aviation


 

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 Mason City, IA 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 markets without a new carrier are bid. 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
Mason City Minneapolis/St. Paul 3 $273,408

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


 

Order 2014-1-20
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City

Issued and Served January 31, 2014

Order Requesting Proposals on an Expedited Basis

By this Order, the Department is requesting proposals no later than February 21, 2014, from carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Fort Dodge and/or Mason City, Iowa. The communities will be without air service effective February 1, 2014, so carriers’ proposals should specify when they will be able to inaugurate service. We anticipate that the selection period will be a typical two year period from the start of service.

With specific respect to Fort Dodge, the Department expects proposals consisting of three nonstop round trips each day (a total of 18 per week) to Minneapolis, Chicago O’Hare, or another large or medium hub airport with numerous connections to the national air transportation system using 19-seat aircraft. At Mason City, we expect four nonstop or one-stop round trips each day (a total of 24 per week), also to a large or medium-hub airport using 19-seat aircraft. For service using larger aircraft, two nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and weekend (a total of 12 per week) would be sufficient to accommodate recent traffic levels at each community. If smaller aircraft are contemplated (e.g. 9-seat aircraft), additional frequencies will be considered, although we would expect the service to be nonstop from each community to the hub airport.

By: Todd Homan


OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City

February 21, 2014

Proposal of Air Choice One

Option C1 - 2-year service or 4-year discounted service to St. Louis/Chicago
Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo

Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 18 round-trips per week

Mason City-Chicago - 18 round-trips per week
Mason City-Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 6 round-trips per week

Option C2 - 2 year service or 4-year discounted service - Dual Hub - St. Louis and Chicago

Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 18 round-trips per week
Fort Dodge-Mason City-Chicago - 6 round-trips per week

Mason City-Chicago - 18 round-trips per week
Mason City-Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 6 round-trips per week

By: Shane Storz, 866-435-9847


February 21, 2014

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

Proposal Number Service Point(s) Hub(s) Served Round Trips Equipment Subsidy Requirement Passengers Forecast Average Fare
1 Fort Dodge Minneapolis or Chicago
Minneapolis or Chicago
3
2
1900D
EMB-120
$2,577,749 11,000 $97.17
2 Mason City Minneapolis or Chicago
Minneapolis or Chicago
4
2
1900D
EMB-120
$2,676,869 12,500 $90.27

By: Michael Matthews, 307-432-7000


February 24, 2014

DOT Request for Community Comments

Attached above are the timely-filed proposals for Essential Air Service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, submitted by Great Lakes and by Air Choice One, in response to Order 2014-1-20. We are currently reviewing those proposals.

I ask that everyone get back to us, preferably by email, no later than March 14, 2014.

By: Kevin Adams, 202-366-1047


 

March 11, 2014

Request of City of Fort Dodge for Extension

The City of Fort Dodge would like to formally request and extension to the community comments period. The DOT order requesting comments on proposals for our Essential Air Service carrier ends March 14, 2014. While we are grateful that the DOT requested these proposals on an expedited basis, we will be requesting a 7-day extension to the comment period in order to have more time to consider both proposals.

By: Mayor of Fort Dodge, Matt Bemrich, 515-573-7144




Issued and Served March 11, 2014

Notice Extending the Deadline for Comments

By Order 2014-1-20, January 31, 2014, the Department requested proposals for EAS at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, with proposals due no later than February 21, 2014. We received timely-filed proposals from Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., and Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One. On February 24, 2014, we requested comments on those proposals by March 14, 2014. On March 11, 2014, both communities requested a seven-day extension to that deadline.

We will grant the requests for extension. Community comments are now due on March 21, 2014.

By: Kevin Schlemmer


 

OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City

March 20, 2014

Mason City Municipal Airport Rejecting Proposals

The Mason City Airport Commission met in special session yesterday afternoon and unanimously voted to reject both of the RFP's submitted by Air Choice One and Great Lakes Aviation to the Department of Transportation on February 21, 2014 and allow for another round of solicitation for proposals for Mason City and Fort Dodge.

The reason for this request is to be able to explore all opportunities and avenues with air carriers on proposals that will meet the needs of our communities.

In addition, we have the following concerns with the two proposals submitted:

  • Great lakes Aviation, LTD, concerns with past experience regarding unreliability and non-competitive fares.
  • Multi-Aero Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One utilizing a single engine aircraft as opposed to a twin engine aircraft and the affect that has on the duration of the flight.

Our communities have been able to support larger seat aircraft with more available annual seats. We are extremely concerned with the language of 49 USC 41742 which could jeopardize our ability to receive twin-engine aircraft if we have single-engine aircraft service for 60 consecutive days.

It is counterproductive to the long term development and success of air service to keep reducing the seat capacities at our respective communities.

By: Pamela Osgood


 

OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City

March 19, 2014

City of Mason City and City of Fort Dodge Rejecting Proposals of Great Lakes Aviation and Air Choice One

On behalf of both of our communities, we respectfully request that the DOT reject both of the submitted proposals, and allow for another solicitation of proposals with a six week submittal period.

We have the following concerns with the two proposals submitted:

Great Lakes Aviation, LTD.

  • Concerns with past experience regarding unreliability and non-competitive fares.

Multi-Aero Inc. d/b/a/ Air Choice One

  • Concerns with utilizing a single engine aircraft as opposed to a twin engine aircraft and the effect that has on the duration of the flight.

Both of our communities were able to support larger seat aircraft with more available annual seats. We are concerned with the language of 49 USC 41742 which could jeopardize our ability to receive twin-engine aircraft if we have single-engine aircraft service for 60 consecutive days. It is counterproductive to the long term development and success of air service to keep reducing the seat capacities at our communities.

By: Mayor of Mason City, Eric Bookmeyer, Mayor of Fort Dodge, Matt Bemrich


 

Order 2014-4-22
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City

Issued and Served April 22, 2014

Order Resoliciting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is re-soliciting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, with or without subsidy. Carriers should file their proposals no later than June 2, 2014.

With specific respect to Fort Dodge, the Department expects proposals consisting of three nonstop round trips each day (a total of 18 per week) to Minneapolis, Chicago O’Hare, or another large or medium hub airport with numerous connections to the national air transportation system using 19-seat aircraft. At Mason City, we expect four nonstop or one-stop round trips each day (a total of 24 per week), also to a large or medium-hub airport using 19-seat aircraft. For service using larger aircraft, we are asking for two nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and weekend (a total of 12 per week). If smaller aircraft are contemplated (e.g. 9-seat aircraft), additional frequencies will be considered, although we would expect the service to be nonstop from each community to the hub airport. We encourage proposals that meet those requirements in an efficient manner. Carriers are also welcome to propose more than one service option, if they choose. They need not limit themselves to the requirements specified above if they envision other, potentially more attractive service possibilities – different hubs, for example – with subsidy requirements that remain competitive.

By: Susan Kurland


 

June 2, 2014

Proposal of Air Choice One

Option C1:

Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 18 round-trips - Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo

Mason City-Chicago - 18 round-trips - Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo
Mason City-Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 6 round-trips - Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo

Option C2:

Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 18 round-trips - Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo
Fort Dodge-Mason City-Chicago - 6 round-trips - Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo

Mason City-Chicago - 18 round-trips - Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo
Mason City-Fort Dodge-St. Louis - 6 round-trips - Cessna Grand Caravan or Piper Navajo

By: Shane Storz, 866-435-9847




June 2, 2014

Proposal of Great Lakes Aviation

Bid Service Point(s) Hub Served Round-trips Equipment Subsidy Requirement
1-9 Fort Dodge Minneapolis/St. Paul 3 1900D - 9-seat $2,900,559
2-9 Mason City Minneapolis/St. Paul 4 1900D - 9-seat $2,987,002
1-19 Fort Dodge Minneapolis/St. Paul 3 19-seat *Plus* $2,298,018
2-19 Mason City Minneapolis/St. Paul 4 19-seat *Plus* $2,475,336
3-9 Mason City Minneapolis/St. Paul 3 1900D - 9-seat $2,429,954
3-19 Mason City Minneapolis/St. Paul 3 19-seat *Plus* $1,952,477

By: Michael Matthews, 307-432-7000


 

OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City

June 3, 2014

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2014-4-22, re-requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS for a new term. In response to our request, two air carriers submitted proposals: Air Choice One and Great Lakes Aviation. I request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

By: Michael Gormas, 202-366-1853


 

June 25, 2014

City of Fort Dodge in Support of Air Choice One

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport commission supports the two-year proposal from Air Choice One for Option F2 offering direct service to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport with 18 flights per week for year one and 24 flights per week for year two. Fort Dodge and Mason City worked together to strategically attempt to attract a mainline carrier to serve both our communities, however, with the present airline environment this effort was not successful at this time.

By: Mayor Matt Bemrich


June 30, 2014

Mason City Municipal Airport in Support of Air Choice One

The Mason City Airport Commission met today and unanimously voted to accept the Request for Proposal submitted by Air Choice One to serve the Mason City Municipal Airport for the next two-year period.

By: Joni Dunn


July 2, 2014

City of Mason City in Support of Air Choice One

The Mason City Airport Commission met on June 30, 2014 and unanimously voted to accept the Request for Proposal submitted by Air Choice One to serve the Mason City Municipal Airport for the next two-year period with 24 round trips per week to Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

By: Mayor Eric Brookmeyer




Order 2014-8-16
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

Issued and Served August 18, 2014

Order Selecting Carrier and Deferring Action

By this Order, the Department is: 1) selecting Multi-Aero Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One, to provide Essential Air Service at Mason City, Iowa, using 9-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan or 8-passenger Piper Navajo aircraft to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for 24 weekly round trips, for the two-year period from November 1, 2014 through October 31, 2016, for an annual subsidy of $4,290,5331; and 2) deferring action at Fort Dodge, Iowa, until further Order from the Department.

Order 2014-4-26, issued on April 24, 2014, found that Fort Dodge was within 175 miles of Omaha Airport-Eppley Airfield, a medium hub, averaged fewer than 10 enplanements per day in fiscal year 2013 and, thus, tentatively terminated its EAS eligibility. That tentative decision was made final by Order 2014-6-6, issued June 24, 2014, which also described the waiver process and announced our intention not to terminate EAS subsidy during the processing of any waiver petitions, which were due to the Department by July 24. Fort Dodge submitted a timely waiver application, so its long-term status in the EAS program will not be known until the waiver process has concluded. Therefore, we will not address any Fort Dodge proposals or any proposals that include Fort Dodge as part of an inseparable package.

By: Susan Kurland




Order 2014-9-21
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2008-0299 - El Centro, CA
OST-2001-10682 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown, MD
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-1996-1899 - Kingman, AZ
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster, PA
OST-2007-28671 - Macon, GA
OST-1998-3521 - Merced, CA
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL

Issued and Served September 26, 2014

Order Granting Waivers

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation (the Department) is granting the waiver petitions of all of the 12 above-captioned communities. These communities’ compliance with 49 USC 41731(a)(1)(B) will be re-assessed based on Fiscal Year 2015 data (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015).

We wish to make clear that the statute requires that communities exceed 10 enplanements per day during each fiscal year. Although these communities received a temporary waiver from this requirement, their traffic will be reassessed based upon Fiscal Year 2015 data (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015). We expect that these communities will work with their EAS carriers to address any issues that contributed to their Fiscal Year 2013 decline in enplanements.

The 12 communities discussed in this order are in various stages of their EAS contracts. For those in mid-contract, the incumbent carrier must continue to provide EAS. For those communities with contracts expiring soon, we will issue an RFP soon. For those communities in the midst of a carrier-selection decision, we will announce that decision as soon as possible. We reiterate that we expect the communities and their respective EAS carriers to work together to ensure compliance with the 10-enplanement statute and all other eligibility criteria.

By: Brandon Belford


 

Order 2014-10-21
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2001-10682 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2007-28671 - Macon, GA
OST-1998-3521 - Merced, CA
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL

Issued and Served October 24, 2014

Order Selecting Carriers and Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is selecting carriers to provide Essential Air Service to serve Bradford and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Greenville, Mississippi and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Sun Air Express, LLC d/b/a Sun Air International is being selected to serve Bradford and Franklin, SeaPort Airlines, Inc. to serve Greenville and Muscle Shoals, and Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One to serve Fort Dodge.

Also by this Order, we are requesting proposals for EAS at Jackson, Tennessee and Macon, Georgia. Proposals are due November 24, 2014.

On September 26, 2014, by Order 2014-9-21, the Department granted the waiver petitions from all 12 communities. El Centro, Hagerstown, Kingman, and Lancaster have existing rates and carriers in place. The other 8 communities listed above require action by the Department to secure service.

Jackson:

SeaPort has been under contract with the Department for over two years, and its rate has expired. The carrier also requested increased compensation for its service at Jackson on September 30, 2014. Therefore, the Department is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Jackson, with or without subsidy support, for a new contract term. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than November 24, 2014.

The Department expects proposals that are consistent with what the community currently receives, namely 18 nonstop round trips per week to Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, or another suitable hub airport with small aircraft (9-seats) that provide numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. If aircraft larger than 9 seats are proposed, at least 12 nonstop round trips per week are expected.

Macon:

Silver has been under contract with the Department since February 27, 2013, and has filed notice of its intent to terminate service at Macon. Therefore, the Department is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Macon, with or without subsidy support, for a new contract term. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than November 24, 2014.

The Department expects proposals that are consistent with what the community currently receives, namely 12 nonstop round trips per week to Atlanta or another suitable hub airport with 19- to 34-seat aircraft that provide numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. If smaller aircraft are proposed (9-seats), we will consider additional frequencies.

By: Brandon Beliford


 

Order 2014-12-15
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

Issued and Served December 23, 2014

Order Revising Subsidy

By this Order, the Department is revising the Essential Air Service annual subsidy rate for Multi-Aero Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One at Mason City, Iowa, from February 23, 2015, through October 31, 2016, from an annual subsidy of $4,290,533 to $3,715,953.

By: Todd Homan


 

May 29, 2015

Request of City of Mason City for Waiver

On behalf of the City of Mason City, Iowa, I am submitting this petition for a waiver exemption from 49 USC § 41731(a)(1)(B)in terminating our EAS eligibility based upon the 10 passenger per day statute. This request is based upon airport enplanement history and the fact that Great Lakes Airlines suspended all air service on February 1, 2014. Great Lakes entered our market in 2012 and during that time ridership declined drastically due to reliability issues, numerous cancellations as well as the pilot shortage that hit the airline industry in 2013. I have attached a history of enplanement/deplanements which demonstrates our airport's ability to far exceed the 10-enplanement rule in prior years of commercial service at our airport.

Air Choice One commenced service at Mason City on November 17, 2014 and from the beginning the community and the entire North Iowa Region has supported the new carrier. The airport's enplanement/deplanement numbers have doubled and in some cases tripled from the previous carrier.

By: Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, 641-421-3600


 

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

Issued and Served May 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

By: Susan McDermott

OST-2016-0084 - EAS Community Flexibility Pilot Program


 

June 1, 2016

Comments of Fort Dodge Regional Airport

On behalf of the Fort Dodge Regional Airport Commission, we would like to thank the Department of Transportation for giving thoughtful considerations to the unique circumstances effecting Fort Dodge with the loss of air service for a full year prior to Air Choice One beginning operations on February 23, 2015. This time period allowed only seven months before the end of FY2015 to measure eligibility after going a full year without any air service.

We support the tentative waiver the Department set forth in the above mentioned Order 2016-5-17 for the eight communities, including Fort Dodge, which experienced a service hiatus with the complete loss of air service for an extended period of time.

By: Rhonda Chambers


 

August 18, 2016

Fort Dodge Regional Airport in Support of Air Choice One

Please accept this letter as our support for Air Choice One's proposal to add a Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport route to our schedule beginning November 7, 2016 . We understand we will keep our 24 EAS round trips per week but instead of all the flights going to St. Louis Lambert International Airport they will be split with half going to MSP.

Air Choice One began providing air service on February 23, 2015 and our enplanements have increased significantly over the previous EAS air carrier. We expect the announcement of the MSP route to be well received by our community increasing our air service access to three major hub cities.

Since this proposed change necessitates a revision within the Essential Air Service program, we encourage you to support this service enhancement for the regional area served by Fort Dodge.

By: John Birkett


 

OST-2001-10682 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10684 - Mason City

August 22, 2016

Request of Air Choice One for Chanbe of Hub

Air Choice One is requesting hub service changes for the communities of Fort Dodge, IA and Mason City, IA. We are requesting moving 12 of the 24 round trips for Fort Dodge, IA now being all serviced to the St. Louis International Airport-Lambert Field and moving 12 round trips to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to our schedule beginning November 7, 2016. Also we would like to move 12 of the 24 round trips for Mason City, IA now being all serviced to the Chicago O'Hare Airport and moving 12 round trips to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to our schedule beginning November 7th, 2016.

By: Shane Storz


 

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 2016-9-12
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

Issued and Served September 19, 2016

Order Requesting Proposals, Extending Current Contract, and Approving Alternative Service Pattern

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Fort Dodge and/or Mason City, Iowa, with or without subsidy support, for a new term beginning March 1, 2017. Proposals are due by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time on October 19, 2016.

Additionally by this Order, the Department is extending the current EAS term of Multi-Aero Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One, to provide EAS at Fort Dodge and Mason City, from November 1, 2016, through February 28, 2017. This allows the Department to synchronize the dates for the next contract term since Air Choice One did not start service at Fort Dodge until February 23, 2015.

Finally by this Order, the Department is approving the request of Air Choice One to alter its service pattern at Fort Dodge and Mason City, to include nonstop service to Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport. At Fort Dodge, Air Choice One’s amended schedule will provide 12 weekly nonstop round trips to MSP, while continuing to provide 12 weekly nonstop round trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. At Mason City, the amended schedule will provide 12 weekly nonstop round trips to MSP, while continuing to provide 12 weekly nonstop round trips to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge


October 19, 2016

Proposal of Aerodynamics

Option 1:
24 roundtrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis / 24 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis
Aircraft: ERJ-145
Subsidy requests: $3,753,619 at Fort Dodge / $3,326,968 at Mason City

Option 2:
24 roundtrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis / 24 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis
Aircraft: ERJ-145
Subsidy requests: $3,209,507 at Fort Dodge / $3,419,451 at Mason City

Option 3:
36 rountrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis / 36 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis
Aircraft: ERJ-145
Subsidy requests: $3,477,294 at Fort Dodge / $3,932,936 at Mason City

Option 4:
24 roundtrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis
Aircraft: ERJ-145
Subsidy request: $$4,537,286

Option 5:
24 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis
Aircraft: ERJ-145
Subsidy request: $4,330,060

By: Mickey Bowman, 678-872-2737




October 19, 2016

Proposal of Boutique Air

Mason City Option 1:
24 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy request: $2,311,628

Maston City Option 2:
24 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis/Chicago
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy request: $2,873,967

Mason City Option 3:
24 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis/St. Louis
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy request: $2,883,377

Fort Dodge Option 1:
24 roundtrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy request: $2,479,727

Fort Dodge Option 2:
24 roundtrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis/St. Louis
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy request: $2,792,521

Fort Dodge Option 3:
24 rountrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis/Chicago
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy request: $2,787,047

By: Shawn Simpson




October 19, 2016

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

12 roundtrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis / 12 roundtrip Fort Dodge-St. Louis
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy request: $2,979,061

12 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis / 12 roundtrip Mason City-Chicago
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy request: $2,939,930

Combined Service:

12 roundtrip Fort Dodge-Minneapolis / 12 roundtrip Fort Dodge-St. Louis
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy request: $5,840,809

12 roundtrip Mason City-Minneapolis / 12 roundtrip Mason City-Chicago
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy request: $5,840,809

By: Darnea Wood, 314-843-8501




October 20, 2016

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2016-9-12 requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS. In response to our request, we received proposals from Aerodynamics, Air Choice One and Boutique Air. request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, November 21, 2016.

By: Michael Gormas, 202-366-1853


 

OST-2001-10682 - Fort Dodge
OST-2001-10684 - Mason City

November 15, 2016

Mason City Municipal Airport in Support of Air Choice One

The Mason City Airport Commission met Monday morning and unanimously voted to accept the Request for Proposal submitted by Air Choice One to serve the Mason City and Fort Dodge Airport(s) with combined service for the next four-year period.

By: Tom Hovland

 

November 17, 2016

Fort Dodge Regional Airport in Support of Air Choice One

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport Commission met on Monday, November 14, 2016 and based upon the selection committee’s recommendation and concurrence from Mayor Matt Bemrich, the commission voted to support and recommend Air Choice One’s proposal of combined service for Fort Dodge and Mason City with the four year option.

By: Debra Johnson


 

Order 2016-12-28
OST-2001-10682 - Mason City
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge

Issued and Served December 29, 2016

Order Reselecting Air Carrier

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is re-selecting Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One to provide Essential Air Service at Fort Dodge and Mason City, Iowa, using 9-seat Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft. Fort Dodge service will consist of 12 weekly nonstop round trips to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and 12 weekly nonstop round trips to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. At Mason City, the service will consist of 12 weekly nonstop round trips MSP and 12 weekly nonstop round trips Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Both communities will continue to have a total of 24 weekly nonstop round trips. The contract term will be from March 1, 2017, through February 28, 2021, at a combined annual subsidy of $5,899,807 for years 1 and 2 and $5,840,809 for years 3 and 4.

By: Jenny Rosenberg




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

Issued and Seved September 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

By: Susan McDermott


 

October 18, 2017

Request of City of Mason City for Waiver from $200 per Passenger Cap

Although the subsidy rate exceeded the $200 cap during fiscal year (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016), I feel it is important to look forward to the new EAS contract with ACO that reduced our subsidy by -$791 ,051 annually. This new contract commenced in March 2017 which resulted in per passenger subsidy reduction of 28.9% from $241 to $187.

Air Choice One added direct flights to Minneapolis on November 2016 allowing our passengers connections to an unprecedented three major cities (MSP-ORD-STL). Our carrier continues to enhance their fleet with additional aircraft which provides service that is dependable and reliable for the traveling public. In August, 2017 they took delivery of its first twin-engine turbo powered aircraft with the goal of flying it for scheduled service by the end of the year. The purchase of the twin aircraft is to enhance passenger groVv1:h and customer satisfaction leading to an increase in passengers and a lower per passenger subsidy.

By: Mayor Eric Bookmeyer


 

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


 

February 27, 2018

Fort Dodge Regional Airport in Support of Air Choice One

The discussions with Air Choice One and review of their data showed that the St. Louis flights consistently have higher load factors. Air Choice One proposed a new schedule showing three daily flights to St. Louis and two on the weekends reducing the Minneapolis service to one flight per day Monday through Friday to begin March 1, 2018.

Given the data provided by Air Choice One and discussion at the meeting regarding the Fort Dodge companies such as Monsanto and Nestle that have their headquarters based in St. Louis, the commission supported these route changes in an effort to increase the number of passengers utilizing the air service.

By: Rhonda Chambers


 

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

Request of City of Fort Dodge for Waiver from $200 Subsidy Cap

Our current EAS carrier began operating from Fort Dodge on February 23, 2015. In March 2017, we entered into a new EAS four-year contract that reduced our annual subsidy by -$791,051 or a per passenger subsidy reduction of 33%. This four-year contract is part of a partnership with another EAS airport, Mason City Municipal Airport, Mason City, IA. Working together on a new contract resulted in not only a lower subsidy for both communities, but increased access to Chicago O'Hare, St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

The air service has continued to decrease the subsidy cap as our enplanements have continued to increase. From January-April 2018 we saw a 26% increase in passenger enplanements over the same period in 2017, despite many cancellations due to winter weather conditions.

Our air carrier continues to enhance their fleet with additional aircraft to provide service that is dependable and reliable. On April 3, 2018; they begin operating their first twin-engine turbo prop aircraft, bringing the number of aircraft in their fleet to thirteen. The twin-engine aircraft will be used to enhance passenger growth and customer satisfaction leading to an increase in passengers and improved service to the markets we serve.

By: Mayor Matt Bemrich


 

July 9, 2018

Ex-Parte Letter to Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA)

By: Joel Szabat


 

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

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