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OST-2002-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA

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Essential Air Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania

OST-2002-11446 January 31, 2002 Notice of Intent to Terminate Service Terminate Service at Altoona, PA
    Service List  

Notice of Chautauqua Airlines of its intent to terminate all of its scheduled services at Altonna, Pennsylvania (AOO) on or about May 1, 2002

Counsel:  Shaw Pittman, Robert Cohn, 202.663.8060



Order 02-4-6
OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
Issued April 5, 2002
Served April 10, 2002
Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals Terminate Service at Altoona, PA
    Attachments A-B:  Map, Passenger Traffic  
    Service List  

By this order the Department is (a) prohibiting Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. from terminating its unsubsidized services at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; (b) requiring the carrier to maintain service between the communities and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for an initial 30-day period following the end of the notice period; and (c) requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing replacement service at one or both communities.

By:  Read Van de Water



OST-02-11446 March 1, 2002
Docketed April 9, 2002
Objection of the Blair County Airport Authority to the Notice of Intent to Terminate Service. Terminate Service at Altoona, PA
    Exhibits Description on County  
    Service List  

There is no scheduled commuter air carrier service to the Airport other than that proposed to be terminated by Chautauqua. The Authority suggests that the current level of three roundtrip flights between the Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) using 30 passenger Saab 340 Aircraft (one on a daily basis, one operating every day except Saturdays, and one operating every day except Sundays) is reasonable.  

The Authority requests that the Department of Transportation require Chautauqua Airlines, Inc., operating as U.S. Airways Express, to continue to provide scheduled commuter air service to the Altoona-Blair County Airport until a suitable commuter air carrier replacement is found.

By:  Evey Routch, Michael Routch



OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
April 30, 2002
Docketed May 3, 2002
Request of Chautauqua Airlines for the Department to Set a Final Subsidy Rate for Hold-In Essential Air Service EAS at Altoona and Johnstown, PA
    Attachment Final Subsidy Rate Calculations  

Chautauqua hereby requests that the Department immediately establish a final hold-in subsidy rate, to be effective May 1, 2002, for the continuation by Chautauqua of essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, pending selection of a replacement carrier. Chautauqua is not filing a proposal to provide replacement service and urges the Department promptly to conclude its carrier selection case to permit Chautauqua to terminate its hold-in service at the earliest opportunity.

Chautauqua is currently operating and will maintain the following service: A) between Altoona and Pittsburgh three daily roundtrip flights (and a total of four roundtrip flights on weekends), and B) between Johnstown and Pittsburgh four daily roundtrip flights (and a total of six roundtrip flights on weekends). Chautauqua will continue to utilize 30-seat SAAB-340 aircraft.  Chautauqua requests the Department establish a final subsidy rate for its hold-in service at Johnstown of $358.03 per departure, and at Altoona a hold-in subsidy rate of $559.65 per departure . The attachments herewith provide the detailed bases for Chautauqua's final subsidy rate calculations.

Counsel:  Shaw Pittman, Robert Cohn, 202.663.8060, robert.cohn@shawpittman.com

 

OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
May 3, 2002 Proposal of Colgan Air, d/b/a USAirways Express to Provide Essential Air Service EAS at Altoona and Johnstown, PA

By:  Colgan Air, Michael Colgan


OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
April 30, 2002
Docketed May 3, 2002
Proposals of Shuttle America Corporation to Provide Subsidized Essential Air Service EAS at Altoona and Johnstown, PA
    Attachment Annual Costs  
    Service List  

Shuttle America Corporation hereby files proposals to provide subsidized essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Shuttle America recently emerged from bankruptcy under new ownership and management pursuant to a plan of reorganization approved and confirmed by the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Connecticut on December 7, 2001. Shuttle America is now operating under entirely new ownership and management, with vastly enhanced financial and operational resources.

Shuttle America is a regional airline operating a growing fleet of SAAB­340 aircraft. Shuttle America operates scheduled regional service as US Airways Express under a services agreement with US Airways. Shuttle America's proposed services at Altoona and Johnstown will operate as US Airways Express, and will provide seamless online connecting service to US Airways' national and international route system via the Pittsburgh hub. Shuttle America proposes to operate three daily roundtrip flights between Altoona and Pittsburgh and between Johnstown and Pittsburgh during weekdays, and a total of three roundtrips on weekends: one roundtrip flight on Saturday and two roundtrip flights on Sunday. Shuttle America proposes to use 33-seat SAAB-340 aircraft, which are currently in its fleet. This aircraft is perfectly tailored to meet the essential air service needs of Altoona and Johnstown.

Shuttle America requests annual subsidy for service at Johnstown in the amount of $571,768, and annual subsidy for service at Altoona in the amount of $674,613. The attachments contain Shuttle America's service and subsidy proposal setting forth in detail the bases for its calculations.

Counsel:  Shaw Pittman, Robert Cohn, 202.663.8060, robert.cohn@shawpittman.com



OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
May 9, 2002
Docketed May 10, 2002
Proposal of Colgan Air Chautauqua Airlines; Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA
    AttachmentSubsidy Calculation  
    Service List  

Colgan offers three possible proposals for service between Altoona and Pittsburgh and between Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Option 1 would offer 3 roundtrip flights between Altoona and Pittsburgh and between Johnstown and Pittsburgh seven days per week. Option 2 would offer 4 roundtrip flights between Altoona and Pittsburgh and between Johnstown and Pittsburgh each weekday with a total of 4 roundtrips on weekends, 2 roundtrips each day. Option 3 would offer the same number of trips as option 1, but would be operated with a single aircraft. Colgan proposes to use 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft, however, as market growth warrants, would transition to SAAB 340 aircraft, subject to availability.

Colgan is a regional airline operating a fleet of Beech 19000 and D model aircraft and SAAB 340B aircraft. Colgan operates scheduled regional service as US Airways Express under a services agreement with US Airways. Colgan's proposed service will operate as US Airways Express and will provide seamless online connecting service to US Airways' national and international route system via the Pittsburgh hub.

By:  Colgan Air, Michael Colgan



OST-02-11446 May 21, 2002
Docketed May 28, 2002
Letter of Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation In Support of the Blair County Airport Authority Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. - Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona, PA

By:  Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation


OST-02-11446 May 20, 2002
Docketed May 28, 2002
Correspondence of Altoona/Blair County Airport Authority Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. - Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona, PA

By:  Altoona/Blair Coutny Airport Authority, Joseph Merrilli


OST-02-11446 May 21, 2002
Docketed May 28, 2002
Correspondence of Blair County Board of Commissioners Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. - Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona, PA

By:  Blair Couty Board of Commissioners, John Ebersole




Order 02-5-18
OST-02-11446

OST-02-11451
Issued May 22, 2002 
Served May 28, 2002
Extending Service Obligation Chautauqua Airlines; Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA

On January 31, 2002, Chautauqua Airlines, Inc. (Chautauqua), filed a 90-day notice of its intent to suspend its unsubsidized service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, effective May 1, 2002. By Order 2002-4-6, April 5, 2002, the Department prohibited Chautauqua from suspending service at the communities for an initial 30-day period, through May 31, 2002, and requested proposals, with subsidy if necessary, from carriers interested in providing replacement service. Colgan Air and Shuttle America have submitted subsidy proposals. However, since this case will not be completed before the end of the current hold-in period, and as required by 49 U.S.C. 41734, we must continue to hold Chautauqua in for an additional 30-day period.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-6-05
OST-02-11446

OST-02-11451
Issued June 14, 2002 
Served June 19, 2002
Order Setting Final Rates

Microsoft Word File

Chautauqua Airlines; Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA
    Appendix A-C:  Map, EAS to be Provided    

On January 31, 2002, Chautauqua Airlines filed 90-day notices to suspend its subsidy-free EAS at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Order 2002-4-6, April 5, 2002, required Chautauqua to continue providing EAS to these communities, consisting of at least three nonstop round trips per day to Pittsburgh. Because Chautauqua is in the process of converting to an all-jet fleet, it is not interested in submitting a long-term proposal to continue to serve these communities. Nevertheless, Chautauqua is entitled to be compensated until replacement service is secured.

The rates we have agreed to are based on Chautauqua's system average unit costs for direct operating expenses for its Saab 340 fleet and its system indirect expenses for calendar year 2001, with an adjustment for higher insurance costs, and they appear reasonable. We will continue to process the long-term proposals submitted by Colgan Air and Shuttle America.

By:  Read Van de Water



Order 02-6-13
OST-02-11446

OST-02-11451
Issued June 25, 2002
Served June 28, 2002 
Order Extending Service Obligation

Microsoft Word File

Chautauqua Airlines; Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-7-40
OST-02-11446

OST-02-11451
Issued July 31, 2002
Served August 5, 2002 
Order Extending Service Obligation Notice of Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-08-15
OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
Issued August 15, 2002
Served August 20, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation 90-Day Notice to Terminate Service at Altoona, PA

By:  Randall Bennett



OST-02-11446 August 21, 2002 Classic Travel in Support of Shuttle America's Application for Essential Air Service 90-Day Notice to Terminate Service at Altoona, PA

By:  Classic Travel, Donna Wilt


OST-02-11446 August 21, 2002 Forever Broadcasting in Support of Shuttle America's Application for Essential Air Service 90-Day Notice to Terminate Service at Altoona, PA

By:  Forever Broadcasting, Scott Cohagan




Order 02-09-22
OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
Issued September 26, 2002
Served October 1, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation Essential Air Service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Colgan Air and Shuttle America have submitted subsidy proposals in this case. However, since this case will not be completed before the end of the current hold-in period, and as required by 49 U.S.C. 41734, we must continue to hold Chautauqua in for an additional 30-day period.

By:  Randall Bennett



Order 02-10-23
OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
Issued October 17, 2002
Served October 22, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation 90-Day Notice to Terminate Service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA

By Order 2002-6-5, issued June 14, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Chautauqua's hold-in service at Altoona and Johnstown, effective May 1, 2002, until further Department action. By Order 2002-9-22, September 26, 2002, the Department selected Colgan Air to provide essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown for a two-year period. The carrier expects to begin on or about December 1, 2002. Until that time, as required by 49 U.S.C. 41734, we must continue to hold Chautauqua in for an additional 30-day period.

By:  Read C. Van de Water



OST-02-11446 September 8, 2002
Docketed October 21, 2002
Comments  Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania

I believe that Colgan Air offers the best overall package to the residents and visitors of Blair County. My reasoning is Shuttle America has recently emerged from bankruptcy, and in the post September 11th era, in which many airlines have either declared are on the verge of declaring bankruptcy. Since USAir has already declared bankruptcy and that is the airline we work with in this Shuttle Service, I feel Colgan which seems to be on better financial footing than Shuttle America would better serve our needs.

By: Gerald Harrington



Order 02-11-14
OST-02-11446
OST-02-11451
Issued November 25, 2002
Served November 29, 2002
Order Extending Service Obligation

Word Document

Intent to Terminate Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania

By Order 2002-6-5, issued June 14, 2002, the Department set short-term final subsidy rates for Chautauqua's hold-in service at Altoona and Johnstown, effective May 1, 2002, until further Department action. By Order 2002-9-22, September 6, 2002, the Department selected Colgan Air to provide subsidized essential air see vice at Altoona and Johnstown for a two-year period. The carrier expects to begin on or about December 1, 2002- Until that time, as required by 49 U. .C. 41734, we must continue to hold Chautauqua in. for at additional 30-day period.

By: Randall Bennett



Order 04-12-05
OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

Issued December 3, 2004 | Served December 8, 2004

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a new two-year period, with or without subsidy.

Historical traffic for Altoona and Johnstown is detailed in Appendix B. During the year ended March 31, 2004, the most recent 12-month period for which traffic data are available for both communities, Altoona averaged 18.4 enplanements a day, and Johnstown averaged 29.7 enplanements a day. During 2000, the last calendar year not affected by the terrorist attacks, Altoona averaged 49.3 enplanements per day, and Johnstown averaged 58.1 enplanements a day.

By: Karan Bhatia



OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

January 6, 2005

Re: Proposal of Colgan Air

Colgan is a regional airline operating Beech 1900 and Saab 340 aircraft as US Airways Express under agreement with US Airways. The services currently offered by Colgan allow seamless connection to US Airways' domestic and international route system via Pittsburgh's Greater Pittsburgh International hub. As the incumbent carrier, Colgan continues to work closely with the community, fostering excellent relationships, working to improve ridership, and surpassing community air service needs, while providing a superior level of passenger service.

Colgan presents five proposed service options with 18 non‑stop or one‑stop trips each week on B 1900 aircraft intended to enhance air service. Although the service proposals utilize Beech 1900 aircraft, Colgan currently operates a Saab 340 aircraft in Johnstown, and will continue to do so as long as the market supports this service.

By: Michael Colgan

http://www.colganair.com/



January 12, 2005

Re: Letter from Aviation Analysis to the Honorable Thomas Martin, Mayor of Altoona, PA

Colgan has advised the Department that it has prepared its cost estimates for all five options based on operating expenses of the Beech 1900D aircraft. However, it currently operates a larger Saab 340 aircraft at Johnstown and would continue to operate that aircraft at the community as long as it was supported by the market. If selected under either Option 4 or Option 5, where one aircraft would be shared by both Altoona and Johnstown, Colgan has advised us that it would likewise operate the Saab aircraft as long as it was supported by the market.

Please note that the estimated average passenger fare shown in a carrier's proposal does not necessarily reflect the average local fare that passengers would actually pay, but rather reflects that portion of the total ticket price, e.g., the Altoona-Pittsburgh portion of an Altoona-(Pittsburgh)-Chicago fare, that would go to the essential air service carrier. Also, the fares shown are net of certain charges such as Federal excise or ticket taxes and Passenger Facility Charges. Of course, Colgan has the discretion to charge fares it deems appropriate, and the passenger fares presented in its proposal have been developed for subsidy rate computation purposes only. Based on the cost elements incorporated in Colgan' s computation summaries, the carrier would have to realize passenger fares comparable to the averages shown in its proposal in order to achieve break-even or profitable operations without subsidy.

By: Office of Aviation Analysis, Dennis DeVany


January 12, 2005

Re: Letter from Aviation Analysis to the Honorable Donato Zucco, Mayor of Johnstown, PA

By: Office of Aviation Analysis, Dennis DeVany



OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

January 18, 2005

Re: Comments of Louis and Terri Schenfeld

By: Louis and Terri Schenfeld



OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

January 25, 2005

Re: Comments of The Laurel Highlands Health Sciences Library Consortium

By: Heather Brice



Order 05-02-05
OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

Issued and Served February 7, 2005

Order Establishing Interim Rate | Word

Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a USAirways Express, is now providing essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania. By Order 2002-9-23, issued September 26, 2002, the Department established a combined subsidy rate of $847,576 for the carrier’s service at these communities for a two-year period ending November 30, 2004. We have requested proposals from all interested carriers for service for a new two-year period, and Colgan is the only carrier to submit a proposal. However, the selection process has not yet been completed and we must establish an interim rate for Colgan’s service in order for the carrier to continue to be compensated beginning December 1, until this process is completed.

Colgan’s proposal contains five service options, including one (Option 1) that proposes continuing its current service at both communities: three round trips each weekday and three each weekend period routed either AOO-PIT-JST-PIT-AOO or JST-PIT-AOO-PIT-JST. For this service, the carrier requests an annual subsidy of $1,454,387 for service with 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft. By this order, we will set this proposed rate as an interim rate for Colgan’s service at Altoona and Johnstown, to be effective December 1, 2004, until further notice, pending the completion of the carrier selection case. As an interim subsidy rate, it is subject to retroactive adjustment to December 1, 2004, and the final rate may be higher, lower or the same as the interim rate we are setting here.

By: Randall Bennett



OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA


February 10, 2005

Re: Comments of Charles Pillar, Blair County Airport Authority Manager

I am the Airport Manager for the Aitoona-Blair County Airport. Due to the current sitution of UsAirways and Pittsburgh International Airport, I beleive that option 2 or 3 submitted by Colgan Air best suites the needs of the patrons of the airport. The number of connections from lAD are much greater that PIT.

By: Charles Pillar


February 10, 2005

Re: Comments of Charles Pillar, Blair County Airport Authority Manager

Colgan Air has performed as outlined in their original proposal of 2002. They have supported the airport and community as a whole. I beleive that providing EAS service to the Dulles International Airport will continue the trend that they have started for this region.

By: Charles Pillar



OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA


February 11, 2005

Re: Comments of William Minter

By: William Minter


February 14, 2005

Re: Comments of Lanny Ross

By: Lanny Ross



OST-02-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-02-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

March 14, 2005

Re: Comments of The City of Altoona

In my opinion, our citizens and residents would make the most use of the 18 non‑stop round trips each week from Altoona to the Washington Dulles Airport.

By: Thos Martin, Mayor



Order 2005-4-9
OST-2002-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

Issued and Served April 8, 2005

Order Selecting Carrier and Setting Subsidy Rate

After a careful review of all of the proposals, as well as all of the community comments submitted, we have decided to select Colgan Air to provide EAS at Altoona and Johnstown for a two‑year period in accordance with its Option 3. We will establish a combined subsidy rate of $1,358,551 per year for service consisting of 18 nonstop round trips each week from Altoona to Washington (Dulles), and 18 nonstop round trips each week from Johnstown to Pittsburgh, with 19‑seat Beech 1900D aircraft. We find that the subsidy amount requested is reasonable for the service to be provided.

By: Karan Bhatia



OST-2002-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

January 18, 2006

Recommendation of Colgan Air for Bradford Regional Airport

As you may be aware. Colgan Air commenced scheduled service between the Altoona-Blair County Airport and Dulles International Airport in July 2005. This was in addition to the service that Colgan currently had in place between the Altoona-Blair County Airport and Pittsburgh International. With the start-up of the Dulles service, it didn't take long to see positive results.

With the local business community supporting the destination addition, the declining enplanement numbers quickly stabilized then began a steady upward trend. Load factors increased as well ranging from 15-20%.

I would fully support the efforts that I have experienced from Colgan Air, that they would provide the Bradford Regional Airport with the best available options to the Dulles International Airport.

By: Altoona/Blair County Airport Authority, Charles Pillar



Order 2006-12-10
OST-2002-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

Issued December 13, 2006 | Served December 18, 2006

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007, with or without subsidy.

With specific respect to Altoona, we expect proposals consisting of three round trips per service day (18 round trips a week) to Washington, DC, with two-pilot, twin-engine, pressurized aircraft having a capacity of at least 15 passenger seats. With respect to Johnstown, we expect proposals consisting of three round trips per service day (18 round trips a week) to Pittsburgh, with two-pilot, twin-engine, pressurized aircraft having a capacity of at least 15 passenger seats. 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 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-2002-11446 - EAS at Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - EAS at Johnstown, PA

January 17, 2007

Proposal of Colgan Air

Our proposal uses two aircraft with one aircraft flying 18 flights per week between Altoona and Washington Dulles and the other flying 18 flights per week between Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Both services would be flown under the USAirways Express brand connecting to United's USAirways coded flights in Washington Duties and to the USAirways network in Pittsburgh arid would require an annual subsidy of $2,363,462. We are bidding all services as Beech-1900D aircraft; however, we plan to continue operating a Saab-340 aircraft on the Johnstown to Pittsburgh market for no additional subsidy as long as it remains economically viable. We also plan to continue operating a 4th Saab-340 flight routed PIT-AOO-JST-PIT at no additional subsidy, thereby giving Johnstown a 4 flight pattern to Pittsburgh while giving Altoona 1 daily flight to Pittsburgh in addition to their subsidized Washington Dulles service. This additional flight will continue as long as it remains economically viable.

From Altoona, PA:

From Johnstown, PA:

By: Colgan Air, Michael Colgan, 703-331-3101



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

January 23, 2007

Requests for Community Comments of:

As you know, Colgan Air, Inc. is Altoona' s current EAS provider, and their contract expires May 30, 2007. In anticipation of that, we issued Order 2006-12-10, December 13, 2006, which solicited proposals from carriers interested in providing subsidized service at Altoona, as well as at Johnstown, for a new, two-year period, beginning June 1. In response to our request, we received a single proposal from Colgan. Even though there is only, one option for consideration, we want to give you an opportunity to submit any comments on the record before we submit a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs.

We request that you review the proposal and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in no case later than February 12. We will carefully consider your comments before we submit a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for a decision.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2002-11446

February 7, 2007

Re: Altoona-Blair County Airport Support for Colgan Air

The Blair County Airport has utilized Colgan over the past four years as its carrier providing service to the Pittsburgh International and the Washington Dulles International airports.

With the reliable service provided by Colgan in the past, the Altoona-Blair County Airport looks forward to another two year term with Colgan as the EAS carrier.

With the recent purchase of Colgan Air, Inc. by Pinnacle Air, we believe that this will only enhance the service that we have grown accustomed to at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. It is for this reason that we fully support the proposal submitted by Colgan Air, Inc.

By: Airport Manager, Charles Pillar, 814-793-2027



Order 2007-2-17
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued and Served February 16, 2007

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Subsidy Rate

By this order, the Department is selecting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to continue providing essential air service at Altoona consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Washington Dulles and at Johnstown consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh. The combined annual subsidy is $2,364,462 based on service with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007, and all service would be operated as US Airways Express.

This case is very straightforward: Colgan is the only applicant, it submitted only one option, and the communities are fully supportive.

By: Andrew Steinberg



February 2, 2007

City of Altoona in Support of Colgan Air

At this time we would like to go on record supporting the selection of Colgan Air. We would also like to recommend that Colgan Air work in cooperation with the airport management on any scheduling changes which would be appropriate.

By: City Manager, Joseph Weakland


February 7, 2007

Altoon/Blair County Airport Authority in Support of Colgan Air

With the reliable service provided by Colgan in the past, the Altoona-Blair County Airport looks forward to another two year term with Colgan as the EAS carrier.

With the recent purchase of Colgan Air, Inc. by Pinnacle Air, we believe that this will only enhance the service that we have grown accustomed to at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. It is for this reason that we fully support the proposal submitted by Colgan Air, Inc.

By: Airport Manager, Charles Pillar



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

January 8, 2008

Proposal of Colgan Air to Modify Existing Subsidized EAS Requirements

By Order 2007-2-17 the Department selected Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express to provide essential air services at Altoona consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Washington Dulles, and at Johnstown consisting of 18 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh. The combined annual subsidy is $2,364,462 based on service with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft for the two-year period beginning June 1, 2007, and all service would be operated as US Airways Express.

Colgan proposes to upgrade the equipment type from a 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft to a cabin class 30/33/34-seat SAAB 340 aircraft. Colgan also proposes increasing the number of roundtrips from 18 weekly to 23 weekly and also proposes changing the service pattern along with a change in Code Share partner.

In order to ensure well-timed flights for both communities connecting to United's banks at the Washington Dulles hub Colgan Air requests the following change in service pattern. Each community will receive 23 weekly roundtrips consisting of a mixture of one stop and non-stop flights to Washington Dulles utilizing a 30/33/34 passenger seat Saab 340 aircraft.

Although each community will now have some one-stop service as well as some non-stop service Colgan Air believes that with the upgrade from a 19-seat Beech 1900 to a 30/33/34-seat Saab 340. and the addition of the United Express brand to the United Washington Dulles Hub along with an additional roundtrip each weekday to both communities, this new service proposal will not have a negative impact on the traveling public and the communities of Altoona and Johnstown, PA.

Colgan will also begin operating this service under the United Express brand, Colgan Air d/b/a United Express. Colgan plans to transition this service on February 4, 2008. We further propose that the annual compensation rate $ 2,364,462 remains the same.

By: Colgan Air, George Casey, 703-656-2520



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown


January 14, 2008

Re: Altoona-Blair County Airport in Support of Colgan Air

With the change to United Express and cabin class aircraft operating into the airline's Washington Dulles hub, we believe that this will enhance the connecting opportunities for our travelers. It is for this reason that we fully support the proposal submitted by Colgan Air.

By: Airport Manager, Charles Pillar, 814-793-3872


January 14, 2008

Re: Johnstown-Bambria County Airport Authority in Support of Colgan Air

The proposed change of Express Carriers from US Airways to United on February 4, 2008, addresses our concerns and will enhance the service for this community. With the change to United Express and cabin class aircraft operating into the airlines Washington Dulles Hub, we believe that this will enhance the connecting opportunities for our travelers. It is for this reasons that we fully support the proposal submitted by Colgan Air, Inc.

By: Airport Manager, Terry Summerson


Order 2008-1-9
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued January 15, 2008 | Served January 18, 2008

Order Approving Alternate Service Patterns and Revising Subsidy Payouts

On January 11, 2008, Colgan submitted a proposal to change Johnston's hub from Pittsburgh to Dulles, and to operate 23 round trips a week at each community, consisting of a mix of nonstop flights and one-stop flights via the other community, in lieu of the 18 nonstop round trips a week at each community authorized by Order 2007-2-17. Colgan proposes to operate the modified service patterns with no change in the previously authorized subsidies, and anticipates implementing the modified patterns on February 4.

We approve the alternate service patterns for Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, proposed by Colgan Air, Inc. We set the final rates of compensation for Colgan Air, Inc., for the provision of essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania from the date on which Colgan implements the proposed service patterns through May 31, 2009.

Altoona $606.19
Johnstown $407.73

By: Todd Homan



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

March 28, 2008

Ninety-Day Notice of Intent of Colgan Air to Terminate Service

Colgan Air, Inc. gives notice ofits intent to terminate service at Altoona/Johnstown, PA ninety days from the date ofthis notice. Colgan Air plans to cease service at Altoona/Johnstown, PA effective June 28, 2008.

Colgan presently operates 23 non-stop round trips weekly between Altoona/Johnstown, PA and Washington Dulles. The current service order calls for service with a 19 passenger Beech 1900 aircraft. Colgan currently operates a 34 passenger Saab 340B aircraft on this service.

Colgan Air has determined that it cannot continue to operate this service economically, without an increase in subsidy due to the unprecedented increases in fuel costs.

By: Colgan, George Casey


Order 2008-4-13
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued and Served April 7, 2008

Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals | Word

By this order, the Department is (a) prohibiting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express from terminating its subsidized service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for 30 days beyond the end of its 90-day notice period, and (b) requesting long-term proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service, with or without subsidy, by May 2, 2008.

Because Colgan’s proposed termination of service would leave Altoona and Johnstown without any scheduled air service, we must prohibit the carrier from terminating such service at the end of its 90-say notice period and request proposals for replacement service. We will also require it to maintain service at the communities for an initial 30-day period after the original 90-day notice period consistent with the current contract. Furthermore, we will require Colgan to continue to maintain service at the communities for successive 30-day periods until we have completed processing the carrier replacement case and the new carrier has actually started service.

With respect to Altoona and Johnstown, we expect proposals consisting of three round trips on weekdays and weekends with 15-seat or larger aircraft to Washington Dulles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, or another suitable hub where connections to the national air transportation system can be made. Carriers interested in filing proposals, with or without subsidy requests, should file them no later than May 2, 2008.

By Order 2007-2-17, February 16, 2007, the Department selected Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide EAS with subsidy support at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, through May 31, 2009, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $2,364,462. Under that order, Colgan was selected to provide Altoona with three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Washington Dulles and Johnstown with three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Pittsburgh, all with Beech 1900 aircraft. However, Colgan planned to operate the three Johnstown-Pittsburgh round trips with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft and to provide a fourth daily round trip, routed Pittsburgh-Altoona-Johnstown-Pittsburgh, with Saab 340 aircraft as long as it remained economically viable to do so. Under Order 2008-1-9, January 15, 2008, with full support of the communities, the Department approved Colgan’s request to move Johnstown’s service from Pittsburgh to Washington Dulles International Airport and to operate the service as United Express. The approved service pattern called for 23 nonstop or onestop round trips each week for both Altoona and Johnstown to Washington Dulles, with Saab 340 aircraft, a larger aircraft than Colgan is required to use to serve the communities. On March 28, 2008, Colgan filed a 90-day notice with the Department of its intent to terminate its subsidized service at Altoona and Johnstown effective June 28, 2008. Colgan said it “has determined that it cannot continue to operate this service economically, without an increase in subsidy due to the unprecedented increase in fuel costs.”

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown


May 2, 2008

Proposals of Colgan Air

Colgan Air, Inc. respectfully submits a proposal to continue providing subsidized service between the communities of Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania and Washington Dulles International Airport. This proposal uses Saab 340 aircraft and would require a combined annual subsidy of $2,788,845.

The proposed service options for the northeastern Pennsylvania communities are as follows: Altoona 18 round-trips per week operated as a combination of one-stop and nonstop service to Washington-Dulles; Johnstown 18 round-trips each week operated as a combination of one-stop and non-stop service to Washington-Dulles.

By: Colgan, George Casey, 703-331-3101


May 2, 2008

Proposals of Gulfstream International Airlines | Word

Gulfstream intends to operate these flights under its existing codeshare agreement with Continental Airlines to its hub in Cleveland, Ohio. Gulfstream believes that the strength of the Continental hub at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will have a positive effect on ridership. In compliance with Public Law 100-223, Gulfstream proposes to operate these flights using Beech 1900D turboprops that are pressurized and accommodate 19 passengers to the, FAA defined, medium-sized hub at Cleveland, OH. Two service patterns are offered.

The proposed service pattern (Option 1) features 48 weekly frequencies between Altoona, Johnstown and Cleveland, Ohio. This service constitutes four weekday roundtrips operating on a CLE-AOO-JST-CLE or CLE-JST-AOO-CLE routing. The schedule, as we currently envision it, would provide Altoona with one outbound non-stop flight along with three one-stop outbound departures each weekday. Weekday inbound service would consist of two non-stop and two one-stop flights. Johnstown would receive three non-stop outbound departures along with a single one-stop departure. Weekday inbound service would consist of two non-stop and two one-stop flights. Weekend service for each community would consist of one nonstop and one one-stop flight in each direction on both Saturday and Sunday.

The second service pattern (Option 2) features 36 weekly frequencies between Altoona, Johnstown and Cleveland, Ohio. This service is made up of three weekday roundtrips operating on a CLE-AOO-JST-CLE or CLE-JST-AOO-CLE routing. The schedule, as we currently envision it, would provide Altoona with one outbound non-stop flight along with two one-stop outbound departures each weekday. Inbound service would consist of one non-stop and two one-stop flights. Johnstown would receive two non-stop outbound departures along with a single one-stop departure. Weekday inbound service would consist of two nonstop and one one-stop flights. Weekend service for Altoona would feature a single one-stop roundtrip on Saturday and two one-stop outbound trips with one non-stop and one one-stop inbound trip on Sunday. Weekend service for Johnstown would feature a single non-stop roundtrip on Saturday with two non-stop outbound trips and one non-stop and one one-stop inbound trip on Sunday.

By: Gulfstream, Mickey Bowman



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

May 9, 2008

Request for Community Comments of:

My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the caixiers' service and subsidy proposals before we submit a recommendation on the carrier-selection issue to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. We request that you review each proposal and service option and submit any comments you may have before we submit a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary. We ask that you submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than June 3, 2008.

Colgan's proposal would offer service to Altoona and Johnstown from Washington Dulles International Airport utilizing Saab 340 aircraft, operating as United Express. Altoona and Johnstown would each receive three weekday and three weekend round trips operated as a combination of one-stop and nonstop service to Washington Dulles, similar to the cunent service pattern, for a combined annual subsidy of $2,788,845.

Gulfstream has proposed two options, both of which would be provided to Cleveland utilizing Beech 1900 aircraft. Option I would offer four weekday round trips and reduced weekend service operating on a Cleveland-Altoona-Johnstown-Cleveland or Cleveland-Johnstown-Altoona-Cleveland routing, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,172,860. Option 2 would offer three weekday round trips and reduced weekend service operating on a Cleveland - Altoona - Johnstown - Cleveland or Cleveland - Johnstown - Altoona - Cleveland routing, for a combined annual subsidy of 52.636,707. Gulfstream's service would be operated in conjunction with its existing codeshare asreement with Continental Airlines.

By: Dennis DeVany



May 25, 2008

Email Message - Comments of Carol Snyder in Support of Colgan Air

I am concerned about the travel at the Blair County airport. I liked it when USAir was here. But I can go to Dulles, as I am scheduled to go to Canada from Dulles in July, and will be landing at Altoona. If you get planes in here that go to Cleveland, you might as well close up the airport. Have lived in the Cove for 55 years. I think we have a great airport, and wish to keep it like it is right now. So try and keep Colgan Air here.

By: Carol Snyder



May 28, 2008

Re: Blair County Airport Authority and Cambria County Airport Authority in Support of Colgan Air

The airports believe that the partnership that has been established with Colgan Air and with the change to United Express have the best interest in mind of both the airports and the local travelers. Blair County and Cambria County Airport Authority fully supports the proposal submitted by Colgan Air to provide continued EAS in the respective markets.

By: Charles Pillar and Scott Voelker



May 30, 2008

Re: Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. in Support of Colgan Air

With due respect to the Gulfstream International proposal, I am very confident that selection of either of Gulfstream's proposals would move us in a negative direction in air service for Blair County and surrounding counties. Both options from Gulfstream propose using the Beech 1900, a 19-passenger aircraft, which in its time was an efficient aircraft. However, it is one now being deleted from service by many carriers due to its maintenance issues and nonexistent parts inventory.

My comments are made only with the intent to express "lessons learned" in a market that is finally showing progress with community support and positive numbers. Colgan Air, Inc. has an excellent safety record, coupled with dependable Cabin Class equipment, that will continue to enhance our growth for the future.

By: Martin Marasco



May 30, 2008

Pennsylvania State Senator John Eichelberger in Support of Colgan Air

The combined leadership of Altoona-Blair County Airport along with Colgan Air has played a major role in the success that our region has experienced. In my previous role as a Blair County Commissioner, I oversaw the Airport Authority for many years and had the opportunity to work with the Colgan family. We have relied heavily upon their expertise and guidance with regard to passenger satisfaction, therefore, it is my hope that full consideration will be given to their concerns about Essential Air Service.

By: John Eichelberger, 717-787-5490



Order 2008-6-10
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued June 10, 2008 | Served June 13, 2008

Order Reselecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is reselecting Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express to provide subsidized essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, at a total annual subsidy rate of $2,788,845, for the period from of June 15, 2008, through June 30, 2010.

By Order 2007-2-17, February 16, 2007, the Department selected Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide EAS with subsidy support at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, through May 31, 2009, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $2,364,462. Under that order, Colgan was selected to provide Altoona with three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Washington Dulles and Johnstown with three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend to Pittsburgh, all with Beech 1900 aircraft. However, Colgan planned to operate the three Johnstown – Pittsburgh round trips with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft and to provide a fourth daily round trip, routed Pittsburgh – Altoona – Johnstown – Pittsburgh, with Saab 340 aircraft as long as it remained economically viable to do so. Under Order 2008-1-9, January 15, 2008, with full support of the communities, the Department approved Colgan’s request to move Johnstown’s service from Pittsburgh to Washington Dulles International Airport and to operate the service as United Express. The approved service pattern called for 23 nonstop or one-stop round trips each week for both Altoona and Johnstown to Washington Dulles, with Saab 340 aircraft, a larger aircraft than Colgan is required to use to serve the communities. On March 28, 2008, Colgan filed a 90-day notice with the Department of its intent to terminate its subsidized service at Altoona and Johnstown effective June 28, 2008. Colgan said it “has determined that it cannot continue to operate this service economically, without an increase in subsidy due to the unprecedented increase in fuel costs.” In response to Colgan’s 90-day notice to terminate service, by Order 2008-4-13, April 7, 2008, the Department solicited proposals from all interested air carriers to provide service at Altoona and Johnstown.

By: Michael Reynolds




Re: City of Altoona in Support of Colgan Air

I believe that the EAS option offered by Colgan Air, Inc. is superior to that of Gulfstream International. The selection of Gulfstream International would move our air service in a negative direction.

By: City Manager Joseph Weakland


June 2, 2008

Re: Blair County Chamber of Commerce in Support of Colgan Air

On behalf of the 1018 businesses and organizations that comprise the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, it is my pleasure to support Colgan Air as it applies for continued subsidy from EAS.

By: Joseph Hurd



Order 2010-2-28
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued and Served February 26, 2010

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2010, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due by March 24, 2010.

With specific respect to Altoona and Johnstown, if carriers propose to serve both communities on shared flights, we expect proposals consisting of three round trips on weekdays and weekends with 34-seat aircraft, or four round trips with 19-seat aircraft, or five round trips with 9-seat aircraft, to Washington Dulles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, or another suitable hub where connections to the national air transportation system can be made. If the communities are served independently, we would expect proposals for two round trips a day with 34-seat aircraft, three round trips a day with 19-seat aircraft or four round trips with 9-seat aircraft.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown


March 17, 2010

Re: Comments of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Support of Aviation Technologies

It is my understanding that Aviation Technologies, Inc. has expressed sincere interest in providing air service to the Johnstown-Cambria and Altoona-Blair County airports. I recommend this company as a leader in aviation and am in recognition of their ability to meet the technical, distribution and service challenges that face the aviation community.

By: Barry Centini


March 18, 2010

Re: Comments of Congressman Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) in Support of Aviation Technologies

It is my understanding that Aviation Technologies, Inc. is seeking to expand their service by participating in the Pennsylvania EAS Program with John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in Johnstown and Altoona-Blair County Airport in Altoona. Consistent with all applicable laws, rules and regulations please consider Aviation Technologies' request.




OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

March 24, 2010

Re: Proposal of Colgan Air

Colgan Air, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. respectfully submits a proposal to provide subsidized service between the communities of Altoona and Johnstown, PA and Washington-Dulles International Airport. This proposal would require a combined annual subsidy of $3,348,294.

The proposed service options for the Pennsylvania communities are as follows: Altoona, PA 18 round-trips per week operated as a combination of one-stop and non-stop service to Washington-Dulles; Johnstown, PA 18 round-trips each week operated as a combination of one-stop and non-stop service to Washington-Dulles. The service for both communities will utilize a Saab 340, a thirty-four passenger, cabin class aircraft operated by a crew of two pilots and a flight attendant.

By: Colgan, Dough Shockey, 703-656-2307


March 24, 2010

Re: Proposal of Gulfstream International Airlines

In the first service option, Gulfstream would propose to operate flights under its existing codeshare agreement with Continental Airlines to its established hub in Cleveland, Ohio (48 Weekly Frequencies between Johnstown/Altoona and Cleveland, Ohio). The second set of service options we put forth would involve operations from both Altoona and Johnstown to Pittsburgh, PA (36 Weekly frequencies between Altoona, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Gulfstream proposes to operate these flights using Beech 1900D turboprops that are pressurized and accommodate 19 passengers to the, FAA defined, medium-sized hubs at Cleveland, OH or Pittsburgh, PA.

By: Gulfstream, Mickey Bowman


OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown


March 24, 2010

Re: Proposal of Charter Air Transport

Proposal Includes: AQQ and JST-IAD, AGO and JST-PIT

30 Seat Turbo Prop EMB-120 Aircraft
Serves Washington-Dulles and Pittsburgh with 18 single-stop or non-stop flights per week.
*Atlantic City with 1 single-stop or non-stop flight per week.
*NON-SUBSIDIZED

IAD Average One Way Fare: $69.99
PIT Average One Way Fare: $49.99

Requested subsidy amount per year: $2,960,022.00

By: Peter Billman, 216-348-1415


March 24, 2010

Re: Proposal of Sovereign Air

In response to Order 2010-2-28, Sovereign Air, Inc. offers the following proposal: Sovereign Air, Inc. is planning to use the King Air 350 as its primary aircraft for this Essential Air Service route. It will be configured with nine passenger seats if Altoona and Johnstown are to be served separately, and will be expanded to twelve seats if the route is to be combined. The aircraft is type certificated for up to fifteen passenger seats.

Option 1 (5RT): 5 round trips daily between JST, AOO and IAD
Option 2 (4RT): 4 round trips daily between JST and IAD
Option 3 (4RT): 4 round trips daily between AOO and IAD

By: Jon Payne



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

March 29, 2010

Re: DOT Request for Community Comments of:

Altoona/Blair County Airport Manager
John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria Airport Operations Director
Mayor of City of Altoona
Mayor of City of Johnstown

We request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than April 23. We will carefully consider your comments before we submit a recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for a decision.

Charter has proposed one service option using 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 aircraft operating two round trips each day except Saturday over an Altoona-Johnstown-Washington Dulles routing. and one round trip each day except Saturday over an Altoona-Johns town-Pittsburgh routing for a combined annual subsidy of $2,960,205.

Colgan has proposed one service option to provide both communities with three round trips each weekday and each weekend (18 a week), with a mix of nonstops and one stop service over an Altoona-Johnstown-Washington Dulles or Johnstown-Altoona-Washington Dulles routing using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft for an annual subsidy of $3,348,294.

Gulfstream has proposed four service options, all of which would use 19-seat Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. Option I would operate to Cleveland as Continental Express; Options 2-4 would operate to Pittsburgh and be unbranded. Option I would offer four weekday round trips and a total of four weekend round trips (24 a week), over a Cleveland-Altoona-Johnstown-Cleveland routing or Cleveland-Johnstown-Altoona-Cleveland routing, for an annual subsidy of $3,874,464. Option 2 would offer three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend (18 a week) over an Altoona-Pittsburgh routing for an annual subsidy of $1,983,918. Option 3 would offer three nonstop round trips each weekday and weekend (18 a week) over a Johnstown-Pittsburgh routing for an annual subsidy of $1,749,981. Option 4 would offer four weekday roundtrips and a total of four weekend round trips with a mix of nonstop and one-stop service over a Pittsburgh-Altoona-Johnstown-Pittsburgh routing or Pittsburgh-Johnstown-Altoona-Pittsburgh routing for an annual subsidy of $3,30 1,212.

Sovereign Air has proposed three service options. While all three options would use King Air 350 aircraft, under Option I, it would be configured for 12 seats, and under Options 2 and 3, 9 seats. Option I would offer five daily round trips (35 a week) over a Johnstown-Altoona-Washington Dulles routing for an annual subsidy of $1,103,603. Option 2 would offer four daily nonstop round trips (28 a week) over a Johnstown-Washington Dulles routing for an annual subsidy of $1,117,417. Option 3 would offer four daily nonstop roundtrips (28 a week) over an Altoona-Washington Dulles routing for an annual subsidy of $1,231,939.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

April 5, 2010

Re: Comments of Orlando Hanselman

Several years ago Dulles Airport was properly chosen as the connecting hub for all Johnstown flights. THIS REMAINS AN EXCELLENT DECISION. Dulles is a modern airport, easily navigated, with an abundance of connecting flights and destination cities, domestic and international. Customer carrier choice, as well as total flight pricing offered by the Dulles connection, is outstanding. Returning to Pittsburgh or the use of Cleveland as a new hub would represent a significant decline in both service and connection choice, as well as likely increasing the total flight cost for most connections. I URGE DOT TO ONLY CONSIDER CARRIER OPTIONS CONNECTING THROUGH DULLES.


OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

April 9, 2010

Re: Pittsburgh International Airport in Suppot of Gulfstream Airlines

Although Charter offers a partial PIT program, our support is for GuUstream, a proven carrier that has agreed to take on this endeavor with PIT and work with the Pennsylvania air service committee under Option 2.

By: Bradley Penrod



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

April 7, 2010

Re: Cleveland Airport System in Support of Gulfstream Int'l Airlines

I would like to express my support and that of the City of Cleveland, Ohio for the Gulfstream International Airlines Essential Air Service filing for Altoona and Johnstown, PA service to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

By: Ricky Smith


April 19, 2010

Re: Comments of Lee Appleman

I am an Altoona resident that has been using this airport since I left for the Army in 1969 (Allegheny Air at that time). Over the years I have seen service decline and then get better. I have been mostly satisfied with the current service provided by Colgan from Dulles. Most of my flights have been on time and comfortable. I would recommend that you retain their service.


April 19, 2010

Re: Comments of Susan Mikesic

I wanted to provided feedback on the proposed changes to service at the Altoona-Blair county airport. I frequently fly out of this airport and very much like the current carrier and connection to the Dulles Int'l airport. I fly all over the country and have found little problem with connecting flights at this airport and have never experiences a flight cancellation under the current carrier. In addition, I would not like to fly out of this airport on a very small plan because of safety concerns. Too many times you hear of plane crashes on very small planes. It would make me consider the State College airport an alternative airport since they have larger plans....and I don't like the Philly airport which offers the connecting flights.


April 19, 2010

Re: Comments of Valerie Metzler

I have absolutely no problem with flying in the small airplanes. What I want is more choice (more flights) and less expense. If the small planes make those two possible, then I want small planes.


March 14, 2010

Re: Comments of Frances Shrock

I recently was stranded in Dulles airport because my commuter flight to Altoona airport was closed and then canceled. This information was given to me by United Airline employees, when I was waiting for my lost luggage. Now I am told by United Customer service that the plane left the gate early and with 34 passengers. If the plane had that many passengers, the passengers were Penn State students returning home from spring break. I was told that the plane departed at 5:24, three minutes early. But, I recall that it was 5 PM when I was told that the flight was not waiting at the gate and had likely been canceled because only three passengers were scheduled for the flight. If a commuter flight leaves twenty-seven minutes early or if it is canceled and the passengers are given vouchers for a hotel room and a meal, can this be the preferred carrier to contract to carry commuters to and from Altoona airport.


April 19, 2010

Re: Comments of Dave Sacks

The reason Sovereign Air has proposed using a 9-12 passenger size airplane best meets the market's current and near potential size. Despite what the non-aviation general public says in surveys, making multiple daily trips, utilizing the smaller capacity aircraft best meets and needs of the community and profitability of the airline. If the final decision is to go with the larger capacity aircraft, the authority may likely be faced with possibly having a carrier leave the market prematurely, or the same situation of seeking a new carrier when the next agreements ends.


April 19, 2010

Re: Comments of Debbie Zook

As I said, don't have the answers but kind of wondering if the authorities are asking the right questions? What is the goal? More riders. Better service. More flights. More income generated. Just wondering.


April 19, 2010

Re: Comments of John/Sally Jackson

We prefer any airline selected for Altoona-Blair Co. PA airport go to Washington-Dulles; however, our main criteria is that any airline selected be as safe as possible. We are not interested in flights going to Ohio.


April 20, 2010

Re: Comments of Sandra Vedder

I strongly encourage you to renew the contract for commuter service to/from AOO with Colgan. I fly in and out of AOO several times a year and value the connecting service in Washington with United. Since I fly on to AZ I need to have good connections in order to complete the flight on the same day.


April 20, 2010

Re: Altoona-Blair County Development Corporation in Support of Colgan Air

This letter is to serve as our official endorsement of the Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority's recommendation that Colgan Air, Inc., operating as United Express, continue as the operator of essential air service at the Altoona-Blair County Airport.

By: Joseph Sheetz


April 22, 2010

Re: Red Cross - Southern Alleghenies Chapter in Support of Colgan Air

We are pleased with the service provided by Colgan Air between Altoona-Johnstown-Dulles and welcome any addition to the services. In particular, the local chapter of the American Red Cross would like to see the addition of Charter Air Transport. We feel this service would enhance Red Cross ability to respond to state and national emergency disasters in rapid deployment time.

By: CJ Terrana



Order 2010-5-10
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued and Served May 10, 2010

Order Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is selecting Colgan Air Inc., operating as United Express, to provide essential air service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,348,294, for the two-year period from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2012.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2012-2-9
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued and Served February 14, 2012

Order Requesting Proposals

By Order 2010-5-10, May 10, 2010, the Department selected Colgan Air, Inc. operating as United Express, to provide EAS at Altoona and Johnstown with three round trips each weekday and weekend (18 a week), with a mix of nonstop and one-stop service over an Altoona-Johnstown-Washington Dulles or Johnstown-Altoona-Washington Dulles routing using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft for a combined annual subsidy of $3,348,294 from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012.

During year ended September 30, 2011, Altoona averaged 14 enplanements per day and Johnstown, 26. We expect service levels that are comparable with what the community currently receives, with service to Washington Dulles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, or any large or medium hub that offers access to the national air transportation system utilizing twin-engine aircraft. If air carriers choose to serve both communities on shared flights, we expect proposals consisting of three round trips weekdays and weekends (18 a week) with 30 to 50-seat aircraft, or four round trips (24 a week) with 19-seat aircraft. For proposals with 8/9-seat aircraft, we expect four nonstop round trips a day (24 a week). Should the communities agree to single-engine aircraft, in effect waiving their right to twin-engine aircraft, we would consider the waiver to apply only for the length of the term of the air carrier-selection at hand, i.e., we would not assume that the communities would waive their rights for all time.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

March 9, 2012

Ninety-Day Notice of Colgan Air of Termination of Service

Colgan Airlines, Inc. hereby gives notice of its intent to discontinue the service it provides at Altoona, PA and Johnstown, PA, effective June 8, 2012.

Colgan Airiines, Inc. can no longer continue service to the community. The discontinuation of service will cause service to drop below the EAS guarantee levels established by the Department. Colgan Airlines, Inc. operates as United Airlines Express, 18 weekly non-stops or one stop roundtrips between Altoona, PA and Washington-Dulles, and 18 weekly non-stops or one stop roundtrips between Johnstown, PA and Washington-Dulles with 34 seat Saab Turbo-Prop aircraft.

By: Pinnacle Airlines, Philip Reed, 901-348-4257


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

March 14, 2012

Proposal of Silver Airways

Silver Airways cordially submits its proposal to provide subsidized air service to the communities of Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania to the hub at Washington’s Dulles International Airport. Silver Airways proposes to operate flights, under its existing United Airlines codeshare. At the time of this filing, a definitive agreement to extend Silver Airways existing codeshare to these routes has not been consummated therefore this bid is contingent upon that agreement being finalized.

Silver Airways proposes to operate these flights using Saab 340 B+ turboprops that are pressurized and accommodate 34 passengers.

By: Mickey Bowman, 954-302-5929


 

Order 2012-3-14
OST-2005-20736
- Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria, TX
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA

Issued and Served March 23, 2012

Order Prohibiting Suspension of Service and Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department prohibits Colgan Airlines, Inc. d/b/a United Airlines Express, from terminating service at Altoona and Johnstown, PA; Victoria, TX; Staunton, VA; and Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont and Morgantown, WV, for 30 days beyond the end of the 90-day notice period, i.e. July 8, 2012. We are also requesting proposals by April 25, 2012, from air carriers interested in providing replacement Essential Air Service at Victoria, TX; and Staunton, VA, for a new term, with or without subsidy.

Specifically, two round trips a day (12 a week) with 30-seat or larger aircraft; or three round trips a day (18 a week) with 19-seat aircraft and additional frequencies with 8/9 seat aircraft. Should the communities agree to single-engine aircraft, in effect waiving their right to twin-engine aircraft, we would consider the waiver to apply only for the length of the term of the air carrier-selection at hand, i.e. we would not assume that the communities would waive their rights for all time.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

March 28, 2012

Comments of Altoona-Blair County Airport

Our airport authorities have formed an airline committee made up of board members, coinmunitv leaders and individuals with backgrounds in the travel industry. This cominittee has taken on the task of managing the air service transition. In addition, the committee is dedicated to the creation of a long-term strategy to ensure that commercial service remains available at Johnstown and Altoona Airptiits in the future which may or may not include EAS support.

We jointly, have assembled a list of questions regarding the proposal itself, the EAS selection process, and the means by which air service standards are established and maintained. Our intent is to better understand our role and our options so that we can ftinction more effectively as advocates for our community and good stewards in terms of our responsibilities in supporting the DOT Essential Air Service funded operations.

By: RaNeill Fenochak, Charles Pillman, Richard Weaver, Lanny Ross


 

April 12, 2012

Re: The Blair County Airport Authority in Support of Silver Airways

The Blair County Airport Authority supports the proposal submitted by Silver Airways to provide commercial air service through the EAS program for the Altoona-Blair County Airport and Johnstown Cambria County Airports.

By: BCAA, Chuck Pillar


 

Order 2012-4-30
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued and Served April 26, 2012

Order Selecting Carrier

By this Order, the Department is selecting Silver Airways, formerly Gulfstream International Airways, to provide Essential Air Service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania to Washington Dulles International Airport for a combined annual subsidy of $3,997,187. Service to be provided will be 18 weekly nonstop and one-stop round trips over an Altoona-Johnstown-Washington Dulles or Johnstown-Altoona-Washington Dulles routing using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft for the two-year period beginning when the carrier begins full EAS at both communities.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2014-2-6
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

Issued and Served February 6, 2014

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Altoona and/or Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for a new contract period beginning August 1, 2014, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than March 11, 2014.

During the year ended September 30, 2013, Altoona averaged 13 enplanements per day and Johnstown averaged 20 enplanements per day. For Altoona and Johnstown, the Department expects proposals to offer service to a large- or medium-hub airport that provides numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. If air carriers choose to serve both communities on shared flights, we expect proposals consisting of three round trips on weekdays and weekends (18 a week) with 30 to 50-seat aircraft, or four round trips (24 a week) with 19-seat aircraft.
Should air carriers wish to serve the communities nonstop to/from the hub airport, we would expect proposals for two weekday and two weekend round trips (12 a week) using 30-seat or larger aircraft for each community. We would also accept proposals for three round trips each weekday and weekend (18 a week) using 19-passenger aircraft.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

March 6, 2014

Request of Silver Airways for an Extension

Silver Airways, the current EAS Provider to Altoona and Johnstown is working diligently to evaluate and prepare a service proposal in response. to DOT Order 2014-2-6. The current due date for such proposals is March 11, 2014. Silver respectfully requests an extension until March 21, 2014 for submitting Its EAS proposal for these markets.

We have contacted airport managers in both Communities who are amenable to our request.

By: Travis Christ





March 6, 2014

DOT Granting Extension

The Department received a request from Silver Airways asking to extend the due date for EAS proposals at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to March 21 2014. The Department has decided to grant the extension.

By: Michael Martin, 202-366-6494


 

OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA

March 19, 2014

Request of Silver Airways for Extension

Silver Airways, the current EAS provider to the seven communities listed above, is working diligently to evaluate and prepare a service proposal in response to DOT Orders 2014-2-6 and 2014-2-13. The current due date for both proposals is March 21, 2014. Silver respectfully requests an extension until April 17, 2014 for submitting its EAS proposal for these markets.

By: Travis Christ


 

Issued and Served March 20, 2014

Notice Extending Deadline for Proposals

By Order 2014-2-6, issued on February 6, 2014, the Department requested proposals for Essential Air Service at Altoona and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with proposals due no later than March 11, 2014. On March 6, 2014, Silver Airways requested an extension to the deadline until March 21, 2014. On March 6, 2014, the Department granted the extension request, thereby making proposals to serve Altoona and Johnstown due on March 21, 2014.

On March 19, 2014, Silver Airways requested an additional extension for Altoona and Johnstown, as well as for Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont and Morgantown, West Virginia; and Staunton, Virginia, until April 17, 2014.

Additionally, on March 20, 2014, Boutique Air, Inc. requested an extension, until April 1, 2014, for Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, and Morgantown, West Virginia; and Staunton, Virginia.

We will grant both extension requests and will use Silver Airways’ requested due date to provide the most amount of time for air carriers to develop proposals. Proposals for all seven of the above communities are now due April 17, 2014. Air carriers should be very clear as to whether a specific community’s proposal is on a stand-alone basis, or whether it is part of a larger, inseparable package with other communities.

By: Kevin Schlemmer


 

April 17, 2014

Proposal of City Link Air

CLA submits this proposal to provide subsidized air service from Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh International Airport to the community of Altoona, Pennsylvania. CLA may initially operate under FAA scheduled charter rules (Part 135) as it continues to pursue full, Part 121 certification. If this is the case a similar aircraft will be used until full 121 certification is achieved.

Planned aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D
Alternate aircraft: Beechcraft 300/350

By: Joshua Newsteder


 

OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Lewisburg, WV
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA

April 17, 2014

Proposal of Silver Airways

For each community, we propose to operate a minimum number of departures to IAD and arrivals from IAD per week:

By: Travis Christ





OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA

April 17, 2014

Propoasl of Sun Air

Sun Air proposes to operate high frequency, low fare service to Pittsburgh using 8-passenger Piper Chieftain aircraft. Both of Sun Air’s proposals are for a four-year period, which the company believes is necessary relative to the size of its’ planned investment in these communities. They are stand-alone proposals, meaning one or both may be accepted.

Altoona: 29 Weekly round trips, with five during the weekdays and two each weekend day.
Johnstown: 36 Weekly round trips, with six during the weekdays and three each weekend day.

By: David Hackett, 954-660-9865

 


 

April 18, 2014

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2014-3-12 (March 19, 2014), requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS for a new term. In response to our request, four air carriers submitted proposals: Silver Airways (the incumbent), Boutique Air, City Link Air and Sun Air.

I request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, May 28.

By: Michael Gormans, 202-366-1853


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

April 18, 2014

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2014-2-6, requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS for a new term. In response to our request, four air carriers submitted proposals: Silver Airways (the incumbent), Boutique Air, City Link Air and Sun Air. request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, May 28.

By: Michael Martin, 202-366-6494


OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Lewisburg, WV

April 21, 2014

Proposals of Boutique Air

All bids are standalone options? however, we will require a minimum of three communities in order to accept an award. In addition, in order to accept an award that includes IAD, we will need a minimum of three communities that prefer to fly into IAD.

Our proposal would be flown in nine-seat, modern, pressurized Pilatus PC12 aircraft.

Jamestown:

18 nonstop RT weekly Jamestown-Pittsburgh

Bradford:

18 nonstop RT weekly Bradford-Pittsburgh

Franklin:

18 nonstop RT weekly Franklin-Pittsburgh

DuBois:

24 nonstop RT weekly DuBois-Pittsburgh
12 nonstop RT weekly DuBois-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop weekly RT DuBois-Dulles

Parkersburg:

36 nonstop RT weekly Parkersburg-Pittsburgh
24 nonstop RT weekly Parkersburg-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Parkersburg-Dulles

Johnstown:

36 nonstop RT weekly Johnstown-Pittsburgh
24 nonstop RT weekly Johnstown-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Johnstown-Dulles

Altoona:

24 nonstop RT weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh
12 nonstop RT weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Altoona-Dulles

Morgantown:

42 nonstop RT weekly Morgantown-Pittsburgh
30 nonstop RT weekly Morgantown-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Morgantown-Dulles

Clarksburg:

30 nonstop RT weekly Clarksburg-Pittsburgh
18 nonstop RT weekly Clarksburg-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Clarksburg-Dulles

Staunton:

42 nonstop RT weekly Staunton-Pittsburgh
30 nonstop RT weekly Staunton-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Staunton-Dulles

Lewisburg:

30 nonstop RT weekly Lewisburg-Pittsburgh
18 nonstop RT weekly Lewisburg-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Lewisburg-Dulles

Beckley:

18 nonstop RT weekly Beckley-Pittsburgh
6 nonstop RT weekly Beckley-Pittsburgh; 12 nonstop RT weekly Beckley-Dulles

By: Shawn Simpson





OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Lewisburg, WV

Issued and Served May 14, 2014

Notice Amending Proposal Schedule

The Department has received requests from two air carriers asking that they be allowed to modify their proposals at some or all of the above-mentioned communities. We have reviewed the requests and find that it is in the public interest to grant this request. Therefore, the air carriers that submitted proposals in response to the most recent Request for Proposals at the above-mentioned communities will now have until May 27, 2014 to resubmit a revised proposal, if they wish do so.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV

 

May 27, 2014

Proposal of Silver Airways

On April 17, 2014, Silver Airways responded to the Department of Transportation's Request for Proposals for Essential Air Service at the nine cities listed above. In that response, we indicated our proposal was subject to extending our commercial agreements with United Airlines. We are pleased to inform you that Silver Airways and United Airlines have successfully reached terms on our commercial agreements.

Our commercial agreements with United will have two impacts on our bid:

  1. Our codeshare agreement will transition from an "Express-style" relationship to an alliance-style codeshare, similar to our Florida and Bahamas network. The passenger impact of this change will be minimal. Our passengers will continue to access coordinated schedules, competitive fares, and seamless connections at Washington Dulles International Airport.
  2. We have reached terms where United will continue to place its "UA" code on only seven of the nine cities included in our original April 17th proposal to the RFP. Because we will be unable to continue placing the "UA" code on flights to Altoona, PA and Beckley, WV, we are no longer able to serve these communities and have removed them from our bid.

Our proposal has been revised to a total of $18,445,111 for the package of seven cities. DuBois, PA and Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs will see minor adjustments to schedules and service levels as part of the revised solution. Similar to our initial proposal, this proposal requires that we win all seven communities on which we bid. We have also updated the start date of the anticipated changes.

By: James Kogutek

 

May 27, 2014

Proposal of City Link Air

CLA submitted its first proposal on April 17, 2014. This update clarifies key points of interest. We believe that CLA is offering Altoona the safest, most reliable, and realistic proposal. CLA will initially operate under FAA scheduled commuter rules (Part 135) as it continues to pursue full, Part 121 certification. During this period CLA will use nine seat configured Beech 200/300s.

CLA submits this proposal to provide subsidized air service from Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh International Airport to the community of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

By: Joshua Newsteder



OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

May 27, 2014

Proposal of Sun Air

Proposed Flight Frequencies, Round Trip to and from Pittsburgh International Airport:

Altoona: 26 Weekly round trips, with four during the weekdays and three each weekend day.
Johnstown: 31 Weekly round trips, with five during the weekdays and three each weekend day.

Capacity is restricted to 8 passengers instead of the traditional 9 seats due to the airline’s policy of including First Officers on its’ scheduled flights.

By: David Hackett


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown

May 28, 2014

DOT Request for Community Comments

On May 14, 2014, the Department issued a Notice allowing the air carriers that had submitted proposals in response to the most recent Request for Proposals at Altoona and Johnstown to resubmit a revised proposal, if they wished to do so. All four carriers that had originally submitted proposals re-submitted revised ones. I have attached the revised proposals for your review. The new due date for community comments is Thursday June 19.

By: Michael Martin, 202-366-6494


 

June 6, 2014

Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority in Support of Silver Airways

After review of all the submitted proposals, we believe that Silver Airways will provide an established, safe, reliable, convenient and economical service for our community. We based our recommendation on a number of factors and issues, to include the following four major categories:

  1. Capabilities
  2. Codeshare - Interline Agreements
  3. Aircraft
  4. Scheduling

It seems quite clear that Silver Airways is the only logical choice for service at the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.

By: Richard Weaver


 

June 17, 2014

Blair County Airport Authority in Support of Sun Air

After a review and discussion of the proposals submitted, the Blair County Airport Authority endorses and supports Sun Air International to provide Essential Air Service to the Altoona Blair County Airport.

By: Tim Hilte

 

June 17, 2014

Blair County Board of Commissioners in Support of Sun Air

The Blair County Airport Authority, following a thorough review of the proposals submitted, has reconunend Sun Air International to provide Essential Air Service to the Altoona Blair County Airport. We are in agreement with this reconunendation and would ask that you look favorably upon this recommendation and grant Sun Air International an opportunity to provide the Essential Air Service.

By: Commissioners Terry Tomassetti, Diane Meling and Ted Beam


 

Order 2014-7-11
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA

Issued and Served July 18, 2014

Order Selecting Air Carriers, Resoliciting Proposals on an Expedited Basis and Deferring Action

By this Order, the Department is: 1) selecting Sun Air Express, LLC d/b/a Sun Air International to provide Essential Air Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2016; 2) re-selecting Silver Airways to provide EAS at Clarksburg/Fairmont, Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs and Morgantown, West Virginia, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Staunton, Virginia, from August 1, 2014, through September 30, 2016, and re-selecting Silver at DuBois, Pennsylvania, and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio, from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2016; 3) re-soliciting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Beckley, West Virginia, with or without subsidy (proposals are due no later than July 31, 2014); and 4) deferring action on Bradford and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, until further Order from the Department.

We are requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing EAS at Beckley, West Virginia, with or without subsidy. The community did not waive its right to twin-engine, two-pilot aircraft, which Boutique did not propose, and City Link Air does not currently hold the requisite authority to operate scheduled service. Carriers should file their proposals by July 31, 2014. We encourage proposals that meet the community’s requirements in an efficient manner. With specific respect to Beckley, the Department expects proposals consisting of three nonstop round trips each day (a total of 18 per week) to a large or medium hub airport with numerous connections to the national air transportation system using 19-seat aircraft. For service using larger aircraft, we are requesting 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 to the hub airport.

Order 2014-4-26, issued April 24, 2014 tentatively, found that both Bradford and Franklin were within 175 miles of a large or medium hub and both averaged fewer than 10 enplanements per day in fiscal year 2013 and, thus, tentatively terminated both communities’ EAS eligibility. That tentative decision was made final by Order 2014-6-6, issued June 24, 2014.

However, the statute allows communities to apply for a waiver from the 10-enplanement statute. We also announced that we would not terminate EAS subsidy during the processing of any waiver petitions, which are due to the Department by July 24. Thus, Bradford and Franklin’s long-term status in the EAS program is not clear at this time. Therefore, we will not make a carrier selection for those two communities; rather, we will simply maintain the status quo by continuing to subsidize Silver Airways under the existing service and subsidy terms.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

April 8, 2015

Motion of SeaPort Airlines to Reopen and Resolicit EAS Proposals

Material changes have occurred to the essential air service being provided at Altoona, Bradford, Franklin/Oil City and Jamestown, which completely undermine and negate the Department’s selection of Sun Air Express, LLC to provide EAS at those communities. In light of those material changes, SeaPort Airlines, Inc. respectfully requests the Department of Transportation to reopen its selection determination and resolicit EAS proposals to serve each of these communities.

Instead of providing EAS with a two-engine aircraft consistent with the proposal on which its selection was premised, the service is now being provided with a single-engine aircraft, and not by Sun Air, but by another carrier. These service changes, already made at Jamestown, Bradford and Altoona and proposed at Franklin/Oil City, are so fundamentally inconsistent with Sun Air’s EAS proposal as to effectively eliminate the very bases on which the Department made its EAS selections. To allow the selected EAS carrier to so materially change its service – including relying on an unrelated third party to provide a different service (single-engine aircraft) than it proposed – undermines the credibility of DOT’s EAS selection process and establishes a dangerous precedent for future EAS carrier-selection proceedings.

In addition, Sun Air’s bid made no mention of a proposal to utilize another airline to provide the service. Consequently, the DOT’s awards for EAS to Altoona, Jamestown, Bradford and Franklin/Oil City specifically identified the selected EAS carrier as Sun Air Express, LLC d/b/a Sun Air International and further expressly identified the aircraft to be used as an “8-seat Piper Chieftain."

This is not simply a schedule change, nor is this a case where a mainline major carrier is using a regional carrier partner to operate EAS with regional jet aircraft under its brand, consistent with the EAS bid it submitted and the corresponding EAS award. Rather, this represents a material, substantive post-award service commitment reversal that eliminates the fundamental reasons for which Sun Air was selected: i.e., the operation by Sun Air of twin-engine aircraft.

If the Department fails to correct this situation by reopening the selection and resoliciting EAS proposals, the precedent would be very troubling for future EAS proceedings. It would encourage carriers to overpromise EAS service to the communities and the Department, as Sun Air did here, and thereby discourage cost-effective and competitive EAS proposals from single-engine aircraft bidders; and to do so with impunity because, as a result of this precedent, those same carriers would know that, once selected, such carriers could reverse course and change to single-engine aircraft (and use another carrier) without jeopardizing the award via a resolicitation proceeding. To be sure, the communities would need to waive the two-engine aircraft service requirement now and for all future EAS bids, and indeed two of the communities faced with Sun Air’s recent aircraft type/operating carrier switch reversed their positions post-award and waived that minimum service requirement (Jamestown, NY; Bradford, PA). The EAS communities, however, should not be faced with such a post-award take-it-or-leave-it proposition from the EAS provider that effectively forces them to waive (now and for the future) the very statutory requirement they only recently declined to waive during the EAS solicitation-and-award proceeding (when there were multiple applicants). Indeed, Venango County Airport (serving Franklin/Oil City) would not waive its right to twin-engine aircraft service recently, instead offering to temporarily waive that right for a period of 60 days. And, if the EAS communities are strong-armed by the incumbent carrier into waiving the two-engine aircraft requirement in the middle of the EAS term, the communities should at least be allowed to re-consider and evaluate service proposals from all eligible carriers, including single-engine aircraft operators.

Counsel: Hogan Lovells, Robert Cohn, 202-637-4999


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

February 8, 2016

Withdrawal of SeaPort Airlines' Motion

On April 8, 2015, SeaPort Airlines, Inc. filed a motion to requesting the Department reopen and resolicit EAS proposals at Altoona, Bradford, Franklin/Oil City, and Jamestown. SeaPort Airlines respectfully withdraws its motion.

By: SeaPort, Timothy Sieber




Order 2016-3-33
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA

Issued and Served March 28, 2016

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Altoona, DuBois and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, Morgantown, and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio; Jamestown, New York; and/or Staunton, Virginia, for a new contract term, with or without subsidy support. Proposals are due by May 3, 2016.

In order to assist air carriers in developing traffic and revenue projections for proposals, the Department has summarized historical passenger levels for each community. For Calendar Year 2015 (January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015), the total amount of inbound and outbound passenger traffic is:

EAS Community Total Inbound and Outbound Traffic
Altoona 4744
Beckley 4476
Clarksburg/Fairmont 9172
DuBois 6139
Jamestown 3543
Johnstown 8702
Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs 10,903
Morgantown 14,368
Parkersburg/Marietta 8626
Staunton 10,462

Therefore, the number of frequencies the Department expects is:

Aircraft Size Expected Frequency
30- to 50-seat aircraft 12 roundtrips per week
8-seat to 29-seat aircraft Up to 24 to 28 roundtrips per week

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2016-3-33
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA

April 27, 2016

Request of Silver Airways for Extension

I am writing to you today on behalf of Silver Airways to request an extension to the due date of the Essential Air Service RFP for 10 cities issued as Order 2016-3-33 on March 28, 2016. Silver Airways requests a new due date of May 20, 2016.

This delay will allow us to complete meetings and reviews with our code share partner, and allow our response to Order 2016-3-33 to be submitted without contingency and potential for further delay on the (altered) due date.

By: Jamie Kogutek


 

Order 2016-3-33
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA

April 28, 2016

Extension of Proposal Due Date

Silver Airways, Inc. has requested a deadline extension from May 3rd to May 20th to submit proposals to provide EAS at Altoona, DuBois and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, Morgantown and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio; Jamestown, New York; and/or Staunton, Virginia. The Department finds it in the public’s best interest to grant the request. Therefore, the new due date for EAS proposals to serve the above communities is now May 20, 2016.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

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


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA


May 20, 2016

Proposal of Boutique Air

Altoona Option 1 - 26 RT weekly AOO-BWI
Subsidy request: $2,493,300
Altoona Option 2 - 26 RT weekly AOO-BWI and PIT
Subsidy request: $2,580,707

Beckley Option 1 - 24 RT weekly BKW-ATL
Subsidy request: $4,136,478
Beckley Option 2 - 24 RT weekly BKW-ATL and BWI
Subsidy request: $3,921,966

Clarksburg/Fairmont Option 1 - 24 RT weekly CKB-BWI
Subsidy request: $2,597,457
Clarksburg/Fairmont Option 2 - 24 RT weekly CKB-BWI and PIT
Subsidy request: $2,589,481

DuBois Option 1 - 24 RT weekly DUJ-BWI
Subsidy request: $2,675,869
DuBois Option 2 - 24 RT weekly DUJ-BWI and PIT
Subsidy request: $2,683,400

Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs Option 1 - 24 RT weekly LWB-ATL and PIT (November-April); 42 RT weekly LWB-ATL and PIT (May-October)
Subsidy request: $5,513,687
Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs Option 2 - 24 RT weekly LWB-ATL and BWI (November-April); 42 RT weekly LWB-ATL and BWI (May-October)
Subsidy request: $4,985,600
Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs Option 3 - 24 RT weekly LWB-ATL and BWI (November-April); 36 RT weekly LWB-ATL and BWI (May-October)
Subsidy request: $4,494,228

Johnstown Option 1 - 28 RT weekly JST-BWI
Subsidy request: $2,674,148
Johnstown Option 2 - 28 RT weekly JST-BWI and PIT
Subsidy request: $2,763,049

Morgantown Option 1 - 28 RT weekly MGW-IAD and PIT
Subsidy request: $2,906,358
Morgantown Option 2 - 36 RT weekly MGW-IAD and PIT
Subsidy request: $3,222,004

Parkersburg/Marietta Option 1 - 26 RT weekly PKB-BWI and PIT
Subsidy request: $2,989,720

Staunton Option 1 - 28 RT weekly SHD-BWI and ATL
Subsidy request: $3,811,909
Staunton Option 2 - 28 RT weekly SHD-BWI
Subsidy request: $2,764,974

By: Shawn Simpson




May 20, 2016

Proposal of Corporate Flight Management

Altoona Option A - 18 RT weekly Altoona-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $2,983,801
Altoona Option B - 24 RT weekly Altoona-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,539,079

Johnstown Option A - 18 RT weekly Johnstown-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,145,330
Johnstown Option B - 24 RT weekly Johnstown-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,712,783

DuBois Option A - 18 RT weekly DuBois-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,514,911
DuBois Option B - 24 RT weekly DuBois-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $4,205,558

Parkersburg Option A - 18 RT weekly Parkersburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,717,413
Parkersburg Option B - 24 RT weekly Parkersburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $4,475,561
Parkersburg Option C - 12 RT weekly Parkersburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request - $3,351,032

Clarksburg Option A - 18 RT weekly Clarksburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,532,623
Clarksburg Option B - 24 RT weekly Clarksburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $4,229,174
Clarksburg Option C - 12 RT weekly Clarksburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,166,724

Beckley Option A - 18 RT weekly Beckley-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,717,413
Beckley Option B - 24 RT weekly Beckley-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $4,475,561
Beckley Option C - 24 RT weekly Beckley-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI) or Charlotte
Subsidy request: $3,351,032

Lewisburg Option A - 18 RT weekly Lewisburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,532,623
Lewisburg Option B - 24 RT weekly Lewisburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $4,229,174
Lewisburg Option C - 12 RT weekly Lewisburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,166,724
Lewisburg Option D - 14 RT weekly Lewisburg-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI) and Atlanta
Subsidy request: $4,201,210

Morgantown Option A - 18 RT weekly Morgantown-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,347,832
Morgantown Option B - 24 RT weekly Morgantown-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,982,787
Morgantown Option C - 12 RT weely Morgantown-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,166,724

Staunton Option A - 18 RT weekly Staunton-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,163,042
Staunton Option B - 24 Rt weekly Staunton-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,736,399
Staunton Option C - 12 RT weekly Staunton-Washington (Community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $3,043,806

By: Corporate Flight Management




May 20, 2016

Proposal of Silver Airways

Silver respectfully requests a total subsidy package of about $18 million to service the seven communities of Beckley, WV, Clarksburg/Fairmont, DuBois, PA, Lewisburg/Greenbrier, WV, Johnstown, PA, Morgantown, WV and Staunton/Shenandoah Valley, VA.

We have provided two proposal options, each an "all-or-none" proposal. The primary difference between the options is the decision to continue wrapping CKB with MGW. The CKB commun'ity has indicated to Silver Airways a strong desire to separate its service from MGW and we have provided that as Option B. Due to the traffic growth that would be required at CKB and stronger ability to manage operational performance, discussed below, Silver prefers Option A.

Option A (Silver's preferred option):

Contract to begin October 1 (or December 1 for BKW)

BKW: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD
CKB: 18 RT weekly, 6 RT nonstop to IAD, 12 RT one-stop to IAD via MGW
DUJ: 12 RT weekly, each one-stop to IAD via JSF
JST: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD
LWB: 14 RT weekly May 1-October 31, 12 RT weekly November 1-April 30, each nonstop to IAD
MGW: 18 RT weekly, 12 RT nonstop to IAD, 6 RT one-stop to IAD via MGW
SHD: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD

Option B:

Contract to begin October 1 (or December 1 for BKW)

BKW: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD
CKB: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD
DUJ: 12 RT weekly, each one-stop to IAD via JSF
JST: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD
LWB: 14 RT weekly May 1-October 31, 12 RT weekly November 1-April 30, each nonstop to IAD
MGW: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD
SHD: 12 RT weekly, each nonstop to IAD

By: Jason Bewley




May 20, 2016

Proposal of Southern Airways Express

Altoona A - 13 RT weekly to BWI and 19 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,671,641
Altoona B - 30 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,610,329
Altoona C - 26 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,371,942

Clarksburg A - 24 RT weekly to PIT and 13 RT weekly to BWI
Subsidy request: $2,909,708
Clarksburg B - 19 RT weekly to PIT and 13 RT weekly to BWI
Subsidy request: $2,646,676
Clarksburg C - 31 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,553,900

DuBois A - 19 RT weekly to PIT and 19 RT weekly to BWI
Subsidy request: $2,967,587
DuBois B - 14 RT weekly to PIT and 19 RT weekly to BWI
Subsidy request: $2,760,404
DuBois C - 31 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,640,298

Jamestown A - 20 RT weekly to PIT and 6 RT weekly to ALB
Subsidy request: $2,241,370
Jamestown B - 25 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,140,409

Johnstown A - 24 RT weekly to PIT and 14 RT weekly to WAS (community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $2,912,558
Johnstown B - 19 RT weekly to PIT and 14 RT weekly to WAS (community choice of IAD or BWI)
Subsidy request: $2,697,078
Johnstown C - 31 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,470,700

Greenbrier A - 15.5 RT weekly to BWI, 12 RT weekly to PIT and 12 RT weekly to CLT
(12 RT weekly to each city during 22-week high season, additional RT weekly to BWI during 30-week low season)
Subsidy request: $4,182,841 / $729,547 (season jet)
Greenbrier B - 12 RT weekly to BWI, 12 RT weekly to CLT and 6 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $3,783,034 / $729,547 (seasonal jet)
Greenbrier C - 12 RT weekly to BWI and 12 RT weekly to CLT
Subsidy request: $3,025,814 / $728,211 (seasonal jet)

Morgantown A - 19 RT weekly to PIT and 19 RT weekly to IAD
Subsidy request: $2,989,432
Morgantown B - 24 RT weekly to PIT and 14 RT weekly to IAD
Subsidy request: $2,989,803
Morgantown C - 19 RT weekly to PIT and 14 RT weekly to IAD
Subsidy request: $2,663,241

Parkersburg - 32 RT weekly to PIT
Subsidy request: $2,581,207

Shenandoah - 28.5 RT weekly to BWI
32 RT weekly during 22-week high season, 25 RT weekly during 30-week low season)
Subsidy request: $2,415,426

By: R. Stanley Little


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA

May 23, 2016

DOT Request for Community Comments

I would like to update you on the Essential Air Service situation at your community, as well as give you an opportunity to offer any comments for the formal record before we submit a recommendation to the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. As you may know, the Department issued Order 2016-3-33, requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing EAS at Altoona, DuBois and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Beckley, Clarksburg/Fairmont, Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, Morgantown and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio; Jamestown, New York; and/or Staunton, Virginia for a new term. In response to the Department's request, Aerodynamics, Inc., Boutique Air, Inc., Corporate Flight Management, Silver Airways, Southern Airways Express and Via Air submitted proposals for consideration.

I request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than June 20, 2016.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967




June 17, 2016

Altoona Blair County Airport Authority in Support of Southern Airways Express

After carefully considering the options presented in the above referenced proposals, the BCAA recommends that EAS Service to AOO be provided by Southern Airways Express, with service provided to both Pittsburgh International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By: Tracy Plessinger


 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH
OST-1997-2761 - Beckley, WV
OST-2005-20736 - Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2002-11378 - Staunton, VA

July 5, 2016

Leave to File Comments and Correct the Record of Maryland Aviation Administration

The Maryland Aviation Administration, on behalf of the State of Maryland, owner and operator of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, cordially requests to submit rebuttal comments and correct the record regarding incorrect statements made by Silver Airways in their comment posted to the docket on June 23, 2016 (after the comment period was closed).

BWI Marshall normally would remain neutral in this sort of proceeding and welcomes all carriers wishing to provide service to the National Capital Region via BWI Marshall. However, in its filing Silver suggests that, “despite its name and proximity to the Capitol, BWI is not part of the WAS code as used by the Department.” This statement, as well as the suggestion that the Department and IATA don’t consider BWI part of the Washington market are simply not true. BWI is a critical part of the Washington air service market, not just because of its name or proximity to the Nations Capital. Airline websites, Online Travel Agency and other distribution systems define and display the Washington Area as BWI Marshall, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International.

We trust the Department is well aware of the true Washington Air Service market and are confident that the Department will make appropriate EAS determinations based on this solid foundation.

By: Ricky Smith

 

August 15, 2016

Community Support Letters for Southern Airways

One letter represents the response from the business community, and the other from the leisure travel community. Both are representative of the overwhelming response that we have had to the BWI proposal by Southern Airways.

By: Tracy Plessinger, 814-793-2027


 

Order 2016-8-26
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

Issued and Served August 25, 2016

Order Selecting Air Carrier

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is selecting Southern Airways Express, LLC to provide Essential Air Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania and Jamestown, New York, to Pittsburgh International Airport from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2018, using 9-passenger Cessna Caravan aircraft. At Altoona, Southern will provide 26 weekly nonstop round trips at an annual subsidy of $2,371,942, and at Jamestown, the carrier will provide 24 weekly nonstop round trips at an annual subsidy of $2,140,409.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

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

Issued and Served August 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

September 15, 2016

Request of Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority for Alternate Service

The order selected Southern Airways Express, LLC, as the EAS provider for our community. It further specified Southern Airways’ “Option C”, providing 26 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh International Airport as the selected option. In keeping with the provision of Footnote #2, on pages 3 and 4 of the order, the BCAA is requesting that the service provided under the order be altered to provide 13 weekly nonstop round trip flights to PIT, and 13 weekly nonstop round trip flights to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By: Tracy Plessinger, 814-793-2027


 

September 20, 2016

Petition for Waiver of $200 per Passenger Cap

The Altoona-Blair County Airport formally requests a waiver from Public Law 106-69; 113 Stat. 1022 ($200 per passenger subsidy cap) and 49 USC § 41731(a)(1)(B) (10 enplanement rule). Due to the 2013 pilot rule changes associated with FAR Part 117, AOO has experienced a temporary reduction in passenger traffic. In late 2014, AOO joined with other markets in Pennsylvania in re-establishing service to Pittsburgh International Airport. While there was significant excitement (that continues to this day), initial implementation issues at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 greatly impacted our passenger numbers. Our EAS carrier, Sun Air, began operations with a schedule that did not provide early morning or late evening connections at Pittsburgh, lost its interline agreements through a deal with a third party airline, and had cancellation rates in some months in excess of 30 percent.

Starting in mid-2015 operational and managerial changes were made at Sun Air, which ultimately was acquired by a new airline; Southern Airways Express. These changes have resulted in reliability being in excess of 99 percent, and efforts in 2016 have led to a much more consumer friendly flight schedule. Passenger numbers in the January through March quarter of 2015 totaled just 765, while in the same quarter in 2016 passengers totaled 966, or a 26% increase. We expect the better schedule going forward will continue this passenger growth and enable AOO to be both above 10 enplanements per day and under the $200 per passenger subsidy cap.

Altoona has been part of a close knit group of EAS communities with service to Pittsburgh, referred to as the PIT Connector program. This group, led by Pittsburgh International Airport, has enabled the communities and airline to come together on a quarterly basis for updates and discussion on current and future marketing and operational performance. In conjunction with the PIT Connector program, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation allocated a state grant for marketing during the past year for intra-state service for those EAS markets within Pennsylvania. While the marketing has greatly improved the awareness in the community of the new service, the operational challenges faced by Sun Air greatly hindered Altoona’s ability to grow passenger numbers to the levels needed. With those operational challenges finally behind us, the new airline, Southern Airways Express, will continue to work with PennDOT and Altoona to implement a comprehensive marketing public-private partnership for marketing in our community. Combined with the schedule changes and operational improvements, we feel that going forward Altoona’s passenger numbers will improve dramatically, demonstrating that the passenger numbers in FY 2015 were just temporary.

By: Tracy Plessinger


 

September 26, 2016

Confirmation of Southern Airways Express for Alternate Service Pattern

This is to confirm that Southern is in agreement with moving the AOO flight pattern to 13 weekly roundtrips to PIT and 13 weekly roundtrips to BWI.

By: Stan Little


 

Order 2016-9-21
OST-2002-11446

Issued and Served September 30, 2016

Order Approving Alternate Service Pattern

By this Order, the Department is approving the request of the Altoona Blair County Airport Authority along with support from Southern Airways Express, LLC to alter the service pattern at Altoona. In addition to 13 round trips per week to Pittsburgh International Airport, Southern will provide 13 round trips per week to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By: Todd Homan


 

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

Issued and Served November 10, 2016

Order Granting Waivers

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

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

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

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

By: Jenny Rosenberg




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

Issued and Seved September 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

By: Susan McDermott


 

October 19, 2017

Request of Altoona-Blair County Airport for Waiver from $200 per Passenger Cap

Based on our historical data, it is clear that our current downturn in enplanements is a chronic, but temporary, issue caused by the convergence of multiple factors during the timeframe of the waiver:

  1. The 2013 pilot rule changes associated with FAR Part 117 have caused a nation-wide shortage of pilots, which initially hit the smallest carriers the hardest. This situation was recognized by the US DOT Small Community Air Service Working Group recently.
  2. Our community was exited by the larger operators (with cabin-class aircraft), creating a gap in local confidence and trust in this new air service.
  3. Our next carrier, Sun Air, began service in FY2015-2016 with older, piston aircraft with almost no baggage space and often no heat or air conditioning. The community rejected this across the board.
  4. By the mid-FY2016, Sun Air was acquired and re-branded as Southern Airways, which essentially started the community marketing process and outreach from scratch.

We will continue to work with PennDOT, Pittsburgh International Airport and Southern Airways Express to implement a comprehensive public-private partnership for marketing in our community. Combined with the new aircraft, schedule changes for seasonality, operational improvements, and the continued growth of our second hub destination at BWI, we feel that our proposal going forward, will continue to improve our passenger numbers, demonstrating that the passenger numbers in FY 2016 were temporary.

By: Airport Manager Tracy Plessinger


 

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

Issued and Served December 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

By: Susan McDermott


 

Order 2018-2-12
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV

Issued and Served February 16, 2018

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at any or all of these four communities: Altoona, DuBois, and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown, West Virginia, for a new contract term, with or without subsidy support, beginning October 1, 2018. Proposals are due by March 21, 2018.

In order to assist air carriers in developing traffic and revenue projections for proposals, the Department has summarized historical passenger levels for each community in Appendix B of this Order. For Calendar Year 2017 (January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017), the total amount of inbound and outbound passenger traffic is:

EAS Community Total Inbound and Outbound Traffic
Altoona 7274
DuBois 7464
Johnstown 6978
Morgantown 10,559

The Department expects proposals consistent of what the communities currently receives, using small aircraft (8 or 9 seats). If larger aircraft are contemplated, proposals should consist of 12 weekly round trips to a suitable large- or medium-hub airport.

By: Todd Homan




OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV


March 9, 2018

Request of Altoona-Blair County Airport to Extend Proposal Deadline

The Altoona-Blair County Airport formally requests an extension of the bid deadline until April 11, 2018. As demonstrated in data previously submitted to DOT, AOO has seen significant increases in enplanements over the period covered by the current EAS agreement. We believe that the decisions made in the upcoming selection process will be crucial to continuing that growth. Toward that end, we are actively engaging our community stakeholders and potential air service providers to ensure that we receive the best proposals possible and recommend the best selection from those proposals. In order to enable this process to proceed in a more orderly and methodical fashion, we are requesting the above-referenced extension.

By: Tracy Plessinger, 814-793-2027


March 12, 2018

Extension of Proposal Due Date

The Department received a request from the Altoona-Blair County Airport to extend the due date for proposals to serve Altoona, PA. The Department finds it in the public’s best interest to extend the due date from March 21 to April 11 for proposals to serve any or all of the four communities listed in Order 2018-2-12. Accordingly, proposals to provide EAS at Altoona, DuBois, Johnstown and Morgantown are now due by 11:59 PM Eastern DST on April 11, 2018.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona, PA
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV


April 11, 2018

Proposals of Aviation Street

Altoona:

14 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh / 14 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: B-99
Subsidy required: $774,613 (Pittsburgh) / $631,943 (Baltimore)

DuBois:

14 weekly DuBois-Pittsburgh / 14 weekly DuBois-Baltimore
Aircraft: B-99
Subsidy required: $777,149 (Pittsburgh) / $649,600 (Baltimore)

Johnstown:

14 weekly Johnstown-Pittsburgh / 14 weekly Johnstown-Baltimore
Aircraft: B-99
Subsidy required: $776,370 (Pittsburgh) / $618,443 (Baltimore)

Morgantown:

14 weekly Morgantown-Pittsburgh / 14 weekly Morgantown-Baltimore
Aircraft: B-99
Subsidy required: $970,233 (Pittsburgh) / $1,041,942 (Baltimore)

By: Bob Karns




April 11, 2018

Proposals of Boutique Air

Altoona:

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,793,554 (24 weekly) / $3,248,413 (30 weekly) / $3,667,204 (36 weekly)

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,726,549 (24 weekly) / $3,318,181 (30 weekly) / $3,809,001 (36 weekly)

DuBois:

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,665,143 (24 weekly) / $3,117,759 (30 weekly) / $3,515,164 (36 weekly)

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,833,827 (24 weekly) / $3,351,132 (30 weekly) / $3,875,126 (36 weekly)

Johnstown:

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,610,314 (24 weekly) / $3,031,279 (30 weekly) / $3,461,628 (36 weekly)

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,788,345 (24 weekly) / $3,360,824 (30 weekly) / $3,887,876 (36 weekly)

Morgantown:

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,559,968 (24 weekly) / $2,939,452 (30 weekly) / $3,262,426 (36 weekly)

24 weekly / 30 weekly / 36 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,820,257 (24 weekly) / $3,336,877 (30 weekly) / $3,884,247 (36 weekly)

By: Shawn Simpson




April 11, 2018

Proposal of Southern Airways Express

Option A:

24 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh / 14 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $3,081,590

Option B:

18 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh / 14 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $2,812,935

Option C:

12 weekly Altoona-Pittsburgh / 14 weekly Altoona-Baltimore
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $2,544,280

By: Stan Little, 901-672-7820


 

May 10, 2018

Request of Blair County Airport Authority for Extension of Comments Deadline

The Blair County Airport Authority formally requests an extension of the deadline for submitting comments to June 15, 2018. As demonstrated in data previously submitted to DOT, AOO has seen significant increases in enplanements over the period covered by the current EAS agreement. We believe that the decision made in this selection process will be crucial to continuing that growth. Toward that end, we are continuing to actively engage our community stakeholders, and evaluate information from potential air service providers, to ensure that we make the proper recommendation to DOT. In order to enable this process to come to a satisfactory conclusion, we are requesting the above-referenced extension.

By: Tracy Plessinger, 814-793-2027




May 10, 2018

DOT Granting Request for Comments Deadline Extension

The Blair County Airport Authority has requested a 30-day extension to the deadline to submit formal comments. The Department finds it in the public’s best interest to grant the request. Therefore, please review the proposals submitted for consideration and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than June 15, 2018.

By: Scott Faulk, 202-366-9967


 

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 29, 2018

Petition of Altoona-Blair County Airport for a Waiver from $200 Subsidy Cap

of an interline agreement, we have seen a significant increase in our FY-2017 passenger numbers over the FY-2016 numbers. In that time, our enplanements have increased by nearly 40%, so that we are now exceeding the 10 passenger/day enplanement requirement. In that same time frame, our per passenger subsidy level has been substantially decreased to $304. We firmly believe that the combination of greatly improved reliability from Southern Airways, the addition of an interline agreement with American Airlines, and continued marketing support from Penn DOT, PIT,and BWI, will cause our enplanements to continue to rise, and our per passenger subsidy to continue to decline.

By: Tracy Plessinger

 

June 13, 2018

Altoona Blair County Airport Authority in Support of Southern Airways Express

We respectfully recommend, and request, that Southern Airways Express’, Option A, be awarded as the EAS contract for the Altoona-Blair County Airport, providing 38 weekly flights to Pittsburgh International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

By: Tracy Plessinger

 

OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster

June 29, 2018

Support Letter of Aviation Council of Pennsylvania

Southern Airways has made commitments and investments in our PA communities. They are active with the Chambers, Convention and Visitors Bureaus as well as the economic development agencies in the communities they serve. These rural areas have benefited from Southern’s presence and participation in sponsorships, partnerships and discount programs for colleges, hospitals, hotels, attractions, golf courses and more.

Southern also provides critical revenue, fuel/FBO business and employment at our rural and midsized airports throughout PA. They are looking to expand to other PA communities and we want to help them because they are uniquely qualified with their demonstrated performance and commitment to PA. We need the EAS Program to continue.

By: Debra Bowman

 

July 9, 2018

Ex-Parte Letter to Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

By: Joel Szabat


 

July 5, 2018

Request of Altoona Blair County Airport Authority to Alter Service Pattern

We are now requesting that the order be altered to provide 19 weekly nonstop round trip flights to PIT and 7 weekly nonstop round trip flights to BWI. This change is being made to optimize connections through PIT to American Airlines, with whom SAE has recently concluded an interline agreement. We believe that this change, like our previous request meets all the requirements of the footnote.

By: Tracy Plessinger




July 6, 2018

Confirmation of Southern Airways Express

Yes, we join in this request, as we believe the American inter line needs a minimum 3x daily service to PIT to work well.

By: Stan Little


 

Order 2018-7-15
OST-2002-11446

Issued and Served July 19, 2018

Order Approving Alternate Service Pattern

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is approving the request of Altoona Blair County Airport Authority to alter the Essential Air Service pattern at Altoona, Pennsylvania, effective July 19, 2018, at no additional annual subsidy:

Order/Effective Dates Hub(s) Weekly Roundtrips
Original Award, Order 2016-8-26 Pittsburgh 26
Order 2016-9-21: October 1, 2016-July 18, 2018 Baltimore/Pittsburgh 13/13
Order 2018-7-15: July 19, 2018-September 30, 2018 Baltimore/Pittsburgh 19/7

By: Todd Homan


 

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

Issued and Served August 6, 2018

Final Order Granting Essential Air Service Waivers

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

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

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

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

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

By: Joel Szabat


 

Order 2018-8-23
OST-2002-11446

Issued and Served August 28, 2018

Order Re-Selecting Air Carrier

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is re-selecting Southern Airways Express to provide Essential Air Service at Altoona, Pennsylvania, for a new two-year term, from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2020. Southern will provide 26 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport using 9-seat Cessna Caravan aircraft at an annual subsidy rate of $2,544,280.

By: Joel Szabat


 

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

Issued and Served March 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Joel Szabat


 

Order 2019-8-17
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown
OST-2005-20454 - Victoria
OST-2002-11446 - Altoona
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge
OST-2002-11451 - Johnstown
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster
OST-1998-3521 - Merced
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta
OST-1997-2706 - Vernal

Issued and Served August 23, 2019

Order Finalizing EAS Waivers and Terminating Eligibility

The Department finalizes its tentative decision in Order 2019-3-15 and grants waivers from the applicable statutory requirements to the 11 communities for Fiscal Year 2018 because each of these communities required a subsidy-per-passenger for FY 2018 that is lower than the subsidy-per-passenger for any of the three previous fiscal years that experienced a service hiatus in Fiscal Year 2018: for Altoona, PA; Bradford, PA; DuBois, PA; Fort Dodge, IA; Johnstown, PA; Lancaster, PA; Merced, CA; Muscle Shoals, AL; Owensboro, KY, Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH; and Vernal, UT.

The Department makes final its tentative findings that Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Morgantown, WV, are not compliant with the Subsidy Cap, and grants a waiver from the Subsidy Cap requirement for these communities.

The Department makes final its tentative determination that Victoria, TX, is not compliant with the Subsidy Cap or the 10-enplanement requirement and grants a waiver from both requirements for Victoria, TX.

The Department finalizes its tentative determination that Franklin/Oil City, PA, is not compliant with the Subsidy Cap and ten-enplanement requirement and denies the community’s request for a waiver from these requirements. The Department terminates EAS eligibility for Franklin/Oil City, PA, effective October 18, 2019.

The Department finalizes its tentative determination that Hagerstown, MD, is not compliant with the Subsidy Cap and ten-enplanement requirement and denies the community’s request for a waiver from these requirements. The Department terminates EAS eligibility for Hagerstown, MD, effective October 18, 2019.

Before terminating service at Franklin/Oil City, PA, and Hagerstown, MD, Southern Airways Express LLC must notify any passengers holding reservations for travel after the suspension date, assist those passengers in making alternate air transportation arrangements, or provide a refund of the ticket price, without penalty, if requested.

By: Joel Szabat

 

 

 

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