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OST-2003-14492 - EAS at Quincy, IL

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Essential Air Service at Quincy, Illinois

OST-2003-14492 January 14, 2003 45-Day Notice of Corporate Airlines d/b/a American Connection of Intent to Terminate Essential Air Service at Quincy, IL. Essential Air Service at Quincy, IL. 45-Day Notice to Terminate Service

At the time of the filing of this notice, only Corporate Airlines, Inc., flying as American Connection is providing scheduled air service at Quincy, Illinois. Traffic results have been significantly below the levels needed, and as a result the revenues generated from the flights have not covered the costs of providing the service.

By: Doug Caldwell, 615-223-5644



Order 2002-2-26
OST-2003-14492
Issued February 28, 2003
Served March 5, 2003
Order Prohibiting Suspension of Service and Requesting Proposals  EAS at Quincy, IL - St. Louis, MO by Corporate Airlines d/b/a American Connection
    Service List  

By this order, the Department is (a) prohibiting Corporate Airlines Inc., d/b/a American Connection from suspending its unsubsidized service from Quincy, IL to St. Louis, MO at the end of its 90-day notice period, and (b) requesting proposals, with or without subsidy requests, from carriers interested in providing replacement service.

By: Read C. Van de Water



OST-2003-14492 February 25, 2003 Letter from Norman Mineta to the Honorable Richard Dubin Notice of Intent to Terminate Service

Ex Parte Letter from Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary of Transportation, to The Honorable Richard J. Durbin, United States Senate, thanking him for his January 29 letter concerning Corporate Airlines' notice to the U.S. Department of Transportation to suspend its unsubsidized scheduled service between Quincy and St. Louis.

By: Norman Mineta



OST-2003-14492 March 20, 2003 Proposal of Corporate Airlines d/b/a American Connection to Provide Essential Air Service at Quincy, IL EAS at Quincy, IL - St. Louis, MO

By: Douglas Caldwell

OST-2003-14492 March 20, 2003 Response of Mesa Air Group EAS at Quincy, IL - St. Louis, MO

Response of Mesa Air Group on behalf of its wholly-owned subsidiary Air Midwest, Inc. to request for proposals 2003-2-26 for competitive proposals between Quincy, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri.

By: Scott Lyon, 602-685-4368, scott.lyon@mesa-air.com


OST-2003-14492 - 45-Day Notice of Corporate Airlines to Terminate Service

March/April 2003

Civic Letters in Support of Corporate Airlnes

By: Quincy, IL Civic Parties



Order 2003-5-5
OST-2003-14492 - EAS at Quincy, IL - St. Louis, MO

Issued May 5, 2003 | Served May 8, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation | Word

On January 15, 2003, Corporate Airlines filed a 90-day notice of its intent to suspend its unsubsidized service at Quincy effective April 15, 2003. By Order 2003-2-26, February 28, 2003, the Department prohibited Corporate from suspending service beyond the end of its 90-day notice period, through May 14, 2003, and requested proposals, with subsidy if necessary, from carriers interested in providing replacement service.

Although we have received proposals, this case will not be completed before the end of the current 30-day hold-in period. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Corporate’s service obligation at Quincy for an additional 30 days, or until replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By: Randall Bennett



Order 2003-5-12
OST-2001-8731
- Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Cape Girardeau / Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville, MO
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2000-7855 - Owensboro, KY
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL

Issued May 9, 2003 | Served May 14, 2003

Order Setting Final Rates | Word

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

By: Read C. Van de Water



May 21, 2003

Correspondence of Dennis DeVany

Correspondence to the Honorable Charles W. Scholz from Dennis J. DeVany requesting comments on carrier's proposals within 2 weeks of receipt of this letter.

By: Dennis DeVany



May 22, 2003

Correspondence of Charles Scholz

By: Charles Scholz



Order 2003-5-32
OST-2003-14492 - Essential Air Service at Quincy, Illinois

Issued May 29, 2003 | Served June 3, 2003

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Final Subsidy Rate

The Department selects Corporate Airlines, Inc., d/b/a American Connection, to provide essential air service at Quincy, Illinois, for a two-year period through July 31, 2005, at a subsidy rate of $1,109,530 annually. After careful consideration of both carriers' proposals and the community's comments, we have decided to select Corporate's proposal, offering 26 nonstop round trips a week to St. Louis at an annual subsidy of $1,109,530. The proposed rate appears reasonable for the service to be provided, and Corporate's performance continues to be satisfactory.3 Corporate has indicated that it expects to be able to implement the proposed service in about 30 days.

By: Read C. Van de Water



Order 2003-6-9
OST-2003-14492 - EAS at Quincy, IL

Issued June 5, 2003 | Served June 10, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation | Word

By Order 2003-5-32, May 29, 2003, the Department selected Corporate to provide subsidized essential air service at Quincy for a two-year period, through July 31, 2005. Corporate expects to be able to implement its proposed service by the end of June. Thus, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Corporate's service obligation at Quincy for an additional 30 days, or until its proposed service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

The Department extends the service obligation of Corporate Airlines, Inc., d/b/a American Connection, at Quincy, Illinois, for an additional 30 days, through July 14, 2003.

By: Randall Bennett



Order 2004-11-13
OST-2002-11859 - EAS at Decatur, Illinois
OST-2003-14492 - EAS at Quincy, Illinois

Issued and Served November 16, 2004

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Decatur and/or Quincy, Illinois, for two-year periods beginning April 1 and August 1, 2005, respectively.

By: Karan Bhatia



December 15, 2004

Proposal of Corporate Airlines d/b/a American Connection

Corporate Airlines proposes to offer 4 weekday and 3 weekend roundtrips between Quincy and St. Louis operating British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft. The flights will be operated as American Connection, using the American Airlines code. Corporate Airlines is currently providing air service at Quincy.

Corporate Airlines has entered into a long‑term lease of hangar space at Quincy and intends to begin performing a significant portion of its maintenance functions at that facility.

It should be noted that although operating costs for airlines have increased significantly over the past year, lead by drastic increases in fuel prices, Corporate Airlines has actually reduced its compensation requirement by $12,000 per year.

By: Corporate Airlines


December 16, 2004

Proposal of Mesa Air d/b/a Air Midwest for Provide Essential Air Service

A surprising characteristic of these markets, especially in Decatur, has been a much higher percentage of leisure traffic compared to business travel. Mesa believes that this has been driven primarily by the lack of service to the Chicago area, especially nonstop from either Decatur or Quincy. Mesa proposes offering service to Chicago Midway (MDW) as the primary hub, which enables business traffic to once again fly out of Decatur and Quincy instead of other local airports, but also allows connecting opportunities to Southwest, ATA, or any other carrier operating from Midway.

By: Mesa, Mickey Bowman


December 16, 2004

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

By: Multi-Aero, Shane Storz, 800-795-7192


December 15, 2004

Proposal of Trans States Airlines to Provide Essential Air Service for Decatur, IL

By: TSA



December 17, 2004

Re: Request for Comments of The Honorable Charles Scholz, Mayor of Quincy

By: Dennis DeVany



January 3, 2005

Re: Comments of The City of Quincy

Thank you for your letter of December 17, 2004 and the opportunity to comment on the proposals submitted for air service at Quincy Regional Airport. As you know, Corporate Airlines currently serves our community with 26 non-stop roundtrips a week to St. Louis on a 19-passenger twin engine aircraft. We in Quincy are very satisfied with the level of service and excellent spirit of cooperation that exists between the City of Quincy and Corporate Airlines. Our hope is that the United States Department of Transportation will continue to support a subsidy to provide this essential service that has been such a vital part of the economic development of our community.

The proposal from Multi-Aero for a single engine 9-seat plane is not acceptable to the City of Quincy and we strongly urge the Department of Transportation to support the Corporate Airlines' proposal.

The Mesa proposal for 24 non‑stop roundtrips to Midway with a 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft would be an important improvement for air service to our community in that we could then re-establish Chicago service. This would also be a boon to our local economy. However, our top priority remains continuation of the current service level to St. Louis with an adequate aircraft such as the 19-seat Jetstream 32. Thanks as always for your attention, consideration and cooperation. If I can provide further input please do not hesitate to contact me personally

By: Charles Scholz, Mayor



Order 2005-1-17
OST-2002-11859 - EAS at Decatur, Illinois
OST-2003-14492 - EAS at Quincy, Illinois

Issued January 21, 2005 | Served January 26, 2005

Order Selecting Carriers and Establishing Final Subsidy Rates

By this order, the Department is selecting Trans States Airlines, Inc., d/b/a American Connection, to provide essential air service at Decatur, Illinois, for a new two-year period beginning April 1, 2005, at a subsidy rate of $954,404 annually, and selecting Corporate Airlines, Inc., d/b/a American Connection, to provide essential air service at Quincy, Illinois, for a new two-year period beginning August 1, 2005, at a subsidy rate of $1,097,406 annually.

By: Karan Bhatia



Order 2007-2-2
OST-2003-14492

Issued February 1, 2007 | Served February 6, 2007

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Quincy, Illinois, for the two-year period beginning August 1, 2007.

With respect to Quincy specifically, we expect proposals consisting of service, at a minimum, with two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft with at least 15 passenger seats, and offering 24 round trips a week to St. Louis or some other suitable hub. This level of service represents what the Department has been willing to subsidize to St. Louis in the absence of any service to Chicago. As we have already noted, the Quincy community recently began to receive service to Chicago and Kansas City in addition to St. Louis. Nonetheless, we are willing, for the present, to continue to subsidize a high level of service to St. Louis or some other hub in recognition of the joint state-and-local effort to build Quincy’s air service, and in view of the fact that Air Midwest’s service has just begun. We will therefore defer our consideration of the new service’s implications with respect to Quincy’s needs under the Department’s essential air service program until we can assess the results of the new service.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2000-7881 - EAS at Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-2003-14492 - EAS at Quincy, IL
OST-2006-23929 - EAS at Decatur, IL

February 27, 2007

Re: Letter from Senator Richard Durbin - Regions Air Service Record

Regions has a code‑share relationship with American Airlines, which allows passengers to seamlessly book travel on flights to and through American's regional hub at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. through American Connection. Regions receives over $3.5 million per year in EAS subsidies as part of the two‑year contracts with. the U.S. DOT.

In the last three months, Regions has failed to adequately fulfill its contracts to operate these flights. Flight cancellation figures for November, December, and January were 1.6 percent, 27 percent, and 15.5 percent, respectively. In contrast, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average percentage of flights canceled in the domestic passenger market was 1.71 for all of 2006.

Regions' poor service record and large number of cancellations deter travelers from flying into or out of Quincy, Marion, Decatur, and Springfield which has a detrimental effect on the local economies. In addition, this deficient service is the primary factor for Quincy's inability to meet the important. 10,000 passenger threshold, which qualifies Quincy Regional Airport for a $1 million Federal Aviation Administration grant.

By: Senator Durbin



March 6, 2007

Sample Airport Facility Lease | Word

By: Interim Airport Director, Jeffrey Steinkamp, 217-228-4527



March 8, 2007

Proposal of Air Midwest

Option # Hub(s) Service Annual Subsidy
1 MCI 4 RT - 2 Nonstop & 2 One-Stop $1,192,033
2 MCI 4 RT - 3 Nonstop & 1 One-Stop $1,322,742
3 MCI 3 RT - 1 Nonstop & 2 One-Stop $895,069
4 MCI 3 RT - All Nonstop $1,182,459
5 MCI 3 RT - 2 Nonstop & 1 One-Stop $1,025,778
6 MCI 4 RT - All Nonstop $1,599,132
7 MCI 2 RT - All One-Stop $563,172

All operations proposed would utilize our modern fleet of Raytheon/Beechcraft B-1900D airlines.

By: Air Midwest, Jeffrey Hartz


March 8, 2007

Proposal of Great Lakes Airlines

Proposal Service Point(s) Hub(s) Round Trips Equipment Subsidy Requirement Passengers Forecast Average Fare
1 Quincy St. Louis 4 1900-D $1,532,891 15,000 $59.25
2 Quincy St. Louis 4 1900-D $1,421,614 17,750 $58.87

Great Lakes will offer service at this Essential Air Service point operating as a American Connection-branded service provider.

By: Great Lakes, Michael Matthews


March 8, 2007

Proposal of Regions Air

  1. Service at current levels (4 round trips per day), 52 flights per week.
  2. Service at the 4 round trips per day level, but at 48 trips per week as called for in the RFP.
  3. Service at the 3 round trips per day level (36 flights per week).
  4. Service at the 2 round trips per day level (24 flights per week).

All flights are bid as non-stop to St. Louis, MO as AmericanConnection, utilizing 19-seat British Aerospace Jetstream 32 aircraft.

By: RegionsAir, Douglas Caldwell

RegionsAir shuts down flights - Southeast Missourian, Friday, March 9th


March 9, 2007

Request for Community Comments of:



March 12, 2007

Statement of American Airlines

American Airlines hereby states that it has signed a letter of intent with Great Lakes Aviation to operate American Connection-branded service between St. Louis and Quincy in the event that Great Lakes Aviation is selected in this proceeding.

Counsel: American, Carl Nelson, 202-496-5647, carl.nelson@aa.com


March 12, 2007

City of Quincy in Support of Great Lakes Airlines

I would respectfully recommend the proposal submitted by Great Lakes to provide 24 nonstop round trips a week to St. Louis with 19-seat Beech 1900 aicraft at subsidies of $1,532,891 for the first year and $1,421,614 for the second year.

By: Mayor, John Spring



Order 2007-3-10
OST-2003-14492

Issued March 13, 2007 | Served March 16, 2007

Order Selecting Carrier and Establishing Final Subsidy Rates

With the end of the rate term approaching. the Department issued Order 2007-2-2. February 1, 2007. requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Quincy. with or without subsidy, for a new two-year period beginning August 1, 2007. On March 8. however, RegionsAir informed the Department that it was immediately suspending all operations indefinitely.

By this order, the Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service at Quincy, Illinois, for a two-year period at subsidies of $1,532,891 for the first year and $1,421,614 for the second.

The community fully supports Great Lakes' proposal, which would maintain nonstop American Connection service to St. Louis, and thus would provide more on-line connecting opportunities than Mesa can offer at Kansas City with US Airways and Midwest Airlines, its code-share partners there.

RegionsAir's current rate term is scheduled to expire on July 31, and it remains eligible for subsidy if it is able to restart service before that date. However, in view of RegionsAir's shutdown, we are here authorizing Great Lakes to begin service as soon as possible. We expect RegionsAir and Great Lakes to coordinate the transition in essential air service responsibilities. In particular, we expect RegionsAir to contact all travelers holding reservations for flights that it has suspended, to inform them of the suspension and of Great Lakes' replacement service, and to secure alternate air transportation fur such travelers or to provide them with a refund of their ticket price, without penalty, if requested.

By: Andrew Steinberg



OST-2000-7881 - Marion
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy

July 24, 2007

Notice of Air Midwest to Terminate Scheduled Air Service

Air Midwest, Inc. respectfully serves notice upon the Department of Transportation, in accordance with 14 C.F.R. 323.3 and 14 C.F.R. 323.4 of its intent to discontinue scheduled service between Decatur, Quincy & Marion, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois effective October 22, 2007.

The termination of service by Air Midwest will reduce air transportation at all three communities to a level below the essential air service determination set forth in the respective orders.

At present, Air Midwest is the sole provider of certificated scheduled air service at each community. Air Midwest is hereby providing public notice of its intent to terminate scheduled air service with the expiration of the 90-day notice as required. Any objections to this Notice to Terminate Service must be filed within twenty days from the date of this filing.

By: Mesa, Tom Bacon



Order 2007-8-15
OST-2000-7881 - Marion
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy

Issued and Served August 17, 2007

Order

We will allow Air Midwest to suspend its services at the three communities at the end of its 90-day notice period. In doing so, we are deferring to an Air Service Development Agreement entered into by the carrier, the communities, and the State of Illinois in January 2007, under which Air Midwest undertook to provide the services now at issue. Section 4.A of that Agreement specifies that “any party may terminate this Agreement at any time upon ninety days prior written notice to the other parties.” In bargaining for this provision, Air Midwest stated a reasonable condition for undertaking the services, and in agreeing to it, the communities acknowledged and gave Air Midwest the right to cease providing service after providing such notice. We do not believe we should effectively rewrite the Agreement, negating Section 4.A, and creating an unbargained-for benefit for the communities and an unbargained-for burden for Air Midwest.

As noted earlier, Decatur’s and Quincy’s determinations stipulate service to two hubs, Chicago and St. Louis, whereas Great Lakes’ forthcoming services will be operated to St. Louis only. However, when we initiated the carrier-replacement cases that led to our selection of Great Lakes to provide service at Decatur and Quincy, we recognized that Air Midwest’s services to Chicago had just begun, and that their success was uncertain. We therefore explicitly requested -- and ultimately selected -- proposals for Decatur and Quincy that offered service levels to St. Louis high enough to compensate for the possible loss of Air Midwest’s services to Chicago. Great Lakes’ services will now do just that.

Before Air Midwest suspends service, however, we expect it to contact all travelers holding reservations for travel after its suspension date, to notify them of its suspension and Great Lakes’ incoming service, and to secure alternate air transportation for such travelers or to provide them with a refund of their ticket price, without penalty, if requested.

By: Michael Reynolds



Order 2009-7-9
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Issued and Served July 9, 2009

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at any or all of the communities from November 1, 2009, through October 31, 2011, with or without subsidy, by August 12.

With respect to Decatur, Marion/Herrin, and Quincy, we expect proposals consisting of service with two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft with at least 15 passenger seats, and offering four round trips each weekday and weekend (24 total round trips per week) to a suitable hub airport (e.g. Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, or Memphis, with numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. If aircraft larger than 30 seats are proposed, proposals should consist of three round trips each weekday and weekend (18 round trips per week). If aircraft with fewer than 15 passenger seats are contemplated, service patterns should consist of at least six round trips each weekday and weekend (36 total round trips per week).

With respect to Burlington, Cape Girardeau, and Fort Leonard Wood, we expect proposals consisting of service with two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft with at least 15 passenger seats, and offering three round trips each weekday and weekend (18 total round trips per week) to a suitable hub airport (e.g. Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, or Memphis, with numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. If aircraft larger than 30 seats are proposed, proposals should consist of two round trips each weekday and weekend (12 round trips per week). If aircraft with fewer than 15 passenger seats are contemplated, service patterns should consist of at least four round trips each weekday and weekend (24 total round trips per week).

For all communities, if a proposal offering aircraft fewer than 15 seats is submitted and the community ultimately supports the service, in effect waiving their right to 15-seat or larger aircraft, we would consider the waiver to apply only to the two-year carrier-selection at hand, i.e. we would not assume that the community waives their rights for all time.

By: Todd Homan





OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL

July 9, 2009

Re: Request for New Proposals

We are writing to request you to issue a new request for proposals to acquire improved Essential Air Service in the communities of Quincy, Decatur and Marion, Illinois. These communities have struggled to find reliable service with their current operator Great Lakes Aviation and their previous carrier, Regions Air.

Soliciting a new RFP from other carriers may provide these communities with the opportunity to secure higher quality air service. Great Lakes Aviation is currently providing air service without a critical codeshare agreement with American Airlines. This codeshare agreement was a key component of the communities support for Great Lakes Aviation's application to become the EAS provider in those areas.

Great Lakes' inability to fulfill their original commitments to the communities and DOT has resulted in lower enplanements at each of these airports. This drop in ridership could potentially impact these airports federal funding. We understand there is precedent for ensuring airports in these situations do not lose their airport designation or formula funding and we hope that precedent would be applied to these Illinois communities.

By: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jerry Costello (IL-12)



OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood, MO

July 30, 2009

Re: Effective Period Clarification

By a series of orders (Order 2007-3-5, March 9, 2007, for Burlington Fort Leonard Wood, and Marion/Herrin, Order 2007-3-10, March 13, 2007, for Quincy, and Order 2007-4-12, April 10, 2007, for Decatur), the Department selected Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized Essential Air Service at the communities named above for a two-year period. By this memo, the Department is clarifying the effective period of service. Great Lakes inaugurated service to Burlington and Fort Leonard Wood on October 7, 2007, and to Decatur, Marion/Herrin, and Quincy on November 4, 2007.

Consistent with the two-year service period, in Order 2009-7-9, July 9,2009, we requested proposals for service at these communities for a new two-year period effective November 1, 2009. Therefore, the rate for the five communities listed above should reflect an expiration date of October 31, 2009.

By: Kevin Schlemmer



OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood, MO

August 11, 2009

Email Message - DOT Granting Extension for Proposals

We have decided to grant an extension for proposals was requested from Aviation Technologies, Inc. and Charter Air Transport. This extension applies to all six communities (Decatur, Marion/Herrin, Quincy, Burlington, Cape Girardeau, and Fort Leonard Wood).

Proposals for all six communities listed above are now due no later than Monday. August 17, 2009.

By: Kevin Schlemmer, 202-366-3176



OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood, MO


August 17, 2009

Service Proposals of Multi-Aero d/b/a Air Choice One

The attached proposals utilize a combination of Chicago's O'Hare airport as a connecting hub, St. Louis as a connecting hub and for the cities of Cape Girardeau, Fort Leonard Wood and in some cases Marion/Herrin a combination of St. Louis and Memphis as a hub.

As the department and the city constituencies are aware, until recently Chicago O'Hare has been a slot constrained airport. AIR CHOICE ONE has been in discussions with Chicago city airport officials; and is currently finalizing gate and ground handling arrangements at O'Hare and is confident that gate and ground handling will be in place by the time of a service award. It is also anticipated that interline ticketing and baggage agreements to facilitate passenger transfer will also be in place to augment the AIR CHOICE ONE proposal.

By: Air Choice One, Shane Storz


August 12, 2009

Re: Proposal of Gulfstream International Airlines

Gulfstream International Airlines hereby submits one, “all or nothing” option. We specify this restriction given the need for sufficient mass to logistically sustain an operation such as this.

The proposed service pattern (Option 1) features the weekly frequencies required by the RFP. That service would consist of four non-stop roundtrips each service day between St. Louis and Decatur, IL; Marion/Herrin, IL; and Quincy, IL. Additionally, we would operate three non-stop roundtrips each service day between St. Louis and Burlington, IA; Cape Girardeau, MO; and Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Saturday and Sunday combined departures would equal one service day

By: Gulfstream, Mickey Bowman, 270-689-2180


OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

August 12, 2009

Re: Proposal of SeaPort Airlines

SeaPort proposes options that provide for four direct round trips per day between Cape Girardeau and Memphis five days per week. This service level will offer more than enough inventory to provide for the historical traffic of the last several years, while keeping capacity “right-sized” and avoiding an unnecessary flooding of empty seats and resulting higher operating costs. In Memphis, SeaPort plans to use its own private terminal as a hub for this operation with inexpensive private parking. From this terminal we will provide complimentary shuttle van service to and from Memphis’ main terminal for those passengers needing to connect to, or returning from, more distant destinations.

We have outlined a schedule that provides four round trips, five days per week and two round trips, two days per week. This is a total of 48 segments per week. We believe that this frequency of direct service to a major hub with more flight choices will spur traffic back to where it was historically.

By: SeaPort, Rob McKinney, 971-340-1710



OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

August 17, 2009

Re: Proposal of Locair

At Locair, we want to apply our methods used at Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset, Kentucky into the EAS program. While we are only an Air Taxi operator under 14 CFR 298, we have seen the community rally under our ability to fly to additional points under the SCASD grant rather than focus on one key market (Nashville). After reviewing the top two requests of service from the community, we hit a home run with the third- Washington Dulles. Fortunate for Somerset, the SCASD allows us to ‘experiment’ to figure out which market is the BEST for the community, and one we’d like to do at the above communities. While our ultimate goal is to obtain our Economic Authority under 14 CFR 298c and FAA Part 121 authority, we would like to bid on these above markets and help REBUILD their market before we begin daily scheduled operations, and look at splitting up the frequencies into multiple destinations. The current Administration is asking for new efficiencies from the Department and the Airlines, and we feel we offer just that.

Bids may be combined or awarded individually.

Market Year #1 Subsidy Per Departure Per Pax
Cape Girardeau $1,258,654 $771.23 $104.75
Decatur $2,107,356 $1033.02 $135.92
Quincy $2,225,497 $1090.93 $151.10

By: Locair, Nathan Vallier


August 12, 2009

Re: DOT Granting Request for Extension of Proposal Submission Date

By Order 2009-7-9, July 9, 2009, we requested proposals from interested air carriers to serve Decatur, Marion/Herrin, and Quincy, Illinois, Burlington, Iowa, and Cape Girardeau and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, due by August 12. On August 11, Aviation Technologies, Inc. and Charter Air Transport requested an extension to submit proposals.

We are hereby granting that request. Proposals for all six communities listed above are now due no later than August 17, 2009.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

August 17, 2009

Re: Proposal of Cape Air

Cape Air proposes service at per per-departure subsidy rates of:
UIN: $571; DEC: $621; CGI: $648; MWA: $601.

Cape Air has been successful in rebuilding commuter air service: since taking over Rutland, Vermont Vermont’s EAS in November 2007 Cape Air increased traffic by 146%.

The Cessna 402 is the workhorse of Cape Air Air’s fleet.

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


OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL

August 17, 2009

Re: Proposal of Charter Air Transport

CAT is a current Air Taxi Operator with a fleet of five 30 seat Turbo Prop EMB-120 aircraft. CAT also operates aircraft including Hawker Jet, Citation, Beech Jet and manages King Air-200 equipment. CAT is an operator that truly provides the most flexibility within it’s current fleet and expansion capabilities to operated aircraft and grow with each airport they serve. For the purposes of this proposal we will be identifying the Beech King Air -200 with an airliner conversion (CAT PASS) as the initial type equipment for the EAS communities. While we have the capabilities of operating and have and will consider alternate aircraft like the BAE-3100/ 3200 (Jet Stream models).

Proposals Included: DEC-MDW-DEC, UIN-STL-UIN, MWA-STL-MWA
DEC: Requested Subsidy year 1: $1,436,172 Requested Subsidy year 2: $1,394,436
MWA: Requested Subsidy year 1: $1,255,985 Requested Subsidy year 2: $1,224,528
UIN: Requested Subsidy year 1: $1,255,985 Requested Subsidy year 2: $1,224,528.

By: CAT, Peter Billman, 216-348-1415

Charter Air Transport's Filings


OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

August 17, 2009

Re: Hold-In Subsidy Rate Submission of Great Lakes Aviation

Thjs document contains Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.'s hold in subsidy rate submission to be utilized until a new carrier begins service per the U.S. Department of Transportation's Order 2009-7-9.

Pursuant to our communications with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the communities listed above, we are hereby encouraging the selection of another EAS provider for these Saint Louis hub markets

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



OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood, MO

September 14, 2009

Re: DOT Granting Extension of Comments Period

The Department requested community comments in response to carrier proposals for Essential Air Service at Decatur, Marion/Herrin, and Quincy, Illinois, Burlington, Iowa, Cape Girardeau and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, be submitted by Wednesday, September 16. On September 14, we received requests for an extension to submit comments from two communities (Burlington and Decatur).

We are hereby granting a one-week extension based on those requests. Comments on proposals for all six communities listed above are now due no later than Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

By: Dennis DeVany



September 16, 2009

Re: City of Quincy in Support of Cape Air

I am delighted to support and recommend Hyannis Air Service/Cape Air to provide EAS for Quincy, Illinois. We are most impressed with Cape Air's 20 years of history in providing air service as a commercial carrier. The one area we would like to see addressed is a possible code-share with American Airlines in St. Louis. I believe AA is willing to work with Cape Air to make this possible.

By: Mayor John Spring



September 17, 2009

Re: City of Quincy in Support of Cape Air

The City of Quincy and Quincy Regional Airport have reviewed the proposals for Essential Air Service to Quincy Regional Airport. We have met with Cape Air, Air Choice and Gulfstream Airlines. They have each made a presentation to our community and have had a chance to share their proposals. On September 1, 2009 the Aeronautics Committee for Quincy Regional Airport met and made a determination to give full and unanimous support to Cape Air.

By: Mayor John Spring



OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood, MO

August 11, 2009

Email Message - DOT Granting Extension for Proposals

We have decided to grant an extension for proposals was requested from Aviation Technologies, Inc. and Charter Air Transport. This extension applies to all six communities (Decatur, Marion/Herrin, Quincy, Burlington, Cape Girardeau and Fort Leonard Wood).

Proposals for all six communities listed above are now due no later than Monday. August 17, 2009.

By: Kevin Schlemmer, 202-366-3176


Order 2009-10-13
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1996-1167 - Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Issued and Served October 22, 2009

Order Selecting Carriers; Setting Final and Hold-In Rates

By this order, the Department is selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide subsidized essential air service at Marion/Herrin, Quincy, and Cape Girardeau, for a two-year period beginning when Cape Air inaugurates full EAS at each of the three communities and ending at the close of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $5,469,768 ($2,053,783 for Marion/Herrin, $1,946,270 for Quincy, and $1,469,715 for Cape Girardeau). The Department is selecting Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One to provide subsidized EAS at Decatur, Illinois, and Burlington, Iowa, for a two-year period beginning when it inaugurates full EAS and ending at the close of the 24th month thereafter, at a combined annual subsidy of $5,253,644 ($3,082,403 for Decatur and $2,171,241 for Burlington). The Department is selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to provide subsidized EAS at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for the two-year period from November 1, 2009, through October 31, 2011, at an annual subsidy of $1,292,906.

However, if Air Choice One is unable to inaugurate service at Decatur by December 15, 2009 (with service to St. Louis), and service to Chicago O’Hare by January 15, 2010, utilizing 9-passenger Cessna Caravan aircraft, we would instead select Cape Air to provide EAS with subsidy support, for a two-year period beginning when Cape Air inaugurates service, at a total annual subsidy of $2,129,081.

By: Susan Kurland



Order 2010-11-8
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

Issued and Served November 12, 2010

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Marion/Herrin and Quincy, Illinois, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for the next two-year period from December 1, 2011, through November 30, 2013, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due January 6, 2011.

With respect to Marion and Quincy, we ask that carriers submit proposals for two round trips per day (12 total roimd trips per week) with 34-seat or larger aircraft, four round trips per day (24 total round trips per week) with 15-seat to 33-seat aircraft, or six round trips per day (36 round trips per week) with eight-or nine-seat aircraft to Chicago O'Hare, Memphis, St. Louis, or another suitable hub where numerous cormections to the national air transportation system can be made. Service with 15-seat or larger aircraft should be nonstop, but the Department may consider additional frequencies per day if the service is linked with another community. Service with eight- or nine-seat aircraft should be nonstop between Marion and/or Quincy and the hub.

With respect to Cape Girardeau, we ask that carriers submit proposals for two nonstop round trips per day (12 total round trips per week) with 34-seat or larger aircraft, three round trips per day (18 total round trips per week) with 15-seat to 33-seat aircraft, or four round trips per day (24 roxmd trips per week) with eight or nine-seat aircraft to Chicago O'Hare, Memphis, St. Louis, or another suitable hub where numerous cormections to the national air transportation system can be made.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion/Herrin, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO


January 6, 2011

Proposals of Air Choice One

Marion/Herrin Options:

Option 1:

Marion/Herrin-Chicago:
Cessna Caravan - 2 round-trips daily - 12 round-trips per week

Marion/Herrin-St. Louis
Cessna Caravan - 4 round-trips daily - 24 round-trips per week

Option 2:

Marion/Herrin-St. Louis
Cessna Caravan - 6 round-trips daily - 36 round-trips per week

Option 3:

Marion/Herrin-Memphis
Cessna Caravan - 3 round-trips daily - 18 round-trips per week

Marion/Herrin-St. Louis
Cessna Caravan - 3 round-trips daily - 18 round-trips per week

Quincy Options:

Option 1:

Quincy-Chicago
Cessna Caravan - 3 round-trips daily - 18 round-trips per week

Quincy-St. Louis
Cessna Caravan - 3 round-trips daily - 18 round-trips per week

Option 2:

Quincy-St. Louis
Cessna Caravan - 6 round-trips daily - 36 round-trips per week

Option 3:

Quincy-Chicago
Cessna Caravan - 6 round-trips daily - 36 round-trips per week

Cape Girardeau Options:

Option 1:

Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
Cessna Caravan - 4 round-trips daily - 24 round-trips per week

Option 2:

Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
Cessna Caravan - 2 round-trips daily - 12 round-trips per week

Cape Girardeau-Memphis
Cessna Caravan - 2 round-trips daily - 12 round-trips per week

By: Air Choice One, Shane Storz


January 6, 2011

Proposals of Cape Air

Cape Air proposes status quo service, but prefers a 4-year term and at least six round trips on weekdays at all three cities. Status quo service for Cape Girardeau at 24 weekly flights is proposed as requested, but Cape Air strongly prefers a 36x weekly pattern, at parity with Quincy and Marion.

A service pattern of 6x dailyat each community would provide a better service pattern for the communities and dramatically lower unit costs.

By: Cape Air, Andrew Bonney




February 11, 2011

City of Quincy in Support of Cape Air

After talking with all members of the City of Quincy Aeronautics Committee they have voted unanimously to support the recommendation of Cape Air and its Essential Air Service proposal providing for six daily flights over a four-year contract term with the City of Quincy, Illinois

By: Mayor John Spring


February 15, 2011

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in Support of Cape Air

I am writing in support of Cape Air's application to provide long-term service under the EAS program at Quincy Regional Airport. The proposed contract with the City of Quincy would provide six daily flights over a four-year period and has the strong support of city and community leaders.

By: Richard Durbin



Order 2011-4-12
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

Issued and Served April 11, 2011

Order Reselecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is re-selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide essential air service at Marion/Herrin, Illinois and Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri and Cape Girardeau/Sikeston, Missouri for the four-year period from December 1, 2011, through November 30, 2015, for a combined annual subsidy rate of $5,689,438 ($2,104,616 for Marion, $1,956,856 for Quincy, and $1,627,966 for Cape Girardeau). Marion and Quincy will receive 36 weekly round trips and Cape Girardeau will receive 24 weekly round trips. All service will operate nonstop to/from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport using eight- or nine-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft.

By: Susan Kurland



OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-2006-23929 - Decatur, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville, MO
OST-2001-8731 - Burlington, IA

May 4, 2011

Clarification After St. Louis Tornado Closures

On April 22, 2011, a tornado caused extensive damage to Lambert St. Louis International Airport. As a result, STL was closed from late evening on April 22 until April 24. Tenants with operations on Concourse C, including Cape Air, had to be relocated to other concourses at the airport, and as a result, Cape Air was unable to resume operations until April 26. Also due to the closure of STL, Air Choice One operated some its flights to/from the Spirit of St. Louis Airport.

Due to extensive flooding of the airfield at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport operations were suspended there until April 29.

It has been our policy, on a case-by-case basis, to pay the airline its usual subsidy rate when airports have been closed on the grounds that the circumstances are beyond the carriers' control and that there are only minimal cost savings to the carriers while they would lose all of the revenue. (The carriers would only save on fuel and a portion of maintenance because they would not be able to return aircraft to lessors or layoff personnel). Consistent with that precedent, we request that you to compensate Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air and Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One for flights that could not be operated during the period of April 22-April 26 due to the STL airport closure or were operated to SUS.

Flights tolfrom the following subsidized communities are affected (April 22-April 26):

In addition, Cape Air's flights to/from Cape Girardeau are also eligible for compensation from April 26 through April 29.

So that you will know whether a cancellation was related to the airports' being closed, we have instructed Cape Air and Air Choice One to indicate "Airport Not Operating" on its monthly subsidy billings for flights that it could not completed for that reason, and have informed them that they will be fully compensated for such cancellations.

By: Dennis DeVany


 

Order 2015-4-26
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

Issued and Served April 30, 2015

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Cape Girardeau/Sikeston, Missouri, Marion/Herrin, Illinois and Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri for a new contract period beginning December 1, 2015, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than June 4, 2015.

During the calendar year ending December 31, 2014, Cape Girardeau averaged 20 enplanements per day, Marion and Quincy averaged 31 enplanements per day. The Department therefore expects proposals that are consistent with what the communities currently receive, with service to STL or another hub airport that provides numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. For air carriers proposing service with 9-passenger aircraft, the Department expects 24 weekly round trips for Cape Girardeau, and 36 weekly round trips for Marion and Quincy. For air carriers proposing 19-passenger or larger aircraft, the Department expects proposals for two round trips a day (12 to 14 per week). Air carriers are also welcome to propose more than one service option, if they choose.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

April 30, 2015

DOT Request for Proposals

I have attached the Order requesting proposals from air carriers interesting in providing Essential Air Service for a new contract term beginning December 1, 2015 at Marion/Quincy, Illinois, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Proposals are due by 11:59PM on June 4, 2015.

By: Michael Gormas, 202-366-1853


 

OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO


June 4, 2015

Proposal of Air Choice One

Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
2-year term / 24 round-trips per week
Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy required: $2,096,776 per year

Marion/Herrin-St. Louis
2-year term / 36 round-trips per week
Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy required: $2,440,952 per year

Quincy/Hannibal-Chicago
2-year term / 36 round-trips per week
Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy required: $3,647,593

Quincy/Herrin-St.Louis/Chicago
2-year term dual hub / 18 round-trips per week for St. Louis and Chicago
Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy required: $3,073,522

By: Air Choice One, Darnea Wood, 866-435-9847




June 4, 2015

Proposal of Cape Air

Quincy, Marion/Herrin, Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
Cape Girardau - 3.4 round-trips per week average
Marion/Herrin - 5.1 round-trips per week average
Quincy - 5.1 round-trips per week average
Subsidy required:
Cape Girardau - $2,063,432
Marion/Herrin - $2,692,527
Quincy - $2,532,335

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


 

OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

June 8, 2015

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2015-4-26 on April 30, 2015, requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS for a new term. In response to our request, Cape Air (the incumbent) and Air Choice One submitted proposals. I request that you review each proposal carefully and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, July 8.

By: Michael Martin


 

OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

June 8, 2015

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2015-4-26 on April 30, 2015, requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS for a new term. In response to our request, Cape Air (the incumbent) and Air Choice One submitted proposals. I request that you review each proposal carefully and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, July 8.

By: Michael Martin


 

OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

June 26, 2015

American Airlines in Support of Cape Air

American Airlines, Inc. enthusiastically supports the proposal of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. dba Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service for Quincy, IL, Marion, IL, and Cape Girardeau, MO. If Cape Air is reselected to continue serving Quincy, Marion and Cape Girardeau, American Airlines would be delighted to continue our existing codeshare agreement with Cape Air, providing to the Quincy, Marion, and Cape Girardeau communities seamless booking and travel on American Airlines’ worldwide network.

Counsel: American, Robert Wirick


 

June 2015

City of Quincy in Support of Cape Air

The City of Quincy and Quincy Regional Airport have reviewed the proposals for Essential Air Service to Quincy Regional Airport. We have met with Cape Air and Air Choice One. Both companies made presentations to the community and our Aeronautics Committee . On June 30, 2015 the Aeronautics Committee voted unanimously to support a 2 year extension of Cape Air 's contract.

We are grateful for the Essential Air Service and your efforts in supp01ting and administering the program. We are excited about the opportunity to work with Cape Air for an additional 2 years should they be selected as our carrier.

By: Mayor Kyle Moore


 

Order 2015-10-19
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

Issued and Served October 26, 2015

Order Reselecting Air Carrier

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is re-selecting Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service at Cape Girardeau/Sikeston, Missouri, Marion/Herrin, Illinois and Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport using 9-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft. The contracts’ length, weekly frequencies, and annual subsidy rates are:

Cape Girardeau - 2 year contract, 24 round-trips per week

Year 1 $2,063,432
Year 2 $2,145,969

Marion - 4 year contract, 36 round-trips per week

Year 1 $2,626,625
Year 2 $2,731,690
Year 3 $2,840,958
Year 4 $2,954,596

Quincy - 2 year contract, 36 round-trips per week

Year 1 $2,532,335
Year 2 $2,633,628

By: Brandon Belford


 

Order 2017-5-8
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

Issued and Served May 10, 2017

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing Essential Air Service at Cape Girardeau/Sikeston, Missouri and/or Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri, for a new contract term beginning December 1, 2017, with or without subsidy. Airlines should file their proposals no later than June 15, 2017.

The Department expects proposals that are consistent with what the community currently receives, namely 24 round trips per week at Cape Girardeau and 36 round trips per week at Quincy to a large- or medium-hub airport with 8- or 9-passenger aircraft. If larger aircraft are contemplated, the Department expects 12 to 14 round trips per week.

By: Todd Homan




OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO


June 15, 2017

Proposal of Air Choice One

Option 1:

24 weekly roundtirp Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy required: $1,998,267

Option 2:

24 weekly roundtirp Cape Girardeau-St. Louis/Nashville
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy required: $1,998,267

By: Darnea Wood, 314-843-8501


June 15, 2017

Proposal of Boutique Air

Option 1:

24 weekly roundtirp Cape Girardeau-St. Louis/Nashville
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12 or Beechcraft King Air 350
Subsidy required: $2,463,044 (St. Louis); $2,333,109 (Nashville)

Option 2:

24 weekly roundtirp Cape Girardeau-St. Louis/Nashville/Atlanta/Chicago
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12 or Beechcraft King Air 350
Subsidy required: $2,430,561 (St. Louis-Nashville); $2,605,485 (St. Louis-Atlanta); $2,598,733 (St. Louis-Chicago); $2,365,593 (Nashville-St. Louis); $2,508,034 (Nashville-Atlanta); $2,501,282 (Nashville-Chicago)

Option 3:

24 weekly roundtirp Cape Girardeau-St. Louis/Nashville/Chicago
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12 or Beechcraft King Air 350
Subsidy required: $2,398,077 (St. Louis-Nashville); $2,747,926 (St. Louis-Atlanta); $2,734,422 (St. Louis-Chicago)

By: Shawn Simpson


June 15, 2017

Proposal of Cape Air

24 weekly roundtrip Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
Aircraft: Cessna 402
Subsidy required: $2,043,536

By: Andrew Bonney, 508-862-9719


June 15, 2017

Proposal of SkyWest Airlines

12 weekly Quincy-Chicago
Aircraft: CRJ
Subsidy required: $2,659,328

12 weekly Cape Girardeau-Chicago
Aircraft: CRJ
Subsidy required: $2,984,760

By: Greg Atkin


June 15, 2017

Proposal of Southern Airways Express

Cape Girardeau Option A:

29 weekly roundtrip Cape Girardeau-St. Louis/Nashville/Memphis
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $1,975,279

Cape Girardeau Option B:

24 weekly roundtrip Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $1,974,903

Quincy Option A:

36 weekly roundtrip Quincy-St. Louis/Chicago
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $2,496,494

Quincy Option B:

36 weekly roundtrip Quincy-St. Louis
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $2,358,848

By: Stan Little, 901-672-7820


 

OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

June 16, 2017

DOT Request for Community Comments

On May 10, 2017, the Department issued Order 2017-5-8 requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS at Cape Girardeau and/or Quincy for a new contract term. In response to the Order, five airlines submitted proposals: Air Choice One, Boutique Air, Cape Air, SkyWest Airlines and Southern Airways. request that the communities carefully review the proposals and submit their comments no later than Friday, July 28.

By: Michael Martin




OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

June 19, 2017

American Airlines in Support of Cape Air

American Airlines, Inc. enthusiastically supports the proposal of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. dba Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service for Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois. If Cape Air is reselected to continue serving Cape Girardeau and Quincy, American Airlines would be delighted to continue our existingcodeshare agreement with Cape Air, providing to the Cape Girardeau and Quincy communities seamless booking and travel on American Airlines’ worldwide network.

Counsel: American, Robert Wirick, 817-963-0394


 

July 28, 2017

City of Quincy in Support of SkyWest Airlines

Our goal is to increase the number of citizens who utilize our airport and to expand the travel options to our community. We believe we can do this by selecting a company who has a record of reliability, who utilizes a larger aircraft, and who is willing to work with the community on a flexible schedule that meets our needs. That company is Skywest Airlines. Their aircraft will provide a more modern flying experience, complete with two pilots, a flight attendant and restrooms. They offer code share and interline agreements with almost every major air canier, and will colll1ect us to Chicago O'Hare, the largest airport in the Midwest. Their record of success has been successful in other similar size markets, and we believe they will be successful for Quincy Regional Airport.

We are recommending Skywest Airlines be awarded the contract for Essential Air Service at an alll1ual subsidy cost of $2,659,328 to provide twelve round trip flights to Chicago O'Hare for a period of two years.

By: Mayor Kyle Moore


 

Order 2017-8-25
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

Issued and Served August 28, 2017

Order Selecting Airline

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is selecting SkyWest Airlines, Inc. to provide Essential Air Service at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois, using 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet CRJ200 aircraft to Chicago O’Hare International Airport from December 1, 2017, through November 30, 2019, and will be branded as United Express. At Cape Girardeau, SkyWest will provide 12 round trips per week (6 nonstop and 6 one-stop) for an annual subsidy of $2,984,760. At Quincy, SkyWest will provide 12 nonstop round trips per week for an annual subsidy of $2,659,328.

By: Susan McDermott


 

Order 2019-5-10
OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO

Issued and Served May 14, 2019

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the U.S. Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Marion, Illinois, and/or Quincy, Illinois, for a new contract term beginning December 1, 2019, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than June 26, 2019.

By Order 2015-10-19, issued on October 26, 2015, the Department re-selected Hyannis Air Service, Inc. d/b/a Cape Air to provide EAS at Marion with 36 nonstop round trips per week to St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) using 9-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft for the four-year contract term from December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2019.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-2003-14492 - Quincy, IL
OST-2000-7881 - Marion, IL
OST-1996-1559 - Cape Girardeau, MO


June 26, 2019

Proposals of Multi-Aero d/b/a Air Choice One - Cape Girardeau

Option 1:

24 weekly Cape Girardeau-St. Louis
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan
Subsidy requirement:

2-year selection: $2,055,386 (Year 1); $2,117,048 (Year 2)
4-year selection: $2,055,386 (Year 1); $2,117,048 (Year 2); $2,180,559 (Year 3); $2,245,976 (Year 4)

Option 2:

12 weekly Cape Girardeau-St. Louis; 12 roundtrip Cape Girardeau-Nashville
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan; Beechcraft 1900
Subsidy requirement:

2-year selection: $2,655,772 (Year 1); $2,735,445 (Year 2)
4-year selection: $2,655,772 (Year 1); $2,735,445 (Year 2); $2,817,509 (Year 3); $2,902,034 (Year 4)

By: Darnea Wood, 314-843-8501 x1007




June 26, 2019

Proposals of Multi-Aero d/b/a Air Choice One - Marion

Option 1:

18 weekly Marion-St. Louis; 18 roundtrip Marion-Chicago
Aircraft: Beechcraft 1900C
Subsidy requirement:

2-year selection: $3,446,827 (Year 1); $3,550,232 (Year 2)
4-year selection: $3,446,827 (Year 1); $3,550,232 (Year 2); $3,656,740 (Year 3); $3,766,442 (Year 4)

Option 2:

18 weekly Marion-St. Louis; 18 roundtrip Marion-Chicago
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan; Beechcraft 1900C
Subsidy requirement:

2-year selection: $3,083,205 (Year 1); $3,175,701 (Year 2)
4-year selection: $3,083,205 (Year 1); $3,175,701 (Year 2); $3,270,972 (Year 3); $3,369,101 (Year 4)

Option 3:

36 weekly Marion-Chicago
Aircraft: Cessna Grand Caravan; Beechcraft 1900C
Subsidy requirement:

2-year selection: $3,723,000 (Year 1); $3,834,690 (Year 2)
4-year selection: $3,723,000 (Year 1); $3,834,690 (Year 2); $3,949,731 (Year 3); $4,068,223 (Year 4)

By: Darnea Wood, 314-843-8501 x1007




June 26, 2019

Proposals of Boutique Air

Cape Girardeau:

24 weekly Cape Girardeau-Chicago/St. Louis/Nashville
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12
Subsidy requirement: $3,771,200 (Chicago); $2,588,330 (St. Louis); $2,707,185 (Nashville)

Marion:

36 weekly Marion-Chicago/St. Louis/Nashville
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12
Subsidy requirement: $4,277,280 (Chicago); $2,795,907 (St. Louis); $3,682,504 (Nashville)

Quincy:

36 weekly Cape Girardeau-Chicago/St. Louis
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12
Subsidy requirement: $5,336,825 (Chicago); $3,599,442 (St. Louis)

By: Shawn Simpson




June 26, 2019

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

Option 1:

36 weekly Marion-St. Louis
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $2,843,250 (4-year Discount $2,776,673)

Option 2:

29 weekly Marion-St. Louis; 7 weekly Marion-Nashville
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $2,936,829 (4-year Discount $2,868,060)

Option 3:

24 weekly Marion-St. Louis; 12 weekly Marion-Nashville
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $3,003,671 (4-year Discount $2,933,337)

By: Andrew Bonney




June 26, 2019

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

Option 1:

36 weekly Quincy-St. Louis
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $2,193,378 (4-year Discount $2,130,403)

Option 2:

24 weekly Quincy-St. Louis; 12 weekly Quincy-Chicago
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $2,770,955 (4-year Discount $2,691,397)

Option 3:

18 weekly Quincy-St. Louis; 18 weekly Quincy-Chicago
Aircraft: Tecnam P2012
Subsidy required: $3,063,743 (4-year Discount $2,971,894)

By: Andrew Bonney




June 25, 2019

Proposals of SkyWest Airlines

12 weekly Marion-Chicago
Aircraft: CRJ
Subsidy required: $3,179,862

12 weekly Cape Girardeau-Chicago
Aircraft: CRJ
Subsidy required: $3,371,863

12 weekly Quincy-Chicago
Aircraft: CRJ
Subsidy required: $3,267,007

By: Greg Atkin




June 26, 2019

Proposal of Southern Airways Express - Marion

Option A:

36 weekly Marion-St. Louis
Subsidy required: $2,854,736

Option B:

18 weekly Marion-St. Louis; 18 weekly Marion-Nashville
Subsidy required: $2,966,725

Option C:

36 weekly Marion-Nashville
Subsidy required: $3,185,975

Option D:

12 weekly Marion-Chicago; 18 weekly Marion-Nashville
Subsidy required: $3,112,929

By: Stan Little, 901-672-7820


 

July 2, 2019

DOT Request for Community Comments

The Department issued Order 2019-5-10 on May 14, 2019, requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS at Cape Girardeau, Marion, and/or Quincy for a new contract term. In response to that Order, four airlines submitted proposals to serve Quincy:

I request that the community submit its final comments no later than Friday, August 9, 2019

By: Michael Martin, 202-366-6494


 

July 2, 2019

American Airlines in Support of Cape Air

American Airlines, Inc. enthusiastically supports the proposal of Hyannis Air Service, Inc. dba Cape Air to provide Essential Air Service for Quincy Regional Airport serving Quincy, Illinois. If Cape Air is selected to serve Quincy, American Airlines would be delighted to amend our existing codeshare agreement with Cape Air, and provide to the Quincy community seamless booking and travel on American Airlines’ worldwide network.

By: Robert Wirick

 

July 25, 2019

City of Quincy in Support of Cape Air

While it is encouraging for four separate airlines to make EAS proposals to serve the community, I believe Cape Air’s proposal is by far the best for us.

Things that are harder to define include the fact Cape Air had a sterling record of service and community involvement here other than a one month window (nationwide pilot shortages that impacted many airlines) in 10 years of operation. We are very high on their food chain.

Conversely, we are less important to SkyWest because we are smaller. Further, because their planes serve multiple cities every day, we are at far greater risk of cancellation and delays due to mechanical, weather, etc. as has been borne out in their performance which is below industry averages.

Because SkyWest is only two flights daily, a delay or cancellation totally demolishes someone’s travel plans. For example, if the flight is cancelled or delayed from Quincy in the morning, the whole day is lost. The same is true of the late flight from Chicago to Quincy. Cape Air is proposing more flights and gateways.

By: Ralph Oakley

 

August 5, 2019

City of Quincy in Support of Cape Air

The City of Quincy and Quincy Regional Airport received four proposals for Essential Air Service to Quincy Regional Airport. After several weeks of review, meetings, and community input, the Aeronautics Committee unanimously voted to support Cape Air's third option proposing equal service from Quincy Regional Airport to both Chicago O'Hare and St. Louis Lambert for a term of two years.

Reliability offlights out of Quincy was crucial to the city's decision. The current service provided by Skywest, though beneficial, has been marred by low performance in areas such as on-time departures and cancellations. Upon further research, we believe Cape Air's implementation of several programs that solve reliability issues, especially those that arose several years ago while Cape Air was providing service to Quincy Regional Airport, have proven to be effective and will better-serve Quincy Regional Airport.

By: Mayor Kyle Moore

 

 

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