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OST-2003-14528

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Essential Air Service at Bradford, Pennsylvania

OST-2003-14528 February 13, 2003 Notice of Air Midwest to Terminate Service Essential Air Service at Bradford, Pennsylvania / Air Midwest, Inc. - Termination of Service

Order 83-3-15 set forth the essential air service determination at Bradford, Pennsylvania to require two nonstop roundtrips each weekday and each weekend to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Air Midwest is currently operating two daily weekday and one daily weekend roundtrips to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania using Beech 1900D aircraft. The termination of service by Air Midwest will reduce air transportation at Bradford, Pennsylvania to a level below the essential air service determination set forth in Order 83-3-15.

Though Air Midwest would prefer to continue providing scheduled air service in Bradford, the substantial costs resulting from increased federal regulations for regional carriers makes it impossible to continue without Essential Air Service subsidy. The absence of this subsidy requires Air Midwest to advise the Department that scheduled air service will be discontinued.  At present, Air Midwest is the sole provider of certificated scheduled air service at Bradford, Pennsylvania. Air Midwest is hereby providing public notice of its intent to terminate scheduled air service with the expiration of the 90-day notice period as required.

By:  Air Midwest Scott Lyon



Order 03-04-3
OST-03-14528
Issued April 2, 2003
Served April 7, 2003
Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals

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Essential Air Service at Bradford, Pennsylvania

Order 2003-4-3, the Department (1) prohibits Air Midwest, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc. from terminating its unsubsidized services at Bradford, Pennsylvania; (2) requiring the carrier to maintain service between the community and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for an initial 30-day period following the end of the notice period; and, (3) requests proposals from carriers interested in providing replacement service at the community.

Air Midwest is the only carrier serving Bradford. Its current service at Bradford consists of two nonstop round trips on weekdays and two over the weekend to Pittsburgh using 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft. The Niagara Falls International Airport, serving Buffalo, New York, the closest medium-hub airport to the community, is approximately 103 miles north of Bradford, while Pittsburgh International Airport, a large-hub airport, is located approximately 186 highway miles southwest of Bradford.

We request that any carriers interested in providing essential air service at Bradford file their proposals within 20 days of the service date of this order. We ask that carriers submit proposals for two or three round trips each weekday and weekend to Pittsburgh with 15-19 seat aircraft, or two round trips a day with larger aircraft. We will also entertain proposals to other hubs that provide access to the National air transportation system in order to give the Department and the community as broad an array of proposals as possible from which to choose. Bradford-Pittsburgh service should be nonstop, while service to other hub airports may be either nonstop or one-stop. Of course, as always, we will formally solicit the community’s views on any service options we receive before making a long-term carrier selection decision.

By: Read C. Van de Water



April 28, 2003

Reponse of Mesa Air Group to Request for Proposals

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



May 23, 2003

Correspondence of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority

By: Thomas Frungillo, 814-368-5928


May 14, 2003

Correspondence of the City of Bradford

By: Ray McMahon, 814-368-7170


May 14, 2003

Correspondence of the City of Bradford

By: Michele Corignani, 814-368-7170


May 9, 2003

Correspondence of the Honorable John E. Peterson

By: John Peterson


May 23, 2003

Correspondence of Honorable Martin T. Causer

By: Martin Causer


May 23, 2003

Correspondence of McKean County

By: Lawrence Stratton


May 15, 2003

Correspondence of the McKean County Industrial Development Council

By: Ed Kocjancic, 814-887-5571


May 14, 2003

Correspondence of Tuna Valley Council of Governments

By: James Coder, 814-368-6350, lewisrun@penn.com



May 9, 2003

Correspondence of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Industries in support of the application of the County of Sonoma, California

By: Bruce Wetsel for Alaska / Pat Zachweija for Horizon


May 14, 2003

Correspondence of Genesee County Board of Commissioners in support of Flint Bishop International Airport

By: Richard Hammel, 810-257-3020



June 11, 2003

Correspondence of Bradford Area Alliance

Mesa Air Group has submitted two proposals for Essential Air Service funding for Bradford Regional Airport. We are writing to encourage you to approve the four round trip option. We are convinced that the four trip option and reasonable air fares will enable Bradford to dramatically increase enplanements, return the Bradford-Pittsburgh route to profitability for Mesa, and eventually allow Bradford to be removed from the EAS program.

Maintaining commercial service at Bradford Regional Airport is absolutely critical to the economic revitalization of our region. We strongly encourage you to select the four round trip option proposed by Mesa Airline Group.

By: Martin Glesk



June 10, 2003

Ex-Parte Letter to Representative Jim Lynch (PA)

Mesa's four round trip proposal is a positive step toward serving the air service needs of in this region. By offering this option, which includes both an early morning originator and a late night terminator flight, they would become more appealing to the needs of businesses and attract more business travelers. In my opinion, this option would help to increase and retain air travel.

By: Michael Reynolds


June 9, 2003

Ex-Parte Letter to Representative Martin Causer (PA)

By: Michael Reynolds



Order 03-6-37
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA

Issued June 30, 2003 | Served July 3, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation

On June 14, 2003, Air Midwest became eligible for compensation for its forced service. Therefore, by Order 2003-6-31, June 23, 2003, the carrier and Department staff agreed to annual subsidy rates to be paid while the carrier-selection case is processed. The carrier will be paid $499,642 for two daily nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh, until it inauguarates service consisting of three daily nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh, at which time its subsidy will increase to $698,018. Since this case will not be completed by the end of the current hold-in period, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Air Midwest's service obligation at Bradford for an additional 30 days, or until suitable replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By: Randall Bennett



OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, NY
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA

July 10, 2003

Proposal of Colgan Air

Colgan is a regional airline operating a fleet of Beech 1900C and D model aixcraft 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. Colgan offers a combined service to both communities that would provide
Bradford with 3 non-stop and 1 one-stop flights per weekday and would serve Jamestown with 4 non-stop flights per weekday. Colgan proposes to use 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft.

By: Michael Colgan, 703-331-3101



Order 03-7-40
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA

Issued July 31, 2003 | Served August 5, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation | Word

Order 2003-7-40, the Department extends the service obligation of Mesa Air Group, Inc., d/b/a Air Midwest (Air Midwest), at Bradford, Pennsylvania, for an additional 30 days, through September 12, 2003.

By: Randall Bennett



July 31, 2003

Re: Request for Comments

My purpose in writing you at this time is to advise you of the results of our negotiations, and to afford you the opportunity to comment before submitting our recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for a decision. To assist you in making your evaluation, we have enclosed summaries of the subsidy calculations that show the revenue and expense projections in Appendices A through C. The average passenger fares shown do not necessarily reflect the average fare that passengers would actually pay, but rather reflect that portion of the total ticket price (for example, a JamestownPittsburgh-Los Angeles passenger) that would go to the subsidized essential air service carrier. Carriers have the discretion to charge fares they deem appropriate, and the passenger fare presented here has been developed for subsidy rate computation purposes only.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, NY
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA

August 11, 2003

Correspondence of Bradford Regional Airport | Word

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, the Airport Advisory Committee, and the City of Bradford, I would like to request an extension on the August 14, 2003 deadline to submit comments on the carrier selection.

Recently an Air Service Committee has been formed to completely analyze each proposal submitted to the Department of Transportation. Due to the importance and complexity of the three air carrier proposals, I respectfully ask for a new extension deadline of August 22, 2003.

By: Thomas Frungillo



OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, NY
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA

August 20, 2003

Proposal of Bradford Regional Airport | Word

By far the most important consideration when making this recommendation was the likelihood that the commitment and actions of the carrier would return Bradford Regional Airport to self-sufficiency over the long term. It is our unanimous opinion that the proposal by CommutAir provides the greatest opportunity to recapture the air passenger market in our region and to return Bradford to self-sufficiency.

The proposal by Colgan was comparable to CommutAir in many respects but we believe starting fresh with a new carrier flying to a new destination - CommutAir to Cleveland vs. Colgan to Pittsburgh - is more likely to have a positive impact on the flying public. Mesa has not shown a comparable commitment in the years it has provided service to Bradford. We are also concerned about the uncertainty of USAirways future commitment to Pittsburgh and the high and non competitive prices that USAirways charges to customers flying from Bradford.

By: Thomas Frungillo



Order 03-9-2
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA
OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, NY

Issued and Served September 5, 2003

Order Selecting Carrier

The least expensive option receiving community support was Colgan 5, requiring $1,003,874 annual subsidy. This option is also the only one offering service with 34-seat aircraft. It would provide Jamestown with two nonstop and one one-stop round trips per day, and just the reverse for Bradford, two one-stops and one nonstop. Both communities feel that CommutAir to Cleveland would offer the best chance in the long term to reduce the Department's expenditure. However, for the two-year period before us, the only period for which we have some certainty, it would require almost twice as much subsidy as Colgan's Option 5. In addition, the growth in total bookings at Bradford may reflect the introduction and growth of low fare service by Jet Blue and Southwest. On balance, Colgan 5 best meets the twin goals of meeting community preferences and minimizing subsidy expenditure.

By: Michael Reynolds



Order 03-9-6
OST-03-14528
- EAS at Bradford, PA

Issued September 11, 2003 | Served September 16, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation | Word

By: Randall Bennett


August 28, 2003

Correspondence from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Pennsylvania has long understood that airports are more than just a convenient mode of transportation, that the airports in Pennsylvania are key contributors to the growth and economic prosperity of the entire state. The Commonwealth and the local region recognize the importance of this airport to the aviation system. Our support has included nearly $2 million in state support for airport improvement projects in the last ten years. These projects also received nearly $1 million in financial support from the local area.

The airport is trying to increase its enplanernents and to market the facility. The Commonwealth partners with all of its airports and does what it can to help promote the use of aviation. We attempt to take advantage of every tool that is available in our efforts to make primary airports self-sufficient. The Essential Air Service Program was designed for airports such as the Bradford Regional Airport to assist them in this effort. We feel that the airport and the Commonwealth are doing their part and are seeking support in this effort.

By: Sharon DaBoin



Order 03-10-1
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA

Issued October 1, 2003 | Served October 6, 2003

Order Extending Service Obligation | Word

On June 12, 2003, Air Midwest became eligible for compensation for its forced service. By Order 2003-6-3 1, June 23, 2003, the carrier and Department staff agreed to annual subsidy rates to be paid while the carrier-selection case is processed. The carrier will be paid $499,642 for two daily nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh, using 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft, beginning June 12, 2003, until it inaugurates service consisting of three daily nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh, at which time its subsidy will increase to $698,018.

By Order 2003-9-2, September 5, 2003, the Department selected Colgan Air to provide essential air service at Bradford in conjunction with its service at Jamestown, NY, for two years, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,003,874. Colgan has informed us that it expects to be able to inaugurate service at Jamestown and Bradford roughly within 60 to 90 days of the service date of the above-mentioned selection order. Since this case will not be completed by the end of the current hold-in period, and in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will extend Air Midwest's service obligation at Bradford for an additional 30 days, or until Colgan's replacement service actually begins, whichever occurs first.

By: Randall Bennett



OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA
OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, PA

October 17, 2003

Correspondence of Office of Aviation Analysis

I am writing to seek clarification as to Mesa's intentions with respect to air service at Jamestown, New York, and Bradford, Pennsylvania. As you know, Mesa, on behalf of Air Midwest, filed notices to suspend service at both communities earlier this year, stating that "...the substantial costs resulting from increased federal regulation for regional carriers makes it impossible to continue without Essential Air Service subsidy. The absence of this subsidy requires Air Midwest to advise the Department that scheduled air service will be discontinued."

As you also know, in response to your notices to suspend service, we issued orders requiring Air Midwest to continue to serve the communities and requesting proposals for replacement service, consistent with longstanding program practice. We then selected Colgan Air from among the three applicants, as set forth in Order 2003-9-2. Carrier transitions are expected to occur 60-90 days after a Department decision. When we contacted Colgan Air recently to find out a transition date, we were told that USAirways could not give Colgan such a date because Air Midwest had not yet determined an exit date. We find this highly unusual, given that the Department's decision selecting Colgan was announced six weeks ago.

Please let me know by October 22 if Air Midwest has changed its mind and now intends to stay on a subsidy-free basis at Jamestown and Bradford or, if not, a date certain for a transition to Colgan Air.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA
OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, PA

October 17, 2003

Correspondence of Office of Aviation Analysis

Correspondence from the Office of Aviation Analysis to Mesa Air Group, Inc., advising them that, if no response to their request for clarificaton with respect to air service at Jamestown, New York, and Bradford, Pennsylvania is not received by 4:00 p.m. EDT, October 24, the Department will consider that non-response as an affirmation that Air Midwest does not intend to terminate service at Bradford and Jamestown, and will take action accordingly.

By: Dennsi DeVany


October 24, 2003

Re: Response of Mesa Air Group

Your letter quotes language from our request to suspend service that appears to be suggestive that it is our desire to terminate service. Quite the contrary - this is the language used by the DOT to justify the higher rates incurred by carriers providing essential air service. Further, it is the DOT that requires language stating that in order for a carrier, in this instance, to generate subsidized service to a community, that carrier must file a notice to suspend service. That is the process dictated by your agency and it is quite misleading to communities who read that language and believe that the incumbent carrier arbitrarily wants to terminate service to a community.

With respect to your contact with Colgan to determine a transition date, their response to you is consistent with our discussions with your office. US Airways cannot provide Colgan with a date because the code on those routes is contractually obligated to Mesa.

By: Michael Lotz



Order 03-11-6
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, PA
OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, New York

Issued and Served November 11, 2003

Order | Word

We have decided to terminate EAS subsidy to Air Midwest to serve Jamestown and Bradford, effective immediately. Mesa takes the position that Colgan cannot submit a proposal for service to Pittsburgh for these communities as a US Airways code‑share carrier because Air Midwest has exclusive rights to the US Airways code in these markets. However, Air Midwest retains the rights to the exclusive use of the US Airways code in these markets only for so long as it continues to serve them. Mesa's argument that Colgan cannot use the US Airways code and its refusal to cooperate in a transition necessarily justifies the conclusion that Air Midwest no longer intends to leave these markets.

By: Michael Reynolds



August 16, 2004

Re: Letter from the City of Bradford and the Bradford Regional Airport

On behalf of the City of Bradford and the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, both parties have no objection to Mesa Airlines / Air Midwest with drawl of service before the 90 day period. This decision is contingent on a organized and coordinated transition between Mesa Air Group and Colgan Air so the community will receive uninterrupted service into the SAAB 340B.

By: Thomas Frungillo



Order 04-08-28
OST-03-14528 - EAS at Bradford, NY
OST-03-14950 - EAS at Jamestown, PA

Issued August 25, 2004 | Served August 30, 2004

Order Allowing Early Termination of Service | Word

By this order, the Department is allowing Air Midwest to terminate all scheduled service at Bradford, Pennsylvania and Jamestown, New York, after October 2, 2004, before the end of the carrier 90-day notice period, provided that Colgan Air’s service is fully in place at that time.

Both the Bradford and Jamestown communities have stated that they have no objection to Air Midwest's early termination of service after October 2, and Colgan has indicated its willingness to commence service at both communities on October 3 in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in Order 2003-9-2. We therefore have decided to allow Air Midwest to terminate service at Bradford and Jamestown on less than 90-days' notice, effective after October 2, 2004, provided that Colgan's service is fully in place at that time. As set forth in that order, Air Midwest and Colgan should continue to coordinate the carrier transition and we expect Air Midwest to contact all travelers holding reservations for flights that it intends to suspend, to inform them of the suspension and of the availability of Colgan's service, and to assist them in arranging alternate transportation.

By: Karan Bhatia



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

September 29, 2005

90-Day Notice of Colgan Air d/b/a US Airways Express to Terminate Scheduled Essential Air Service

Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a/ US Airways Express hereby gives notice of its intent to terminate service at Bradford, Pennsylvania and Jamestown, New York, effective December 27, 2005.

Colgan presently operates 13 non-stop and 6 one-stop round trips weekly to Jamestown as well as 6 non-stop and 13 one-stop round trips weekly to Bradford from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania using 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. This is the level of Essential Air Service established for Bradford and Jamestown. In October of 2004, Colgan Air, Inc. commenced service between Bradford and Jamestown with the 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. This service was previously operated by another US Airways Express carrier, Air Midwest Airlines.

Colgan Air has determined that it cannot continue to operate this service economically, without an increase in subsidy due to the industry-wide lower fare environment, declining passenger traffic, and the unprecedented increases in fuel cost. The level of essential air service at Bradford and Jamestown was defined by Order 2003-9-2, and Colgan’s termination at the two communities will terminate all air service.

By: Colgan Air, Michael Colgan



Order 2005-10-27
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

Issued October 25, 2005 | Served October 28, 2005

Order Prohibiting Termination of Service of Colgan Air and Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is (a) prohibiting Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express from terminating its subsidized scheduled air service at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, (b) requiring the carrier to maintain its current service at the communities 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 Bradford and Jamestown.

In view of the fact that Colgan is the only air carrier providing scheduled air service at Bradford and Jamestown, we must prohibit the carrier from suspending its service at the end of the notice period and seek proposal for replacement service. In accordance with 49 U.s.c. 41734(b), we will require that Colgan maintain three nonstop or one-stop round trips to Pittsburgh for each community each weekday and over each weekend period, with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft, through January 26, 2006. As required by 49 U.S.C. 41734(c), we will continue Colgan's service obligations at Bradford and Jamestown for additional 30-day periods, as necessary, until the case is concluded and a replacement carrier has started service.

Carriers interested in filing proposals, with or without subsidy requests, should file them within 30 days of the date of service of this order. At the end of that period, our staff will docket the proposals, thereby making them public, and direct each carrier to serve a copy of its proposal on the civic parties and other applicants. Shortly afterwards, we will provide a summary of the proposals to the communities and ask them to submit final comments. We will give full consideration to all proposals that are timely filed.

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY


November 28, 2005

Proposals of Colgan Air to Provide Essential Air Service

The proposed service options for these communities are as follows: Bradford 6 non-stop and 13 one-stop round trips each week to Pittsburgh or Washington Dulles; Jamestown 13 non-stop and 6 one-stop round trips each week to Pittsburgh or Washington Dulles:

OPTION 1
Origin Destination Departure Arrival Stops
JHW IAD 600 800 1
JHW IAD 1400 1530 0
JHW IAD 1840 2035 1
IAD JHW 900 1030 0
IAD JHW 1700 1830 0
IAD JHW 2110 2310 1
BFD IAD 635 800 0
BFD IAD 1325 1530 10
BFD IAD 1910 2035 0
IAD BFD 900 1105 1
IAD BFD 1700 1900 1
IAD BFD 2110 2235 0
OPTION 2
Origin Destination Departure Arrival Stops
JHW PIT 615 750 1
JHW PIT 1320 1455 1
JHW PIT 1900 1950 0
PIT JHW 1205 1257 0
PIT JHW 1620 1715 0
PIT JHW 2115 2250 1
BFD PIT 700 750 0
BFD PIT 1405 1455 0
BFD PIT 1820 1950 1
PIT BFD 1205 1347 1
PIT BFD 1620 1755 1
PIT BFD 2115 2210 0

By: Colgan Air, Michael Colgan

http://www.colganair.com/


November 28, 2005

Proposal to of RegionsAir Provide Essential Air Service

Both Bradford and Jamestown will have nonstop service to Cleveland for a combined 36 weekly departures for each community. Specifically, Bradford will have 11 nonstop and 25 one-stop departures per week; Jamestown will have 25 nonstop and 11 one-stop departures per week:

Routing Flight # Departs Arrives Frequency
BFD JHW 5550 7:00 7:15 X67
JHW CLE 5550 7:30 8:29 X67
CLE BFD 5551 10:00 11:07 X67
BFD JHW 5551 11:22 11:37 Daily
JHW CLE 5551 11:52 12:51 Daily
CLE JHW 5553 14:00 14:59 Daily
JHW BFD 5553 15:14 15:29 Daily
BFD CLE 5553 15:44 16:51 X6
CLE JHW 5555 18:00 18:59 X6
JHW BFD 5555 19:14 19:39 X6

By: RegionsAir



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY


November 28, 2005

Letter to Michelle Corignani, Mayor of City of Bradford, PA

I would like to update you on the essential air service situation at Bradford and Jamestown, NY, and to give you an opportunity to submit any comments if you wish. As you know, by Order 2005-10-27, October 25, 2005, the Department solicited proposals from all carriers interested in providing EAS at Bradford and Jamestown for a two-year period. In response to that order, we received proposals from Colgan Air and RegionsAir.

All of Colgan Air's service would be operated as US Airways Express with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft:

Option 1:
$2,434,827 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Pittsburgh consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period.

Option 2:
$2,837,967 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Washington Dulles consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period.

RegionsAir:

Option 1:
$1,288,637 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Cleveland Hopkins consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period with 19-seat British Aerospace J32 aircraft.

Option 2:
$1,649,913 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Cleveland Hopkins consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft.

My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the carrier's service and subsidy options before we submit a recommendation on the carrier selection issue to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs.

By: Dennis DeVany

http://www.bradfordpa.com/ - City of Bradford, PA


November 28, 2005

Letter to Samuel Teresi, Mayor of City of Jamestown, NY

I would like to update you on the essential air service situation at Jamestown and Bradford, PA, and to give you an opportunity to submit any comments if you wish. As you know, by Order 2005-10-27, October 25, 2005, the Department solicited proposals from all carriers interested in providing EAS at Jamestown and Bradford for a two-year period. In response to that order, we received proposals from Colgan Air and RegionsAir.

All of Colgan Air's service would be operated as US Airways Express with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft:

Option 1:
$2,434,827 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Pittsburgh consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period.

Option 2:
$2,837,967 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Washington Dulles consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period.

RegionsAir:

Option 1:
$1,288,637 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Cleveland Hopkins consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period with 19-seat British Aerospace J32 aircraft.

Option 2:
$1,649,913 for service between Bradford/Jamestown and Cleveland Hopkins consisting of three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and over each weekend period with 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft.

My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the carrier's service and subsidy options before we submit a recommendation on the carrier selection issue to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs.

By: Dennis DeVany

http://www.city-data.com/city/Jamestown-New-York.html - City of Jamestown, NY



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY


December 12, 2005

Extension Request

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, I would like to request and extension date of January 20, 2006 to submit comments on carrier selection.

This request is based on the upcoming Holiday Season as well as the limited time to meet and discuss as a group on the different proposal options.

By: Bradford Regional Airport, Thomas Frungillo


December 13, 2005

Grant of Extension of Time to File Comments

The Director of the Bradford Regional Airport, on behalf of the City of Bradford, has requested an extension of time, to January 20, 2006, in which to submit community comments on the Department's carrier selection decision. The Director states that the request is based on the upcoming holiday season as well as the limited time to meet and discuss as a group the different proposal options.

We agree to this extension. The new date for filing comments in the above referenced dockets is now January 20, 2006.

By: John McCamant



January 23, 2006

Support of Pennsylvania DOT for Essential Air Service Recommendations of Bradford Airport

I am writing in strong support of the recommendations of Bradford Regional Airport Authority regarding their participation in the Essential Air Service Program. Their proposal would help maintain critical air service at this important north central Pennsylvania airport.

The airport is trying to increase its enplanements and to market the facility. The Commonwealth partners with all of its airports and does what it can to help promote the use of aviation. We attempt to take advantage of every tool that is available in our efforts to make primary airports self-sufficient. The Essential Air Service Program was designed for airports such as the Bradford Regional Airport to assist them in this effort. We feel that the airport and the Commonwealth are doing their part and are seeking support in this effort.

By: PA DOT, Sharon Daboin


January 23, 2006

Support of Pennsylvania Congress Members for EAS Recommendations of Bradford Airport

We write in support of the City of Bradford's recent endorsement of Colgan Air's proposal to provide air service between Bradford and Washington-Dulles under the Essential Air Service program. As the Bradford area's representatives in Congress, we feel that the Dulles option provides the best service to meet the needs of the region.

Not only would service to Dulles provide the Bradford region with direct access to a large number of international and domestic flights out of a growing airport, but Dulles service would also provide communities throughout this region of Pennsylvania with a choice in service and destinations from EAS subsidized airports.

Accordingly, we join with the community in supporting the Dulles option as it appears to best meet the needs of the community as well as provide greater opportunities for reducing Bradford's need for EAS subsidies in the future. We strongly encourage you to select this option.

By: John Peterson, Rick Santorum, and Arlen Specter



January 20, 2006

Re: Recommendation of Bradford Regional Airport

The dominant consideration in making this recommendation is the opportunity for the destination city and the carrier to return Bradford Regional Airport to self sufficiency.  There is unanimous and unequivocal support from all parties to recommend the Colgan Air proposal to provide three daily flights between the Bradford and Jamestown airports and Washington Dulles International Airport.

We do recognize that the Colgan-Dulles proposal requires the highest subsidy.  However, we are convinced that this option provides the only viable opportunity to increase enplanements and to reduce and eventually eliminate the EAS subsidy.  RegionsAir has neither a written code-share with Continental in Cleveland nor the aircraft and personnel to provide reliable air service and the required community marketing outreach. 

The primary reason to reject the RegionsAir-Cleveland option is the same reason that we cannot support the Colgan-Pittsburgh proposal.  It will be impossible to significantly increase enplanements with the continuing decline in US Airways flights from Pittsburgh.  Cleveland has the same severe disadvantage – Continental offers approximately the same number of flights in Cleveland as does US Airways in Pittsburgh.  Our survey of business community supports this conclusion – they will not change their current clear preference to fly out of Buffalo if we simply change our connection from Pittsburgh to Cleveland.

By: Thomas Frungillo



January 26, 2006

Re: Recommendation of Bradford Regional Airport | Word- Additional Information

In our recommendation letter of January 20, 2006, we contended that Dulles International Airport offered a significant advantage over the Pittsburgh and Cleveland primarily due to the number of domestic and international flights and destinations.  The January issue of the Pennsylvania Air Service Monitor published by Eclat Consulting, Inc. on January 23rd provided more detailed information on international destinations than was available to us last week.  The Monitor’s comparison:

Pittsburgh Cleveland Dulles
Number of Nonstop International Destinations 5 6 29
Destinations by Region Caribbean-3
Canada-1
Latin America-1
Canada-2
Caribbean-2
Latin America-2
Europe-10
Caribbean-7
Latin America-2
Canada-3
Asia-2
South America-2
Africa-1
Number of Weekly Departures 41 65 304
Number of Foreign Carriers 1 1 14

By: Thomas Frungillo



February 6, 2006

Re: Meeting with Bradford Regional Airport Officials and EAS Division

As we discussed, the decision regarding Bradford’s future carrier and destination is critical to our airport and the surrounding region and will play a major role in determining the airport’s success into the future. Quality air service coupled with competitive air fares, and service to a hub with both domestic and international connections as provided by Colgan’s Dulles Option will position the Bradford Regional Airport to increase its enplanements and support economic development in our region.

By: Bradford Regional Airport, Thomas Frungillo



March 6, 2006

Letter of Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Urging Serious Review and Consideration of Letter of Bradford Regional Airport

The letter raises a number of serious concerns regarding, among other things, the airport connection to be used for this service, the reliability of the proposed service, and the impact which the choice you will make may have on Pennsylvania. Among the concerns raised in the letter is whether an alternative to connections through Dulles International Airport will appropriately serve the community.

By: Allen Biehler



March 10, 2006

Letter of Congressman John Peterson in Support of Dulles Option

Bradford's decision to support the Dulles option was made after a long period of seeking out community opinion and examining the costs and benefits provided by all of the bids received by the Department of Transportation to provide the community air service under the Essential Air Service program. Bradford began this process by looking at the most significant fact facing the community: the decline in market share of regional business air travelers. According to the community, this significant drop in business air travel out of Bradford from 2000 to 2005 was largely due to the lack of adequate connections in Pittsburgh. While the region's air travel market has rebounded after 9-11, the share flying out of Bradford continues to decline. Even if service were to shift to Cleveland, it is very likely that this trend would continue.

Since most of the region's business travelers will be traveling internationally, the connection options provided out of Cleveland will provide business travelers in the Bradford area with no advantages or true additional options outside of Canada and Latin America.

Dulles, on the other hand, provides a significant, and growing, number of international flight options in addition to a wide variety of domestic service options.

I understand the DOT's focus on providing communities with a bare-minimum level of air service out of the EAS program. However, in this case, I feel that this focus on the lowest cost service will, in the long run, put DOT and the American taxpayers on the path of subsidizing service at Bradford forever, as neither the Pittsburgh nor Cleveland option provide the community with any true hope of increasing air travel by business travelers.

By: John Peterson



March 15, 2006

Zippo Manufacturing Company in Support of Dulles Option

I am writing to express the opinion of Zippo Manufacturing Company in regards to the Department of Transportations’ pending decision to select a commercial air carrier for the Bradford Regional Airport. I encourage you to select the proposal by Colgan Air with service to Washington-Dulles International Airport. I am confident that this is the right choice for the community and businesses of Bradford, Pennsylvania.

By: Zippo, Gregory Booth



Order 2006-3-17
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

Issued March 21, 2006 | Served March 24, 2006

Order Selecting Carrier - Bookmarked

By Order 2003-9-2, issued September 5, 2003, the Department selected Colgan Air, Inc., d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide subsidized EAS at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for a two-year period. That order established a subsidy of $1,003,874 per year for both communities combined. Bradford receives 6 non-stop and 13 one-stop round trips to Pittsburgh per week and Jamestown receives 13 non-stop and 6 one-stop round trips to Pittsburgh per week with 34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft. The carrier's rate term expires September 30, 2006, because Colgan did not actually begin service under Order 2003-9-2 until October 3, 2004.

On September 28, 2005, Colgan filed a 90-day notice to terminate all scheduled service at Bradford and Jamestown. Colgan stated that it could not continue to operate this service economically, without an increase in subsidy, due to an industry-wide lower fare environment, declining passenger traffic, and unprecedented increases in fuel costs.

On October 25, 2005, the Department issued Order 2005-10-27 prohibiting Colgan from terminating service and requesting proposals to serve Bradford and Jamestown.

The Department received a total of four service options in response to its solicitation. Colgan Air Inc. submitted a proposal with two options, under which it would continue to operate as US Airways Express. RegionsAir proposed two options and stated in was under discussions with Continental Airlines to operate the service under a code sharing arrangement.

After a thorough review of the carriers’ proposals and the communities’ comments, we have decided to select RegionsAir Option 2. The carrier’s proposed service and subsidy levels are reasonable, and the carrier’s service at its other subsidized essential air service communities continues to be satisfactory.

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

September 14, 2006

Colgan Air Request for DOT to Vacate Order 2006-3-17 Selecting RegionsAir to Provide Subsidized EAS

August 28, 2006, nearly 5 months after being awarded the service. Colgan began the transition as scheduled, relocating employees and flight crew members who were based in these communities and making commitments to utilize the aircraft in other service. With less than two weeks notice the August 28, 2006, service start date was pushed back to October 1, 2006. Colgan has since been notified that the October 1, 2006 date now needs to be pushed back to October 15, 2006. It is now 30 days from the scheduled transition and Regions' flight schedules are still not available for sale to the public.

The continued delays by RegionsAir in beginning service to Jamestown, New York and Bradford, Pennsylvania are negatively affecting the traveling public as well as Colgan Air's profitability, due to unplanned increases in transition costs. These delays are causing passengers to not book flights on the existing Colgan Air/USAirways Express service to Pittsburgh due to the uncertainty of the of the transition date and their concerns about cancellation of flights and re-accommodation to Regions Air. This uncertainty has put Colgan Air, its employees, and the traveling public in both communities in an unacceptable position.

Due to Regions' inability to start service and the harm this continued uncertainty does to the traveling public in both communities, as well as Colgan Air and its employees, we respectfully request the Department of Transportation to vacate Order 2006‑3‑17, which selected RegionsAir, and instead to select Colgan Air's proposal for service to Pittsburgh for a two year period beginning October 1, 2006. Upon selection, Colgan Air would like the option to serve Washington Dulles International Airport without an increase in the subsidy rate over Pittsburgh, after consulting with our codeshare partner, the communities, and completing our own financial analysis to ensure such a change will benefit all parties involved.

By: Colgan Air, Michael Colgan



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

September 12, 2006

Bradford Regional Airport Request of Termination of Order 2006-3-17 | Word

On March 21, 2006 the Department of Transportation selected RegionsAir to provide essential air service utilizing the Saab 340 aircraft at Bradford, Pennsylvania and Jamestown, New York.

RegionsAir initially set a transition date of August 28, 2006 to begin service at Bradford and Jamestown, even though they had not maintained reliability in the West Virginia markets.

On August 20, 2006 RegionsAir requested a 30 day extension to begin service on September 28, 2006. The performance and reliability rate of RegionsAir has not improved in the West Virginia markets and they are now requesting another extension to begin service to Bradford and Jamestown on October 15, 2006.

This uncertainty and indecision has caused our customer base to doubt the ability of the Bradford Regional Airport to provide reliable service and has thus been detrimental to our already struggling enplanements.

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, we respectfully request and strongly encourage you to terminate the order selecting RegionsAir and accept the next proposal from Colgan Air to begin immediately.

By: Bradford Regional Airport, Thomas Frungillo, 814-368-5928



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

September 12, 2006

Email Message - RegionsAir Objection to Colgan's Request to Vacate Order

RegionsAir objects to Colgan's request to vacate the order awarding the Essential Air Service contract to us for the two markets.

We don't think the extension is excessive and have tried to work with Colgan to facilitate a smooth transition as possible.

By: Doug Caldwell



Order 2006-9-20
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

Issued September 21, 2006 | Served September 26, 2006

Order Tentatively Vacating Order 2006-3-17 and Selecting Carrier

After a thorough review of the facts of this case, we have decided to tentatively grant Colgan Air's petition, but to give RegionsAir seven days to object to this tentative finding. We selected RegionsAir, to operate as a code-share partner of Continental Airlines, to provide subsidized EAS, at Bradford and Jamestown by Order 2006-3-17 more than six months ago. In the meantime, we have required Colgan Air to continue serving the markets to prevent a hiatus in service, all the while believing that RegionsAir would soon be replacing Colgan Air. RegionsAir has proposed a number of start dates, but is yet to start service. This delay in RegionsAir's start-up has been disruptive to the communities, and has caused a hardship on Colgan Air. The uncertainty of whether RegionsAir will ever inaugurate service has caused ridership and consumer confidence to deteriorate. While we have been reluctant in the past to dictate a specific timeframe in which a selected carrier must begin service, we have stated that we generally expect a transition in the 60-90 day range. It has now been more than six months since we selected RegionsAir to provide EAS at Bradford and Jamestown, and there is no evidence that the carrier is any closer to starting service now than it was six months ago.

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

September 26, 2006

RegionsAir Schedules Will Not be Filed by the Date Specified | Word

With respect to the order issued by the Department vacating the award of the EAS contract to RegionsAir for Jamestown, NY and Bradford, PA we reluctantly must inform the Department that our schedules will not be filed by the date specified.

In our initial discussion with Colgan Air we told them that we wanted to start no earlier than the end of summer to give us time to work out whatever issues arose with the new aircraft type.  They responded that they were happy with a long transition because they would be getting a high subsidy rate.

During the two calls with Colgan on extensions they never told us that it was imposing a hardship on them, other than for crew planning.

With regard to financial impact, RegionsAir is going to take a significant financial impact and perhaps irreversible harm.  We have leased an aircraft, performed maintenance on it, trained pilots and flight attendants and purchased ground equipment (some of which is already on site at the markets).  In addition, we were in negotiations with Jamestown for a maintenance facility including tooling, with expectations that 4 experienced Saab mechanics in the local area would immediately staff the facility.

Colgan claims that their traffic has been harmed by the uncertainty. We certainly agree that uncertainty inhibits future bookings.  However, in Jamestown according to local records Colgan’s load factors last Spring were 9% for May, 14% for April, 9% for March, 9% for February, and 8% for January with a 9% average for the period year to date.  I don’t have the data for Bradford but with single digit load factors I don’t know how much more revenues could possibly drop in Jamestown.

Although we clearly do not want to start service to markets until we are certain that we can provide them with a high degree of reliability it doesn’t appear that the service has been consistently reliable in the past.

By: RegionsAir, Doug Caldwell



Order 2006-10-3
OST-2003-14528 - EAS at Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - EAS at Jamestown

Issued October 4, 2006 | Served October 10, 2006

Order Finalizing Carrier Selection

By this order, the Department finalizes Order 2006-9-20, which tentatively vacated our earlier selection of RegionsAir, Inc. to provide EAS at Bradford and Jamestown, and instead selects Colgan Air. Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express to provide EAS at both communities from October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2008, at an annual subsidy rate of $2,434,827. The subsidy rate is based on service to Pittsburgh, although Colgan has stated it is evaluating serving Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Pittsburgh, the service originally supported by both communities, at the same subsidy rate.

By: Michael Reynolds



OST-2003-14528 - EAS at Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - EAS at Jamestown


December 13, 2007

Proposal of Colgan Air to Modify Existing Subsidized EAS Requirements

Respectfully submits a proposal change to modify our existing Essential Air Service between the communities of Bradford, PA, Jamestown, NY and Pittsburgh. Colgan Air proposes to discontinue operating to Pittsburgh and transition the service to Washington Dulles International Airport. Colgan will provide this service d/b/a United Express to United Airlines Washington Dulles hub. This planned transition will take place on January 7, 2008. We further propose that the total combined annual subsidy remains the same $2,434,827.

Colgan bid this service d/b/a US Airways Express operating into US Airways Pittsburgh hub. Since the time of Colgan's bid US Airways has discontinued Pittsburgh as a hub city. With this change in US Airways Pittsburgh service pattern, connecting opportunities for the traveling public out of Jamestown, NY and Bradford, PA have dramatically decreased. Pittsburgh is no longer economically feasible for Colgan Air.

By Order the Bradford community receives 6 nonstop and 13 one‑stop round trips to Pittsburgh per week and Jamestown receives 13 nonstop and 6 one‑stop round trips to Pittsburgh per week with 34‑passenger Saab 340 aircraft.

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


December 16, 2007

Chautauqua County Airport in Support of Colgan Air | Word

The Chautauqua County Airport (Jamestown, NY) is strongly in support of Colgan Air's proposal to modify Essential Air Service to Jamestown.  The proposal to replace the existing service to Pittsburgh with new service to Washington Dulles Airport as a United Express carrier as of January 7, 2007 has invigorated both our business and leisure travel communities.  Numerous comments have reached us in support of this change, along with very positive response to the announcements by the various media outlets.  We have also received strong support from the news media in Erie, Pennsylvania, as there is no service to the Washington area from Erie.  We anticipate many northwest Pennsylvania travelers will utilize this new service in the near future.

By: Airport Manager, David Sanctuary


December 17, 2007

Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Colgan Air | Word

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, we fully support and endorse the Proposal of Colgan Air, Inc. to modify the existing subsidized Essential Air Service requirements for the Bradford community. With the current service situation in Pittsburgh, the Authority believes the change in service to Washington Dulles will significantly improve connection opportunities for regional travelers and increase enplanements.

By: Airport Director, Thomas Frungillo, 814-368-5928



Order 2007-12-23
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

Issued and Served December 21, 2007

Order Approving Alternate Service Pattern | Word

By this order, we are approving the request of Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express to change Bradford and Jamestown’s hub destination from Pittsburgh to Washington Dulles.

Colgan states that continuing to provide these communities’ EAS to Pittsburgh is no longer economically feasible because US Airways has discontinued Pittsburgh as a hub city, thereby drastically reducing its flight operations.  It requests to change the communities’ service from Pittsburgh to Washington Dulles, operating as United Express, rather than US Airways Express, to serve United’s hub operation at Washington Dulles International Airport.  Service would be operated by 30/33/34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft, and each community will receive 19 weekly round trips, the same as the current contract, over a Dulles-Jamestown-Bradford-Dulles or Dulles-Bradford-Jamestown-Dulles routing.  Colgan believes the change will offer much better domestic and international connecting opportunities and will have a very positive impact for the traveling public and each community.  Service from Bradford and Jamestown would change from Pittsburgh to Washington Dulles effective January 7, 2008.

By: Todd Homan



Order 2008-4-12
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

Issued and Served April 7, 2008

Order Requesting Proposals | Word

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for the two-year period beginning October 1, 2008, with or without subsidy.

With specific respect to Bradford and Jamestown, we expect proposals consisting of service with two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft with at least 15 passenger seats, and offering two nonstop round trips or three one-stop round trips to Cleveland, Detroit, Washington, D.C. or another suitable hub with connections to the national air transportation system. Carriers should file their proposals no later than May 9, 2008.

By Order 2006-9-20, September 21, 2006, the Department selected Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a US Airways Express, to provide EAS with subsidy support at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, through September 30, 2008, at a combined annual subsidy rate of $2,434,837. Under that order, Colgan was selected to provide Jamestown with 13 nonstop round trips and 6 one-stop round trips per week to Pittsburgh and to provide Bradford with 6 nonstop round trips and 13 one-stop round trips per week to Pittsburgh. Both communities are served with Saab 340 aircraft. Under Order 2007-12-23, December 21, 2007, with full support from the communities, the Department approved Colgan’s request to move its service from Pittsburgh to Washington Dulles International Airport. The current service to Washington Dulles is operated as United Express.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY


May 9, 2008

Proposal of Colgan Air

By Order 2008-4-12, the Department requested proposals from carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service for a future two-year period. The proposed service options for the communities are as follows; Bradford 18 round-trips per week operated as a combination of one-stop and non-stop service to Washington Dulles; Jamestown 18 round-trips each week operated as a combination of one-stop and non-stop service to Washington Dulles. Colgan is a regional airline operating Beech 1900 and Saab 340 aircraft.

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


May 9, 2008

Proposal of Gulfstream International Airlines

The proposed service pattern (Option 1 and Option 2) features 36 weekly frequencies between Bradford, Jamestown and Cleveland, Ohio. This service constitutes three weekday roundtrips operating on a CLE-BFD-JHW-CLE or CLE-JHW-BFD-CLE routing. 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.

Gulfstream's second service offering (Option 2) features no change in the schedule proposed in Option 1. Option 2 is a Contingent Bid predicated on Gulfstream being chosen as the Essential Air Service provider at Beckley, WV. The addition of the Beckley route will allow Gulfstream to further reduce some of its costs. Those cost savings are applied in Option 2. Should Gulfstream not be chosen in the Beckley case, only Option 1 will be valid. Should Gulfstream be chosen in the Beckley case, only Option 2 will be valid.

Option 1
Bradford, PA
Cleveland, OH Non-Stop
11 Legs
per Week
Cleveland, OH One-Stop
25 Legs
per Week
Jamestown, NY
Cleveland, OH Non-Stop
25 Legs
per Week
Cleveland, OH One-Stop
11 Legs
per Week
Total Subsidy Required
3 RT's each Service Day
$2,701,605
Option 2
Bradford, PA
Cleveland, OH Non-Stop
11 Legs
per Week
Cleveland, OH One-Stop
25 Legs
per Week
Jamestown, NY
Cleveland, OH Non-Stop
25 Legs
per Week
Cleveland, OH One-Stop
11 Legs
per Week
Total Subsidy Required
3 RT's each Service Day
$2,616,337

By: Gulfstream, Mickey Bowman

Gulfstream's EAS at Beckley, WV Proposal (OST-1997-2761)



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

May 13, 2008

Re: Requests for Community Comments of:

My purpose in writing to you at this time is to request any final comments you might have on the carriers' service and subsidy proposals before we submit a recommendation on the carrier-selection issue to the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. 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 9, 2008.

Colgan's proposal would offer service to Bradford and Jamestown from Washington Dulles International Airport utilizing Saab 340 aircraft, operating as United Express. Bradford and Jamestown would each receive three weekday and three weekend round trips operated as a combination of one-stop and nonstop service to Washington Dulles, operating on a Dulles-Bradford-Jamestown-Dulles or Dulles-Jamestown-Bradford-Dulles routing, for a combined annual subsidy of $3,826,587.

Gulfstream's proposal would offer service provided to Bradford and Jamestown from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport utilizing Beech 1900 aircraft, operating under its existing codeshare arrangement with Continental Airlines. Bradford and Jamestown would each receive three weekday round trips and reduced weekend service operating on a Cleveland-Bradford-Jamestown-Cleveland or Cleveland-Jamestown-Bradford-Cleveland routing. Gulfstream has proposed two subsidy amounts for the same service, dependent on whether it is selected to provide service at another EAS community, Beckley, West Virginia. In that event, its annual subsidy amount required for Bradford and Jamestown would be $2,616,337. If it is not selected to provide service at Beckley, the subsidy annual subsidy amount for the proposed service would be $2,701,605.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown


June 5, 2008

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Congressman John Peterson (R-PA) in Support of Colgan Air

We are writing to endorse the proposal by Colgan Air to continue to provide Essential Air Service between Bradford, Pennsylvania and Washington-Dulles International Airport. We have recognized that the Colgan proposal will lend support to continued growth in enplanements and to ensure that the communities being served continue to prosper under the Colgan-Dulles route currently in place.

The communities served by Bradford Regional Airport have put forth a compelling argument for the superiority of the Colgan proposal. We support their thesis in that the chosen carrier should have the greatest potential to return the airport to self sufficiency, therefore minimizing the need for future EAS subsidies.

By: Arlen Specter and John Peterson


June 6, 2008

Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Colgan Air

The community concurs unanimously with our analysis and strongly endorses the recommendation for Colgan Air to provide three daily flights between the Bradford and Jamestown airports and Washington Dulles International Airport.

A number of factors have led the community to strongly endorse the Colgan proposal. The availability of commercial air service is critical to the economic success of our region. It contributes to the retention and expansion of existing businesses and supports the attraction of new businesses. The key indicator of the viability of the airport and its contribution to the economy is the number of enplanements that will be generated by the carrier and its hub connection. We are convinced that Colgan-Dulles has far greater potential to increase our enplanements than does the Gulfstream-Cleveland proposal. We are unequivocally convinced that the Gulfstream proposal will lead to a decline in enplanements from both of our airports and endanger the long term viability of commercial air service in our region.

By: Director Thomas Frungillo, 814-368-5928


June 6, 2008

Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport in Support of Colgan Air

Chautauqua County strongly supports the EAS bid from Colgan Air to continue their service to the Washington Dulles airport from our community and from Bradford, PA. We fully realize the significance of the wide disparity in the bid amounts quoted by Colgan Air and Gulfstream International Airlines. However, we feel our efforts over the past two years to re-establish Chautauqua County as a viable departure point for both domestic and international destinations may well be for naught should the DOT select Gulfstream International as our EAS carrier.

It is apparent that in order for Chautauqua County to continue to have scheduled airline service available, enplanements must improve. One variable that definitely affects our ability to grow is the choice of aircraft used to provide service. We believe that in order for us to reach a time when our passenger boardings justify scheduled service without EAS subsidy, we need to support a bid that provides an aircraft large enough for future traffic growth. The Saab 340 aircraft included in Colgan Air's EAS bid is of sufficient size to accommodate the growth we anticipate over the next two years. However, the Beech 1900 aircraft included in Gulfstream International Airline's bid is significantly smaller and is not sufficient to accommodate the anticipated increased enplanements from both Bradford, PA and Jamestown.

By: Chautauqua County Executive, Gregory Edwards




June 9, 2008

Re: Zippo Manufacturing Company in Support of Colgan Air

Selecting the proposal by Gulfstream to provide service on Beech 1900's to Cleveland is of little interest to Zippo and would not provoke us to utilize the Bradford airport. If Gulfstream is selected by the EAS to provide air service from Bradford we would most likely continue to drive to Buffalo and use the Buffalo International airport for air travel. For this reason, Zippo Manufacturing strongly supports the choice of Colgan Air and Washington-Dulles International Airport as the connecting hub.

By: Gregory Booth, 814-368-2700


June 12, 2008

Re: W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery in Support of Colgan Air

Selecting the proposal by Gulfstream to provide service on Beech 1900's to Cleveland will not entice Case Cutlery to utilize the Bradford airport, and we would continue to drive to Buffalo. For this reason, W.R, Case & Sons Cutlery Company strongly supports the choice of Colgan Air and Washington-Dulles International Airport as the connecting hub.

By: Thomas Arrowsmith



June 11, 2008

Re: KOA Speer Electronics in Support of Colgan Air

Until January of this year, Colgan and previous carriers provided service to Pittsburgh airport. The inconvenience caused by the lack of connections at the Pittsburgh airport did not allow us to utilize the Bradford Regional Airport for most of our business travel. When Bradford and Colgan shifted our connecting airport to Washington-Dulles, this brought a menu of connections both domestic and international and we had just begun to change our habits and use the Bradford airport more frequently However, we feel that selecting the proposal by Gulfsfream to provide service on Beech 1900's to Cleveland will halt and reverse this trend for us, and other local residents and businesses, to utilize the Bradford airport For this reason, KOA Speer strongly supports the choice of Colgan Air and Washington-Dulles International Airport as the connecting hub.

By: Scott Rice



June 13, 2008

Re: Allegheny Bradford Corporation in Support of Colgan Air

I encourage you to select the proposal by Colgan Air to continue to provide service to Washington-Dulles International Airport. Until January of this year, Colgan and previous carriers provided service to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Due to the lack of international connections in Pittsburgh, our sales and management staff had little choice but to drive to Buffalo or Toronto for flights to Asia and not utilize our local airport. With the expansive flight options available at Dulles, our staff is now utiliZing our convenient local airport for travel to our expanding markets in Europe and Asia. However, if the proposal by Gutfstream to provide service on the Beech 1900 to Cleveland is selected, this trend will be reversed for us and other local residents and businesses.

By: Carlyle Conn, 814-362-2590



Order 2008-6-37
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY

Issued June 25, 2008 | Served June 30, 2008

Order Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is selecting Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to provide subsidized essential air service at Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, at a total annual subsidy of $2,701,865, for the two-year period from of October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2010. However, if Gulfstream does not inaugurate full EAS by October 1, 2008, the selection defaults to Colgan Air, Inc. d/b/a United Express for the same two-period, for a total annual subsidy of $3,826,587.

By: Michael Reynolds



Order 2010-5-22
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin
OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs/Lewisburg

Issued and Served May 19, 2010

Order Requesting Proposals

By this order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing essential air service at Bradford, DuBois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania and Jamestown, New York, for the next two-year period from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2012, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due June 22, 2010.

With respect to DuBois, we ask that carriers submit proposals for two round trips per day (12 total round trips per week) with 30-seat or larger aircraft or three round trips per day (18 total round trips per week) with 15-seat or larger aircraft to Cleveland, Detroit, Washington, DC or another suitable hub where numerous connections to the national air transportation system can be made. Service may be non-stop or one-stop, routed through a nearby community. The Department may consider subsidizing four round trips per day if two or more of the proposed round trips are linked with another community.

For Oil City/Franklin, we are requesting two round trips per day (12 total per week) of either nonstop or one stop service to a suitable hub airport. While Oil City/Franklin is entitled to service with 15-seat or larger aircraft, the extremely low traffic levels may be better suited to service with smaller aircraft seating fewer than 15 passengers. If a proposal is submitted for service offering fewer than 15-seats, we will consider subsidizing one additional daily round trip (for a total of 18 per week).

With respect to Bradford and Jamestown, we ask that carriers submit proposals for two nonstop round trips per day (12 total round trips per week) with 15-seat or larger aircraft. An additional frequency may be subsidized (for a total of 18 per week) if it is linked with another community, as Bradford and Jamestown’s service has been historically.

By: Todd Homan



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin


June 16, 2010

Request for Submission Deadline Extension of Gulfstream Airlines

Gulfstream International Airlines respectfully requests an eight day extension of the submission deadline date of June 22, 2010 as set by the Department of Transportation in its' solicitation of carrier proposals in the above mentioned cities. The resulting deadline date would be June 30, 2010. The requested extension would sync this date with the pending submission deadline date for the communities of Massena, Watertown and Ogdensburg, NY. Gulfstream is currently working on several service options that would essentially interweave the two solicitations. We believe the resulting service patterns will produce schedules that several communities have requested. Gulfstream is seeking addition route approvals with its code share partners that would make these options more desirable to the communities involved. We have polled the airport managers for the four communities and they have expressed their support in this extension.

By: Mickey Bowman


June 17, 2010

DOT Memo Granting Extension of Submission Deadline

Order 2010-5-22, May 19, 2010, requested proposals for Essential Air Service at the above-named communities, to be submitted by June 22.

On June 16, the Department received a request for an extension from Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. to extend the submission deadline to June 30, in order to harmonize the date with the pending submission deadline date for proposals at Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown, New York (Order 2010-5-32, May 28, 2010). Gulfstream states that it polled the airport managers in the four communities and they expressed support for its extension request.

We are hereby granting the extension based on Gulfstream's request and the support of the communities involved. Proposals for all four communities listed above are now due no later than Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin

June 30, 2010

Re: Proposal of Gulfstream International Airlines

Service Option 1

Market Proposed Service Aircraft Requested Subsidy
Bradford-Cleveland 3 round-trips B1900D $1,087,306
Jamestown-Cleveland 3 round-trips B1900D $1,639,254
DuBois-Cleveland 4 round-trips B1900D $2,228,996
Franklin-Cleveland 2 round-trips B1900D $915,101

Service Option 2

Market Proposed Service Aircraft Requested Subsidy
Bradford-Cleveland 3 round-trips B1900D $1,116,213
Jamestown-Cleveland 3 round-trips B1900D $1,662,715
DuBois-Cleveland 3 round-trips B1900D $2,247,023

By: Mickey Bowman



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown

July 8, 2010

Re: DOT Request for Community Comments of:

Chautauqua County Airport Manager
Mayor of City of Bradford
Mayor of City of Jamestown

Gulfstream proposes to continue its 18 round trips per week to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, operating on a Cleveland - Jamestown - Bradford - Cleveland or a Cleveland - Bradford - Jamestown - Cleveland routing, for an annual subsidy of $1,087,306. This assumes Oil City/Franklin's continued eligibility in the EAS program, which the Department is reviewing. If Oil City/Franklin is deemed no longer eligible to participate in the EAS program, Gulfstream's annual compensation requirement for its service to Jamestown would be $1,116,213. Service would be operated as Continental Connection, utilizing Beech 1900D aircraft. We are also currently reviewing Gulfstream's compensation requirement.

We ask that you submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but in any case no later than July 30, 2010.

By: Dennis DeVany



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin


July 20, 2010

Re: Clearfield County in Support of Gulfstream Option 1

Please accept this correspondence as a letter of support for the request of the DuBois Regional Airport that Gulfstream International Airlines provide their Option One Proposal to the Airport. This request was made in their letter to you of July 19, 2010.

By: John Sobel


July 29, 2010

Re: Venango County Regional Planning Commission in Support of Gulfstream Option 1

I am writing you in support of the Gulfstream proposal, Option one. This will provide air service to the Franklin/Oil City region under the EAS program

By: Karen Wenner


July 30, 2010

Re: Pennsylvania Congressmen in Support of Gulfstream Option 1

We write on behalf of airport officials in Bradford, Dubois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania, who have contacted us in support of the Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. June 30, 2010 bid Option #1, to provide subsidized essential air service for the next two-year period from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2012.

By: Arlen Specter


July 30, 2010

Re: Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Gulfstream Option 1

Bradford Regional Airport Authority supports Gulfstream's proposal for Option One to provide scheduled air service to Franklin/Oil City under the Essential Air Service program. We believe communities currently under the EAS program should not be dropped from the program when the subsidy limit per passenger has not been indexed for inflation and has remained unchanged since its inception in 1978.

By: Airport Director, Thomas Frungillo



OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin


July 26, 2010

Re: Pennsylvania DOT in Support of Continued Service at Venango Regional Airport

Pennsylvania has long understood that airports are more than just a convenient mode of transportation, that the airports in Pennsylvania are key contributors to the growth and economic prosperity of the entire state. Venango Regional Airport contributes over $9 million annually to the region's economy. Recognizing the importance of this airport to the aviation system, the Commonwealth and the local region have provided over $2 million in funding for airport improvement projects over the last ten years. As a result, we very much support a continuation of air service at Venango Regional Airport.

By: Eric Madden


July 27, 2010

Re: Conair Group in Support of Gulfstream Option 1

We support 'Option 1' of Gulfstream International's proposal to continue offering essential air service to our region. This option will allow companies, in our area, to continue to access the nation's air transportation system and increase both domestic and international business.

By: Christopher Keller


OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin

July 30, 2010

Cleveland Airport System in Support of Gulfstream

I would like to express my support and that of the City of Cleveland, Ohio for the continuation of Gulfstream International Airlines Essential Air Service for Bradford, PA, DuBois, PA, Franklin, PA and Jamestown, NY to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

By: Ricky Smith



Order 2010-9-12
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin

Issued and Served September 9, 2010

Order Selecting Carrier

By this order, the Department is re-selecting Gulfstream International Airlines to provide essential air service at Bradford, DuBois, and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for a combined annual subsidy of $5,870,657 ($1,087,306 for Bradford, $2,228,996 for DuBois, $915,101 for Oil City/Franklin, and $1,639,254 for Jamestown), from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2012.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2012-5-10
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg

Issued and Served May 9, 2012

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Bradford, DuBois and Oil City/Franklin, Pennsylvania; Jamestown, New York; Kirksville, Missouri; and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio, beginning October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2014, with or without subsidy. Proposals are due June 7, 2012.

With respect to all six communities, we ask that carriers submit proposals for service consistent with the communities are currently receiving. For DuBois and Parkersburg, four round trips per weekday and weekend (24 total per week) with 19-seat aircraft. Parkersburg’s service should be all nonstop to/from the hub. For Bradford and Jamestown, three nonstop or one-stop round trips each weekday and weekend (18 total per week) with 19-seat aircraft. For Kirksville, three round trips each day (21 total per week) with nine-seat aircraft. For Franklin, two round trips each weekday and weekend (12 total per week) with 19-seat aircraft. Service should serve to Cleveland, Detroit, Washington Dulles, St. Louis, or another suitable hub where numerous connections to the national air transportation system can be made. The Department may consider larger aircraft with fewer frequencies per day or if smaller aircraft are proposed (for communities other than Kirksville), we will consider additional frequencies.

We request that carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Bradford, DuBois, Franklin, Jamestown, Kirksville, and/or Parkersburg, for the two-year period from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2014, submit their proposals, with or without requests for subsidy, no later than June 7, 2012.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

June 4, 2012

Request of Silver Airways for Submission Deadline Extension

Silver Airways respectfully requests an extension of the submission deadline date of June 7, 2012 as set by the Department of Transportation in its’ solicitation of carrier proposals in the above mentioned cities to on or about June 21, 2012. Silver Airways does not feel the current deadline date will allow it sufficient time to complete its necessary due diligence in these markets, nor complete negotiations with its codeshare partner.

By: Mickey Bowman


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg

June 4, 2012

DOT Granting Request of Silver Airways for an Extension

By Order 2012-5-10, May 9, 2012, the Department requested proposals from interested air carriers to serve Bradford, DuBois, Oil City/Franklin, PA; Jamestown, NY; Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH; and Kirksville, MO, under the Essential Air Service program, to be submitted no later than June 7, 2012. On June 4, Silver Airways requested an extension to submit proposals to on or about June 21, 2012.

In its request, Silver Airways states "[it] does not feel the current deadline date will allow it sufficient time to complete its necessary due diligence in these markets, nor complete negotiations with its codeshare partner."

We are hereby granting Silver's request for an extension. Proposals for Bradford, DuBois, Oil City/Franklin, PA; Jamestown, NY; Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH are now due no later than June 25, 2012.

Proposals for Kirksville, MO, should be submitted by the original date of June 7, 2012.

By: Dennis DeVany


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

June 25, 2012

Request for Further Submission Deadline Extension of Silver Airways

Silver Airways respectfully requests an extension of the submission deadline date of June 25, 2012 as set by the Department of Transportation in its’ solicitation of carrier proposals in the above mentioned cities to on or about June 29, 2012. Silver Airways is working diligently to fashion a bid in the best interest of all of the stations involved and needs additional time to address some particular concerns that have come to the forefront during this process.

By: Mickey Bowman


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

June 25, 2012

DOT Granting Extension of Deadline Request of Silver Airways

On June 25, 2012, the Department received a request from Silver Airways asking that the due date for EAS proposals at the above mentioned communities be extended to Friday, June 29, 2012. The Department has granted that extension and proposals for EAS at the above-mentioned communities are now due on Friday, June 29.

By: Michael Martin


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin
OST-1997-2515 - Kirksville
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg

June 29, 2012

Proposals of Silver Airways

This is an “All or Nothing” bid with the award of all five cities required:

Silver Airways believes that this proposal will provide these communities with superior air service options. We feel the passengers will benefit from seamless, codeshare service to the United Airlines hub at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. With a stimulatory effect of the recent Continental/United Airlines merger and the economic boon associated with the development of the Marcellus Shale Gas Field, Silver Airways hopes to grow these markets.

By: Silver Airways, Mickey Bowman


June 29, 2012

Proposals of TransportAzumah

TransportAzumah is submitting a proposal which can be implemented under the Alternate Essential Air Service program. We believe that these markets will benefit most from spending some time in the Alternate program in order to create solutions that will raise enplanements in these markets.

TransportAzumah proposes to provide free bus service from the EAS market to a medium or large hub airport. It is cheaper to provide free bus service than to continue to subsidize the current flights to each market. United Airlines currently operates a bus between Allentown PA and Newark Airport and the service provides profitable feed to their network. In addition, there are many towns in the United States whose connection to the national air transportation network is provided by ground transportation. Essential Bus Service would allow airports to recapture their leakage by collecting passengers at the airport for onward transportation to their destinations. Eventually, this would increase the base to a point where air service can be a cost effective option.

Some airports will have a problem with the concept of essential bus service because they are an airport. However, it should be noted that the passengers most EAS markets leak are lost to other airports via roads. Travelers have no problem getting in their cars in order to get to better air service and the status quo does not work for a lot of people. It is estimated that most EAS airports leak 80% or more of their passengers.

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


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

July 16, 2012

DOT Request for Comments and Correction

In response to that Order, we received proposals from Silver Airways, the incumbent and TransportAzumah:

Silver proposes to continue its status-quo service operating to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at all five communities: four nonstop or one-stop round trips at DuBois (24 per week), four nonstop round trips at Parkersburg (24 per week), three nonstop or one-stop round trips at Bradford and Jamestown (18 per week each), and two nonstop or one-stop trips at Franklin (12 per week) for a combined annual subsidy of $13,267,470, over a two-year term. Service would utilize Beech 1900D turboprop aircraft and would continue to operate under a codeshare agreement with United Airlines. Silver proposes this service as “all-or-nothing” with the award of all five cities required. Please note that Silver requests the ability to suspend service after 120 days’ notice.

TransportAzumah proposes ground transportation options for Bradford, Jamestown, DuBois, and Franklin, utilizing a passenger bus at no cost to passengers. Bradford would receive three daily round trips and Jamestown would receive four daily round trips, to Buffalo Niagara International Airport for annual subsidy amounts of $832,000, and $876,000, respectively. DuBois would receive four daily round trips and Franklin would receive three daily round trips, to Pittsburgh International Airport for annual subsidy amounts of $1,226,400, and $814,680, respectively.

We ask that you submit any comments by August 8, 2012.

One correction: The total combined amount for Silver’s subsidy request is $10,348,117, not $13,267,470.

By: Dennis DeVany


 

August 6, 2012

Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Silver Airways

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, representing McKean, Cameron, Elk and Warren, the Airport Authority supports the bid proposal submitted by Silver Airways dba United Express to provide air service, under the Essential Air Service Program.

By: Thomas Frungillo


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

September 26, 2012

Supplemental Information of Silver Airways

On June 29, 2012 Silver Airways tendered its proposal to continue providing subsidized Essential Air Service to the communities of Bradford, DuBois and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania as well as the communities of Jamestown, New York and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio. Contained in that proposal was the following paragraph, “Silver Airways requests that the Department of Transportation and the communities of Bradford, DuBois, Franklin/Oil City, PA as well as Jamestown, NY and Parkersburg, WV/Marietta, OH waive the right to hold-in Silver Airways upon issuance of a 120 notice to terminate service. While we do not foresee this to be an issue and plan on serving these communities for many years to come if selected again, we cannot be operationally constrained and kept in a market indefinitely, without the ability to adapt to the changing marketplace."

In subsequent discussions with community representatives in these communities it has become apparent that this language is a source of concern. In the spirit of cooperation and community commitment, Silver Airways hereby agrees to delete this stipulation from its bid for service.

By: Silver Airways, Mickey Bowman


 

Order 2012-9-23
OST-2003-14528
- Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

Issued and Served September 27, 2012

Order Selecting Carrier

By this Order, the Department is selecting Silver Airways to provide Essential Air Service at Bradford, DuBois, Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, Jamestown, New York and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio for a combined annual subsidy of $10,348,117 ($1,940,272 for Bradford; $2,587,029 for DuBois, $1,293,515 for Franklin, $1,940,272 for Jamestown, and $2,587,029 for Parkersburg), from October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2014.

By: Susan Kurland


 

September 25, 2013

Request of Bradford Regional Airport for Termination of Contract with Silver Airways

Since Silver Airways began providing service in 2008, the airport has averaged 2791 enplanements per year. In the 6-year period prior to Silver Airways providing air service, the airport averaged 6368 enplanements per year.

Unfortunately, the relationship with Silver has resulted in a steady decline in passenger traffic. On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, we ask that you terminate the contract with Silver Airways immediately and request a right to a waiver now or in the future to secure an airline who will work with the airport and community to deliver adequate air service, market the air service and increase passenger traffic.

By: Thomas Frungillo


 

December 5, 2013

DOT Response to Request of Bradford Regional Airport to Terminate Contract

In response to your request to terminate their contract, we informally contacted Silver, and the carrier is not willing to relinquish its contract prematurely. Thus, the Department is not able to terminate Silver's contract. Regarding the waiver request, the Department is not in a position yet to issue waivers. The waiver process is still in development and, once finalized, will apply to all communities. As a result, we are not entertaining waiver applications at this time. The Department is targeting completion of this process early next year. Please note that the Department's refusal to consider waivers at the present time will not prejudice future waiver applications once the process is set in motion.

The Department appreciates Bradford's proactive approach and encourages the community to review the waiver process once it has been communicated to all parties in the coming months.

By: Dennis DeVany


 

December 12, 2013

Letter of Bud Koch to United Air Lines

A passenger using rural airline service expects and should receive safe and dependable service. When a ticket is issued through any airline serving a particular area the trip should be run as scheduled.

Recently I scheduled a trip from St Louis, Missouri to Bradford Pennsylvania. The trip from St Louis to Chicago and to Cleveland, Ohio went very well as scheduled. At this point everything degraded to the point of discuss from all the passengers scheduled to go to the various airports serviced by United Airlines. My flight was scheduled to leave Cleveland at 3:30 pm and was to arrive in Bradford at 4:30. For some reason there wasn't a plane or crew available. The one that was available went to Parkersburg, WV came back to Cleveland boarded passengers to Du Bois and Franklin, Pa then came back for the passengers to Jamestown, NY and Bradford, PA. Our plane arrived in Bradford 7 and 3/4 hours after the time it was to arrive. All during this time we received the message please be patient that they were sorry but they appreciated our business.

The trip back was even worse than the trip to Bradford. The trip back should have been much better because I had a direct flight form Cleveland to St Louis. I was to fly out of Bradford at 12:25 pm so I arrived at the airport at 10:30. Shortly before the flight was scheduled to board we were informed there was a problem with the radio the flight would be delayed until around 3:30 pm. Some time after 3:30 we boarded the plane flew to Jamestown, NY then had to get off the plane because again the radio didn't work. We had to go through security again when we were told the plane could fly. Instead of flying to Cleveland we went back to Bradford to pick up another passenger. Would you believe again the radio didn't work and they needed to cancel the trip? We were given another $7.00 for dinner and put up in a motel in Bradford. When I arrived in St Louis 26 hours after I was scheduled to arrive there was a severe ice storm that greeted me to a four hour trip home that normally is only two hours.

Listening to other passengers in the Bradford airport two were going to Houston, TX and had a meeting the next day, one was going to California to a meeting and two were going to Mexico for meetings. Considering this how many of these people do you think will be willing to take a chance on using this United Airlines service? While all of this was going on Silver Airways was getting the blame for all the delays not United.

In the future it might be more important to find out what airline will give safe reliable service not the lowest bidder. Should airlines not be able to provide crews and equipment suitable to do the job? Use someone else.

Every time these contracts come up for renewal the subject comes up about not enough people using the service. Maybe this will answer that question. Not only are the people that were scheduled for this trip indicating they would not use the service again but will try not to use United.

It is alright in the eyes of the airlines to blame the customer or their partner for not using this service but it might be time to analyze the situation and find the real root cause of the problem. United received the revenue for the trip they made the contract they are responsible.

There are airlines that give the type service needed to serve these areas. An example of one of these is Cape Air that flies out of St Louis to Marion IL and several other places. They are reasonable, safe and very dependable.

By: Bud Koch


 

January 16, 2014

Comments of Bradford Regional Airport (Response to Bud Koch)

While I am sympathetic and sorry for your bad experience, I do appreciate you taking the time to write a letter to United Airlines. Your letter captures and portrays exactly what is going on with many airlines which provide air service to rural communities through the Essential Air Service program.

The Department of Transportation through an act of Congress is holding rural airports (not the airlines) accountable for sustaining a minimum of 10 enplanements per day to continue eligibility in the EAS program.

Unfortunately, as your letter portrays the airlines are providing sub-standard service which is turning potential passengers away; yet the rural airports are held accountable for marketing and advertising a product and service we cannot control.

Your question "Why isn't the Essential Air Service program working in some areas?" is right on target. I have passed along your letter on to Federal representatives and others and hope your negative experience can invoke some positive changes in the future.

As you indicated in your letter; Cape Air is one airline that appears to be working; providing reasonable, safe and dependable service. Also Cape Air gets involved in the communities they serve.

The Bradford Regional Airport is hopeful we can survive this next obstacle in the EAS program and obtain Cape Air as our future air service provider; if so please give our airport another opportunity on your next flight into the Bradford area.

By: Thomas Frungillo


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

February 14, 2014

Notice of Intent of Silver Airways to Terminate Scheduled Air Service

Silver Airways intends to discontinue this service on May 15, 2014 or such earlier date as permitted by the Department in any final order terminating the community eligibility of any of these cites under the essential air service program.

First, Silver Airways’ ability to sustain service at the communities which are the subject of this notice has been significantly impacted by the Federal Aviation Administration’s recently amended air transport pilot certification and qualification requirements as well as new flight and duty limitation and rest rules for flight crew members imposed under 14 CFR Part 117. While Silver Airways fully supports the goals of these new regulatory requirements, their impact on the operations and operating costs of Silver and other air carriers, in particular regional airlines, has been significant and widely reported upon.

Second, and as the Department is aware, the new regulatory requirements, in particular the Federal Aviation Administration’s new flight and duty limitations and rest rules, have also increased pilot hiring needs across the industry, which, in turn, has contributed to a nationwide pilot shortage that has also had a disproportionate impact on regional airlines. Like other regional airlines, Silver Airways in now facing pilot staffing and related operational challenges as it deals with this new paradigm.

Third, traffic results for several of the cities currently served since the commencement of full EAS operations have fallen far short of Silver Airways’ original forecasts, and Silver Airways reasonably anticipates that, upon the Department’s completed review of average enplanements and per-passenger subsidies for communities served under EAS subsidy contracts during the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, certain of the cities which are the subject of this notice will no longer qualify under 49 USC § 41713 for continued participation in the EAS program, and EAS subsidies for those airports will be terminated. Additionally, traffic levels in these markets are expected to decline even further following United Airlines’ recent announcement to reduce the average number of daily CLE flights, with the first such schedule reduction planned to take effect as soon as April 2014. Should any of these five cities currently participating in the EAS program lose their subsidy eligibility, it would have a significant negative impact on the overall economic viability of Silver Airways’ scheduled EAS service to all of these cities.

Finally, Silver Airways’ scheduled service to these five communities is provided with Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. As part of Silver Airways’ previously announced transition to an aircraft fleet comprised entirely of larger Saab 340B Plus aircraft, the carrier’s B-1900D fleet has shrunk considerably, from 23 such aircraft in 2011 to only five such aircraft available for EAS operations today. The consequence of this fleet transition has been higher than feasible costs in these markets as a result of operating a small sub-fleet of B-1900D aircraft, requiring a separate maintenance base and associated spare parts, distinct training and the utilization of dedicated pilots and mechanics.

By: Silver Airways, Travis Christ, 954-985-1500


 

February 17, 2014

Opposition to Termination of Service of Bradford Regional Airport

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority, I object to the notice of termination and ask that the Department of Transportation hold Silver Airways in as our carrier until a new air carrier can begin service at the Bradford Regional Airport and ask that Silver Airways work for a seamless changeover with the new airline.

As previously discussed, Bradford Regional Airport officials have attempted to work with Silver Airways in marketing the air service to increase passenger traffic and there has been limited response from Silver Airways.

By: Thomas Frungillo


 

Order 2014-3-12
OST-2003-14528
- Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

Issued and Served March 19, 2014

Order Prohibiting Termination of Service and Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department prohibits Silver Airways Corp. from terminating service at Bradford, DuBois and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania; Jamestown, New York; and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio, for 30 days beyond the end of the air carrier’s 90-day notice period, i.e. June 14, 2014. We are also requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Bradford, DuBois, Franklin, Jamestown and/or Parkersburg.

Silver’s proposed termination of service at Bradford, DuBois, Franklin, Jamestown, and Parkersburg would cause service levels to drop below the EAS guaranteed levels established by the Department. Thus, the Department must prohibit the air carrier from terminating such service at the end of its 90-day notice, i.e. May 15, 2014. We will require Silver to continue to maintain its current level of service at these five communities for successive 30-day periods until we have completed processing the air carrier-replacement case and the selected air carrier has actually started service.

The Department expects proposals similar to what each community currently receives using 19 seat aircraft:

Bradford: 18 weekly nonstop or one-stop round-trips
DuBois: 24 weekly nonstop or one-stop round-trips
Franklin/Oil City: 12 weekly nonstop or one-stop round-trips
Jamestown: 18 weekly nonstop or one-stop round-trips
Parkersburg/Marietta: 24 weekly nonstop round-trips

For aircraft seating 30 or more passengers, we expect proposals of 12 to 14 round trips per week, if served on a nonstop basis to/from the hub.

Alternatively, we will accept proposals consisting of additional frequencies if smaller aircraft (9-passenger) are contemplated. We encourage proposals that meet these guidelines in an efficient manner. Air carriers are also welcome to propose more than one service option, if they choose. They also need not limit themselves to these requirements if they envision other, potentially more attractive service possibilities -- different hubs or length of contract, for example -- with subsidy requirements that remain competitive.

By: Susan Kurland


 

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-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin, PA
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown, NY
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg, WV

April 17, 2014

Proposals of Sun Air

Sun Air’s proposal requires that the communities of Bradford and Jamestown be treated as inseparable. Similarly, Sun Air’s proposal to provide service to Franklin/Oil City is contingent upon its proposal for Bradford and Jamestown being accepted.

All 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.

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

Bradford: 24 Weekly round trips, four during the weekdays and two each weekend day.
DuBois: 36 Weekly round trips, six during the weekdays and three each weekend day.
Franklin: 19 Weekly round trips, three during the weekdays and two each weekend day.
Jamestown: 24 Weekly round trips, four during the weekdays and two each weekend day.
Parkersburg: 36 Weekly round trips, six during the weekdays and three each weekend day.

By: David Hackett


 

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


 

Order 2014-4-26
OST-2002-11348 - Athens, GA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2008-0299 - El Centro, CA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown, MD
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster, PA
OST-1996-1899 - Kingman, AZ
OST-2007-28671 - Macon, GA
OST-1998-3521 - Merced, CA
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL

Issued and Served April 24, 2014

Tentative Order Regarding Termination of EAS Eligibility

By this Order, the Department is directing interested persons to show cause as to why the Department should not terminate the eligibility of the communities captioned above under the Essential Air Service program based on criteria passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95). Objections to the Department’s tentative decision are due within 20 days of the service date of this Order.

Athens - We find that Athens is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Athens generated a total of 3,681 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 5.9 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Bradford - We find that Bradford is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Bradford generated a total of 4,292 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 6.9 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

El Centro - We find that El Centro is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, San Diego International Airport, a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, El Centro generated a total of 5,950 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 9.5 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Fort Dodge - We find that Fort Dodge is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Omaha Airport-Eppley Airfield, a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Fort Dodge generated a total of 5,868 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 9.4 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Franklin/Oil City - We find that Franklin/Oil City is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Pittsburgh International Airport, a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Franklin/Oil City generated a total of 3,134 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 5.0 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Greenville - We find that Greenville is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Memphis International Airport, a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Greenville generated a total of 5,836 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 9.3 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Hagerstown - We find that Hagerstown is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Washington Dulles International Airport, a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Hagerstown generated a total of 2,419 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 3.9 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Jackson - We find that Jackson is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Memphis International Airport, a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Jackson generated a total of 4,865 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 7.8 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Lancaster - We find that Lancaster is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Philadelphia International Airport, a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Lancaster generated a total of 3,943 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 6.3 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Kingman - We find that Kingman is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, McCarran International
Airport in Las Vegas, a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Kingman generated a total of 1,661 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 2.7 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Macon - We find that Macon is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, a large hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Macon generated a total of 2,482 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 4.0 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Merced - We find that Merced is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Mineta San Jose International Airport, a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Merced generated a total of 4,810 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 7.7 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

Muscle Shoals - We find that Muscle Shoals is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Nashville International Airport, a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Muscle Shoals generated a total of 3,973 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 6.3 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

By: Susan Kurland


 

May 12, 2014

Support Letter of Bradford Regional Airport

We understand Congress's desire to limit the EAS expense, and to try and maintain service in communities that are truly "Essential," and Bradford absolutely qualifies in that regard. The community, Penn DOT and PIT have spent nearly three years and a significant amount of money studying the issues with current air service, and have identified a viable solution to improve passenger traffic and allow both communities to fully satisfy EAS minimums of not only the 10 enplanement rule, but also the $200 subsidy per passenger rule. There were countless meetings, conference calls and correspondences with nearly a dozen airlines around the country to recruit interest in creating a low-fare, regional operation in PIT. The community, along with Penn DOT and PIT were successful in attaining interest from two different airlines, both of which we feel would be successful in implementing service, and increasing passenger numbers within the first year of operations.

With being close to implementing this multi-year study and plan, we are looking for the US DOT to allow Bradford to start service to PIT and grant a waiver in order to allow us proof of concept of our project. Surely there are no other EAS communities in the country that have been a part of such a detailed study and have a fully executable plan on which to right the ship and excel with their EAS. In support of this project, Penn DOT has pledged significant funds for marketing, sales efforts and even cost sharing with the US DOT in order to ensure air service remains at Bradford while we implement service to PIT.

By: Thomas Frungillo





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

 

OST-2003-15553 - Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, WV
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA

May 27, 2014

Proposal of City Link Air

CLA submits this proposal to provide subsidized air service from Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh International Airport to the communities of Greenbrier, West Virginia and Bradford, Pennsylvania. 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.

Planned aircraft: Beechcraft 1900D
Initial aircraft: Beechcraft 200/300

By: Joshua Newsteder

 

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-2005-20736 - Clarksburg, WV
OST-2005-20735 - Morgantown, WV

 

May 27, 2014

Proposal of Sun Air

Bradford: 24 Weekly round trips, with four during the weekdays and two each weekend day.
Dubois: 26 Weekly round trips, with four during the weekdays and three each weekend day.
Franklin: 19 Weekly round trips, with three during the weekdays and two each weekend day.
Jamestown: 24 Weekly round trips, with four during the weekdays and two each weekend day.
Parkersburg: 31 Weekly round trips, with five during the weekdays and three each weekend day.
Clarksburg: 26 Weekly round trips, with four during the weekdays and three each weekend day.
Morgantown: 38 Weekly round trips, with six during the weekdays and four each weekend day.

Sun Air proposes to operate high frequency, low fare service to Pittsburgh using 8-passenger Piper Chieftain aircraft.

By: David Hackett, 954-660-9865




May 28, 2014

DOT Request for Community Comments

Order 2014-3-12 (March 19, 2014) was issued requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS for a new term. In response to that request, four air carriers submitted proposals: Silver Airways (the incumbent), Boutique Air, City Link Air and Sun Air. Subsequently, we issued a Notice on May 14, 2014, which stated the Department 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 reviewed the requests and found that it was 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 had until May 27, 2014 to resubmit a revised proposal, if they wished do so.

I request that you review the proposals and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday June 19, 2014.

By: Michael Gomes


 

Order 2014-6-1
OST-2003-14528
- Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

Issued and Served June 5, 2014

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of Silver Airways at Bradford, DuBois, and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania; Jamestown, New York; and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio for an additional 30 days, through July 14, 2014.

By: Todd Homan


 

June 9, 2014

Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Sun Air

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority and the communities served, this letter unanimously supports Sun Air's bid to provide service to Bradford Regional Airport.

The Bradford Regional Airport Authority would like a quick decision on our new carrier from the DOTbecause Silver Airway's poor service and reliability has led significant numbers of passengers to stop flying from Bradford over the past 6 years. Continued uncertainty about when Silver Airways will leave Bradford has led those few passengers still flying from our airport to begin to book from alternate airports.

By: Thomas Frungillo


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown

June 6, 2014

Bradford Regional Airport, Chautauqua County Airport and Venango County Airport in Support of Sun Air

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport, Chautauqua County Airport, Venango County Airport and the communities served, this letter is in unanimous support of Sun Air to provide service to the three airports.

The communities have been working for many years on trying to make the best of poor service since Gulfstream/Silver commenced operations in 2008. After three years of poor results and ever decreasing passenger numbers, the communities banded together and worked with the Pennsylvania Air Service Committee to embark on a statewide study to improve air service from all commercial service airports within the state of Pennsylvania and New York.

The results of this multi-year study showed that low-fare, high frequency, reliable air service to Pittsburgh on smaller aircraft would be able to reverse the downward passenger trends and get passenger levels up above 10 enplanements and subsidy per passenger below $200.

By: Vincent Horrigan

 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City

June 18, 2014

Support Letter of Pennsylvania State Representatives
Jim Marshall, William Kortz, Mark Mustio

I write to express my full support for the granting of the waiver process regarding Essential Air Service at both Franklin's Venango County Regional Airport and Bradford Regional Airport. On April 24, the Department of Transportation issued Order 2014-4-26 proposing to eliminate subsidized service at these two markets. The reason given was because both airports came in under ten enplanements per service day during the period from October 1, 2012 thru September 30, 2013.

Air service within the state of Pennsylvania is an important economic generator. The airports, communities and Pittsburgh International Airport have spent nearly three years and a significant amount of money studying the issues with current air service. Several possible solutions have been identified to improve passenger traffic and allow both communities to fully satisfy EAS minimums of not only the 10 enplanement rule, but also the $200 subsidy per passenger rule, The result has been the addition of 3 new carriers applying for bids to PIT with greater frequency, reduced costs and strong model of efficiency.


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City

June 19, 2014

Support Letter of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

I write to express my full support for the granting of the waiver process regarding Essential Air Service at both Franklin's Venango County Regional Airport and Bradford Regional Airport. On April 24, 2014, the Department of Transportation issued Order 2014-4-26 proposing to eliminate subsidized service at these two markets due to their being under 10 enplanements per service day during the period from October 1, 2012 thru September 30, 2013.

Pennsylvania has invested significant capital funds over time in these two airports. If EAS service is cancelled, those investments will have been wasted. The communities and Pittsburgh International Airport have spent nearly three years and a significant amount of money studying the issue with current air service, and have identified a viable solution to improve passenger traffic and allow both communities to fully satisfy EAS minimums of not only the 10 enplanement rule, but also the $200 subsidy per passenger rule. The result has been the addition of three new carriers applying for bids to PIT with greater frequency, reduced costs and strong model of efficiency.

By: Barry Schoch


 

Order 2014-6-6
OST-2002-11348 - Athens, GA
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-2008-0299 - El Centro, CA
OST-2001-10684 - Fort Dodge, IA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA
OST-2008-0209 - Greenville, MS
OST-2006-25228 - Hagerstown, MD
OST-2000-7857 - Jackson, TN
OST-2002-11450 - Lancaster, PA
OST-1996-1899 - Kingman, AZ
OST-2007-28671 - Macon, GA
OST-1998-3521 - Merced, CA
OST-2000-7856 - Muscle Shoals, AL

Issued and Served June 24, 2014

Final Order Terminating EAS Eligibility and Establishing Waiver Procedures

By this Order, the Department is finalizing its tentative decision in Order 2014-4-26, issued April 24, 2014, terminating the eligibility of the communities captioned above under the Essential Air Service program based on requirements passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Notwithstanding the determination by the Department and this Order, the incumbent carriers must provide EAS at these communities, pending the communities’ potential petition for a waiver and our consideration of the merits of that petition as further outlined below. Carriers that fail to provide EAS at their respective communities may be referred to the Department’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings for appropriate handling. This Order does not preclude carriers from starting or continuing air service at these communities without subsidy.

All petitions for a waiver must be submitted within 30 days of the service date of this Order (by July 24, 2014).

For communities whose eligibility for EAS is terminated by this Order or whose petition for a waiver is denied by the Department, 49 USC § 41733(g) permits a State or local government to submit a joint proposal with an air carrier for the restoration of their EAS subsidy.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2014-7-5
OST-2003-14528
- Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

Issued and Served July 9, 2014

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of Silver Airways at Bradford, DuBois, and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania; Jamestown, New York; and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio, for an additional 30 days, through August 14, 2014.

By: Todd Homan


 

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


 

July 18, 2014

Petition of Bradford Regional Airport for Waiver from 10-Enplanement Statute

During the selection process in 2008, the community and BFD had significant concerns regarding Gulfstream's ability to support new service, their lack of experience in EAS communities and their lack of experience operating outside of Florida. It became immediately apparent that Gulfstream's operation in CLE was not supported the same as their Florida operations, which led to significant delays and cancellations, lack of marketing and sales efforts and management indifference. The bankruptcy of Gulfstream and change in management team exacerbated the problems, resulting in a significant passenger decline in 2012. BFD made numerous attempts to communicate with management at Gulfstream/Silver over the past five years, most of which were met with more failed promises, if responses were even received. It was abundantly clear that management at Gulfstream/Silver treated the CLE area EAS markets as a steady source of income from federal subsidies with little concern for actual performance.

With the management changes following Gulfstream's bankruptcy, the new management of Silver Airways created a situation that was significantly worse than before, in both performance and enplanements. We believe Silver's problems are a systemic problem due to the culture and management of Silver Airways, exemplified by a review of their current EAS markets. Of the 18 EAS communities that Silver served at the beginning of 2014, all but six have shown passenger declines from 2011 to 2013. Passenger enplanements at those 18 markets declined at a combined rate of 31.1 percent over those two years, with 10 markets having passenger declines in excess of 30 percent. It is of no surprise that many of Silver Airways' communities have been eliminated from the program due to the $1,000 passenger cap or are threatened to be eliminated by the 10 enplanement rule.

As passengers at all five EAS markets that Gulfstream operated at in 2009 began to decline precipitously, the PASC, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and PIT began working together to determine a solution. In 2010, a decision was made to pursue a statewide study to determine passenger demand, and the study formally began in 2011. This multi-year study was undertaken to quantify passengers in each catchment area and forecast potential enplanements if PIT became our connecting hub. More than 30 community meetings were held throughout the state including in each EAS community to discuss air service needs and gauge support for this service. This study found that reliable service on 9-seat aircraft to PIT, combined with a low-local fare structure can be just as successful at PIT as it has been in St Louis for Cape Air and Air Choice One.

We respectfully request a waiver to continue our air service for one year and quickly move to award our EAS contract to Sun Air so that we can begin to rebuild passengers to demonstrate to the US DOT that our passenger reduction truly was "temporary". We look forward to working with you, the airlines, PIT, and the community to fix the broken EAS system at BFD.

By: Thomas Frungillo





July 21, 2014

Support Letters for Waiver Request of Bradford Regional Airport:

Pennsylvania State Representative Martin Causer
Pennsylvania State Representative Kathy Rapp
Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Hutchinson

 

July 22, 2014

Support Letter of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

This letter is to inform you that PennDOT is still in support of our previously letter dated June 19, 2014. I write to express my full support for the granting of the waiver process regarding Essential Air Service at both Franklin's Venango County Regional Airport and Bradford Regional Airport.

The communities and Pittsburgh International Airport have spent nearly three years and a significant amount of money studying the issue with current air service, and have identified a viable solution to improve passenger traffic and allow both communities to fully satisfy EAS minimums of not only the 10 enplanement rule, but also the $200 subsidy per passenger rule. The result has been the addition of three new carriers applying for bids to PIT with greater frequency, reduced costs and strong model of efficiency.

By: Barry Schoch



Order 2014-8-7
OST-2003-14528
- Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

Issued and Served August 12, 2014

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of Silver Airways at Bradford, DuBois and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania; Jamestown, New York; and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio, for an additional 30 days, through September 14, 2014.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Oil City/Franklin

August 29, 2014

Service Plans of Silver Airways

Notwithstanding our pilot staffing difficulties and considerable traffic losses attributable to our operations at BFD and FKL, we have abided by the Department's orders extending our service obligations for additional 30-day periods. However, after September 30, 2014, we will no longer be providing scheduled air service at BFD and FKL. On or about September 5, 2014, we will cease selling tickets for BFD and FKL itineraries involving travel after September 30, 2014, to minimize disruptions to impacted passengers and ensure that we are able to adequately assist those previously ticketed for travel after September 30, 2014, either by providing a full refund without penalty or by helping them secure alternate transportation from nearby airports.

Although we regret that we are unable to sustain service at all airports where we currently provide EAS, Silver Airways has endeavored, under extraordinarily challenging circumstances, to continue service for as long as possible at BFD and FKL-communities for which EAS eligibility has been terminated but for which a replacement EAS carrier selection proceeding has been delayed. Furthermore, we believe that we have provided considerably more advance notice-to both the communities and the Department--of our plans than other EAS operators have in the recent past with respect to their service terminations.7 Finally, we believe that BFD and FKL will see further reductions in traffic, driven by the fact that they no longer have as many connecting opportunities over CLE and future service by Silver is uncertain. Additional reductions in traffic will move both communities further out of compliance with minimum usage regulations and will be detrimental to the establishment of replacement service with smaller capacity aircraft.

By: Silver Airways, Jamie Kogutek


 

Order 2014-9-9
OST-2003-14528
- Bradford
OST-2004-17617 - DuBois
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown
OST-2005-20734 - Parkersburg/Marietta

Issued and Served September 11, 2014

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of Silver Airways at Bradford, and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, and Jamestown, New York, for an additional 30 days, through October 14, 2014. At DuBois, Pennsylvania, and Parkersburg, West Virginia/Marietta, Ohio, we are extending Silver to September 30, 2014, at the current subsidy rates. On October 1, 2014, Silver continues service at DuBois and Parkersburg with new rates and aircraft.

By: Todd Homan


 

Order 2014-10-13
OST-2003-14528
- Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City
OST-2003-14950 - Jamestown

Issued and Served October 15, 2014

Order Extending Service Obligation

By this Order, the Department of Transportation extends the Essential Air Service obligation of Silver Airways at Bradford and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania and Jamestown, New York, for an additional 30 days, through November 14, 2014. At Jamestown, we are extending Silver at the current subsidy rates, until Sun Air commences service with new rates and aircraft.

By: Susan Kurland


 

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

Issued and Served October 24, 2014

Order Selecting Carriers and Requesting Proposals

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

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

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

Jackson:

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

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

Macon:

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

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

By: Brandon Beliford


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City

October 22, 2014

Bradford Regional Airport and Venango Regional Airport in Support of Sun Air

BFD and FKL hereby respectfully request the US DOT:

  1. Expedite the decision on selecting Sun Air for the EAS contract for both BFD and FKL, so both the communities and Sun Air can, as expeditiously as possible, continue efforts to commence service to Pittsburgh International Airport.
  2. Advise what action will be taken against Silver Airways if they follow through with plans to suspend service on October 31, 2014 as they have communicated in direct violation of the US DOT Order 2014-10-13 which holds the carrier in until November 14, 2014, and any subsequent hold-in orders that the US DOT issues until such time as a replacement carrier is selected and commences service.
  3. Take into account any potential service hiatus that may occur before a replacement carrier can start service, when evaluating BFD and FKL in regards to the 10-enplanement rule or $200 per passenger subsidy cap requirements for the year ending September 30, 2015.

By: Bradford Regional Airport and Venango Regional Airport


 

February 2, 2015

Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Aircraft Change

In discussions with our current EAS carrier, Sun Air Express, the option of having service provided by Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft was proposed, and after careful evaluation, we have concluded that we would support such service as a replacement or in addition to the existing Piper Chieftain PA31-350 aircraft.

Accordingly, we request that the Department allow Sun Air to operate either Cessna Caravan or Piper Chieftain aircraft for the remainder of the current EAS Order.

By: Alicia Dankesreiter, 814-368-5928 x10


 

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 2016-5-1
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford, PA
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City, PA

Issued and Served May 2, 2016

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the Department is soliciting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Bradford and/or Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, for a new contract term, beginning November 1, 2016, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than June 2, 2016.

The Department expects proposals that are consistent with what the communities currently receive, namely, 19 to 24 nonstop round trips a week with service to a suitable large- or medium-hub airport using small aircraft (8- or 9-seat), that provides numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. If larger aircraft, seating more than 9 passengers are contemplated, carriers should propose 12 to 18 nonstop round trips a week to a suitable large- or medium-hub airport.

By: Todd Homan


 

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

Issued and Served May 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

By: Susan McDermott

OST-2016-0084 - EAS Community Flexibility Pilot Program


 


June 2, 2016

Proposal of Aviation Street d/b/a Community Air

21 weekly RT Franklin-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: Beechcraft 99
Subsidy request: $1,455,956

By: Robert Karns




June 2, 2016

Proposal of Southern Airways Express

Bradford A:

36 weekly Bradford-Pittsburgh
Subsidy request: $2,590,501

Bradford B:

26 weekly Bradford-Pittsburgh
Subsidy request: $2,331,714

Franklin A:

26 weekly Franklin-Pittsburgh
Subsidy request: $2,093,696

Franklin B:

19 weekly Franklin-Pittsburgh
Subsidy request: $1,598,201

By: Stanley Little


 

June 20, 2016

Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Southern Airways Express

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority and the communities served, this letter unanimously supports Southern Airways Express's bid to provide service to Bradford Regional Airport.

We ask for your support of Southern .Airways Express Option A offering 31 RT flights to PIT per week. While our research shows that BFD is increasingly capturing the leisure market with our current flight schedule we feel that an increase in frequency with better time of day coverage will allow more access to the PIT Connector system by the bus iness traveler. The increase in flights is designed to include additional early morning departures and later returns on peak business travel days.

By: Alicia Dankesreiter


 

August 8, 2016

Revised Proposal of Southern Airways Express

By: Southern Airways Express


 

Order 2016-8-25
OST-2003-14528

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 Bradford, Pennsylvania, to Pittsburgh International Airport from November 1, 2016, through October 31, 2018, using 9-seat Cessna Caravan aircraft. Southern will provide 24 weekly nonstop round trips at an annual subsidy of $2,196,742.

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


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 20, 2017

Request of Bradford Regional Airport for Waiver from $200 per Passenger Cap

An enplanement reporting error was discovered following the issuance of the Order and reported to both Southern Airways Express and Essential Air Service Chief Schlemmer. The airline has since modified and verified the data and provided the corrections via the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The revised information shows 4, 170 passenger enplanements for FY 2016 for an average of 13.3 per day. While this puts BFD above the 1 O/day rule it is not quite enough to keep us under the $200 per passenger subsidy cap. Our average subsidy for 2016 was $249.69. This is a marked improvement over FY 2015's subsidy of $290 and FY 2014 at $639 per passenger.

Bradford Regional Airport is part of a close-knit group of EAS communities with service to Pittsburgh, referred to as the PIT Connector program. 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 Southern's operational improvements, we feel that, our proposal going forward, will improve our passenger numbers, demonstrating that the passenger numbers in FY 2016 were just the beginning of growth for BFD.

By: Alicia Dankesreiter


 

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 2018-4-1
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City

Issued and Served April 2, 2018

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is soliciting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service at Bradford and/or Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, for a new contract term, beginning November 1, 2018, with or without subsidy. Air carriers should file their proposals no later than May 2, 2018.

The Department expects proposals similar to what the communities currently receive, namely, 19 to 24 nonstop round trips a week with service to a suitable large- or medium-hub airport using small aircraft (8- or 9-seat), that provides numerous connecting opportunities to the national air transportation system. If larger aircraft, seating more than 9 passengers are contemplated for Bradford, carriers should propose 12 round trips a week. Given the lower traffic levels at Franklin, proposals for 12 to 14 round trips per week will be considered.

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City


May 2, 2018

Propsal of Boutique Air

Bradford:

Option 1:

24 weekly Bradford-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,708,235

Option 2:

18 weekly Bradford-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,150,972

Option 3:

24 weekly Bradford-Pittsburgh/Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,781,385

Option 4:

24 weekly Bradford-Pittsburgh/Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,790,445

Franklin:

Option 1:

19 weekly Franklin-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,041,490

Option 2:

19 weekly Franklin-Pittsburgh/Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,211,627

Option 3:

24 weekly Franklin-Baltimore
Aircraft: PC-12
Subsidy required: $2,791,004

By: Shawn Simpson




May 2, 2018

Proposal of Southern Airways Express

Option A:

19 weekly Franklin-Pittsburgh
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $1,678,111

Option B:

19 weekly Franklin-Baltimore
Aircraft: Cessna Caravan
Subsidy required: $2,153,273

By: Stan Little




May 2, 2018

Proposal of Via Air

7 weekly Franklin-Pittsburgh/Charlotte
Aircraft: EMB-120
Subsidy required: $1,654,022

By: Irit Vizer




May 3, 2018

DOT Request for Community Comments

We issued Order 2018-4-1 requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS, with a due date of May 2, 2018. In response to our request, we received proposals from Boutique Air, Southern Airways and Via Air. NOTE: Via Air submitted a proposal for Alternate EAS at Franklin. AEAS proposals need to come from the community, not the carrier. I request that you review them and submit any comments you may have as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, June 4, 2018.

By: Michael Gormas, 202-366-1853


 

OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City

May 9, 2018

Clarification of Request for Community Comments

To clarify the message previously sent on May 3, 2018, Via Air submitted proposals for Alternate EAS at Franklin and Bradford. AEAS proposals need to come from the community, not the carrier.

By: Michael Gormas, 202-366-1853


 

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 2018

Re: Petition of Bradford Regional Airport for a Waiver from the $200 Subsidy Cap

Based on past data the Bradford Regional Airport has seen significant progress as a result of our partnership with the PIT Connector program and Southern Airways Express. 2016 saw an unprecedented increase in enplanements for BFD. Unfortunately 2017 brought Southern Airways some significant operating obstacles causing a decline in our growth.

By: Alicia Dankesreiter


 

May 31, 2018

Support Letter of Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Congressman Glenn Thompson (PA-5)

We have been informed that BFD has been subject to temporary noncompliance with the subsidy cap due to a variety of factors, including a shortage of pilots, which has been recognized as a major issue by the United States Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Working Group. Contributing to this issue has been a lack of interline agreements with the current airline provider. Eliminating BFD's participation in the EAS program would lead to dramatic job losses in the region and limit options for the traveling public.

Regional air service at BFD provides links, especially for rural areas, to recreational and business opportunities and critical services. BFD helps support jobs, spur economic activity, and promote tourism, all of which serve as critical building blocks for rural growth. In an effort to increase daily enplanements and reduce cost per seat, BFD's air service provider, Southern Airways, has come to terms with American Airlines to establish an interline agreement that will significantly improve passengers' travel experience, as well as increasing passenger number s. Additionally, due to the PIT Connector Program, which provides direct service to Pittsburgh International Airport, passenger counts continue to steadily rise at BFD. We believe in the continued increase in enplanements and further market expansions through the PIT Connector program have the strong potential to decrease BFD's subsidy rate over time.

Provided the multi-tiered partnership between local and state stakeholders, and the long-term vision for a decreased subsidy rate, we respectfully request that you utilize your authority to ensure continued EAS at BFD and grant their waiver request. We look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure transportation access for rural communities and look forward to your response.

By: Bob Casey and Glenn Thompson

 

June 1, 2018

Bradford Regional Airport in Support of Southern Airways Express

On behalf of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority and the communities served, we are officially supporting Southern Airways Express’s bid, Option A, to provide commercial service to Bradford Regional Airport. We ask for your concurrence in selecting Southern Airways Express Option A offering the same service we have today to PIT.

The Bradford Regional Airport experienced significant growth in 2016 before Southern succumbed to the pilot shortage and resulting reliability issues in 2017. With these issues behind us and a new interline agreement in place we anticipate the return of increasing enplanements. This new relationship with American Airlines should give Bradford the boost we need to stay below the $200 subsidy cap.

By: Alicia Dankesreiter

 

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


 

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 2018-10-6
OST-2003-14528 - Bradford
OST-1997-2523 - Franklin/Oil City

Issued and Served October 4, 2018

Order Re-selecting Air Carrier

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is re-selecting Southern Airways Express, LLC at Bradford and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania, for the two-year term from November 1, 2018, through October 31, 2020, using 9-seat Cessna Caravan aircraft. At Bradford, Southern will provide 24 weekly nonstop round trips to Pittsburgh International Airport at an annual subsidy rate of $2,364,885. At Franklin, Southern will provide 19 weekly nonstop round trips to PIT at an annual subsidy rate of $1,678,111.

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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