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OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program Pursuant to Vision 100


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Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program Pursuant to Vision 100

OST-2004-18715

Issued July 22, 2004 | Served July 27, 2004

Notice | Word

We are implementing the Pilot Program by inviting communities to submit applications to use EAS funds in an alternative manner to address their transportation needs.  We will use an open and flexible format for applications because we recognize that each community's circumstances may be different, and they need latitude in identifying their own objectives and developing strategies for accomplishing them.  At the same time, general, vague, or unsupported applications will not be entertained.  The more highly defined the application, the more likely it will receive favorable consideration.

The communities that are eligible to apply for participation in the program are those that are being served by an air carrier that is receiving subsidy under the EAS program at the time of application.

By: Karan Bhatia



OST-1996-1711 - EAS at Manistee, MI
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate EAS Pilot Program Pursuant - Vision 100

January 5, 2012

Alternate EAS Pilot Program Grant Proposal

The Manistee Blacker Airport Authority is proposing to provide for the air service needs of the Manistee/Ludington communities and surrounding areas utilizing air transportation conducted by a Part 380 Indrect Air Carrier contracting with an FAA approved Part 135 and/or Part 121 Direct Air Carrier. Such air transportation would be to a medium or large hub with twin-engine aircraft conducting regularly scheduled charter flights. The frequency of flights will vary seasonally as required to meet demand. However, there will be a minimum number of total flights for each year.

By: Manistee Blacker Airport Authority


 

OST-1996-1711
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS Proposals

February 13, 2012

Michigan DOT in Support of PublicCharters.com

The Michigan Department of Transportation's Office of Aeronautics is the agency tasked with promoting air service within the State of Michigan. As such, we express our strong support for the Alternative Essential Air Service proposal of the Manistee-Blacker Airport Authority under Docket# OST-2004-18715.

We believe that the proposal, while unconventional, offers a reasonable chance for the commimity to retain air service and build upon recent gains in ridership. As structured, the proposal allows the community service by Public Charters, Inc. (in coordination with Charter Air Transport) to Chicago Midway Airport.

A significant portion of the Manistee origin and destination traffic is centered in the Greater Chicago Area. In addition, the MBAA plans to partner with Public Charters Inc. to develop interline agreements with other Chicago-based airlines to enhance travel options for Manistee-based travelers. These factors, combined with strong community support, provide an excellent opportunity to build upon the positive trend in local support for air service.

By: Mike Trout


 

OST-1996-1711
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate EAS Pilot Program Pursuant - Vision 100

March 1, 2012

Revised Proposal of Manistee Airport

I am resubmitting the revised plan with one small change. The only change is to add at the end an item about the plan for sterile/TSA operations. We talked about it yesterday on the call, but I omitted including this in what I sent out yesterday.

By: Manistee County Blacker Airport


 

OST-1996-1711
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate EAS Pilot Program

May 3, 2012

Grant Agreement Between US DOT and Manistee Blacker Airport Authority

The Manistee Blacker Airport Authority, in association with the Essential Air Service eligible community of Manistee/Ludington, Michigan, has submitted an application for participation in the Alternate Essential Air Service Program and the US Department of Transportation has established annual air service levels and total costs. Therefore, DOT, acting for the United States, presents this Grant Award and Agreement to the Grantee for up to $4,199,075 for Alternate Essential Air Service at the community for a two-year term.

By: Robert Letteney


 

April 10, 2014

Proposal of Manistee Blacker Airport for Continuation of Alternate EAS Program

The Manistee County Blacker Airport currently receives subsidized air service through the Alternate Essential Air Service Program. We are the only airport to have ever participated in this program. As our first two-year grant under the program nears its end, the Manistee Blacker Airport Authority respectfully submits this Application for continued participation in the Alternate Essential Air Service Program.

By: Manistee Blacker Airport Authority, Barry Lind




April 10, 2014

Alternate Essential Air Service Proposal

The Manistee County Blacker Airport is proposing to provide for the air service needs of the Manistee/Ludington communities and surrounding areas by contracting with Public Charters, Inc., a Part 380 Indirect Air Carrier for a period of four years. Such air transportation is planned to continue to be to Chicago Midway Airport, with 30 seat BAE JetStream 41, 19 seat BAE JetStream 31, or equivalent twin-engine aircraft conducting regularly scheduled public charter flights. The frequency of flights will vary seasonally as required to meet demand. However, once daily service during the off peak season and twice daily service during peak season is anticipated.

By: Manistee Blacker Airport Authority, Barry Lind


 

Order 2014-7-16
OST-1996-1711
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program Pursuant to Vision 100

Issued and Served July 23, 2014

Order Setting Annual Service Level and Total Costs Under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program

By this Order, we are selecting Manistee County Blacker Airport Authority’s application under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program. The Department will enter into a Grant Agreement with the community to provide funding for regularly scheduled charter service flights between the Manistee County Blacker Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport or alternate large or medium hub airport, for the four-year period beginning July 26, 2014, through July 31, 2018. By the terms of the Grant Agreement, service will be provided utilizing two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft, with either 19 or 30 seats, using BAE Jetstream 41 and/or 31 or equivalent aircraft, at an annual rate of no more than $2,328,104. Flight frequency will vary seasonally, with once daily service during the off peak season and twice daily service during peak season.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-1996-1711
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program Pursuant to Vision 100

July 24, 2014

Grant Award

DOT, acting for the UNITED STATES, presents this Grant Award and Agreement to the Grantee for $9,312,416 for Alternate Essential Air Service at the community for a four-year term, and in the amount of $2,328,104 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

The Grantee, in association with the community of Manistee/Ludington, Michigan, will forgo participation in the traditional EAS Program for a four-year period, beginning July 26, 2014, through July 31, 2018.

The Grantee will contract with a Part 380 indirect air carrier to provide scheduled charter air transportation to Chicago Midway International Airport, or alternate large or medium hub airport designated by the community. Service will be provided using 30-seat BAE Jetstream 41, 19-seat BAE Jetstream 31, or equivalent twin-engine aircraft conducting regularly scheduled public charter flights.

By: Susan Kurland


 

September 15, 2014

Proposal Under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program at Beckley, West Virginia

The Raleigh County Memorial Airport currently receives subsidized air service through the Essential Air Service Program and has done so for many years. Silver Airways, our incumbent carrier, was interested in remaining our EAS carrier, however, Silver was directed by United Airlines, its codesharing partner at Washington Dulles, to remove Beckley from its route structure. Unfortunately, Silver Airways had no real choice in that matter and we were forced to consider other options for our continuing EAS air service.

For Beckley the final results of the initial RFP were bids from two airlines; Boutique Air with 9-seat PC-12 service and City Air Link, with nine seat Beech King Air, both with service to Pittsburgh. Beckley, while appreciating the interest of both carriers in the market, requested a re-bid. Boutique Air was offering a single engine aircraft and we exercised our right to decline that service. City Link Air was a startup airline without any operating certificate or existing services.

We appreciate that the DOT moved promptly to request a re-bid of Beckley and we worked closely with two airlines that expressed interest in our market. At the close of the second bid we received proposals from Sun Air and Charter Air Transport.

After submitting our letter supporting Charter Air Transport we learned on September 4th that CAT did not have the necessary FAA Part 121 authority to operate 30-seat aircraft as proposed in Option C. This did not change our conclusions and preference regarding our air service options, as outlined above and detailed in our August 14 community comments letter. We spent a great deal of time and consideration on the future of our air service and concluded that CAT and Option C was our best option.

So our options were; endorse Sun Air and its $3.664 million dollar proposal to offer 4 trips per day, three to Charlotte and on to Pittsburgh, request another RFP be issued, or apply for and enter the AEAS program.

We have already exhaustively examined the Sun Air options. We very much appreciate the airline's interest in our market. However, the 8-seat Navajo, flown over the extended distance to either Charlotte or Pittsburgh, will simply not be successful with our resident population and business community. We have researched this and reached this conclusion.

The City of Beckley, the Raleigh County Memorial Airport and our community partners all wish to move forward with Charter Air Transport and their option C for service to Charlotte. The carrier is ready to begin service and we believe as detailed this service is our best option and the best combination of hub, aircraft and subsidy requirement.

By: Raleigh County Memorial Airport, Tom Cochran




Order 2014-9-18
OST-2005-20454

OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

Issued and Served September 25, 2014

Order Setting Annual Service Level and Total Costs Under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program at Victoria, Texas

By this Order, we approve Victoria County’s application under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program. The Department will enter into a Grant Agreement with the community to provide funding for regularly scheduled charter service consisting of at least 1032 annual nonstop flights between Victoria Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, for a two-year period from November, 1, 2014, when the Part 135 and/or Part 121 direct air carrier inaugurates service at Victoria through October 31, 2016. By the terms of the Grant Agreement, service will be provided utilizing 19-passenger two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft at an annual rate of not more than $2,288,152.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2014-10-24
OST-1997-2761
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Program

Issued and Served October 28, 2014

Order Setting Annual Service Level and Total Costs Under the Alternate EAS Program

By this Order, we approve Raleigh County Memorial Airport’s application under the Alternate Essential Air Service program. The Department will enter into a Grant Agreement with the community to provide funding for regularly scheduled charter service consisting of a maximum of 1248 annual nonstop flights between Raleigh County Memorial Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport. By the terms of the Grant Agreement, service will be provided utilizing 30-seat Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia twin-engine aircraft operated by Charter Air Transport at an annual rate of not more than $2,696,888.

By: Brandon Belford




Essential Air Service at Victoria, Texas

Order 2016-6-9
OST-2005-20454

OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate EAS Pilot Program

Issued and Served June 17, 2016

Order Requesting Proposals

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation is requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing Essential Air Service at Victoria, Texas, for a new contract term beginning November 1, 2016, with or without subsidy. Airlines should file their proposals no later than July 18, 2016.

In order to assist airlines in developing traffic and revenue projections for their proposals, the Department has provided a summary of historical passengers. The number of frequencies the Department expects is outlined below:

Aircraft Type Expected Frequency
19 to 50-passenger aircraft 12 RT per week
8/9-passenger aircraft 18 to 24 RT per week

By: Todd Homan


 

OST-1997-2523 - EAS at Franklin/Oil City
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program


June 29, 2016

Proposal of Venango Regional Airport

The Communities of Franklin/Oil City receive Commercial Air Carrier Service under the Essential Air Service Program. The Current provider is Sun Air Express, recently acquired by Southern Air Express. Sun/Southern provides three roundtrip flights to Pittsburgh International Airport daily Monday through Friday inclusive and two each weekend day for a total of nineteen weekly roundtrips. Equipment is the Piper Twin Chieftain aircraft substituted on occasion with a Cessna 208 Caravan Turbo Prop.

The Commissioners of the County of Venango, on behalf of the Communities of Franklin/Oil City, propose to meet the regions travel needs by seeking Alternate Essential Air Service funding for a two (2) year period beginning October 1, 2016 and then negotiating an agreement directly with an air service provider who will provide the guarantee of at least a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan turbo -prop, or similar, 9 passenger aircraft and crew based in Franklin at the Venango Regional Airport. The air carrier will provide well-timed morning, mid day and evening flights augmented with surface transportation that will accommodate luggage and provide Wi-Fi amenities for travelers to Pittsburgh International Airport. The carrier will provide the ability for single purchase tickets at the Venango Regional Airport and a timeline, acceptable to the Commissioners, for obtaining interline connections in Pittsburgh. The Commissioners have received a proposal for service under the Alternate Essential Air Service program from Public Charters, Inc. Dba Regional Sky Airlines. This comprehensive proposal is representative of the multi faceted approach to air service sought by the Commissioners for the benefit of the traveling public of the communities of Franklin/Oil City.

The Commissioners of the County of Venango, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, hereby request a two (2) year grant from the United States Department of Transportation under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program in the amount of: $3,219,990.

By: Timothy Brooks, 814-432-9509




July 5, 2016

Comments of Venango County Board of Commissioners

A review of the Southern proposal resulted in very important unanswered questions to this community, specifically, a based aircraft and crew at the local airport, FKL. This ability to provide originating and late terminating flights was key in the previous proposal in 2014 and is necessary for the community to maintain adequate air service. We met with the airline and have asked for further clarification.

We remain, however, concerned that the air service proposed remains the same as years past and we feel we need to take a unique approach to work toward our goal of meeting the ten enplanement rule and the $200 per passenger cap. It is for this reason that we are asking the Department to consider the Communities of Franklin/Oil City for inclusion into the Alternate Essential Air Service program.

By: Timothy Brooks, 814-432-9509




OST-2005-20454 - EAS at Victoria, TX
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS Program


July 18, 2016

Proposal of Boutique Air

24 nonstop RT weekly Victoria-Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth
Aircraft: Pilatus PC-12
Subsidy requirement: $2,668,930

By: Shawn Simpson


July 18, 2016

Proposal of SeaPort Airlines

SeaPort Airlines proposes to operate 24 weekly roundtrips between Victoria and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport using 9-passenger Cessna Caravans. We are requesting subsidy of $1,888,731 per year.

By: Timothy Sieber, 971-340-1716


 

OST-2005-20454
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS Program

July 19, 2016

DOT Request for Community Comments

The Department issued Order 2016-6-9 on June 17, 2016, requesting proposals from airlines interested in providing EAS at Victoria for a new contract term. In response to the Order, Boutique Air and SeaPort Airlines submitted a proposals. I request that your community review the proposals carefully and submit its comments no later than Friday, August 19.

By: Michael Martin, 202-366-6494


 

OST-2004-18715
OST-2005-20734 - EAS at Parkersburg, WV
OST-2005-20736 - EAS at Clarksburg/Fairmont, WV
OST-2003-15553 - EAS at Greenbrier/White Sulpher Springs, WV
OST-1997-2761 - EAS at Beckley, WV

June 22, 2016

Re: Letter from DOT to Beckley Airport Manager; Greenbrier Airport Manager; Clarksburg Airport Manager; Parkersburg Airport Manager

I’m contacting you today because your community has indicated that it wishes to participate in the Alternate Essential Air Service Program. Please review the attached Order, which provides more information on the program.

Notice - Establishment of Alternate EAS Pilot Program - July 27, 2004

By: Scott Faulk


 

OST-1997-2761
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS

July 21, 2016

Proposal of Raleigh County Memorial Airport for Alternate EAS

In order to satisfy the needs of air transportation in our community, the Raleigh County Memorial Airport is requesting $2.8 million annually to provide air service under the Alternate EAS program for a period of 2 years. Based on the annual subsidy requested, service to the hub airport (Charlotte-Douglas International Airport) would provide necessary funding for 12 round trip connections weekly BKW/CLT.

By: Tom Cochran


 

OST-2005-20736
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS

August 8, 2016

Proposal of North Central West Virginia Airport for Alternate EAS

The Benedum Airport Authority, after close consultation with local elected officials and interested citizens and after careful examination and discussions with the interested carriers, herein submit this Alternative EAS proposal utilizing Via Air for a two year AEAS Grant in the sum of $2,310,252 annually. We are available to provide any additional documentation of our preference for this designation and urge the Department to promptly award this Grant proposal so that we can implement our new air service promptly.

By: Richard Rock


 

OST-2003-15553
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS

August 8, 2016

Proposal of Greenbrier Valley Airport for Alternate EAS

The Greenbrier Valley Airport, after close consultation with local elected officials and interested citizens and after careful examination and discussions with the interested carriers, herein submit this Alternative EAS proposal utilizing Via Air for a two year AEAS Grant in the sum of $4,731,866 annually. We are available to provide any additional documentation of our preference for this designation and urge the Department to promptly award this Grant proposal so that we can implement our new air service promptly.

By: Stephen Snyder


 

OST-2005-20734
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS

August 8, 2016

Proposal of Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport for Alternate EAS

The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority reviewed all bids and detailed the basis of their recommendation in a letter to Mr. Kevin Schlemmer dated June 14, 2016. In the letter, the Authority stated their desire to receive its air service under the terms of the Via Air bid option, which offered 12 flights a week to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Since Via Air does not have the necessary FAA Part 121 authority to operate 30-seat aircraft as proposed under their bid, the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Authority requests, via this document, entry into the Alternative Essential Air Service Program in a prompt manner.

By: Jeff McDougle


 

OST-1997-2523
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

August 12, 2016

Revised Proposal of Venango Regional Airport for Alternate EAS

The Commissioners of the County of Venango are seeking Alternate Essential Air Service funding for a two year period beginning November 1, 2016 and will then negotiate an agreement directly with an air service provider who will provide the guarantee of at least a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan turbo-prop, or similar, 9 passenger aircraft and crew based in Franklin at the Venango Regional Airport. The
Commissioners have received a proposal for service under the Alternate Essential Air Service program from Public Charters, Inc. Dba Regional Sky Airlines.

Grant request: $3,219,990

By: Timothy Brooks, 814-432-9509


 

OST-1997-2523
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

August 17, 2016

Revised Proposal of Venango Regional Airport for Alternate EAS

The Commissioners of the County of Venango are seeking Alternate Essential Air Service funding for a two year period beginning November 1, 2016 and will then negotiate an agreement directly with an air service provider who will provide the guarantee of at least a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan turbo-prop, or similar, 9 passenger aircraft and crew based in Franklin at the Venango Regional Airport. The
Commissioners have received a proposal for service under the Alternate Essential Air Service program from Public Charters, Inc. Dba Regional Sky Airlines.

Grant request: $3,219,990

By: Timothy Brooks, 814-432-9509


 

OST-1997-2523
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

August 19, 2016

Withdrawal of Alternate EAS Application of Venango Regional Airport

The Commissioners submitted a request for inclusion into the Alternate Essential Air Service Program on July 5, 2016 with subsequent revisions on August 16 and 17 in an effort to offer improved service to the community including a multi-modal component. Further study into the proposal and its possible impact on the air service has resulted in significant changes in the thought process involved in the AEAS application.

I'm hereby asking, on behalf of the Commissioners, that you allow the AEAS application for Franklin/Oil City be withdrawn and that this community remain in the Essential Air Service program. Furthermore; I ask, based on the forgoing authority, that the department accept our support and recommendation for Southern Airways as our Essential Air Service provider.

By: Otho Bell


 

OST-1997-2761
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

October 1, 2016

Alternate Essential Air Service Grant Agreement

DOT presents this Grant Award and Agreement to the Grantee for $5,656,068 for Alternate Essential Air Service at the community for a two-year term, payable in an amount not to exceed $2,828,034 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

The Grantee will contract with a Part 380 air carrier to provide scheduled charter air transportation to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The maximum obligation of the United States reimbursable under this Grant Agreement shall be $5,656,068, payable in an amount not to exceed $2,828,034 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2005-20736
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

October 1, 2016

Alternate Essential Air Service Grant Agreement

DOT presents this Grant Award and Agreement to the Grantee for $4,620,504 for Alternate Essential Air Service at the community for a two-year term, payable in an amount not to exceed $2,310,252 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

The Grantee will contract with a Part 380 air carrier to provide scheduled charter air transportation to Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The maximum obligation of the United States reimbursable under this Grant Agreement shall be $4,620,504, payable in an amount not to exceed $2,310,252 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2005-20734
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

September 21, 2016

Alternate Essential Air Service Grant Agreement

DOT presents this Grant Award and Agreement to the Grantee for $3,876,438 for Alternate Essential Air Service at the community for a two-year term, payable in an amount not to exceed $1,938,219 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

The Grantee will contract with a Part 380 air carrier to provide scheduled charter air transportation to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The maximum obligation of the United States reimbursable under this Grant Agreement shall be $3,876,438, payable in an amount not to exceed $1,938,219 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

By: Jenny Rosenberg


 

OST-2005-20734
OST-2004-18715 - Establishment of Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

September 21, 2016

Alternate Essential Air Service Grant Agreement

DOT presents this Grant Award and Agreement to the Grantee for $3,876,438 for Alternate Essential Air Service at the community for a two-year term, payable in an amount not to exceed $1,938,219 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

The Grantee will contract with a Part 380 air carrier to provide scheduled charter air transportation to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The maximum obligation of the United States reimbursable under this Grant Agreement shall be $3,876,438, payable in an amount not to exceed $1,938,219 per year, subject to the availability of funds.

By: Jenny Rosenberg



Order 2018-4-19
OST-1996-1711
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

Issued and Served April 20, 2018

Order Setting Annual Service Level and Total Costs at Manistee, MI Under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is selecting Manistee County Blacker Airport Authority’s application under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program. The Department will enter into a grant agreement with the community to provide funding for charter service flights between the Manistee County Blacker Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport or alternate large or medium hub airport, for the period beginning August 1, 2018, through September 30, 2020. By the terms of the grant agreement, service will be provided utilizing two-pilot, twin-engine aircraft, with either 19-seat Beech 1900 or 30-seat Dornier 328JET or equivalent aircraft, at an annual rate of no more than $2,990,575 for the period from August 1, 2018, through July 31, 2020, and $726,384 for the period from August 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020. Flight frequency is planned to vary seasonally, with once daily service during the off-peak season and twice daily service during peak season.

By: Joel Szabat




Order 2018-6-22
OST-1997-2694
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS

Issued and Served June 29, 2018

Order Setting Annual Service Level and Total Costs at Page, AZ Under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation is approving the application of the City of Page, Arizona, and Page Municipal Airport’s Royce K. Knight Field under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program. The Department will enter into a grant agreement with the community to provide funding for charter service flights between Page and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport or Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for the period beginning July 1, 2018, through September 30, 2020. By the terms of the grant agreement, service will be provided by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. d/b/a Contour Airlines, utilizing 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 regional jet aircraft. The service is planned as 12 weekly nonstop round trips, and will be operated as a public charter under Part 380 of the Department’s regulations.

By: Joel Szabat


 

Order 2018-10-8
OST-1997-2761 - EAS at Beckley
OST-2005-20734 - EAS at Parkersburg/Marietta
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS

Issued and Served October 5, 2018

Order Setting Annual Service Levels and Total Costs Under Alternate EAS Program

By this Order, the United States Department of Transportation approves the applications submitted by the Raleigh County Memorial Airport and the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport under the Alternate Essential Air Service program. The Department will enter into a grant agreement with each community to provide funding for public charter service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Community Term Maximum Annual RTs and Route Aircraft Annual Amount Requested in AEAS Application
Beckley December 1, 2018-September 30, 2021 624 Annual RTs to Charlotte 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 $2,827,968
Parkersburg December 1, 2018-September 30, 2021 624 Annual RTs to Charlotte 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 $2,134,573

By: Joel Szabat




Order 2019-4-9
OST-2007-28671

OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS Program

Issued and Served April 9, 2019

Order Setting Annual Service Levels and Total Costs Under the Alternate Essential Air Service Program

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation approves the application submitted by the Middle Georgia Regional Airport under the Alternate Essential Air Service program. The Department will enter into a grant agreement with Macon for a four-year and two-month term, from August 1, 2019, through September 30, 2023, to provide up to $4,687,9792 per year ($19,533,250 for the full term of the grant) in financial assistance to be used by Macon for public charter service to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, using twin-engine regional jet aircraft.

By: Joel Szabat


 

OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS Program
OST-2007-28671

June 24, 2019

Re: Alternate EAS Grant Agreement

This Grant Award constitutes an obligation of Federal funding in an amount not to exceed $19,533,250, payable in an amount not to exceed $4,687,979 per year.

Service will be provided by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. d/b/a Contour Airlines, or an alternate eligible Part 380 air carrier, using 30-seat twin-engine aircraft to provide charter air transportation to the Washington, DC market.

The Grantee will forgo participation in the traditional EAS Program for a 50-month period, beginning August 1, 2019, through September 30, 2023.

By: Michael McNeill


 

OST-1997-2694
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

April 8, 2020

Re: Application of City of Page for Continued Inclusion in Alternate Essential Air Service Pilot Program

On January 7, 2020, the City requested a telephone meeting with your office to discuss the continuation of service with Contour Airlines and, on January 13, 2020, the City submitted a draft application for the extension of this service under the Alternate EAS Program. As you know, and as detailed in the attached application, Contour's service has been extraordinarily successful and well-received by the community since it commenced in August 2018. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a mutually convenient time to discuss the extension of our Alternate EAS grant before the DOT issued Order 2020-1-7 on January 21, 2020, without prior notice, soliciting proposal s from carriers that were interested in providing EAS at Page.

We under stand that the DOT occasionally issues such orders on behalf of communities already participating in the Alternate EAS Pilot Program to establish a baseline for the subsidy that the DOT would pay under traditional EAS. However, in this case, the City does not believe that an order requesting proposals was appropriate or, even if it were, that the proposal submitted by Advanced Air - the only proposal that the DOT received - establishes an appropriate baseline.

Advanced Air's proposal would not meet the minimum requir ements under EAS, much less the City's needs. The aircraft proposed to be used by Advanced Air would not provide sufficient capacity to accommodate existing demand, as basic EAS requires, and Advanced Air's lack of interline agreements with major carriers would substantially impair network connect ivity for travelers to and from the City. Advanced Air also opera tes non-sterile, with passengers arriving and departing through an FBO rather than the passenger terminal, which may cause confusion and frustration for passengers trave ling beyond the hub airports. In addition, the City is concerned that Advanced Air does not appear to have any marketing plan for its proposed service.

Because Contour's existing service provides the capacity, quality, and connectivity that the City and its residents need, the City respectfully requests a four-year extension of its grant under the Alternate EAS Program at the existing subsidy level. The City believes that the current subsidy approp riate ly reflects what the DOT would pay for successful service under the traditional EAS Program and is in line with the DOT's precedent and practice.

By: City Manager Darren Coldwell


 

OST-1997-2761
OST-2004-18715 - AEAS

February 23, 2021

Re: Request of Raleigh County Memorial Airport to Extend Alternate Essential Air Service Inclusion

The MOVRAA is seeking an AEAS grant in the annual amount of $2,134,573. This amount is the same level of compensation being provided under the current grant for Contour's service at the Airport. The term of the grant sought is four years commencing October 1, 2021 and ending September 30, 2025.

We have reviewed the requirements of the AEAS program and are eager to move forward under it so as to allow Contour continue service at our Airport through September 30, 2025. We urge the Department of Transportation to promptly re-designate the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport for participation in the Alternate Essential Air Service Program and approve a grant agreement as requested above to continue service with Contour.

By: Tom Cochran


 

OST-2005-20734
OST-2004-18715 - AEAS

February 23, 2021

Request of Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport to Extend Alternate Essential Air Service Inclusion

For Contour's first 12 months of service, total O&D traffic at the Airp ort increased by over 50%, to 9,498, an average of 792 passengers per month. Daily average enplanements improved to 13 and the average subsidy per passenger decreased to $224.74.

With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020, world-wide demand for passenger air travel was decimated. In April 2020, the Airport recorded only 72 total O&D passengers. Contour continued to provide reliable service throughout 2020 and during the fourth calendar quarter, total O&D traffic at PKB demonstrated a very strong recovery, to an average of 665 passengers per month, which is approximately 84% of the 2019 monthly average, at a time when, according to data published by Airlines for America on January 16, 2021, overall domestic passenger volumes were only 58% of pre-pandemic levels.

By: Glen Kelly


 

Order 2021-9-5
OST-1997-2761 - EAS at Beckley
OST-2005-20734 - EAS at Parkersburg/Marietta
OST-2004-18715 - Alternate EAS

Issued and Served September 7, 2021

Order Setting Annual Service Levels and Total Costs Under Alternate EAS Program

By this Order, the US Department of Transportation approves the applications submitted by the Raleigh County Memorial Airport and the Wood County Airport d/b/a Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport under the Alternate Essential Air Service program. The Department will enter into a grant agreement with each community to provide funding for public charter service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Community Term Maximum Annual Roundtrips and Route Aircraft Annual Amount Requested
Beckley October 1, 2021-September 30, 2025 624 roundtrip to Charlotte ERJ-135 w/30 seats $2,827,968
Parkersburg October 1, 2021-September 30, 2025 624 roundtrip to Charlotte ERJ-135 w/30 seats $2,134,573

By: Joel Szabat

 



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