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OST-2017-0155 - 2017 Small Community Air Service Development Program

 

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2017 Small Community Air Service Development Program

Order 2017-10-7
OST-2017-0155

Issued October 12, 2017 | Served October 19, 2017

Order Soliciting Small Community Grant Proposals

Applications for funding under the Small Community Air Service Development Program should be submitted by 4:00 PM EST, December 15, 2017.

The final selections will be limited to no more than 40 communities or consortia of communities, or a combination thereof. Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are not eligible to compete with applications for new Federal awards. The Department has $10 million available for FY 2017 grant awards to carry out this program. There is no other limitation on the amount of individual awards, and the amounts awarded will vary depending upon the features and merits of the selected proposals. In past years, the Department’s individual grant sizes have ranged from $20,000 to nearly $1.6 million. Funding amounts made available for reimbursement may be impacted by future limitations placed on the spending authority and appropriations enacted for the Department. OST may, at its discretion, issue partial funding awards up to the level authorized.

By: Susan McDermott


 



Application of Montgomery, Alabama - Montgomery Regional Airport

The Montgomery Regional Airport, the official sponsor of this Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application, in cooperation with its private partners, respectfully requests grant funding in the amount of $750,000 in federal assistance to be coupled with financial support from an established public/private partnership. The grant funds will serve as a portion of the financial commitment needed to implement a minimum revenue guarantee program which will serve as the core component of a comprehensive air service development initiative to launch and sustain nonstop daily service operated by United Airlines (SkyWest) to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The federal assistance will be supplemented with cash contributions totaling $150,000 (20% cash match) from a private sector fund and up to $50,000 will be allocated in airport cash funds to support a comprehensive marketing support program to launch and sustain the new service. Also, an additional estimated $75,000 of in-kind support will be allocated in the form of airport fee waivers offered to UA and/or SkyWest.

By: Bob Hendrix




Application of Fairbanks, Alaska - Fairbanks International Airport

Fairbanks International Airport is seeking a Federal Small Community Air Service Development grant for a revenue guarantee and marketing for a new service and/or new carrier to enter the market. FAI had been awarded a grant before (2006) and was successful in utilizing the grant to secure new air service to Denver on Frontier Airlines.

The timing for this proposal comes on the heels of the cancellation of the Denver service by both Frontier and United Airlines and service to Portland, OR by Alaska Airlines, the subsequent limitation of the non-stop offerings to only three routes in the contiguous United States, and a dramatic cut to the State marketing fund due to the challenges in the oil industry.

Federal amount requested: $750,000

By: Jeffery Roadch



Application of Tucson, Arizona - Tucson International Airport

Tucson was a medium hub airport as recently as 2008, but steep declines in airline capacity and quickly rising fares led passenger numbers to fall. Since 2009, Tucson has been classified as a small hub airport, but it was not eligible for the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program until the 2016 rule changes to track current airport classification brought them into eligibility.

Tucson International Airport has a lot more airline service than many airports that apply for Small Community Air Service Development Grants. But the goal of the Grant program is clearly to help communities lower fares that are above average. Tucson suffers from high fares in much the same way smaller communities do. It has the third highest fare in the southwest region and fares well above the national average.

Federal amount requested: $750,000

By: Bonnie Allin



Application of Yuma, Arizona - Yuma International Airport

This Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application for Yuma International Airport, located in Yuma, AZ, meets the criteria of Docket OST-2017-0155. Yuma County Airport Authority, Inc., the airport sponsor, is requesting $700,000 in federal investment to implement a $1,304,175 airline assistance program for nonstop United Airlines service to Denver International Airport.

Currently, YUM’s air service is limited to one airline, American Airlines, to one hub, Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport. Because of the limited air service available, an estimated 60 percent of YUM catchment area passengers are using alternate airports to access the national air transportation system. The most frequently used diversionary airport is Phoenix-Sky Harbor, requiring a nearly three-hour drive one-way. The other two alternate airports are San Diego International Airport, also a three-hour one-way drive, or Los Angeles International Airport, with a drive of approximately 5.5 hours one way.

DEN is the YUM catchment area’s second largest destination and offers significant connecting opportunities, particularly to high demand regions like Canada for Yuma’s winter residents.

By: Gladys Wiggins

 

Application of Bakersfield, California - Meadows Field Airport

Meadows Field Airport is seeking a federal grant in the amount of $500,000 under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to fund a minimum revenue guarantee for service from Bakersfield to Houston Intercontinental Airport on United Airlines or Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport on American Airlines. In addition to the amount requested from the Department, organizations in the community have pledged $170,000 in cash that can be applied to the minimum revenue guarantee. The community cash match equates to 34.0% of the $500,000 requested in SCASD funding.

Management of the Airport and its consultant met with SkyWest Airlines in October and discussed new air service to hub airports in the West. SkyWest reviewed the presentation by Casper and indicated that they have interest in flying from Casper to Phoenix/Sky Harbor Airport as an American Airlines operation and a letter is attached showing that support. New passenger air service to Phoenix will meet the needs of the Casper area business and pleasure travelers to the local Phoenix area and for travelers using the large connecting hub at the Phoenix/Sky Harbor International Airport.

This new service by SkyWest Airlines operating as American Airlines will be subject to the Casper community developing a risk mitigation program that will offset initial losses, operating costs, and local marketing. In order to create such a program that will be large enough to meet the airline needs, the Casper/Natrona County International Airport and the local community will need a grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. To cover initial losses, operating costs, and local marketing, the Casper/Natrona County International Airport is requesting a grant of $500,000 from the US Department of Transportation. These funds will be matched by $65,000 in local cash, $95,000 of in-kind funding, an advance ticket program of $50,000, and an Airport reduction in fees of $27,000 resulting in a total incentive package of $737,000.

By: Richard Strickland



Application of Monterey, California - Monterey Regional Airport

This Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application for Monterey Regional Airport meets the criteria of Docket OST-2017-0155. The Monterey Peninsula Airport District, the grant sponsor, is requesting $950,000 in federal assistance to implement a $1,468,545 air service initiative.

The goal of this project is to initiate nonstop service by American Airlines to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport or, alternatively, United Airlines to Denver International Airport. Dallas is the preferred route but either market would provide improved access to the national air transportation system, particularly much needed connectivity to major eastern destinations. Improved service will reduce the need to drive to San Francisco Bay Area airports where airfares are lower and service levels higher. MRY is a two-time previous grant recipient (2005 and 2009).

By: Michael La Pier



Application of Sonoma County, California - Sonoma County Airport

The County of Sonoma and the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport are seeking a Small Community Air Service Development Grant to support the establishment of new air service to Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. Denver is currently the most requested destination from regional business travelers.

The County of Sonoma and the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport are requesting a grant of $650,000, with a local cash contribution of $200,000, waived airport fees of $162,545 and an in-kind contribution of $100,000 for a total incentive package of $1,112,545. With the receipt of the Small Community Air Service Development grant funds, our airline assistance package will have sufficient resources to provide a strong marketing program for the new air service and provide a revenue guarantee for the airline during the initial months of operation.

By: Jon Stout



Application of Vero Beach, Florida - Vero Beach Regional Airport

Vero Beach Regional Airport is seeking federal grant funding of $150,000 ($250,000 total program) for marketing, start-up costs offset, recruitment of air carrier services, fee waivers, and ground handling assistance to aid in strengthening existing scheduled air service and creating the environment for additional service for the community. Vero Beach Regional Airport is pursuing additional non-stop jet service and/or regional service to expand its market to profitable destinations while providing an alternative to the existing options with long drives and ground time to Orlando International (MCO) or Palm Beach International Airports. Vero Beach Regional Airport can offer airlines lower rates and charges than those experienced by air carriers at existing airports in the Central and South Florida regions.

By: Ericson Menger



Application of West Palm Beach, Florida - Gohaiti, Inc.

Gohaiti, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides transportation services to the public for free, and help citizens in our communities with their traveling expenses in the city of West Palm Beach, Florida, and also in the country of Haiti.

By: Pierre Olivier

 

Application of Athens, Georgia - Ben Epps Field

The application requests a grant of $735,000, to be accompanied by a local cash match of $255,000. This will be supported by additional community and airport in-kind incentives.

The air service made possible by this grant will resolve a major air service deficiency created by the elimination of all local flight access to the National Transportation System by the departure of Seaport Airlines in 2014.

A regional carrier, Elite Airways, has committed to at least twice weekly point to point jet service to New York and Melbourne, FL and has indicated that it is interested in increasing to daily service based on market demand. A second regional airline with interline ticketing and baggage agreements with has shown interest in providing daily flights from Athens to Charlotte.

Elite’s service will support a portion of our local business community requiring weekly service to New York and additionally our growing tourist and retired community to our #1 and #3 O&D markets. Grant Funds will be used for supporting marketing and promotion and startup cost offsets for this service.

By: David Fluck

 

Application of Augusta, Georgia - Augusta Regional Airport

Augusta Regional Airport is seeking a federal grant in the amount of $800,000 under the Small Community Air Service Development Program to fund a minimum revenue guarantee and provide marketing support for service from Augusta to Washington, DC on American Airlines or on United Airlines.

In addition to the amount requested from the Department, organizations in the community have pledged $423,000 in cash that can be applied to the minimum revenue guarantee. Augusta Regional Airport will provide cash of $50,000 for marketing and promoting the new route and in-kind contributions valued at $346,674 in the form of terminal rent, fee abatements and landing fee waivers over a period of 12 consecutive months from the date service begins.

The Augusta-Washington/Baltimore market is a large market with approximately 65 passengers per day each way in the year-end second quarter 2017.

By: Herbert Judon




Application of Idaho Falls, Idaho - Idaho Falls Regional Airport

Idaho Falls fares are rising, in part, because airline capacity is shrinking. In the last decade, available airline seats are down by 27% at Idaho Falls Regional Airport. The market has lost an average of almost 200 seats per day – or four 50-seat regional jet departures per day.

The Airport is aggressive in its air service development efforts. Airport leadership has met with multiple carriers, in person, in the last two years, seeking additional service. For its Seattle/Tacoma project, the Airport has met at headquarters with Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and SkyWest Airlines. All airlines said they would require a minimum revenue guarantee to consider service between Idaho Falls and Seattle.

Idaho Falls has never applied for a Small Community Air Service Development Grant for service to the Pacific Northwest. As its economy has grown, its connections with Washington and Oregon have become more important, making new service imperative for growth.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport has among the best track records in leveraging the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program for new and expanded airline service. Each of the three times the Airport has been awarded a Grant, it has landed the new service for which the project was written. Its Grant-supported services to Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul operate with strong performance today.

By: Craig David



Application of Evansville, Indiana - Evansville Regional Airport

Evansville Regional Airport is an essential gateway to the national and international transportation system for a large portion of Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. The airport's 60-mile catchment area is home to more than 850,000 people. Despite the large population, the airport has been long underserved by airlines in comparison to other airports in the region and throughout the US.

EVV, along with business and community leaders are committed to addressing this issue, pledging more than $150,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. Evansville Regional Airport has developed a method of providing start-up cost offsets, revenue guarantees and marketing support for carriers starting new routes, but needs financial assistance in executing the strategy. The airport must do something to bring more options and better fares to the region.

Federal amount requested: $500,00

By: Evansville Regional Airport



Application of Gary, Indiana - Gary Chicago International Airport

Northwest Indiana is one of the largest US metro markets in the United States currently without commercial airline service. Peer communities with its extensive and growing population base typically have not just one but multiple airlines serving their markets with flights to multiple destinations. Our community similar needs convenient and affordable access to top business markets and the broader air transportation network. The lack of air service in our community is a significant impediment to our ability to adequately meet the needs of our citizens and unleash the full economic potential of our region.

Our proposal identifies a business market with strong and growing local and regional demand and a target air carrier whose business model, fleet plans and operational structure perfectly matches the goals of our community and competitive advantages of our airport.

Therefore, the Airport Authority is requesting a federal grant in the amount of $750,000 that will be matched with a local cash contribution of $260,000. That $1,010,000 will be combined with additional inkind contributions in the form of airport fee waivers and additional airport marketing support funds for a total incentive package of $1,111,038. This $1.1M total will be used toward a revenue guarantee and marketing campaign to support low cost airline service on Frontier Airlines to its hub in Denver where connections to other top 10 markets in the West and Southwest are possible.

By: Dan Vicari



Application of Sioux City, Iowa - Sioux Gateway Airport

This Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application for the Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field meets the criteria of Docket OST-2017-0155. The City of Sioux City, Iowa, the legal sponsor, is requesting $650,000 in federal assistance to implement a $1,459,940 air service initiative. The Strategic Plan is to reduce leakage to the West and Northwest regions by adding service to an intermountain hub such as Denver International Airport.

By: Mike Collett



Application of Topeka, Kansas - Topeka Regional Airport

Topeka Regional Airport was able to leverage its 2012 Small Community Air Service Development Grant award for twice-daily service on United to Chicago O’Hare – the exact goal of the application. The Airport converted the award into service in less than 12 months. That service brought fares to the Topeka catchment area that were 19% below the prevailing average offered at other airports.

Unfortunately, United’s Topeka service was irreparably hurt by horrible winter weather in 2014 – the year of the “polar vortex” – that caused unprecedented cancellations. Topeka lost 14% of all flights to weather cancellations in the first month of service, including the cancellation of the inaugural flight. Over the full period of service, one in every fifty departures was cancelled and twenty of every fifty flights were delayed. Topeka catchment area passengers quickly realized they could not rely on the service, even with lower fares, and chose to pay more to fly from Kansas City.

To overcome this challenge, under this application, Topeka Regional Airport is targeting service to a more reliable hub with the same goal of connecting Kansas’ capital to the national air transportation system. The Airport seeks service to Dallas/Ft. Worth, on a regional carrier that can offer connections to American Airlines. Dallas has much better weather, generally, than Chicago, and better overall operational reliability. The service is targeted to begin between spring and fall and not in the winter.

Federal amount requested: $750,000

By: Eric Johnson

 

Application of Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

The objective of this grant application is to utilize funds through the SCASD Program and local match funds to secure a new, nonstop route to a major hub in the Midwest/Northeast region. BTR does not currently offer any nonstop flights to these areas of the country.

While BTR’s overarching priority is to spur new nonstop service to a hub airport in the Midwest/ Northeast, the focus of this grant application is to establish direct connectivity to specific major hubs in these markets where demand is the greatest and likelihood long-term viability is strongest. Based on the realities of today’s aviation industry, associated carrier business models, and recent communications with virtually all viable airlines, BTR leadership has determined that the following hubs and corresponding airlines represent the strongest and most viable prospects for new nonstop service: ORD, EWR, PHL, MSP.

Federal amount requested: $650,000

By: Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome



Application of Shreveport, Louisiana - Shreveport Regional Airport

The Shreveport Airport Authority respectfully submits its proposal for a grant under the 2017 Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. The key focus of this request is to leverage grant funds with community funds to promote recent airline capacity increases at SHV. If approved, these combined funds will be used to advertise airlines serving SHV and build awareness of the airport’s service options in order to reverse leakage from the community and stabilize SHV and support regional economic growth.

Federal amount requested: $300,000

By: Shreveport Regional Airport



Application of Wicomico County, Maryland - Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport

The Salisbury – Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport has identified the need for year around, non-stop service to Florida, specifically targeting Orlando (MCO) and the South Florida area (MIA, FLL). We seek to inaugurate direct air service with American Airlines. Alternatively, a low cost airline, such as JetBlue Airways, will be our ideal partner that could provide non-stop service to Florida. Our present service is insufficient. It does not offer direct routes to any of the top ten destinations identified in our leakage study. The two destinations presently served have unreasonably high fares thereby causing our community to choose other airports, rather than using SBY, and driving lengthy distances for their air travel needs. We respectfully request an SCASDP Grant in the amount of $750,000 to fund our media and incentives programs to attract, implement, and sustain direct or new service. In addition, the Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and many of our neighboring communities have collectively pledged $200,000 cash and $150,000 of in-kind contributions to support our effort. SBY Regional Airport is also committing an additional $250,000 of in-kind contributions bringing the total project support to $1,350,000.

By: Bob Culver



Application of Marquette County, Michigan - Sawyer International Airport

Sawyer International Airport is requesting SCASD grant funding in the amount of $200,000 to support air service. This grant would be used to support a professional air service consulting firm and provide a funding source for progressive marketing. In addition, the community is committing local funds of $25,000. These funds would come from a combination of the Airport and local match.

The County does not have the employee capacity to capably conduct air service development. Furthermore, the Airport/Community does not have adequate resources to consistently afford an air service consultant or to market air service. Over the past two years, the Airport has aggressively worked to raise funds through local entities. This was done to support consulting services during this time, in addition to providing local marketing support for the new Delta Connection service (operated by SkyWest) to Minneapolis-St. Paul, which began in March 2017.

By: Scott Erbisch

 

Application of Duluth, Minnesota - Duluth International Airport

The Duluth International Airport is asking for a $500,000 SCASD Grant to support air service. This grant will provide resources to market our region as a destination in the Phoenix-Mesa area. The community is committing local funds of $131,700 to market this service. These funds would come from a combination of the Airport, the Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Duluth), a consortium of local businesses and municipal entities in the region. Hence, the total project initiative is for $631,700.

By: Tom Werner



Application of Rochester, Minnesota - Rochester International Airport

The Airport has been working together with Sun Country Airlines on a project to bring low cost service to select markets. This low cost, low fare service will help to substantially lower what are some of the highest fares in the Midwest. This proposal has the formal support of Sun Country leadership, and the Airline is prepared to quickly launch service on three non-stop routes should this Grant be awarded. Service to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport would be operated three times per week, service to Orlando would be operated twice per week, and service to Las Vegas would be operated twice per week.

The Airport has already collected $250,000 in matching cash from community partners for this application, which it holds in an air service development account. It has also committed $450,000 of in-kind fee waivers for Sun Country service. The Airport seeks $750,000 in federal funding for a revenue guarantee in support of low cost carrier service.

By: John Reed



Application of Jackson, Mississippi - Jackson-Medger Wiley Evers International Airport

The loss of Southwest Airlines in 2014 resulted in a loss of service and increased airfares. JMAA is focused on improving it’s air service offering through increased access to strategic destinations identified by the airport. This new service will increase competition and connectivity and potentially lead to lower airfares in the broader Jackson marketplace. JMAA is requesting a grant in the amount of $350,000 to provide revenue guarantees to support the new service.

By: Carl Newman



Application of Tunica, Mississippi - Tunica Airport

The airport, along with our partners, is seeking $350,000 in grant funding to assist new air service that is proposed to begin scheduled air service in the spring of 2018. This will be used to promote and improve the awareness and positive attributes of customers arriving and departing from the Tunica Airport’s regional market as well as the originating cities we will be servicing. With the ultimate goal to increase air service by bringing patrons to Tunica’s world class resorts, the requested funding of $350,000 would be supplemented with $80,000 committed by private, community contributions.

By: Eric Konupka



Application of Branson, Missouri - Branson Regional Airport

The plan for grant implementation is to address air service deficiencies negatively impacting our community, by reconnecting Branson to Chicago. We respectfully request grant funding in the amount of $500,000, which will serve as a portion of the financial commitment needed to develop and implement a Minimum Revenue Guarantee Program. Other private and public sector partners are pledging cash in the amount of $150,000, to be applied to the MRG. They will also pledge additional cash in the amount of $100,000 for marketing (local cash financial contribution non-airport). Airport TDD will contribute $50,000 in marketing. This will bring the total project commitment to $800,000. The MRG will be a core component of a comprehensive air service development program focused on reconnecting BBG to the ORD market with access to national networks. It will connect a broad segment of the traveling public to our tourism destination, including not just tourists, but also tourism related businesses, meetings and convention business, educational institutions and our hospitals.

Currently there is no air service at Branson Airport.

By: Jeffrey Bourk

 

January 26, 2018

Re: Objection of Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

The purpose of this letter is to bring your attention to an application which has been submitted to the United States Department of Transportation. It is a federal grant funding application for air service development for a privately owned and operated airport, the Branson Airport in Branson Missouri.

The purpose of this letter references a matter of fairness. Our Board of Directors and staff understand the competitive nature of attracting passengers and attaining air service. This is a challenge for any airport. By accepting public funds through the AIP program XNA is legally obligated to abide by all standard grant assurances and a litany of regulations and financial rules. This is not the case for BKG. It is a simple matter of fairness - we have to follow these rules and obligations while BKG does not. They can offer exclusive business deals while XNA cannot. This is not conducive, nor does it create a "level playing field" while we attempt to attract new air carriers, new routes and lower ticket pricing levels for our customers.

By: Kelly Johnson

Letters in Opposition to Proposal of Branson Airport





Application of Helena, Montana - Helena Regional Airport

The objective of the Small Community Air Service Development proposal is to regain the second daily frequency between Helena Regional Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Alaska Airlines . In August 2015, Alaska Airlines discontinued the morning departure from HLN to SEA (the aircraft overnighted at HLN each evening). This was not due to the performance of the route, but rather resource availability constraints of Alaska Airlines.

Currently, one daily frequency exists between HLN and SEA, but it is a mid-day flight and can be inconvenient for business travelers and other members of the traveling public. The pennanent reinstatement of the morning HLN-SEA frequency will have a positive impact on Helena and the communities that the airport serves in Montana.

A secondary effort tied to this grant application includes exploration of new service to Portland, Oregon. In recent years, Portland has risen up the list of Helena's top O&D markets, ranking as high as #2 during some quarters of the calendar year. There is a connection between Portland and Helena for both business and leisure travelers . As an example, The Boeing-Helena facility works on projects shared by the Boeing-Portland facility. Additionally, the Helena Tourism Alliance has identified Portland as one of the top originating cities of tourists drawn to Helena.

By: Jeff Wadekamper



Application of Lincoln, Nebraska - Lincoln Airport

To meet the goals of sustaining reliable, non-stop service Lincoln Airport is applying for the 2017 Small Community Air Service Development Grant to support a revenue guarantee to offset airline service costs.

There are a unique set of challenges facing the Lancaster County community to attract and retain air service. Lincoln is very close to Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE. The drive time to Omaha and Eppley Airfield from most parts of Lincoln is approximately 60 minutes. The proximity to Omaha causes significant challenges for Lincoln and Lancaster County in that 7 out of 10 would be passengers in Lincoln drive to Omaha for air travel creating a significant challenge in attracting new air services.

Lincoln’s air services have long been dominated by two legacy carriers offering services to their hubs – Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago. Lincoln’s most recent new market addition was in September 2014, when Delta Air Lines added services to Atlanta. Delta was able to add this market simply because it had the financial backing of a revenue guarantee, partially made available through a successful application with the USDOT’s Small Community Air Service Development grant. To date, Delta remains in the Atlanta market without a revenue guarantee – a testament to the success of Lincoln’s use of the funding made available through the SCASD grant.

Federal amount requested: $750,000

By: David Haring

 

Application of Atlantic City, New Jersey - Atlantic City International Airport

The South Jersey Transportation Authority, the sponsor of this Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application, in cooperation with its private partners, is requesting $500,000 in federal assistance to implement a $660,000 air service initiative at Atlantic City International Airport. This is the fourth time the Transportation Authority has applied for a grant on behalf of ACY, and ACY has not previously received a SCASDP grant, and in fact, no New Jersey airport has ever received an award. As shown throughout this grant application, all of the elements are in place to make this a successful air service initiative.

The goal of this grant application is to acquire daily, nonstop service to the Washington, DC, area to supplement the existing daily scheduled charter operation that the Federal Aviation Administration provides for government employees and contractors, which would eventually save federal subsidization funds as well as provide much-needed service to the traveling public. To achieve this goal, the Strategic Plan targets nonstop service by Contour Airlines to the Washington Metro area

By: Tim Kroll



Application of Farmington, New Mexico - Four Corners Regional Airport

The airport, along with our local partners, is seeking $850,000 in Grant funding to recruit new air service to replace the commercial service lost to this region by the pilot shortage impacting the regional air carrier industry. We have identified an interested operator, SkyWest Airlines, that is prepared to bring regional jet service from one of their major air carrier partner hubs to Farmington, branded as that major. SkyWest operates under the brands of American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Farmington's geographical location lends itself to four potential hubs - - DEN, PHX, LAX or SLC - - all of which are under evaluation. The requested funding would be supplemented with $300,000 committed by the community.

By: Michael Lewis

 

Application of Binghampton, New York - Greater Binghampton Airport

Greater Binghamton Airport is proposing a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $750,000 to supplement a community-based cash contribution of $500,000, state cash funding of $100,000 and airport in-kind incentives valued at $705,500 to provide a minimum revenue guarantee for service from Binghamton to a major hub airport to the south. In the past year two airlines have ceased service to very short haul hubs that up until recently provided a conduit to high demand Southern destinations, but to a multitude of destinations as well.

Currently, Air service at Binghamton is limited to Delta Airline's service to Detroit, 3 times daily on 50 seat regional jet aircraft

By: David Hickling



Application of Chemung County, New York - Elmira Corning Regional Airport

This Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application for the Elmira Corning Regional Airport meets the priority selection criteria of Docket OST-2017-0155. Chemung County, the
airport sponsor, is requesting $275,000 in federal assistance to implement a $431,250 air service initiative. The goal of this grant application is to assist in the success of the recently announced twice daily United Airlines service to Newark Liberty International Airport and to support the continued success of the existing service on Delta Air Lines and Allegiant Air. To achieve this goal, the Strategic Plan provides marketing support for the new nonstop service to EWR on United while ensuring the continued success of both incumbent carries Allegiant Air and Delta Air Lines by marketing ELM to reduce leakage.

By: Thomas Santulli



Application of Ithaca, New York - Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

The purpose of this grant application is to address the air service deficiency through a multi-faceted approach, with a combination of risk mitigation and marketing/advertising of the new Chicago service. This approach will ensure the ongoing sustainability of the new route. The community is requesting a grant in the amount of $750,000 with a community match of $475,000. Additionally, in-kind incentives are being offered by the airport through fee waivers for landing fees in the amount of $450,000 for the implementation of the new air service.

By: Michael Hall



Application of Syracuse, New York - Syracuse Hancock International Airport

The SRAA requests federal grant support of the Syracuse-Denver Non-stop Service Initiative of the SRAA, the Center State Corporation for Economic Development and other entities in Central New York that will be participating in the SYR-DEN Initiative . The federal support would relate to a Minimum Revenue Guarantee for daily non - stop service between SYR and Denver International Airport. United Airlines has indicated its support for this application, and has expressed a strong interest in providing the SYR-DEN service under an MRG agreement with the SRAA. Denver International Airport has expressed its support of this application and the proposed SYR-DEN service, including an incentive to United Airlines regarding airport fees and marketing support.

By: Christina Callahan



Application of Greenville, North Carolina - Pitt-Greenville Airport

Pitt-Greenville is at the center of an isolated section of eastern North Carolina with more than three-quarter of a million residents. While the community’s isolation is not caused by a mountain range or a lake, it is significant – it is caused by the lack of an interstate highway link to the rest of North Carolina and the south. Because of a non-ideal road system, Greenville is more than 90-minutes from its largest alternate airport in Raleigh-Durham. People in and around Greenville rely on their local airport for access to important worldwide markets.

Most travelers drive to Raleigh-Durham for lower fares. In the last eight years, the average fare at Pitt-Greenville Airport has risen by a third. At the same time, American Airlines, the Airport’s only carrier, has reduced capacity at the Airport by a quarter. High fares and the loss of capacity has caused PGV passengers to drop by a third in the last seven years.

To remedy these challenges, Pitt-Greenville Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant of $750,000 to support a revenue guarantee for new service to Atlanta. The Airport has worked hard to raise $275,000 in local and State funding, through more than a dozen individual sources to match its Grant request.

By: Betty Stansbury



Application of Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tulsa International Airport

For the first time since becoming eligible for the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program, Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, the owner and operator of Tulsa International Airport, is seeking funding for a project to recruit daily non-stop service to the west coast. Tulsa has no current daily non-stops to either the east or west coast, but connectivity is much worse, and fares much higher, for passengers traveling from Tulsa to the west.

The Airport is working with Alaska Airlines on service to its Seattle/Tacoma hub. The project follows Alaska’s successful launches of service from Seattle to similar markets in the middle of the country including Oklahoma City, Omaha, and Wichita. The Airport has already met, at headquarters in Seattle, with Alaska Airlines network planning executives.

Those planners indicate Tulsa is on a short list for new Seattle service. However, there are concerns about the performance of the service in the start-up phase. This Grant project seeks $750,000 in funding, matched by $185,000 in state and local funding, to support a revenue guarantee and marketing program in support of this new service.

By: Mark VanLoh



Application of North Bend, Oregon - Southwest Oregon Regional Airport

Along the southern Oregon Coast, PenAir stranded hundreds of passengers who had already booked tickets through the fall. North Bend/Coos Bay travelers used the service to connect to the Pacific Northwest’s largest airline, Alaska. The loss of service to Portland left those travelers without connectivity to their most common travel markets and without any link to the economic hub of Oregon.

The hardship from the loss of PenAir’s flights is especially pronounced in North Bend/Coos Bay. The market is isolated along the Pacific Ocean with the Coast Range mountains separating it from any alternate airports. The closest alternate is Eugene, but that drive winds through the mountains, and routinely takes three hours. The drive to Portland is much longer – at least five hours.

The region has quickly mobilized to restore non-stop flights to Portland. A total of 20 community partners have worked together to developing matching funds for this application for support under the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program. They have matched their request for $750,000 in funding for a minimum revenue guarantee for Portland service with $250,000 in local funds.

By: Theresa Cook




Application of Erie, Pennsylvania - Erie Regional Airport

United has indicated an interest in serving EWR and adding additional ORD capacity. Delta’s affiliate, SkyWest, has expressed an interest in adding additional capacity to DTW. American replaced its Dash 8 service to PHL with ERJ service in November of 2017 which will result in an effective increase of 40 seats each way daily in the market (the Dash 8’s were weight restricted to an average of 33 seats due to stage length).

The Authority is in negotiations with niche carrier Southern Airways Express for service to nearby cities, and we continue to be in contact with low fare carriers.

The three incumbent carriers have reported a schedule that will add over 9000 seats in 2018 compared to 2017. It is critical that this additional capacity is filled as soon as it is added. While we know that there is pent up demand for additional capacity from ERI, as this proposal shows, the Airport Authority wants the flying public in our region to be fully aware of the additional service.

Erie International Airport hereby requests $320,000 under the Small Community Air Service Development Grant Program for a targeted marketing plan to assure that the added service gains consumer support as quickly as possible.

By: George Doughty



Application of Florence, South Carolina - Florence Regional Airport

This Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application for Florence Regional Airport in Florence, South Carolina, meets the criteria of Docket OST-2017-0155. Pee Dee Regional Airport Authority, the airport sponsor, is requesting $600,000 in financial assistance to support a $760,500 incentive program to retain access to the air transportation system by preserving critically important commercial air service in the Florence market.

The regional operator, Piedmont Airlines, for FLO’s only commercial air carrier, American Airlines, has announced the transition from their De Havilland Dash-8 turboprop aircraft to regional jets at their Charlotte hub by July 2018. FLO’s only service is provided by American with Dash-8 aircraft to Charlotte which will require supporting regional jets to sustain air service. American has indicated
that regional jet service is much more costly to operate than the turboprops and has requested that the Florence community help share in the risk of the transition.

Because of this, FLO is at serious risk of losing access to the national air transportation system. The impact of the loss of air service would likely be severe, with loss of local jobs and a negative impact on the local economy. This application is intended to mitigate the potential loss of air service and its negative impact on the economy by providing risk sharing incentives to American for improved jet service at or above current flight levels.

By: Connie Anderson



Application of Hilton Head, South Carolina - Hilton Head Island Airport

The airport serving Beaufort County and the Hilton Head Island area is served by one airline – American – and has been served by either American or US Airways for at least the past decade. Hilton Head Island has never enjoyed competitive major carrier airline service or service to more than one hub. The strategic plan calls for the introduction of competitive service to the region and / or the addition of service to a hub other than Charlotte.

With consolidation there are only a few options that make sense for an airport the size of Hilton Head Island. Even though the region contains nearly three-quarters of a million people, the airport and its facilities are not large enough to sustain carriers with narrow body aircraft only or narrow body aircraft airlines that require multiple daily flights to feasibly operate. In addition to incumbent American Airlines, the plan includes the remaining three carriers operating in the region with regional aircraft; Delta, jetBlue and United. Carriers such as Southwest, Spirit, Allegiant and Frontier cannot operate on the runway that exists at Hilton Head Island.

The Hilton Head Island Airport would like to offer the targeted airlines an MRG sizable enough to entice interest and large enough to sustain the service through its first few months of operation. The MRG would be provided over the course of twenty four months, long enough to ensure that the service has enough time to gain traction. The airport would earmark $750,000 of the $935,000 total program cost to the MRG.

By: Joshua Gruber



Application of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Myrtle Beach International Airport

Spirit Airlines is our largest airline partner and they have written a letter of support for this Grant application. In 2017, Spirit offered nonstop service (seasonal or year-round) to 18 MYR destinations. With award of this Grant, we believe Houston will be destination number 19. Our proposal calls for $650,000 in local cash funding, $650,000 in SCASD Grant funding and $120,000 in local in-kind support for a total Grant funding of $1,420,000. We envision service to operate six months per year (given our market seasonality) with A-320s with annual generation of 27,300 seats, 21,228 O&D passengers (77.76% load factor) and an estimated 5771 net-new visitors.

By: Scott Van Moppes



Application of Rapid City, South Dakota - Rapid City Regional Airport

The City of Rapid City, South Dakota, the sponsor of this Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application, in cooperation with its partners, is requesting $700,000 in federal assistance to implement a $914,100 air service initiative at Rapid City Regional Airport. The goal of this grant application is to acquire daily, nonstop service to Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport to meet the air service needs of this growing region.

By: Patrick Dame



Application of Millington, Tennessee - Millington-Memphis Airport

The Millington-Memphis Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant (its first) for the purpose of supporting new air service to the Memphis metropolitan area, which has seen a massive decline in air service capacity with the 2012 elimination of connecting hub services by Delta Air Lines at nearby Memphis International Airport. Today, the Memphis metro area trails every other southeast region MSA with a population over 1,000,000 except one in domestic airline seats per capita. Memphis trails most of its peer group in this important statistic by a wide margin.

This Grant application requests $500,000 in DOT grant funding, matched by $250,000 in local cash matching funds and $200,000 of in-kind support for a total grant funding of $950,000. Funding would be used for carrier financial risk mitigation and marketing and promotional support of new service.

By: Roy Remington

 

Application of Abilene, Texas - Abilene Regional Airport

Abilene Regional Airport is proposing a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $750,000 to supplement a community-based cash contribution of $200,000, and airport in-kind incentives valued at $330,457 to provide a minimum revenue guarantee for service from Abilene to Houston, TX or secondarily, Abilene to Denver, CO. Not only would new hub non-stop scheduled service to and from Houston (or Denver) provide additional options for travelers in the local market, but it would generate logical connections to the many unserved destinations in the US and around the world.

Currently, Air service at Abilene is limited to American Airline's service to Dallas/Ft. Worth.

By: Don Green

 

Application of Brownsville, Texas - Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport

Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport is seeking a Small Community Air Service Development Program marketing grant to support increased service to the community. United Airlines has indicated that it will consider adding additional frequency to its Houston hub, contingent upon a formal marketing program to ensure the additional capacity will be successful. The air service environment has changed dramatically, such that airlines look increasingly to their airport partners to aid in the marketing of the service without aid from the airline directly. This makes it challenging for smaller communities to develop needed air service without the benefit of a SCASDP grant supplementing the community contribution.

Brownsville is the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley and the closest airport to South Padre Island with 1.4M annual overnight visitors. Despite this, BRO has suffered a reduction in daily departures since 2010 – reducing competition and causing an increase in fares that far exceeds the national average. This in turn has exacerbated leakage to neighboring airports. BRO loses 68% of its natural traffic to other airports not as convenient to South Padre Island or the city of Brownsville.

Federal amount requested: $250,000

By: Bryant Walker

Letter of Valley International Airport in Opposition to Proposal of Brownsville International Airport



Application of Killeen, Texas - Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport

The City of Killeen, TX, the official sponsor of this Small Community Air Service Development Program grant application for the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport, in cooperation with its private partners, respectfully requests grant funding in the amount of $750,000 in federal assistance to be coupled with financial support from an established public/private partnership. The grant funds will serve as a portion of the financial commitment needed to implement a minimum revenue guarantee program which will serve as the core component of a comprehensive air service development initiative to launch and sustain nonstop daily service operated by United Airlines (SkyWest) to Denver International Airport . The federal assistance will be supplemented with cash contributions totaling $250,000 (33% cash match) from a private sector fund and up to $20,000 will be allocated in airport cash funds to support a comprehensive marketing support program to launch and sustain the new service. Also, an additional estimated $11,000 of in-kind support will be allocated in the form of airport fee waivers offered to UA and/or SkyWest.

By: Ronald Olson

 

Application of Carbon County, Utah - Carbon County Regional Airport

This proposal is part of a two phase program to institute new air service to Salt Lake City, Utah from Price and Moab, Utah. The first phase of this program is to pay for a business plan, perform an airline service study which will provide a passenger forecast, estimated profitability, identify 25+ airlines who would be a good fit to offer air services, create a marketing action strategy, and determine the airport and carrier needs. Phase two of this proposal is to provide funds for an airline revenue guarantee to offset initial operating losses to start the new air service between Salt Lake City, Price, and Moab, Utah.

Carbon County is requesting a grant of $305,000 from the Department of Transportation under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. These funds will be matched with $150,100 of local/in-kind funds resulting in a total incentive package of $455,100.

By: Seth Oveson

 

Application of Burlington, Vermont - Burlington International Airport

Burlington International Airport is proposing a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $450,000 with a supplement of $100,000 from the State of Vermont, $50,000 in airport funds for marketing and up to $121,392 in airport in-kind incentives for year-round or seasonal nonstop service to Denver. Department of Transportation and community-based cash funding will be used to provide a minimum revenue guarantee for the proposed Denver service. Marketing would be funded via the Airport’s incentive program and include advertising and promotion on mediums such as digital ads, social media, radio, television print and sponsorships of events in the community. The Airport actively markets the Airport in Quebec, and a significant amount of traffic an airline could expect to carry on Denver service will be residents of Quebec. New service to Denver would also qualify for incentives such as waived landing fees, common use fees and boarding bridge fees for a period of two years.

By: Gene Richards



Application of Richmond, Virginia - Richmond International Airport

The community is requesting a grant in the amount of $750,000 for revenue guarantee/risk mitigation and marketing with a community match of $150,000 for a total cash contribution of $900,000 for the project. These funds if granted would be used to help secure an expansion of service from an Ultra Low-Cost Carrier or a Low-Cost Carrier to an airport not served on a nonstop basis from RIC today.

By: Jon Mathiasen



Application of Roanoke, Virginia - Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport

The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission is requesting $750,000 in federal assistance to implement a two-year initiative in the amount of $1,890,000. The initiative would be via a public-private partnership for new service on American Airlines between ROA and Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, for which AA has provided a letter of support. Although DFW is ROA’s top priority and the primary focus of this application, the Commission duly requests the designation of both Denver and Detroit as alternatives should AA be unable to start DFW as hoped.

The partnership would fund 60% ($1.14 million) of the total proposed program. The partnership’s non-airport funding sources would provide 48% of the cash ($775,000 out of $1.625 million) and an additional $45,000 of in-kind services.

By: Timothy Bradshaw



Application of Moses Lake and Port Angeles, Washington - Grant County International Airport and William R. Fairchild International Airport

The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to solicit sealed proposals for the purpose of establishing a contract with a qualified firm to provide air service consulting services for WSDOT Aviation Division.

The State of Washington’s Department of Transportation Aviation Division will conduct a strategic review of Washington State’s existing regional commercial service airports, and regional airports that have lost commercial service, to understand the market forces that have created the current situation regarding the availability of regional commercial airline service travel, and identify policies, programs and strategic actions to implement that will help the airports retain, restore, and expand domestic commercial air service in the State.

Federal amount requested: $250,000

By: Washington State Department of Transportation



Application of East Wenatchee, Washington - Pangborn Memorial Airport

Wenatchee and surrounding cities and towns are extremely isolated. The community has no true alternate airports. The Wenatchee Valley is surrounded by the mountains of the Cascade Range. To access an alternate airport, passengers must cross two mountain passes, which can be especially difficult in winter.

To overcome this isolation, lower airfares, increase airline capacity, and provide better access to the community for business travelers, leisure travelers, and inbound vacationers, Pangborn Memorial Airport seeks a Small Community Air Service Development Grant to provide a revenue guarantee with marketing support to a carrier launching non-stop service between Wenatchee and the San Francisco Bay Area.

In on-site meetings to raise matching funding for this Grant proposal, the Airport found high demand to the Bay Area, supported strongly by high-tech companies with operations adjacent to Wenatchee and adjacent to Bay Area airports. These business travelers not only pledged more than $400,000 in funding for this project, they also pledge to use the service frequently once it begins.

Federal amount requested: $750,000

By: Trent Moyers



Application of La Crosse, Wisconsin - La Crosse Regional Airport

La Crosse Regional Airport is proposing a Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the amount of $750,000 to supplement a community-based cash contribution of $160,500, airport cash funding of $100,000 and airport in-kind incentives valued at $210,640 to provide a minimum revenue guarantee for service from La Crosse to a major eastbound hub airport.

In late 2014, LSE lost service to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. It was a useful conduit for eastbound passenger traffic especially as other non-stop routes from La Crosse have seen declining traffic especially since 2010. Over the last 10 years, reductions in capacity and the loss of Detroit service have had a major impact on our airport.

Currently, Air service at La Crosse is limited to Delta Airline's service to Minneapolis, 3 times daily on 50 seat regional jet aircraft and American Airlines to Chicago O’Hare typically 3 times daily on 50 seat regional jet aircraft.

By: Clinton Torp

 

Application of Casper, Wyoming - Casper/Natrona International Airport

In the fall of 2017, Allegiant Airlines notified the Casper/Natrona County International Airport Director that the airline was terminating service to Las Vegas on January 1, 2018. This came as a surprise to Airport management and the Airport Board of Trustees. The annual enplaned passengers and load factor for Allegiant has been about the same since 2013, and the Airport had previously worked with Allegiant on several marketing campaigns and advertising programs to boost passenger awareness in the market. Allegiant had stated that the airline was changing its route strategy and was terminating service in other smaller cities, including Casper.

Management of the Airport and its consultant met with SkyWest Airlines in October and discussed new air service to hub airports in the West. SkyWest reviewed the presentation by Casper and indicated that they have interest in flying from Casper to Phoenix/Sky Harbor Airport as an American Airlines operation and a letter is attached showing that support. New passenger air service to Phoenix will meet the needs of the Casper area business and pleasure travelers to the local Phoenix area and for travelers using the large connecting hub at the Phoenix/Sky Harbor International Airport.

This new service by SkyWest Airlines operating as American Airlines will be subject to the Casper community developing a risk mitigation program that will offset initial losses, operating costs, and local marketing. In order to create such a program that will be large enough to meet the airline needs, the Casper/Natrona County International Airport and the local community will need a grant from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. To cover initial losses, operating costs, and local marketing, the Casper/Natrona County International Airport is requesting a grant of $500,000 from the US Department of Transportation. These funds will be matched by $65,000 in local cash, $95,000 of in-kind funding, an advance ticket program of $50,000, and an Airport reduction in fees of $27,000 resulting in a total incentive package of $737,000.

By: Glenn Januska


 

Febraury 7, 2018

Re: City of Houston in Support of Brownsville/South Padre International Airport's Application

Although some service currently exists between IAH and Brownsville/South Padre Island, the frequency
and scheduling convenience have decreased, and fares are high. As Brownsville/South Padre Island notes in its Application, airlines increasingly look to their airport partners to aid in the marketing of air service, and it can be particularly challenging for smaller communities to develop the services they need without a SCASD grant to supplement the Community's contributions

By: Ian Wadsworth

Application of Brownsville, Texas - Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport

 

Febraury 7, 2018

Re: City of Houston in Support of Myrtle Beach Air Service - Horry County Department of Airport's Application

Houston fully understands that there are many applications competing for the lim ited funds available under the FY2017 SCASD Program. Among these, Myrtle Beach has submitted a substantive, well-designed proposal that not only satisfies the SCASD Program's eligibility criteria but also provides the Department with a valuable opportunity. Grant of the award sought by Myrtle Beach would help enable the inauguration of new nonstop air service between Houston and Myrtle Beach and provide a solid basis for a transition to self-sustaining service

By: Ian Wadsworth

Application of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Myrtle Beach International Airport

 

Febraury 7, 2018

Re: City of Houston in Support of Abilene Air Service - City of Abilene's Application

Abilene has submitted a substantive, comprehensive proposal designed to enable the start-up of new
nonstop services to Houston. The grant requested would help address a significant service gap between
these Texas cities, and enable new services that would significantly enhance passenger options both within the State of Texas and throughout Houston's extensive catchment area. The Application not only satisfies the SCASD Program's eligibility criteria but also provides the Department with a valuable opportunity that would further the Program's goals.

By: Ian Wadsworth

Application of Abilene, Texas - Abilene Regional Airport

 

December 14, 2017

Re: Caterpillar, Inc. in Support of Athens Ben Epps Airport

On behalf of Caterpillar, we are pleased to support Athens Ben Epps Airport in its efforts to bring back scheduled air service to our community. We believe that our entire community will benefit from dedicated air carrier service to both destination cities and to a connecting hub. We know that creating this service will improve business opportunities for the ent ire region and promote growth in our existing industries.

By: Todd Henry

 

December 15, 2017

Re: Georgia Department of Transportation in Support of Athens Ben Epps Airport

The Georgia Department of Transportation is pleased to support the application of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County for a Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant. The Department recognizes the importance of re-establishing air service to the Athens Ben Epps Airport which has had a long history of service in the past. Athens has not had reliable commercial air service since the early 2000s. This grant will assist the airport in attracting a reliable airline and make the service sustainable for the long term

By: Carol Comer

 

February 16, 2018

Re: Comments of Vicki Moore

I am a concerned citizen of Harlingen, Texas and a frequent flyer out of Harlingen's Valley International Airport. It has recently come to my attention that Brownsville, one of our competing airports, has filed for the above referenced grant to be used for marketing dollars aimed at increasing the frequency of United Airlines flights from its airport. It is my understanding that the purpose of this grant was to develop "new" service into airports, not to increase already existing service. Additionally, if awarded, these advertising dollars will likely have an adverse effect on air service at Harlingen's airport, only 32 miles away. United is currently operating 3-4 flights per day from Harlingen to Houston, the same route as the proposed additional flight from Brownsville. They (Brownsville) have also argued that their fares are higher than the national average, and "growing at a rapid clip that is out of line with neighboring airports." In actuality, fares out of Brownsville are often cheaper as they typically fail to fill the seats that are already available from their market.

As someone who values and utilizes their home airport of Harlingen, I fail to see the government's logic in subsidizing marketing efforts for a carrier in one market at the expense of the same carrier in the neighboring market. Spending taxpayer dollars in this fashion, using government funds to create a situation giving an unfair competitive gain to Brownsville, and ultimately harming air service in the entire region, makes absolutely no sense to me. 

I would urge you not to approve the SCASDP requested by Brownsville.

By: Vicki Moore

 

January 2018

Support Letters for Various Proposals



January 25, 2018

Letter of Valley International Airport in Opposition to Proposal of Brownsville International Airport

Please let this letter serve as notice of Valley International Airport’s opposition to a recent SCASDP application submitted by Brownsville International Airport. Both BRO and HRL share the same catchment area and compete fiercely for market share. As indicated in the application, BRO and HRL are only 32 miles apart and connected by Interstate 69E, equating to a 30 minute drive from door-to-door. Currently, HRL is served by Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, both providing non-stop service to Houston. Air travelers within our shared catchment area already enjoy multiple air service options to Houston airports. Southwest Airlines operates five daily non-stop 737-700 and United Airlines operates 3-4 daily flights from HRL utilizing ERJ 145-175s.

I implore you to compare airfares from each airport. Airfares are actually cheaper out of BRO on any given day as they typically fail to fill the capacity they already have. It appears to be BRO’s intent to utilize SCASD grant funds to market within our shared catchment area in order to better compete with HRL.

By: Marv Esterly




January 26, 2018

Letters in Opposition to Proposal of Branson Airport

  • Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
  • Springfield-Branson National Airport
  • Joplin Regional Airport

This letter is to raise objections about an application submitted to the United States Department of Transportation for grant funding under the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The application is to support air service development efforts at the privately owned and operated Branson Airport, Missouri.

We feel strongly that federal aviation funds should not be granted to support a private airport. While BKG is applying in partnership with public entities, the outcome is the same - public funds being used to promote/support a private business. We support fair competition as it increases options to the flying public and is good for the region's economic growth. We also have no desire that the private Branson Airport fail even though no federal, state, or local governmental entity asked that it be built. We simply raise a question of fairness.

 

February 22, 2018

Comments of Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport

Brownsville South Padre Island would like to point out that the sole opposition comment from the "concerned citizen" of our neighboring city of Harlingen, is written by a board member on the Harlingen Airport Administrative Board. We appreciate the competitive nature of the service in our area but would point out that this SCADSP is actually not competing with HRL, it is competing with the other SCASDP applicants.

By: Administrator Bryant Walker


 

December 2017

Ex-Parte Letters to Elected Officials - 13MB

By: Susan McDermott

 

May 2, 2018

Ex-Parte Letter to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

By: Joel Szabat

 

January 29, 2018

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in Support of Fairbanks, AK

By: Lisa Murkowski


December 11, 2017

United States Army Yuma Proving Ground in Support of Yuma, AZ

By: Colonel Ross Poppenberger


December 13, 2017

Governor of Arizona in Support of Yuma, AZ

By: Governor Douglas Ducey


December 19, 2017

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) in Support of Bakersfield, CA

By: Kevin McCarthy


December 14, 2017

City of Santa Rosa in Support of Sonoma, CA

By: City Manager Sean McGlynn


December 15, 2017

California State Senator Mike McGuire in Support of Sonoma, CA

By: Mike McGuire


December 15, 2017

Georgia Department of Transportation in Support of Athens, GA

By: Carol Comer


November 28, 2017

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) in Support of Augusta, GA

By: David Perdue


December 20, 2017

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in Support of Augusta, GA

By: Lindsey Graham


December 11, 2017

Congressman Larry Bucschon (IN-8) in Support of Evansville, IN

By: Larry Buschon


December 20, 2017

Senator Todd Young (R-IN) in Support of Evansville, IN

By: Todd Young


December 11, 2017

Governor of Maryland in Support of Salisbury, MD

By: Governor Larry Hogan


December 13, 2017

Maryland State Delegate Mary Beth Carozza in Support of Salisbury, MD

By: Mary Beth Carozza


March 14, 2017

Minnesota Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau in Support of Duluth, MN

By: David Looby


March 14, 2017

Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commision in Support of Duluth, MN

By: Brian Ryks


December 14, 2017

New Mexico Congressional Delegation in Support of Farmington, NM

By:New Mexico Congressional Delegation


December 12, 2017

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in Support of Ithaca, NY

By: Chuck Schumer


December 12, 2017

New York State Senator Pamela Helming in Support of Ithaca, NY

By: Pamela Helming


January 2, 2018

Downtown Ithaca Alliance in Support of Ithaca, NY

By: Gary Ferguson


November 30, 2017

City of Coos Bay in Support of Coos Bay, OR

By: Mayor Joe Benetti


November 30, 2017

Oregon State Senator Arnie Robian and Oregon State Representative Caddy McKeown in Support of Coos Bay, OR

By: Arnie Robian and Caddy McKeown


December 8, 2017

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4) in Support of Coos Bay, OR

By: Peter DeFazio


January 25, 2018

Pennsylvania State Senator Dan Laughlin in Support of Erie, PA

By: Dan Laughlin


December 11, 2017

Florence County Administrator in Support of Florence, SC

By: Rusty Smith


December 13, 2017

South Carolina Representative Alan Clemmons in Support of Myrtle Beach, SC

By: Alan Clemmons


December 14, 2017

City of Myrtle Beach in Support of Myrtle Beach, SC

By: Mayor John Rhodes


December 13, 2017

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in Support of Millington, TN

By: Lamar Alexander


December 15, 2017

South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce in Support of Brownsville, TX

By: Roxanne Ray

 

Ex-Parte Letters to:

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)

By: Joel Szabat


 

Order 2018-7-10
OST-2017-0155

Issued and Served July 12, 2018

Order Awarding Grants

The proposals we selected meet the purpose of the statute, and provide opportunities to test a variety of approaches to improving small community air service in many regions of the country. The attached Appendix provides a brief description of each project and the amount of funding each community requested. As an overview, all of the awards are being made to communities proposing revenue guarantees or marketing, or revenue guarantees with marketing, as a means to attract new service, to support existing service, or to restore lost service:

The selected communities are: Fairbanks, AK; Bakersfield, CA; Augusta, GA; Sioux City, IA; Shreveport, LA; Lincoln, NE; Farmington, NM; Elmira, NY; Tulsa, OK; Florence, SC; Rapid City, SD; Brownsville, TX; Roanoke, VA; Wenatchee, WA; La Crosse, WI; and Casper, WY.

By: Joel Szabat

 


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