Q. Have you flown into or is your fair city one of the
Other Highlights:152 rural communities with airline flights subsidized by the federal government's Essential Air Service (EAS) program.
For further reading - the GAO report mentioned in the article:Without the subsidies, the communities wouldn't have airline service, because the routes aren't profitable.
The Essential Air Service program requires that a community be at least 70 miles from a large or midsize hub airport to qualify for a subsidy. But it's "a nice idea that's degenerated into a political boondoggle.
other concerns about the program:
- Fewer airlines participate.
- Number of flights.
- Aircraft requirements.
- Unattractive airfares.
- Unreliable flights and unattractive schedules.
- A population shift from rural to urban areas.
Would fly or drive to access a larger airport ?