This week’s featured link:
Amid Cancelations & Delays, Court Orders Spirit Airlines Pilots To Halt Alleged Work Slowdown – Consumerist
I thought Consumerist did a nice job of covering the bubbing labor problems over at Spirit. It sounds like the pilots have been slowing down the airline as part of its negotiating strategy, and so Spirit went to court to get that to stop. A temporary restraining order was issued to prevent the pilots from any participating in any shenanigans. This one is likely to get uglier, but hopefully it means Spirit flights will stop canceling as much as they have been lately.
Two for the road:
Small cities to Trump: Don’t kill our airline services – CNBC
With the exception of routes in Alaska and some remote parts of the Mountain West, I’m not a fan of the Essential Air Service program that provides government subsidies to maintain small city air service. This article uses an example that only highlights my rationale further. The example given is of a traveler who flies to Pueblo, Colorado weekly for work. To get there, he connects through Denver and hops on a subsidized flight down. But it’s not like Pueblo is far. He could very easily get off the airplane in Denver and drive the 2 hour (or less) drive down to Pueblo. If there’s enough demand for a flight, then great. If not, why is the government subsidizing something that could be an easy 2 hour drive? Now, in Alaska it’s different. Some places have no roads to the outside world at all, and I support maintaining service there.
Airline with checkered past plans Stewart-Europe flights – Times Herald-Record
Good ole’ Baltia is at it again. Now it’s going to rebrand as USGlobal Airways and fly old 767s from Newburgh/Stewart over to Europe. My thoughts on this remain the same as always… I’ll believe it when I see it.