This week’s featured link:
US DOT terminates EAS availability at 21 communities – ch-aviation
It’s that time again when the Department of Transportation culls the list of essential air service markets. This year, 21 airports are in danger of losing their service, though we know not all will be kicked out.
Two for the road:
Boeing to take over Embraer unit, taking on Airbus-Bombardier – Reuters
The big two aircraft manufacturers have consolidated their power. Soon after Airbus closed on the deal to acquire Bombardier’s C-Series, now Boeing is going to create a joint venture with Embraer for their commercial line.
AMLO Won’t Halt Mexico’s $13 Billion Airport — At Least Not Yet – Bloomberg
Just a follow up on something I’d mentioned previously… Mexico’s new president is backing off his strong statements that he’d ditch the partially-built new Mexico City airport. Now he’s just going to review all options.
It’s an election year so members of Congress will push to not end EAS service in their state/district so they look good and the people will reelect them.
Last fall 27 EAS airports failed to meet minimum boardings and/or max per-passenger subsidy and every one but Jamestown NY got a waiver. Would not be a surprise if fewer than five actually get dropped.
One of the cities, Prescott, Arizona, is about a two to three hour drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (mostly depending on traffic). There are shuttle busses that run regularly between Prescott and Sky Harbor. Then one wonders why few board an airplane.
The Boeing Embraer tie up means all my 2018 predictions are ashes…
How could Macon, GA ever qualify for EAS being a one hour drive away to the world’s busiest airport??? Completely nonsensical!