U.S. Essential Air Service
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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

Air Choice One, Down to a Single Route

Over the course of an airline's lifetime, there are natural lulls and peaks, new destinations are added while other destinations are discontinued and this is just normal for any and all airlines around the globe, but this carrier has had nothing but a decline in recent years. Air Choice One…

EAS Round Up – Part 5

Essential Air Service (EAS) has been in the news frequently the past couple of months, and large airports aren’t the only airports that have news to report on. This is a continuation of the series, titled ‘EAS Round up’, and will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the…

Denver Air Connection Spreads Its Wings

Colorado-based Denver Air Connection, or DAC for short, has had a very successful year. In just the past year and a half, it went from just four passenger destinations to nine, and the carrier is not done yet. Between May and August of 2020, it added Clovis, N.M.; Thief River…

Deep Dive: The Shortest Routes of the US Commuter Carriers

With air travel picking back up around the globe, Singapore Airlines has resumed the longest flight in the world from the city-state of Singapore to New York City. Though unlike before the pandemic, the flight now operates into New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport rather than across the Upper…

Deep Dive: The Shortest Routes of the Major US Carriers

With air travel picking back up around the globe, Singapore Airlines has resumed the longest flight in the world from the city-state of Singapore to New York City. Though unlike before the pandemic, the flight now operates into New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport rather than across the Upper…

Interview: Southern Airways Express Announces New Interline

Pompano Beach, Florida-based Southern Airways Express is one of the largest commuter airlines in the United States and operates over 30 aircraft all over the country, from Nantucket in Massachusetts to the Hawaiian Islands. And many of their destinations include Essential Air Service (EAS) cities. The carrier, which is also…

EAS Round Up – Part 4

Essential Air Service (EAS) has been in the news frequently the past couple of months, and large airports aren’t the only airports that have news to report on. This is a continuation of the series, titled ‘EAS Round up’, and will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the…

Trip Report: Music City to the Gulf Coast with Boutique…

In part 1 of this EAS trip report, I arrived at the Nashville International Airport and checked in for my flight with Boutique Air to Pensacola, Fla. In this second part, you'll see what it was like to take the flight, and what is one of my favorite flights date.…

Trip Report: Music City to the Gulf Coast With Boutique…

It is once again time for another Essential Air Service (EAS) trip report. Just like my journey on Air Choice One, this trip is another unique experience that connects two larger cities using a small EAS community. For this trip I will be flying from Nashville to Pensacola, Fla. with…