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…

Trip Report: Chicago to St. Louis on the Cessna 208…

In part one of this trip report which can be viewed HERE, I went through the booking process, arrived at the airport, and took off for the first leg of my journey. For this second part, we will go through the rest of my journey. Since the first part of…

Advanced Air’s Essential Air Service Contract Extended

At any given time, about 15 or so Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts are out up renewal or looking for a new carrier. While most don't call for an article all by themselves, some do need exceptions. The EAS city of Silver City is located in the southwest corner of…

Trip Report: Chicago to St. Louis on the Cessna 208…

It is once again time for another Essential Air Service (EAS) trip report. While it is true that the EAS program connects small communities in the United States to larger cities, a select few are connected to two large cities instead of just one. What this means is that passengers…

Trip Report: America’s Remaining Passenger Metroliner

While mostly gone from the skies, this week's trip report follows America's only remaining Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner. Operated by Key Lime Air, this unique aircraft can only be found flying passengers on one route in the entire United States; Denver to Alliance, Nebraska. I was very excited to have the…

EAS Round Up – Part 2

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…

Alamosa Unable to Qualify for Part 139 Certification, Current EAS…

Just like airlines, airports in the U.S. are required to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and must each pass a certain number of qualifications. The city of Alamosa, Colorado has been improving its airport, the San Luis Valley Regional Airport, for the past couple of years so…

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 —…

Interview: Boutique Air Resumes Nashville Service

In this exclusive interview with Brian Kondrad, the assistant general manager of Boutique Air, we discuss the carrier's plan to resume service to Nashville, Tenn. from their current cities of Greenville, Miss. and Muscle Shoals, Ala. Boutique has operated flights to Nashville in the past, but they were discontinued back…