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The four biggest EAS carriers in the United States, TOP: Southern Airways Express and Cape Air BOTTOM: Boutique Air and SkyWest (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi

EAS Round Up — Part 1

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 new series, titled 'EAS Round up' will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the EAS airport community. Whether it is a new airline being selected for a city, or the current airline being re-selected to serve the community, they will be announced in this series. Airports With Service Changes…

Boutique Air Adds Third Destination in Oregon

Despite the mass layoffs on Oct. 1, when CARES funding ran out, San Francisco-based Boutique Air has continued expanding its route map. Not more than a week after the carrier began its new flights to Palm Springs on Oct. 1, they announced another new destination: Redmond/Bend, Oregon. Service to Redmond…

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…

Boutique Air Announces Two New Destinations

During the age of COVID-19, planes are not as full as they used to be. With lighter loads and passengers wanting to be around fewer people, one airline has decided it could find a niche in this lower load market. San Francisco-based Boutique Air has announced two new destinations to…

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…

United Airlines Announces Five New Routes

While most airlines are slowly starting to bring back routes that were previously operated before the coronavirus pandemic, United Airlines has announced five new routes, three of which will be new destinations to the carrier's route map, per OAG Schedules. Two of the new routes will be from the carrier's…

Cape Air Chosen for Manistee Essential Air Service Despite Controversy

After many months of consideration and debate, a new Essential Air Service or 'EAS' contract has been selected for the Manistee/Ludington airport in northwestern Michigan. The carrier chosen is Cape Air, despite controversy and letters from both community members and the CEO of San Francisco-based Boutique Air. At the beginning…

Boutique Air Schedules First New Destination in Two Years

During this unprecedented time in aviation, it has been rare to see an airline begin a new route let alone a new destination, but that is exactly what is happening at Boutique Air. The San Francisco-based commuter airline has announced the first new destination to its route map since November…

Trip Report: Denver to Phoenix Via Cortez

For this trip report, I will be taking a route not too often flown, Denver to Phoenix on San Francisco-based carrier Boutique Air. Yes, this route is flown nonstop many times a day, but not via a small city in southwestern Colorado. Boutique Air flies the route between Denver and…