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A Cape Air Tecnam P2012 Traveller lifts off. (Photo: Cape Air)

Manistee Airport Backs EAS Provider Amid Controversy

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, routes provided by Essential Air Service (EAS) — a Department of Transporation (DOT) program that subsidizes flights to airports that might not otherwise receive service — have become, as the name suggests, essential. That's true not only for the communities and travelers that rely on the air service that EAS routes provide but also for airlines seeking a guaranteed source of revenue during uncertain times. Over the past spring, the EAS contract for Manistee, Michigan went…

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…

Air Logistics at the Locks: The Two Airports of Sault…

Located on the United States-Canadian border, the dual-country town of Sault Ste. Marie is a catalyst in linking the Great Lakes of Lake Huron and Lake Superior with the U.S.-operated Soo Locks. The logistics town is the lynchpin for seagoing cargo ships that come packed with goods from agricultural centers…

Revisiting Ogdensburg International Airport: One Year Later

Situated on the St. Lawrence River on the border with Canada, Ogdensburg, N.Y. is a town lost in time. Like many in New York state, the quiet border town’s time has long since passed with a near-constant population decrease since 1930, when the town’s population was at its greatest. Once…

SkyWest Announces New Ogdensburg Service, Cancels Massena Plans

The regional arm of United Airlines will be launching new service to one of the most remote outposts of New York State as previously announced plans to serve Ogdensburg, N.Y. now has a firm state date. From May 3, Ogdensburg International Airport in northern New York will see a complete…

California Pacific Suspends All Flights from California

Just before the start of the new year, Carlsbad, California-based California Pacific Airlines cancelled all of its California flights. The airline cited a lack of pilots and the general pilot shortage in the industry for the suspension of flights, but noted that it hoped to resume flights in February. Currently,…

Silver Airways Begins Seasonal Bar Harbor Flights

Ft. Lauderdale-based Silver Airways began new service between Boston and Bar Harbor this weekend. The seasonal flights will be operated daily using the airline's 34-seat Saab 340s. The flights will run from July 1 to September 3 and will have two daily flights in each direction. The flight will be…

Trip Report: Getting Back to Basics on Cape Air

Cape Cod-based Cape Air is known mostly for flying between the Massachusetts islands, Cape Cod and other New England cities, including its hub in Boston, using small propeller aircraft. However, what most people don’t know is that Cape Air provides a valuable service that help connects New England, Essential Air…

Mokulele Airlines Chosen to Serve Kalaupapa

Honolulu based Mokulele Airlines has been chosen by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to serve Kalaupapa, located on the island of Moloka’i. The route between Honolulu and Kalaupapa is an Essential Air Service route, a route where the airline normally receives a subsidy from the government to operate it. However,…

ViaAir: From Charter Airline to Scheduled Commercial Carrier

Based in a small town in the heart of rural West Virginia, charter airline ViaAir has undergone a stark transformation in its three years of operations, primarily due to its transition to a scheduled commercial carrier. An offshoot of Cleveland-based charter airline Charter Air Transport, the airline initially flew a handful of…