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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 of July 2020, AirlineGeeks reported on a letter submitted by Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson accusing American Airlines of interference with the bidding process, citing unfair competition due to American…

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…

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…

When the Local Airfield Becomes an International Airport: A Look…

Massena, N.Y., a town of slightly over 12,000 inhabitants just south of the St. Lawrence River, is located a little more than 100 kilometers from both Ottawa and Montreal, and only a 20-minute drive from the Canadian town of Cornwall, Ontario. Though firmly in the United States, the town's main…

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…

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…

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…