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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…

Opinion: It’s Time for Airline Loyalty Programs to Add Value

Over the past several years, airlines in the U.S. have gorged on easy business, many making money hand over fist. This led to some brazen liberties taken by three of major U.S. airlines to devalue their loyalty programs. The logic was simple: they were making tons of money, so what…

LATAM Lowers Elite Status Requirements

In an unexpected move, South American carrier LATAM announced it will be lowering its elite frequent flyer qualification requirements in order to retain high-value flyers that did not make it through the latest requirements hike in 2018. The news was first reported by Argentinean blog Sir Chandler. The new changes…

Aerolineas Argentinas Seeks to Overhaul Loyalty Program

Last week, two announcements were made in Argentina's Official Gazette by Aerolíneas Argentinas, as required by law. The Argentine flag carrier issued a technical document that listed the problems and challenges with its loyalty program, Arplus, identified as a challenge that could not be solved by any local consulting firm. The second…