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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…