SkyWest Adds Flights to Two New York EAS Airports

Plattsburgh and Ogdensburg, two airports in northern New York state, have been in aviation news a substantial amount in the past three months. Both are Essential Air Service cities, and in mid-January 2022, SkyWest announced it would be terminating service to these communities in 90 days, a proposal that was swiftly…

United Express Requests Termination of 29 EAS Routes

While the aviation industry is on the rise from the pandemic, pilot shortages are now facing carriers in full stride. But one area is being hit the most: small communities. Back at the beginning of January 2022, United exited 11 small cities all of which were served by small 50-seat…

Interview: Northern New York Communities Reject Replacement Carrier

Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh, two Essential Air Service communities located in northern New York State have been in aviation news a lot recently. It started back in January 2022 when SkyWest, the carrier that holds the current Essential Air Service Contract in the communities, requested to terminate the EAS contract in…

SkyWest Reduces Essential Air Service Flights

Essential Air Service (EAS) is a group of government-funded airports around the country that airlines bid for and then are respectively won. Contracts are by law required to be followed out until completion unless they want to face heavy fines under federal law. In mid-January 2022, SkyWest announced its intentions…

Essential Air Service News — January 2022

Note from the writer: In the commercial aviation world, there is always news to report, and even the smallest airports have news to report on. This will be a different segment than the "EAS Round-Up" stories, which focus only on the Essential Air Service contracts that have been changed or…

SkyWest Requests More Route Terminations

United — through its regional carrier United Express — ended service to 11 small cities around the country, not more than two weeks ago. Unfortunately, in the next 90-days, they will be adding two more destinations to that list both of which are located in northern New York State. St.…

United Set to Exit 11 Cities Starting in 2022

The U.S. domestic market's passenger numbers have returned to levels very close to those experienced before the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Traffic still remains more leisure-driven and the heavy limitations that are still stifling demand on international routes affect traffic flows throughout the networks of all major…

SkyWest Experiences Mass Cancellations Following System Outage

SkyWest joins the growing list of airlines to suffer a widespread system outage, following a two-day fallout of a system outage that slowed the airline’s operations. The carrier experienced the same issues that plagued Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines in the months prior. A spokesperson for the airline said that…

EAS Round Up – Part 3

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 is a continuation of the series, titled ‘EAS Round up’, and will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the…