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The four biggest EAS carriers in the United States, TOP: Southern Airways Express and Cape Air BOTTOM: Boutique Air and SkyWest (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi

EAS Round Up — Part 1

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 new series, titled 'EAS Round up' will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the EAS airport community. Whether it is a new airline being selected for a city, or the current airline being re-selected to serve the community, they will be announced in this series. Airports With Service Changes…

Alamosa Unable to Qualify for Part 139 Certification, Current EAS…

Just like airlines, airports in the U.S. are required to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and must each pass a certain number of qualifications. The city of Alamosa, Colorado has been improving its airport, the San Luis Valley Regional Airport, for the past couple of years so…

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 —…

United Adds Ninth Wyoming Destination

While U.S. airlines brace for the impact Oct. 1 will bring when the CARES Act government funding runs out, United has announced plans to launch yet another new route pair and city. This one to the state of Wyoming. United, via its regional partner SkyWest will be resuming flights to…

United Airlines Announces Five New Routes

While most airlines are slowly starting to bring back routes that were previously operated before the coronavirus pandemic, United Airlines has announced five new routes, three of which will be new destinations to the carrier's route map, per OAG Schedules. Two of the new routes will be from the carrier's…

Interview: Regional Carriers at Fulcrum of U.S. Airline Industry Recovery

Two U.S. regional carriers are largely prevailing as victors in a battle for survival as airlines globally continue to weather an unprecedented downturn in travel demand. Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines and St. George, Utah-based Skywest Airlines have both posted profits for the last quarter while larger airlines report losses in the…

In Midst of Multi-Billion-Dollar Losses, SkyWest Posts First Quarter Profit

SkyWest Airlines — the St. George, Utah-based regional airline that operates flights on behalf of numerous large American carriers — announced its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, reporting a $30 million profit even as the country's largest airlines saw losses in the billions of dollars. The company, which did still see…

United Becomes Latest U.S. Carrier to Schedule Tag Flights

As airlines reduce schedules and flying hours, yet another airline has followed the suit of Alaska Airlines and JetBlue: United Airlines. The main condition of airlines being eligible to receive money from the federal government under the CARES Act is that they are required to maintain a minimum level of…

Another Hit for MRJ Program, Trans States Cancels Order

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced that Trans States Holdings has cancelled its order for the SpaceJet M90. The announcement is a blow for the beleaguered Mitsubishi regional jet program. The order for 50 M90 aircraft was the second largest on the manufacturer's order book. The two parties will be entering…

Three Airlines Suspend Columbia Service over Runway Conditions

Three airlines informed Columbia Regional Airport in central Missouri that they will be temporarily suspending operations under what they claim are unsafe airport operations. Mesa Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Envoy Air all see Columbia’s only operating runway 13/31 as a safety concern but would not specifically list publicly why the…