Sun Country Selected for Essential Air Service Contract

Essential Air Service (EAS), the government-funded program providing air service to small communities around the U.S., has been in the newS a lot recently. With new contracts being selected almost every month around the country, and SkyWest requesting to terminate more than 30 of these contracts, it is a very…

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…

United Departs 11 Underserved U.S. Airports for Final Time

The New Year celebrations have come and gone and while some are still coming out of the weekend celebrations in a good mood, employees and passengers in 11 cities are likely not too thrilled. United Airlines, more specifically United Express, will be cutting services from their respective cities. Kalamazoo and…

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…

Advanced Air Plans Delayed Mammoth Lakes, CA Entry

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Advanced Air has confirmed it will begin flights to Mammoth Lakes, Calif. via Mammoth Yosemite Airport in November 2021. The airline did announce plans to fly to Mammoth Lakes last season, but those plans were put on hold on account of local restrictions put in place due to…

ExpressJet to End Operations On Sept. 30

In a message sent to employees on Monday, ExpressJet announced that it will end its operations for United Airlines at the end of September. When it was beaten out by CommutAir for a contract to operate Embraer ERJ145s for United Airlines, ExpressJet had hoped to continue operating with the legacy…

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 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…

The Checkered History of McClellan-Palomar Airport

All airports have periods of growth and decline, but very few have such dramatic service changes, multiple times in a row. That’s exactly what has happened at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., located roughly 30 miles north of San Diego. The airport has had four different carriers serve the airport…