Many small cities in danger of losing air service

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  1. sobore
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    With its three flights that take off each day, Delta Air Lines has given the 26,000 residents of Aberdeen, S.D., a fast connection to the rest of the nation and world.
    "We are about 75 miles from an interstate," says Mike Wilson, the city's transportation director, "so we're fairly secluded here."

    But starting today, Delta is offering only two daily flights from Aberdeen. And the world's second-biggest airline, which is the lone carrier flying in and out of the city, says it needs a subsidy from the federal government to keep flying there at all.

    The prospect of Aberdeen being without air service — and the economic lifeblood it carries — is hard for Wilson to fathom. "It could definitely have some far-reaching effects for our community," he says.

    In a time of mergers, fluctuating fuel prices and economic turbulence, airlines are pulling out of many small cities such as Aberdeen because they say it no longer makes financial sense. And the federal program that has subsidized air service to many of them is in jeopardy as Congress must cut $1.5 trillion from the nation's debt in the next decade.

    Delta seeks to exit 15 small cities such as Thief River Falls, Minn., and get federal subsidies or increased government assistance to continue flying to nine others such as Aberdeen, Sioux City, Iowa, and Butte, Mont. Of the 24 cities, Delta is the sole carrier for all but one, the South Dakota capital of Pierre.

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    Let's see, who votes for what on the FAA bills? What airline wanted more EAS and less ability to organize unions? What airline just shafted it's SkyMiles award bookers? Hmmm..

    Realistically, small towns and cities that have no economically viable air carriers do want EAS, but they rarely want the other services and they usually vote for people who don't want any pork other than their own.

    I know he was a New Yorker but "...and so it goes" seems to be the only reasonable response.
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