I have been wanting to do an in-depth analysis of EAS for a long time, but have been quite busy building airport-data pages and trying to get FAA to release records. I was reminded of this yesterday, when I ran into a pair of EAS articles by Steve Wilson at Watchdog.org. Both articles focus on the skyrocketing subsidies for airports in Mississippi for which ‘essential air service’ is, well, ‘non-essential’. In fact, many see EAS as just an example of crony capitalism and a pork-rich sandwich handed out to a few selected corporate entities. (Steve also has an article with some interesting examples of how bad Crony Capitalism is in Mississippi)
Some Food for Thought
My in-depth EAS analysis will happen, one of these days. In the meantime, here are a few links for readers who want to know more about EAS:
Wiki is always a good place to start your research. Here is their ‘Essential Air Service’ page. It includes this map, as well as extensive tables showing EAS subsidy airports, dollar values, and histories.
An 11/6/2012 news story by Target11, looking at empty seats connecting Pennsylvania airports with the United/Continental hub at Cleveland [KCLE].
Steve Wilson’s 6/9/2014 article, includes a table showing EAS subsidy levels. Also, quotes General MacArthur and Robert Poole.
Steve Wilson’s 6/6/2014 article, includes an assessment of the bids being made for EAS contracts serving these airports: Hattiesburg-Laurel [KPIB], Meridian [KMEI], Greenville [KGLH], Tupelo [KTUP], and Muscle Shoals [KMSL].
This is a blog by Nate V. (aka ‘haleonate’ on Twitter). It contains excellent Posts, and draws from his years of hard work eventually managing a small airline. He shows the nitty-gritty of politics and logistics behind EAS awards and air service at mostly smaller airports. Be sure to read the ‘About Me’ page, too; an interesting guy, with lots to blog about, doing a great job sharing what he has learned about EAS.
Here is a quote from Nate’s very informative ‘What is EAS?’ page.