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Monday, April 17, 2017

End of the Rural Runway?: Trump's proposal to nix Essential Air Service could mean the death of rural air service


By Katie Weidenboerner katiew@thecourierexpress.com
DuBois Courier Express

Local airports are cautious, but largely unfazed, by President Donald Trump’s proposal to zero out Essential Air Service funding from the federal budget.

Trump’s spending blueprint, released in mid-March, proposes entirely eliminating funding for the EAS program, arguing that EAS flights are not full and have high subsidy costs per passenger. The blueprint also says that several of the EAS-eligible communities are relatively close to major airports.

Opponents argue the program subsidizes critical air service that connects rural and remote areas to major hubs, helping to grow area businesses and support economic growth.

“There’s major concern about the cut, but I think there’s also a lot of support for EAS,” said Bob Shaffer, manager of the DuBois Regional Airport, which has been a part of the EAS program for 11 years. “It really is the lifeline to the world for rural communities.”

The 40-year-old program costs about $175 million per year to support service in 173 communities across the country.

The Associated Press has reported that in 86 of those 173 communities, Trump received more than 50 percent of the vote.

Pennsylvania is home to six airports that received a total of $14.55 million in EAS funding for Fiscal Year 2017. Among them are DuBois and Bradford Regional Airports, who annually receive about $2.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively. 

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14 comments :

Anonymous said...

oh well so your drive to the bigger airports..

Anonymous said...

Agree, Jamestown, Bradford, Dubois all within an hour drive of each other. That is a lot of money to keep these 3 going.

Anonymous said...

Those that want the service need to pay for the service. Trump says he is going to make cuts and that is what he is doing. If the airports can't make it on there own than put the land back to fields and let a farmer grow some crops on it. Go Trump go!!!

Anonymous said...

Spoken by people who don't fly anywhere.

Anonymous said...

How about keeping them opened and trump just takes a month off from golfing!

Anonymous said...

He's just trying to catch up to all of Obamas golf outings & Obama's vacations n he sure has a lot of catching to do..
Further more it's better to fly from Buffalo than from one of those commuter planes out of Bradford, Wow! All that money that Bradford gets, they sure could update them !!!!

Anonymous said...

Yup everyone wants the gov. to spend less, but no one wants it to affect their lives.
No wonder nothing ever changes.

Anonymous said...

Good! If you want to fly from Bradford you need to pay the full unsubsidized fare, otherwise fly from Buffalo or Pittsburg.

Anonymous said...

Exactly!!!!!

Anonymous said...

There is one problem. Farmers are quitting cause they are not respected to get a fair price. Americans don't value farmers.

Anonymous said...

6:25 How do you know I don't fly... I do fly and it is nice to drive to Bradford and jump on that puddle jumper takes me right into the Terminal in Pittsburgh.. It's nice but Hell I can drive up to Buffalo and grab a plane also..
They need to figure out how to keep the place going without the help.. And if they can't so be it..

Anonymous said...

In response to Monday, 9:16 p.m. Your ignorance is showing ... Bradford Regional Airport doesn't own those planes , the airline companies do ... SMH at ignorance

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Geez 1:39, sorry, I'm very sorry I miss spoke, I really didn't think I was being "ignorant" I truly do apologize if I upset you, after all I'm not perfect n I'm certainly not "ignorant"