USA Today recently reported on the financial challenges regional airlines and community airports are facing. Fuel prices and increased maintenance costs with aging smaller aircrafts are forcing many of the large carriers to turn away from regional service.
The decision will cut down on the number of regional flights and travel options for smaller communities and their airports.
“There are (nearly) 500 communities in this country that rely exclusively on regional airlines for their service,” Roger Cohen, president of the Regional Airline Association, told USA Today. “Any one of them … is at risk of losing (some), if not all of its connectivity to the global marketplace in this environment.”
How to localize:
The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., addresses the issue in a recent editorial. The newspaper focuses on the struggles of its city’s airport and the constant battle with nearby regional airports in attracting and maintaining consistent air service to major cities and air carriers.
Take a look at your community and region. Are there similar concerns? What are some practical, affordable options for regional air travel in your area?
If your area has a viable airport, what makes it a success?