Letter to the Editor: Why are subsidies for EAS proposals by Southern Airways Express, Cape Air so high?

Essential Air Service for the tri-state region is administered by Department of Transportation. It has been in effect since 1978 after the airlines were deregulated. This service is provided to 100 airports within the continental U.S. and is based on the operational airport locations that would have lost commercial air service to their communities at the time…

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Aeronautics committee to hold public forum Monday to discuss EAS proposals for Quincy airport

QUINCY — Two airlines have submitted bids to the United States Department of Transportation for the Essential Air Service program serving Quincy and its surrounding communities. The DOT has asked the city to submit a recommendation for the bid that best fits the community’s needs by August 19. The city’s Aeronautics Committee will be the…

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Time to give up on Quincy’s air service and consider luxury, reliable bus service?

City officials are again faced with the challenge of finding an essential air service provider. Cape Air, the current provider, notified the U.S. Department of Transportation in May of its intent to end passenger air service in Quincy.  Cape Air was awarded a four-year $10.8 million subsidy starting December 1, 2021, to provide service to St. Louis and…

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Quincy receives EAS proposals from two airlines; public forums to be scheduled with both

QUINCY — The Aeronautics Committee will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss proposals from two airlines to become the essential air service provider for Quincy Regional Airport. Interim Airport Director Gabriel Hanafin said the U.S. Department of Transportation received proposals from San Francisco-based Boutique Air and from Southern Airways Express out of Palm Beach, Fla. Hanafin…

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Proposals from airlines seeking to provide essential air service to Quincy will be made public in July

QUINCY — Gabriel Hanafin, interim airport director at Quincy Regional Airport, expects at least one airline to make a proposal to be the airport’s essential air service provider. Proposals are expected to be opened by the U.S. Department of Transportation on July 1. Quincy Mayor Mike Troup said during Wednesday afternoon’s aeronautics committee meeting that…

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