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Well grounded decision

EAS program vital to community

The Essential Air Service program dates back to 1978 and the passage of the  Airline Deregulation Act. The act gave airlines almost total freedom to determine which markets to serve domestically and what fares to charge for that service.
Good for airlines perhaps, but not so good for small markets like Great Bend. So, the United States Department of Transportation leveled the runway with the EAS to guarantee that small communities that were served by certificated air carriers.
This is done by subsidizing two to four round trips a day to a major hub airport. The department currently subsidizes commuter ...


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