Charter carrier Aerodynamics Inc (ADI) is seeking essential air service (EAS) contracts for service to Laurel/Hattiesburg, Meridian and Tupelo in Mississippi.
The Ohio-based airline proposes to fly twice daily to each city from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International airport on 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft for an annual subsidy of $12.4 million, according to an application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on 2 June.
ADI would set “reasonable” fares to stimulate local traffic in the markets and is working to establish interline agreements with mainline US carriers to offer connections to passengers, it says.
The carrier plans to seek full scheduled passenger service authority from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to its application.
SkyWest Inc-subsidiary ExpressJet Airlines is also seeking the EAS contracts for Laurel/Hattiesburg and Meridian. The airline proposes 12 weekly flights in a circle pattern between the cities and Dallas/Fort Worth International airport on 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s. The flights would operate as American Eagle and connect with American Airlines global network.
ExpressJet is seeking a $7.8 million two-year subsidy – about $3.9 million per year – for the service.
Silver Airways will discontinue EAS-subsidised service between Atlanta and Laurel/Hattiesburg, Meridian and Tupelo on or around 7 September. A lack of sufficient feed from Delta Air Lines’ global network at Atlanta is understood to be the reason behind the decision to end the flights.