Great Lakes, SkyWest and Sun Air win DOT EAS contracts

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded essential air service (EAS) subsidy contracts for six cities to Great Lakes Aviation, Sun Air Express and SkyWest Airlines.

Great Lakes won EAS contracts for service to Alamosa, Colorado, Cortez, Colorado and Worland, Wyoming. The regional carrier will operate 18 roundtrips per week between Alamosa and Denver on a 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D for an annual subsidy of $2.1 million. The agreement began on 1 August and ends on 31 July 2014.

The carrier will operate 18 roundtrips per week between Cortez and Denver on a 19-seat B1900D for an annual subsidy of $2.2 million. The agreement began on 1 August and ends on 31 July 2014. It interlines with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways on services to Alamosa and Cortez, according to a DOT filing.

Great Lakes will operate 12 roundtrips per week between Worland and Denver with a stop in Cheyenne on a 19-seat B1900D for an annual subsidy of $1.99 million. The agreement begins on 1 October and ends on 30 September 2014.

SkyWest won the EAS contract for service to Laramie, Wyoming operating as United Express. It will operate 14 weekly roundtrips between Laramie and Denver on a 30-seat EMB-120 Brasilia for an annual subsidy of $1.6 million. The agreement begins on 1 October and ends on 30 September 2014.

Sun Air won EAS contracts for service to Hagerstown, Maryland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The carrier will operate 24 roundtrips per week between Hagerstown and Washington Dulles on a 9-seat Piper Chieftain for an annual subsidy of $1.79 million. The contract ends on 30 September 2015.

The regional airline will operate 30 roundtrips per week between Lancaster and Washington Dulles on a 9-seat Piper Chieftain for an annual subsidy of $2.5 million. The contract ends on 30 September 2015.