Gulfstream eyes EAS communities being exited by Air Midwest

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Gulfstream International Airlines has filed a request with the US DOT to provide essential air service (EAS) at four communities, after Mesa Air Group subsidiary Air Midwest notified the department of its intention to terminate service in these markets.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based airline, which serves destinations throughout Florida and the Bahamas, has applied to begin Raytheon Beech 1900D operations at Athens, Georgia; DuBois, Pennsylvania; Lewisburg, West Virginia and Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania.

It says its proposals are contingent upon reaching a codeshare agreement with US Airways.

In early May, Mesa announced it is pursuing several different options with respect to Air Midwest’s future, including a strategy that would “significantly reduce its exposure to at-risk flying”. Later that month, Air Midwest notified the DOT of its plans to terminate service at several EAS markets this summer.

In August it will discontinue scheduled flights at Alamogordo, New Mexico; Ely, Nevada; Merced and Visalia in California; as well as Cedar City, Moab and Vernal, Utah.

It also wants to cease service in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Mesa could not be immediately reached for comment.