operator SkyWest Airlines will give up 16 ground handling stations it operates
for United after some of those stations were included in a request for proposal
(RFP) the major carrier sent to other ground handlers, inviting those companies
to bid on the service.
will retain 48 out of 64 ground handling operations, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver.
carrier lost seven stations: Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton airport in Allentown,
Pennsylvania; Birmingham International airport in Birmingham, Alabama;
Nashville Metropolitan airport; Fort Wayne Allen County airport in Fort Wayne,
Indiana; Capital City airport in Lansing, Michigan; Blue Grass Field airport in
Lexington, Kentucky; and Roanoke Regional airport in Roanoke, Virginia.
opted to cut nine additional handling stations, deciding it could not run them
as efficiently after losing the initial seven stations, a company spokeswoman
explains. Those stations are: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
International airport in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Greater Binghamton airport in
Johnson City, New York; Akron-Canton Regional airport in North Canton, Ohio;
Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia; Charlottesville-Albemarle airport
in Charlottesville, Virginia; Huntsville International airport in
Huntsville, Alabama; MBS International airport in Freeland, Michigan;
University Park airport in State College, Pennsylvania; and McGhee Tyson
airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.
company will exit the 16 stations by the end of June, SkyWest’s spokeswoman
awarded Delta Air Lines regional subsidiary Comair three ground handling
stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa;
and Louisville, Kentucky as part of the RFP process. The
United Express contract is one of seven that the carrier is working on this
year, a Comair spokeswoman says. She was unable to say how much the contract is
worth because Comair’s finances are not separated from its parent Delta.
was not available for comment.