United Airlines is seeking to replace American Airlines at Sioux City Gateway airport with a competing application for a US Department of Transportation (DOT) subsidy.
The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier is seeking a $1.41 million annual essential air service (EAS) subsidy for a new 13-times weekly Chicago O’Hare-Sioux City route operated on 50-seat regional jet aircraft, according to an application filed with the DOT on 2 December.
United says that it can provide Sioux City travellers connections to more 360 cities globally and 570 flights at O’Hare. It could add a nonstop flight to Denver International airport in the future if the service is successful, it adds.
Fort Worth, Texas-based American is requesting a $611,334 annual subsidy to continue its 13-weekly flights between Chicago O’Hare and Sioux City route, its own application with the DOT states. The flights are operated on 50-seat regional jets.
The Oneworld alliance carrier offers travellers connections to 250 cities globally – not including US Airways destinations, which it plans to merge with on 9 December – and 460 flights at O’Hare.
American received an EAS subsidy of $1.52 million for the Sioux City flights from the DOT in April 2012.