Hope on the Backs of Taxpayers

The Macon Telegraph has some news about the Macon-Atlanta flights. You people might just subsidize my trips and keep the planes flying.

Because Macon is affected by federal essential air service regulations, flight service from Macon to Atlanta may not be completely discontinued as of October 1.

Delta Air Lines’ connecting service, ASA, has announced that it will stop its service on that date, but because of the regulations the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to solicit bids to continue the service.

The DOT also has the power to force ASA and Delta to offer some service, albeit with a taxpayer-funded subsidy to help support operations, according to Delta Spokesman Kent Landers.

That service would likely be less than the three daily roundtrip flights now offered, Landers said.

Ah, communism. It has its benefits!

5 comments

  1. bird says:

    Wow. Delta’s new management is brilliant.

    I have to believe that Delta knew that the two possible outcomes of their decision to cancel the Atlanta-Macon route would be either:

    1. Increased profitability by eliminating a losing route; or
    2. Increased profitability from federal subsidies from a route that they have been operating for years without the subsidies.

    Smart.

  2. joe says:

    Because Macon is affected by federal essential air service regulations…

    What is essential to the federal government in Macon? What can’t wait for a short drive to/from Atlanta? Isn’t there a big Air Force Base, complete with runways, in the neighborhood?

  3. Who is the US Government borrowing all of this Corporate Welfare money from?
    Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp
    http://www.pbgc.gov/

    Delta Gets OK to End Pilots’ Pensions
    Wednesday, December 20, 2006
    http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2006Dec20/0,4670,DeltaBankruptcy,00.html

    By VINNEE TONG, AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK — The “government’s” pension insurer gave its final approval Wednesday for a plan to terminate the pensions of Delta Air Lines pilots, a key step for the carrier to resolve a multibillion-dollar issue in its bankruptcy case.

    Approval of the plan means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. would take over the pensions and pay pilots a portion of the benefits they had expected to receive from the company.

    In return, the plan gives the pension agency an unsecured claim of $2.2 billion against the nation’s third biggest carrier.

    – Holders of unsecured claims usually receive a fraction of their total claim.

    “This may be the single most important settlement in the entire case,” said Marshall Huebner, attorney for Delta Air Lines Inc. The PBGC estimated the pilot pensions were underfunded by about $3 billion, according to a court filing.

  4. liberator says:

    Mayor Ellis is in Ghana and Uganda at taxpayer expense as this news breaks. Hope he is getting his rocks off over there at taxpayer expense. Then again those nations have no extradition treaty with the U.S.

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