The Telegraph has an article on essential air service in Macon. We’ll be meeting today at 4pm to discuss the options.
I am actually appalled that the federal government would fund something called “essential air service.” If a community cannot, in the free market, fund its own air service with demand from its citizens, why the hell should the federal government step in and fund it?
About the only reasonable justification right now is having Robins Air Force Base five minutes from the airport and a reasonable number of the personnel there in need of regular flights out. Macon, at one point, did have very reliable, affordable air service between Macon and Atlanta on ASA. Unfortunately, the more Delta worked its way into ASA the more the air service sucked. Just three years ago a passenger would have found fully booked flights out of Macon. Now, assuming the flight does not wind up getting cancelled, there may be a dozen passengers.
The service became wholly unreliable. Having been a frequent flier, I finally had to ditch the service in favor of a drive up to Atlanta.
I’m willing to give one of these services a shot. The catch, of course, is that I better be able, from day one, to check my bags through to my final destination and not have to check out of the airport and wind my way back through security. That is a total deal breaker.