Oh... The Indignity! Hooters Air to Cancel Service From the
Greater Rockford Airport
Years ago, the mild-mannered metropolis of Rockford, IL, was
rocked by the loss of the (then) burgeoning annual EAA Fly-In --
who subsequently packed up and headed off to the (then) Wisconsin
wilderness known as Oshkosh. It's taken years for the city to get
over it, but progress WAS being made... and in the intervening
decades, things had finally returned to normal -- until
Yes... the city that survived the loss of the EAA Fly-In is now
forced to contend with the loss of (dramatic pause) Hooters
Hooters Air has announced that it will be reducing service from
the Greater Rockford Airport in Rockford, Illinois and end service
effective January 5, 2006. Increased costs and the recent
announcement by the Rockford Airport Authority that it will provide
$2.5 million in incentives and revenue guarantees to secure
additional air service between Rockford and Denver to a Hooters Air
competitor, has led to this difficult decision.
"With the current market conditions Hooters Air will shift some
of our assets from Scheduled Service to Charter Service," said
Hooters Air President Mark Peterson.
"It was not helpful that the Rockford Airport Authority provided
revenue guarantees with public funds to a competing carrier on a
route we have been operating."