Local Governments Eye Wichita's Subsidy Battle With FAA | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Most Recent Daily Airborne

Airborne On ANN

Airborne On YouTube/Hi-Def/Mac Friendly

Monday

Airborne 01.26.15

Airborne 01.26.15

Tuesday

Airborne 01.27.15

Airborne 01.27.15

Wednesday

Airborne 01.28.15

Airborne 01.28.15

Thursday

Airborne 01.29.15

Airborne 01.29.15

Friday

Airborne 01.30.15

Airborne 01.30.15

Wed, Apr 27, 2005

Local Governments Eye Wichita's Subsidy Battle With FAA

Cities, Airports Coast-To-Coast Eyeing The Concept Of Paying An Airline To Fly Into Town

All across America, local governments and airports alike are keeping close tabs on Wichita's battle with the FAA over the city's multimillion dollar subsidies to AirTran. In the meantime, the clock is ticking on a 30-day deadline under which the FAA has ordered Wichita to "remedy" the situation.

As ANN reported earlier this month, the FAA sent Wichita city leaders a six-page letter saying the $7 million they've spent to subsidize AirTran's daily service to Atlanta. Wichita calls that good business sense -- lowering fares for thousands of passengers. But the FAA calls it "unjust discrimination," saying the city favoring of one airline over another.

City officials say the subsidies don't come from Mid-Continent Airport, but from Wichita itself. The FAA counters that, since the Airport Authority Board was disbanded by the City Council in 1999, the council itself runs the airport. While the City Council does make all airport-related decisions, lawmakers say they do so under a banner separate from the council itself.

"The water has been muddied quite a bit by the FAA's position on Wichita," said Mike Boggs, at Meade & Hunt. He was quoted by the Wichita Eagle.

The venerable Wichita paper reports it's not unusual for local governments to pay airlines for serving their markets.

"I'm trying to think of an airport where it hasn't happened," Darryl Jenkins, visiting professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, told the Eagle. "Without that, you would not have any low-cost service in a lot of markets."

But the FAA's problem seems to center on an airport entity favoring one carrier over another. The agency has threatened Wichita's federal airport grants are at stake. We're talking millions of dollars here.

"It's premature to talk about any sanctions or action that might or might not be taken under the compliance process since the city still hasn't explained its most recent action to us," FAA spokesman Paul Turk told the Wichita paper.

FMI: www.wichita.gov/Government

Advertisement

More News

Klyde Morris 01.30.15

Never Feel Guilty About That Which You Cannot Change, Klyde FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Airborne 01.29.15: Meridian Upgraded, Solar Impulse Readies, Pipistrel's Wattsup

Also: Allegiant Strike?, API Partner Profile--AEA, VP-26's Last Orion, Orbital Merger, FAA Penalizes, Airbus Helis Piper Aircraft has introduced its newest top-of-the-line M-Class >[...]

Airborne 01.28.15: AMA Steps Up, AirAsia Stall Warnings, Obama Wants Carbon Cuts

Also: Ridiculous Arkansas Regs Proposed, Tecnam Juggernaut, New EC135 T2+ Training Helo, NBAA Joins 'Know Before You Fly', Wipaire Grand Opening, AirVenture SkyDive Record As the m>[...]

Airborne 01.29.15: Meridian Upgraded, Solar Impulse Readies, Pipistrel's Wattsup

Also: Allegiant Strike?, API Partner Profile--AEA, VP-26's Last Orion, Orbital Merger, FAA Penalizes, Airbus Helis Piper Aircraft has introduced its newest top-of-the-line M-Class >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.15)

C133 Cargomaster Project It seems as if there's a website out there for almost any type of airplane that's ever flown, and while roaming around the Internet, we came across this on>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC