More airport traffic? Maybe, but for the wrong reasons…

06.25.2008 by André Natta · → 2 Comments

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I got an email today from the chairman of the Business Travel Coalition directing me to the Save my Airport! website they’ve established to raise awareness about the potential of an airline crisis due to rising fuel prices. The consumer advocacy group has compiled two lists on the site highlighting airports that may lead to a reduction or suspension of service. Interestingly, most of our major large city and regional airports made the list. That would include ours (currently in the news for a completely unrelated reason) and Huntsville‘s.

Dothan and Mobile and Montgomery are the ones included on the regional airport list. Reduction in service from these cities may boost our numbers here, but for the wrong reasons. If you feel compelled to voice your concern to the appropriate elected officials, they’ve made it easy to do that as well – just enter your zip code on this page to get started.

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Shia
Shia

Why is it the government's job to subsidize flights to areas the airlines can't afford to fly to? The government already does this. If they still can't afford to fly to somewhere while money is being handed to them (provided from US taxpayers), then they should be forced or paid to do so. I'm a Birmingham resident with all my family and friends on the West Coast, and probably will have to reduce the frequency of my yearly trips home, but I'm not so self-righteous to thing its a fundamental right to have them. Airfare and gas increases have actually been increasing below inflation (ie getting cheaper) for somtime now. It's time for subsidies of our wsteful lifestyle to stop.

Shia
Shia

Why is it the government's job to subsidize flights to areas the airlines can't afford to fly to? The government already does this. If they still can't afford to fly to somewhere while money is being handed to them (provided from US taxpayers), then they should be forced or paid to do so. I'm a Birmingham resident with all my family and friends on the West Coast, and probably will have to reduce the frequency of my yearly trips home, but I'm not so self-righteous to thing its a fundamental right to have them. Airfare and gas increases have actually been increasing below inflation (ie getting cheaper) for somtime now. It's time for subsidies of our wsteful lifestyle to stop.