Posted on: 20 September 2010 by Mark Howells
Gulfstream International Group is to receive $8.5 million in US federal subsidies as part of the Essential Air Service programme to enable it to operate five routes for small communities around Cleveland, Ohio.
The US Department of Transportation has awarded Gulfstream new two-year contracts as the Essential Air Service provider for the communities of Bradford, PA; DuBois, PA; Franklin/Oil City, PA; Parkersburg, WV; and Jamestown, NY. Gulfstream operates flights from all five cities to Cleveland.
The Essential Air Service programme helps to ensure that small communities, which were previously served by certified air carriers before deregulation, maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service. The DOT currently subsidises smaller airlines to serve approximately 140 rural communities across the USA that otherwise would not receive any scheduled air service.
David Hackett, CEO of Gulfstream, commented, “We believe we provide the right fit to these communities; as a niche operator with a unique aircraft size, we are able to efficiently connect these smaller markets to expanded air service. We strive to offer excellent customer service in all our markets, and will continue to seek out new markets for growth, particularly those represented by the Essential Air Service programme.”