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Airline Cuts in the US

Last week I wrote an article about Castlegar Airport, Gas Prices and the Potential for Airline cuts. Here’s another article about the same problem that could be faced by many rural communities in BC, the last one was from ABC News America, this one’s from the New York Times…

Airlines’ Cuts Making Cities No-Fly Zones – New York Times

Financially strapped airlines are cutting service, and nearly 30 cities across the United States have seen their scheduled service disappear in the last year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Others include New Haven, Conn.; Wilmington, Del.; Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and Boulder City, Nev.

Over the same period, more than 400 airports, in cities large and small, have seen flight cuts. Over all, the number of scheduled flights in the United States dropped 3 percent in May, or 22,900 fewer flights than in May 2007, according to the Official Airline Guide.

Is anyone keeping note of the problem here? If people can’t get here, they won’t be spending dollars here, and the tourism economy (along with other industries) will see a decline. The Kootenay region has always been relitively remote, could things become more remote once again?

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.