Small Cities, Big Problems: America’s smaller towns and cities are suffering an epidemic of lost air service

America’s smaller towns and cities are suffering an epidemic of lost air service

In the giant U.S. airline market, small planes play a big role. Just how big? Regional carriers—including those wholly owned by larger carriers— operate more than 40% of all U.S. commercial airline departures, carrying about a fifth of all U.S. passengers, according to the Regional Airline Association (RAA). That’s equivalent to about 160m passengers annually. […]

Lone Star Fading?: These are not the best of times for airlines serving Texas

These are not the best of times for airlines serving Texas

In the summer of 2009, during the thick of America’s Great Recession, The Economist compared the divergent economic fortunes of the country’s two largest states: California was hurting, and Texas was thriving. Today, as even a quick glance at current airline trends will reveal, that trajectory has reversed. Texas, to be clear, did endure a […]