The Essential Air Service (EAS), a $193 million DOT program that subsidizes scheduled airline service to approximately 160 rural communities, saw an initial 2013 budget cut of $16 million in response to sequestration. The media response in rural communities was shrill, with headlines such as “Sequester could ground commercial air services statewide” (Mississippi Business Journal, March 22) and “Sequester could ground Great Lakes airline” (Wyoming Business Report, March 7).
Mercer County Airport
In New Jersey a sleeping giant of an airport is beginning to awaken. It has been a well kept secret for a long time, but the secret is beginning to leak out. Corporations seeking an aviation base in the heavily industrialized New York metropolitan area and the busy New York-Philadelphia corridor have generally been frustrated. Teterboro,
That’s what the Trenton-Mercer County Airport (TTN) is asking, and Mercer County plans to make public the tail numbers of aircraft that operate at the airport between midnight and 6 a.m. NBAA has expressed the opinion that such an action would be unreasonable and would unjustly discriminate against the operators of those aircraft and therefore violate the FAA Grant Assurances.