The answers to these and other questions will not come until the study is completed in June.
Smith indicated that if one were only to look at the access to the national air transportation system or the convenience of passengers, he or she could conclude that perhaps the loss of these markets is the way that it should be in a deregulated world ? let the market decide.
"But this is about much more than convenience," Smith said. "The aviation system is so incredibly complex, making this about jobs and local economies and the viability of some of these points to sustain their local economies. It is about what that loss will mean to the air transportation system and the country."
>>Contact: Jon L. Smith, East Tennessee State University, (423) 439- 8381
Selected Large Non-Hub Airports City: Eugene, Ore. Airport: Mahlon Sweet Field Enplanements: 349,161 City: Sioux Falls, S.D. Airport: Joe Foss Field Enplanements: 333,338 City: Lansing, Mich. Airport: Capital City Enplanements: 330,416 City: Fort Wayne, Ind. Airport: Fort Wayne International Enplanements: 329,135
Selected Small Non-Hub Airports City: New Bedford, Mass. Airport: New Bedford Regional Enplanements: 19,686 City: Santa Fe, N.M. Airport: Santa Fe Municipal Enplanements: 19,214 City: Telluride, Colo. Airport: Telluride Regional Enplanements: 18,493 City: Chico, Calif. Airport: Chico Municipal Enplanements: 17,561 City: Bedford, Mass. Airport: Laurence G Hanscom Field Enplanements: 17,049 City: Parkersburg, W.Va. Airport: Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Enplanements: 17,018 City: Cheyenne, Wyo. Airport: Cheyenne Regional/Jerry Olson Field Enplanements: 16,495 Source: East Tennessee State University
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