EAS Program Likely To Get a Lift
The Essential Air Service (EAS) program could see a significant boost next year once FAA reauthorization makes its way through conference committee. So far, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes an increase in EAS funding to $200 million from $136 million. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to raise the amount to $175 million and the Administration’s budget calls for the same increase. Last year the Bush Administration unsuccessfully sought to limit funding to $50 million, threatening to leave as much as half of the communities that rely on the subsidy excluded from the nation’s air transport system.