Big Sky dive

There are 7 comments on the story from Jan 4, 2008, titled Big Sky dive. In it, reports that:

The news about the grounding of Big Sky Airlines at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport have many second-guessing city leadership.

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United States

#1 Jan 4, 2008
How in the world did they think they could make it by flying only to Cincinnati? I mean, I know all about the P & G execs flying there for business, but to not include a flight to St. Louis? WTF? What a messed up company. Will Cape ever find a solid, established airline willing to service us? Doesn't look good right now.

Since: Aug 07

Sikeston, MO

#2 Jan 5, 2008
Tax payers money is being wasted every day we go without an airline. Shake up the staff out there at the airport. Come on Knudson let's do something now.

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Jan 5, 2008
Hey Port...if you feel that strongly, email the Mayor and City Council.If you don't like their replies, go to the next meeting and share your thoughts.

Since: Aug 07

Sikeston, MO

#4 Jan 5, 2008
I have an opinion no matter wheather I stand up in front of city council or not. You seem more concerned about my opinion than the subject of big sky dive.

United States

#5 Jan 5, 2008
Suggest that Cape needs to really look at this area's ability or willingness to support the service.

The times I flew on the former carrier to the StL destination, even before all of their troubles - the flights were usually less than half full, many times just two or three passengers on a plane that seated 19. Only a handful of times were the flights at or near capacity.

The service itself was fine, the parking and boarding arrangements were great, just weren't that many people using it.

Just for grins and WAGs - using the 8000 people per year figure, with 3 round trips daily M-Sa, and 2 on Su. Also, assuming that a person is counted for each direction.

So, 20 round trips per week is 40 flights per week, or 2080 flights per year. Looks like the average passenger count per flight was about 4??? Can this be right - 20% capacity factor? Even if one considers a round-trip basis for the passenger count - still looking at only a 40% capacity factor.

Perhaps fewer flights or even smaller planes were considered, but then the fixed costs of service - pilots, planes, etc.- increase on a per-passenger basis.

Also, back in the "good ol' days" of Ozark Airlines or whomever, suggest that the airlines perhaps had a lot more financial flexibility to support routes that were marginally profitable or operated at a loss, with or without government subsidy considerations.

Don't know what the solution is, just trying to look at the reality of things. Seems like most of the area didn't notice the service until it was in trouble or gone, and now it can't be done without???

Saint Louis, MO

#6 Jan 5, 2008
Hey Port, I was trying to be helpful and supportive of your thoughts!(Why are you so rude?):-)~

I actually, for a change don't have a strong opinion (on this topic).

Since: Aug 07

Sikeston, MO

#7 Jan 5, 2008
Helpful? I know where city hall is. Supportive of my thoughts? Whatever. Rude? Well I guess you gotta be something in this world. FYI emocons don't work on Topix.

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