In some smaller cities, there are no flights to catch anymore

27 Nov

Some of America’s smaller cities are being left with fewer airline flights — or no flights at all — connecting them to the rest of the world.

The small planes that the airlines used at those airports are slowly being phased out. Airlines are getting rid of the planes — their least-efficient — in response to the high cost of fuel.

Officials say more than two dozen small airports in the U.S. have lost service from well-known commercial airlines over the last two years. More shutdowns are planned.


In the late 1990s, when jet fuel cost one-fourth of what it costs today, the small planes were a profitable way for airlines to carry people to and from small cities. But then, prices soared and the equation changed.

St. Cloud, Minn., lost air service at the end of 2009 after Delta eliminated flights on 34-seat turboprops. Now, passengers from the city of 66,000 have a 90-minute drive to Minneapolis.

Another city without service is Oxnard, 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It lost three daily turboprop flights operated on behalf of United.

The airport’s website advises travelers to catch a bus to Los Angeles International Airport.



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