One more example of the absolute insanity that is the federal government, which has become so large and so corrupt that this kind of nonsense
continues to happen.
"On some days, the pilots with Great Lakes Airlines fire up a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 at the Ely, Nev., airport and depart for Las Vegas without
a single passenger on board. And the federal government pays them to do it.
Federal statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in
subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107."
"Ely is one of 153 rural communities where airlines get subsidies through the $200 million Essential Air Service program,"
"The fight over the subsidies was a key sticking point that led to the recent political standoff in Washington that temporarily shut down the Federal
Aviation Administration, putting thousands out of work for nearly two weeks. "
""If you take away air service, who wants to live in those communities?" she said."
This is absolutely typical. The folks who are operating these airlines and flying these planes with no passengers should be brought up on charges.
They are committing fraud, but any reasonable definition. The folks in Washington who administer this budget and understand that this fraud is going
on should be brought up on fraud charges. This amounts to a consipracy to defraud the tax payers.
Enough of the shoulder shrugging and acceptance that this is the way it is. Lets put some of these folks in jail for ripping the public off or sue
them in civil court and make them make restitution.
As far as the last line in the quote above that without this air service nobody would want to live in these communities, who the hell cares? People
are making a choice to live in those communities, I did not. I don't care if every one of those communities is a ghost town in a year. I
certainly am not interested in paying for people who choose to live there to have access to a cheap flight that is costing the tax payer $4K.
Simple solution for folks who live there and would find it difficult to do so absent air service. Move. By your own plane, charter a plane when
you want to fly or move.