continued Under the terms of the EAS program, Pinnacle cannot end service until a satisfactory replacement carrier has been secured.
“Beyond this basic requirement, however, Pinnacle has made it clear that they are in no hurry and want sufficient time to be taken for a positive transition,” Douglas said. “They are even working directly with us in our outreach to prospects, helping us to confirm how strong this opportunity is.”
Pinnacle, through its Colgan Airlines subsidiary, began Plattsburgh service in June 2010, offering full service flights utilizing 34-seat Saab aircraft. In its first full month of operation, the U.S. Airways Express service enplaned 1,355 passengers compared to 524 enplanements in the last full month of its predecessor. The strong performance justified and continued to support a third flight most days which was not covered by the EAS contract.
The US Airways Express operations at Plattsburgh will continue fully and without change until the transition to a new carrier. This will include continued marketing and reservations.