The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

September 16, 2012

Joplin’s airline service up for annual EAS bid

JOPLIN, Mo. — Bids are being taken to provide airline service at the Joplin Regional Airport.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a request for proposals for commercial airline service at the airport starting in March.

Current air service is provided by American Eagle, affiliated with American Airlines, and airport manager Steve Stockam said city officials want to continue with that service.

“We’ve worked with American and we definitely want to support American,” Stockam said.

American is currently providing two flights a day to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The airline is using 44-seat jets.

Stockam said brand-name service to the large airport hub has been successful in dramatically increasing passenger counts.

The bid request notes that Joplin had 7,695 passengers in 2010 when there was a small, regional carrier but that the count increased in 2011 to 53,210 with the American Eagle service.

Stockam hopes that if American is selected again, service can be expanded.

“Our discussion has been that if they get this bid, we can look at service to another hub,” such as to Chicago. “It will not be part of the EAS (Essential Air Service); it will have to survive on its own,” Stockam said. “We feel (that with) the amount of passengers to Dallas/Fort Worth, we can substantiate the passenger count” for another hub airport.

“We are losing a lot of our eastbound traffic because it takes too long to get there” through the Dallas airport, he added.

The DOT asks for proposals to be filed by Oct. 17.

“Then they will send us copies of all the bids and give us a 30-day comment period” for city officials and airport users to send in recommendations. “We will work with our air service consultant to submit our comments. Based on our comments, the DOT will make an award,” Stockam said. “We hope the DOT will have all that done by the end of the year.”

The federal government is currently paying a subsidy of $2,778,756 for American service in Joplin, and Stockam said it would be logical for the DOT to look for new proposals that cost less.

“I suspect we will see a lower number” for the subsidy request, “and the reason being if they come with a number higher, the DOT is going to question them because of the 53,000 passengers” who are paying fares, he said.

“In talking to American and the DOT, I think everyone is very pleased with the success we’ve had, but I think that (subsidy) number is going to have to be adjusted.”

American Airlines has filed for bankruptcy to restructure, and Stockam said he is confident that plan will work.

“We met with American about that and we are going to work with them on this bid. We feel with the success we’ve had, we’d like to see it on through and we’d like to get more service,” Stockam said.

EAS subsidy

The Essential Air Service subsidy is given to airports that previously have had commercial airline service but have sustained a setback through no fault of their own.


Text Only
Local News
  • Pseudoephedrine sales in Pittsburg to require prescription

    Starting Friday, those who purchase pseudoephedrine and related products in Pittsburg will need a prescription to do so.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cherokee County Commission accepts general counsel's resignation

    Kevin Cure, who has served as general counsel for the Cherokee County Commission since 2005, submitted a handwritten resignation to the board on Monday in the aftermath of a landfill controversy.

    July 22, 2014

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Parents can get help with school supplies

    I don’t know much about demographics other than the fact that I no longer belong to a “targeted demographic.” When I was younger, I was bombarded by commercials and ads from companies that were trying to sell me things that I not only needed but wanted.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jasper County Commission reviews traffic plans

    The Jasper County Commission will hold public hearings today and Thursday on a number of traffic changes proposed in the county. No one spoke when the first hearing was held Tuesday as part of the regular commission meeting, according to Jim Honey, Eastern District associate commissioner.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin school board reviews audit procedures

    A team from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun requesting documents in its task to audit the operations and management of the Joplin School District, the audit manager told the Board of Education on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • Joplin man to stand trial in accident case

    A passenger accused of causing an accident on Interstate 44 in Joplin that injured three others as well as himself was ordered bound over for trial Tuesday on three felony counts.

    July 22, 2014

  • r072214soroptimist3.jpg Volunteers spend week providing camp experience to foster youths

    Karen McGlamery is a massage therapist. Terri Falis-Cochran is a finance manager. Jane McCaulley is a retired art teacher. But for a week each summer, the three are among dozens of area residents who become camp counselors.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho school board hires company to manage substitutes

    Citing its hopes of shifting health care costs and utilizing more time from retired teachers, the Neosho Board of Education granted a contract Monday to a temporary employee company to manage its substitute teacher program.

    July 22, 2014

  • Main Street TIF district study to begin

    A measure that allows the city to charge its $15,000 in administrative costs for studying a proposal to create a tax increment financing district on South Main Street was approved Monday by the Joplin City Council.

    July 21, 2014

  • Carthage man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    A Carthage man pleaded guilty Monday to sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl in a plea agreement that would cap the length of his prison term at no more than 15 years.

    July 21, 2014

Must Read


A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined. Do you think those kinds of measures should be taken?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter