Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Seaport Ditches Salem - Crystal Ball Says: Bikes!

Back in April it seemed reasonable to ask whether a sustainable city should subsidize air travel?

A partial answer didn't take long: There wasn't enough subsidy to compensate for weak demand. Maybe Salem doesn't really need air service.

According to the Statesman, Seaport will stop service on July 18th.

The Oregonian adds that the end of Federal subsidies appeared to drive the decision:
[Newport] city officials offered free housing and fuel discounts, they waived tie-down and landing fees -- but in the end, it just wasn't enough. Four months after state and federal subsidies stopped, SeaPort Airlines announced it will stop flying out of Newport effective next Monday.
Salem had also waived landing fees and offered several other subsidies.

So what do you say we forget chasing after air travel! Let's make Salem a world-class bicycling city!

(Lots more people bike around Salem every day than apparently fly Seaport...just sayin'. Smart Cycling Clinic by Jeff Leach)


Doug's Transportation Ramblings said...

I wonder how much longer the city will throw good money after bad expanding the airport. Unless somebody invents an electric airplane, air travel is destined to go the way of fuel source on which it depends.

Brandon Filbert said...

Trying to keep commercial air service in Salem appears to be a losing proposition. Continuing to do so flies (no pun intended) in the face of the "Age of Austerity" likely to be with us for many years to come. I suggest focusing on a more livable, creative, rail-connected, and people-centric (not auto-centric) city. That's the direction things are heading. Air travel is not required for this.