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The new local air carrier ain't cuttin' the mustard


<<<While there were no numbers for October, 155 passengers flew on Silver Airways in November and 161 used the service in December, compared to 836 and 856 respectively in 2011.

Griffith said he suspects the low numbers were because of problems with Silver’s online ticketing system. Travelers had to book two separate legs of a flight or utilize a travel website such as Expedia or Travelocity to book multiple flight connections with one ticket.


With that problem solved and Silver flights appearing on, Griffith expects boardings to increase. He said rectifying the ticketing issue is another step toward moving the new service forward.>>>,200999?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=silver+airways&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=


More bad news:,202817?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=silver+airways&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=


<<<He said local travelers will use Northwest Alabama Regional Airport if ticket fares were within $100 of a competing airport. He said flying out of the local airport saves travelers money in parking fees, fuel and time spent driving to an airport in Huntsville, Birmingham or Nashville.


Griffith said only 30 percent of flights from Muscle Shoals to major metropolitan areas were within $100 of fares offered in Huntsville.


"Unfortunately, 70 percent are outside that range," Griffith said.


He said it's been more difficult to bring fares in line with Huntsville fares since Delta left the Shoals.>>>


And this carrier has been named an outstanding leader in the industry.  Go figure.  If this is the best of regional carriers, just how bad are the worst?,202550?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=silver+airways&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=stories&town_id=


A little improvement in online ticketing will not make these prices more competitive.


The fat subsidy paid to Silver Airlines for providing regional service makes about as much sense as some of the support payments to farmers for growing their crops or raising their goats to provide mohair for military uniforms.    This is one program that can be cut without undue inconvenience to the citizenry or adverse impact on the national economy.


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I agree that the subsidies paid are not worth it.  The reality is that without then the shoals will have NO air service because it simply costs too much to service the area vrs paying passengers.   Even if a aircraft is flying over KMSL it costs over 1 hour on the aircraft, additional cycles on the aircraft, flight and ground crew costs to simply land.

I stopped flying out of Muscle Shoals years ago. It was just easier to go to Huntsville, rather than going to the MS airport, waiting and then being told the flight had been cancelled, then having to rush to Huntsville, go thru the hassel of trying to change my ticket both to and from (so I would come back to Hunts where my car now is).

Just was easier to go directly to Huntsville to start with.

We probably would be better served if there was a bus or something you could catch at the airport here and it would take you to Huntsville. Ideally we should have high speed rail service both north and south and east and west , but too many Republicans in this state to ever get something like that.

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