by ECT’s Investigative Reports
ECT had to “dig in” to get this KEGE (Eagle County Regional Airport) flight Passenger data.
Topic: Using Eagle County Taxpayer funds – to assure Profitability of a Canadian owned and operated Airline.
Goal: To increase number “Destination Guests” from Toronto, Canada into Eagle County Ski Resorts, Hotels and Restaurants and Shops during Ski Season.
ECT’s Question: Was/Is – this current Taxpayer Subsidy ($115,000.00) the “best and highest” use of that Taxpayer money – based on that goal – of increasing “Destination Guest Flights” into KEGE?
Background: Air Canada’s (once a week flights) from Toronto, Canada into KEGE are scheduled to continue again this coming ski season 2014-15 because of that Subsidy. Toronto is Canada’s largest city by population (4th largest in North America) and now has a larger population (2.8 Million) than the City of Chicago (Click Here).
Reasonable Question: So out of 2.8 Million prospective “Destination Skiers” from Toronto – how many did Air Canada fly into our Eagle County Regional Airport during last ski season? Answer: 0.0004285% of Toronto’s population. Again special thanks to Airport Aviation Director Greg Phillips for this data (below) to the ECT.
ECT asked Mr. Phillips – just exactly “how” does our Airport “know” how many folks actually fly into KEGE?
Greg Phillips: There are two different ways we (KEGE) track flight “loads.” Given that the majority of our flights occur during the winter, we only use one of these methods from mid-December through the end of March. Since it’s our fastest way of tracking flights, I’ve included it in this discussion. Here’s how it works. Approximately one week in advance, the air carriers submit flight numbers to the Airport, where upon we compile a weekly “load sheet.” That sheet, which is also used by TSA to project staffing requirements (at KEGE) and potential demand points, indicates each airlines’ scheduled passengers for each flight. I should mention that these weekly reports are kept confidential at the time we compile them, but only for security reasons. Obviously, from those reports we can track a particular flight, a particular route, or a carrier’s total over the course of the winter. Those numbers can vary slightly from actual numbers since they’re “scheduled passengers,” not an actual head count. Passengers who miss their flight or who change at the last moment would need to be accounted for in actual totals.
One more ECT question: If the (worthy?) goal of the $115,000.00 Taxpayer to Airline subsidy – is to bring more “Destination Skier” business into our Eagle County Airport – does it not “make more sense” to take those same dollars – and further promote established (DAILY) air traffic flights from (Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis) into EGE?
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