Government subsidizing near empty airline flights
U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., wants to eliminate the subsidy that provides more than $200 million to airlines that fly with empty seats, or near empty ones, from podunk airports so that occasional passengers won't have to drive two to four hours to catch a flight.
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Driving two or four hours to catch a flight? Shouldn't the government do something about this? It does! It pays more than $1,000 for each flight you connect to so you don't have to be out the time or the expense. But you aren't paying for it. We all are. Why should you care? Because you're paying much more than what it would cost you to drive from Podunk to wherever. This is just like Amtrak, a useless and outdated service that's being paid for by the rest of us so you can benefit with cheap fares.
David Browne, Oklahoma City
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