b'AIR SERVICE DEVELOPMENTLNK 29airline, but it had the potential to seismically change air serviceWith airline network planners, we were always one to two in the community. He also stressed the need for solidarity, tellingyears away, even after talking to them for three years, he local leaders, Were all in this together. If it succeeds, it benefitslaments. We understood, but it was frustrating.all of us. Brad DiFiore, a co-founder and managing director at Ailevon Pacific Aviation The Small(er)-Town Air Service Blues Consulting, says the market conditions While people on the coasts sometimes categorize Nebraska as asmaller airports face today are more flyover state, that description was all too literal for scheduled airchallenging than at any point in his 30+ years service at LNK.in the industry. Ailevon Pacifics services Before Red Way, the airport was served solely by Unitedinclude helping various sized airports expand Airlines, with destinations limited to the carriers key hubs oftheir airline connectivity.BRAD DIFIOREOHare International (ORD) in Chicago, Denver InternationalFor years, regional jets powered the service for most small (DEN) and Houstons George Bush Intercontinental (IAH). Deltaand midsized markets, including LNK. It was common for such last flew to LNK in early 2022, and United recently trimmed itscommunities to enjoy multiple nonstops because regional aircraft schedules there.with 50 or so seats could get passengers to airline hubs across When Haring assumed his role with the Lincoln Airportthe country. Over the past two decades, however, consolidation Authority in 2014, LNK had nearly 144,000 enplanements thatamong U.S. carriers has resulted in fewer hubs, thereby year thanks to scheduled commercial service to four markets bydampening the financial viability of many routes once served United and Delta. By 2022, LNK logged slightly less than 90,000solely by regional jets. annual enplanements. Restoring air service has been a challengeAging regional jet fleets and ongoing global demand for before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Haring specifies.commercial pilots are only exacerbating the situation, adds DiFiore. If you have two pilots that are flying a 50-seat airplane, More than 200 airports have chosen DESIGNA as their value-added partner for parking management systems.At DESIGNA, we are always moving forward and integrating the future. Thats what makes DESIGNA the future-focused, innovation-driven, global technology leader in customized parking management systems.Find out more about our solutions for airports at us.designa.com. Smarter solutions for a digital planetus.designa.comAirportImprovement.comSeptember 2023'