49 U.S. Code § 41735 - Enhanced essential air service

(a) Proposals.—
(1) A State or local government may submit a proposal to the Secretary of Transportation for enhanced essential air service to an eligible place for which basic essential air service is being provided under section 41733 of this title. The proposal shall—
(A) specify the level and type of enhanced essential air service the State or local government considers appropriate; and
(B) include an agreement related to compensation required for the proposed service.
(2) The agreement submitted under paragraph (1)(B) of this subsection shall provide that—
(A) the State or local government or a person pay 50 percent of the compensation required for the proposed service and the United States Government pay the remaining 50 percent; or
(B)
(i) the Government pay 100 percent of the compensation; and
(ii) if the proposed service is not successful for at least a 2-year period under the criteria prescribed by the Secretary under paragraph (3) of this subsection, the eligible place is not eligible for air service or air transportation for which compensation is paid by the Secretary under this subchapter.
(3) The Secretary shall prescribe by regulation objective criteria for deciding whether enhanced essential air service to an eligible place under this section is successful in terms of—
(A) increasing passenger usage of the airport facilities at the place; and
(B) reducing the amount of compensation provided by the Secretary under this subchapter for that service.
(b) Decisions.— Not later than 90 days after receiving a proposal under subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary shall—
(1) approve the proposal if the Secretary decides the proposal is reasonable; or
(2) if the Secretary decides the proposal is not reasonable, disapprove the proposal and notify the State or local government of the disapproval and the reasons for the disapproval.
(c) Compensation Payments.—
(1) The Secretary shall pay compensation under this section when and in the way the Secretary decides is appropriate. Compensation for enhanced essential air service under this section may be paid only for the costs incurred in providing air service to an eligible place that are in addition to the costs incurred in providing basic essential air service to the place under section 41733 of this title. The Secretary shall continue to pay compensation under this section only as long as—
(A) the air carrier maintains the level of enhanced essential air service;
(B) the State or local government or person agreeing to pay compensation under this section continues to pay the compensation; and
(C) the Secretary decides the compensation is necessary to maintain the service to the place.
(2) The Secretary may require the State or local government or person agreeing to pay compensation under this section to make advance payments or provide other security to ensure that timely payments are made.
(d) Review.—
(1) The Secretary shall review periodically the enhanced essential air service provided to each eligible place under this section.
(2) For service for which the Government pays 50 percent of the compensation, based on the review and consultation with the affected community and the State or local government or person paying the remaining 50 percent of the compensation, the Secretary shall make appropriate adjustments in the type and level of service to the place.
(3) For service for which the Government pays 100 percent of the compensation, based on the review and consultation with the State or local government submitting the proposal, the Secretary shall decide whether the service has succeeded for at least a 2-year period under the criteria prescribed under subsection (a)(3) of this section. If unsuccessful, the place is not eligible for air service or air transportation for which compensation is paid by the Secretary under this subchapter.
(e) Ending, Suspending, and Reducing Air Transportation.— An air carrier may end, suspend, or reduce air transportation to an eligible place below the level of enhanced essential air service established for that place by the Secretary under this section only after giving the Secretary, the affected community, and the State or local government or person paying compensation for that service at least 30 days’ notice before ending, suspending, or reducing the service. This subsection does not relieve the carrier of an obligation under section 41734 of this title.

Source

(Pub. L. 103–272, § 1(e),July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 1148.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised Section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
41735(a)
49 App.:1389(c)(1), (3)(C).
Aug. 23, 1958, Pub. L. 85–726, 72 Stat. 731, § 419(c); added Oct. 24, 1978, Pub. L. 95–504, § 33(a), 92 Stat. 1732; Dec. 8, 1983, Pub. L. 98–213, § 10, 97 Stat. 1461; Oct. 4, 1984, Pub. L. 98–443, § 9(r), 98 Stat. 1708; restated Dec. 30, 1987, Pub. L. 100–223, § 202(a)(1), (2), (b)(1), 101 Stat. 1507, 1512.
41735(b)
49 App.:1389(c)(2).
41735(c)
49 App.:1389(c)(5)–(7).
41735(d)
49 App.:1389(c)(3)(A), (B).
41735(e)
49 App.:1389(c)(4).

In subsections (a)(2)(B)(ii) and (d)(3), the words “air service or air transportation for which compensation is paid” are substituted for “air service for which compensation is payable” for consistency with the source provisions restated in sections 41733 and 41736 of the revised title.
In subsection (a)(3), the word “prescribe” is substituted for “establish” for consistency in the revised title.
In subsection (b), before clause (1), the words “issue a decision” are omitted as unnecessary because of the restatement.
In subsection (c)(1)(B), the words “State or local government or person agreeing to pay compensation under this section” are substituted for “government or person agreeing to pay any non-Federal share” for clarity.
In subsection (c)(2), the words “State or local government or person agreeing to pay compensation under this section” are substituted for “non-Federal payments for enhanced essential air service under this subsection” for clarity.
In subsection (d)(2), the words “For service for which the Government pays 50 percent of the compensation” are substituted for “If the enhanced essential air service approved under this subsection is to be at a 50 percent Federal share” because of the restatement. The words “the remaining 50 percent” are substituted for “the non-Federal” for clarity and consistency in this section.
In subsection (d)(3), the words “For service for which the Government pays 100 percent of the compensation” are substituted for “If the enhanced essential air service approved under this subsection is to be at a 100 percent Federal share” because of the restatement.

 

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