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Looking at this Tuesday's council meeting, the agenda link from the website gives an error and the packet link loads a blank page. How's that for public notice?
Might I suggest staff verify all links after posting?
The city managed LMD has also gone into executive session without first describing the subject on the public notice and having not read the Colorado statute that provides for the session. Both are required by law. Check http://steamboatsprings.net/AgendaCenter/Local-Marketing-District-3 for agendas where executive session is only generically listed.
Given that 60% of sales tax is collected from locals, I suggest projects that equally benefit locals and tourists.
The city jail will be quite affordable to those housed in it :)
Melanie - Assuming you are talking about this article:
The phrase "cancelled or delayed" is used, not just cancelled. Also, this was for flights in the first few weeks of February, not since Jan 1.
I get the stats from airport management each month and January was only a 5% cancellation rate (30 out of 578). And that's for any reason (including weather). Even at Republic's worst last summer I don't think their non-weather cancellation rate was 30%, but I will get the data and report back.
If we built the airport ourselves, why not start up Rocky Mountain Airways again - funded by the County/City? :)
In all seriousness - Sixel's presentation was very fascinating. I would have never predicted that over 200 area locals are driving to DIA every single day! I appreciate the county/city/Chamber going together to pay for the study.
I do disagree that a considerable amount of money is our only option. Here are two:
Now that we have the data on flights flown out of DIA, let's look at schedule optimizations that could allow more people to make their connection from HDN. This is a common problem in the summer when flights leave too late or return too early to make a connection. Show the United CEO how leaving 15 minutes earlier from HDN or returning 15 minutes later could help him steal revenue from a competitor.
For the areas where we already spend money via the LMD/revenue guarantee program, cross reference desired routes requested by the tourism stakeholders with data we now have on locals flying to those same markets. This would provide beneficial routes to locals and save the LMD money by filling more seats with paying locals rather than costing the revenue guarantee program money. I believe Sixel's study identified Dallas as a much larger market for local travelers than Houston. Let's get American in for daily summer 2015 service to DFW to both provide United some competition at HDN and have a route which both tourists and locals want to fly on. Add in some marketing to both groups (not just tourists, but also locals) and watch your revenue guarantees become unnecessary.
Here is the classic use case I always show people when comparing HDN to DIA, assuming a 4-day business/personal trip:
HDN Parking: $32.00
Mileage Rate between town and HDN (round trip, 50 miles total): $28.00
Average Round Trip Fare (from Sixel study): $542.00
DIA Parking (close-in, what most business travelers use): $92.00
Mileage Rate between Steamboat and DIA (round trip, 360 miles total): $201.60
Average Round Trip Fare (from Sixel study): $372.00
Is it worth a $63.60 savings to drive to DIA? Not if you value your time - which is lost for about 7 hours driving round trip to DIA and getting to/from your gate versus 30 minutes driving to HDN and walking across the street then quickly getting to your gate. Throw in the added productivity of being able to work on the entire flight (after FAA relaxed the electronic device rules) and getting double segment credit towards elite status, and HDN makes perfect sense - as long as the reliability and schedule choices are there.
When you compare the $602.00 HDN number to more common fares found at other hubs, the difference is even less. This is why I use HDN - because it's convenient, efficient, and less expensive than my work peers traveling out of Chicago, Boston, etc.
Executive Summary can be found at:
The study area is graphically depicted at the very top. Sixel is the foremost expert in this area and I believe they have accurately included the right target market.
The article considers it ironic that this study came out right after the Houston flight was chosen by the LMD. I would describe it as unfortunate. I strongly lobbied for the LMD to look at this data before making their decision, but for some reason that didn't happen. I asked the question at the LMD meeting as to why they were choosing Houston, and about the only data point I got was that "it's a hub." No understanding of current demand for Houston. And keep in mind that a Houston summer flight was chosen in the past and for whatever reason it ended.
I'm very excited about the momentum finally happening for data-driven analysis on air service. Yet I'm still concerned about the culture of the county, LMD, airport commission, city, etc. in making decisions (especially with taxpayer money) on a whim, on Ski Corp's request, or light assumptions rather than the same type of data the private sector would use prior to investing their capital.
The study that I lobbied for several months ago (http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2013/sep/20/location-neutral-business-group-studying-air-servi/) is in, at least in a preliminary form, and shows 215 of us each and every day goes down to Denver for a flight. That's three full RJ's! Study summary at:
It's unfortunate that the LMD couldn't have analyzed this data (as I requested) before choosing a summer flight. Maybe it would have given them confidence to add another Denver round trip year-round.
But I'm optimistic that HDN is about to have a drastic change in management philosophy, not just allowing Ski Corp to indirectly drive the decisions, but looking at us locals as a much more important resource.
Pay the pilots more and we wouldn't have a shortage. It's extremely concerning that small airports like Steamboat command the highest fares yet are flown by the lowest paid pilots on regional operators.
Solution is to vote "no" to any ballot issue with ambiguity.
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