Here’s one reason Los Angeles World Airports does not subsidize new flights

UPDATE: Frontier’s flight cited below between Denver and Rockford, Ill. is not being entirely cut as I initially reported. Frontier is instead making the flight summer only service.

People periodically ask why Los Angeles World Airports chooses not to given incentives to airlines operating at LAX or Ontario International Airport.

Lots of airports do it. You waive terminal or landing fees for awhile, and you can convince an airline to start an otherwise marginal route. Smaller and midsize cities do it because civic leaders and airport executives believe it’s their only chance of getting a nonstop flight to Chicago, or Dallas or Denver. Politicians and business interests often argue it’s good for economic development.

But incentives are not permanent. And when they end, airlines often pull out.

Hence, this week’s news that Frontier Airlines is rolling back its flights between Rockford, Ill. and Denver. The Rockford Register Star reported that in the first nine months of that service service, the airport was paying Frontier $30,000 a month to prop up the flight.

It will now be summer only service.

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