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8th May 2009, 13:49
Here's an interesting story and video from ABC NEWS about Government involvement, taxpayer money, and the effect of an influential politician when it comes to subsidized air service.

I find it quite puzzling that the average, clueless, uninformed American somewhow seems to think that U.S. airlines "pull their own weight" and do not require government subsidies.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

When the conversation turns to the construction of high speed rail routes (similar to what Europe and Asia enjoy), these same people are the first to shout that these operations should be privately financed, self-supporting and never allowed to receive government financial support.

It's a huge double-standard, fueled by massive mis-information. :confused:

Do Brits and other Europeans have these types of discussions, i.e., where strong opinions are advanced that certain transportation operations must be discontinued (or never considered in the first place) for fear that such an operation would be a perpetual money loser and require taxpayer support?

Welcome to the Airport for Nobody - ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Politics/story?id=7412160&page=1)


8th May 2009, 16:22
Other way round over here.

Trains are subsidised by the taxpayer while the evil planet killing airlines are taxed to death (apart from a few routes in Scotland and Wales).


8th May 2009, 20:31
The UK taxpayer (not the Scottish Parliment or specifically Jock "taxpayers"), subsidises flights by residents of the Scottish Islands and remote Highlands airports.
They can get up to 50% off any UK internal flight starting at the airport of the island in which they live, to anywhere in the UK.

Completely unjustified and totally unecessary - they should pay their own way - something they're not used to.