The DOT has advised – essentially – that they have no idea when the docket will be issued for the 2018 – yes, 2018 – Small Community Air Service Development Program.
The money has been appropriated, but the docket, according to word from the DOT, is still being reviewed. Like, it’s been the same for the past 17 years.
It is uncertain whether there will be two SCASD dockets in the calendar year of 2019… one for 2018 and one for 2019.
This delay has zero to do with any federal shutdown… the fact is that this is a program that the DOT has simply failed to implement – and that is not anything for DOT Secretary Elaine Chao to be proud of.