Journal of Transportation Management


Many rural communities over the years have had to endure reduced levels of scheduled transportation services to the point that some have indeed experienced a cessation of services. Accompanying the deregulation of airlines in 1978 was the expressed fear that transportation services would continue to spiral downward and various communities would lose their population bases. This study investigates the two decades of airline deregulation and the impact that that 1978 legislation has had on small communities that are situated 100 air miles or more from any hub airport. Chief among the findings are: (1) that service levels have indeed deteriorated as indicated by the fact that over one-quarter of the non hubs lost all service, (2) of those locations that retained some service, nearly two-thirds experienced reduced levels of service, and (3) the overall pattern of population growth remained approximately the same whether service was eliminated, reduced, or increased.