Toledo Express Airport isn't the only similarly situated airport to struggle with holding onto commercial air passenger service, and the airlines' patience with start-up routes -- even subsidized ones -- is short. Consider the example of Topeka, Kan., which is about to lose its only scheduled flights after just a nine-month startup period -- a startup that included nearly $2 million in revenue guarantees for United Airlines. Apparently their local travelers are happy to drive to Kansas City, even though K.C. is far from being a hub any more.
Toledo officials also have a federal grant intended to subsidize a startup air service, but so far they haven't found any takers.