Local Service Carriers
Local Service carriers are a classification of air carriers that operate between less-populated areas and major population centers. These carriers feed passengers into the major cities to connect with major carriers. Local service carriers are now classified as national carriers. National Air Carriers Association (NACA) is an organization that focuses on this particular type of carrier.
Historically, these types of carriers were regulated by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), however, this changed in 1978 when the Airline Deregulation Act was passed. The act removed many of the restrictions that had been placed on airlines, allowing them to operate more freely. As a result, local service carriers have been able to expand their operations and offer more routes and services. For example, today many local service carriers offer connecting flights to major hubs, as well as direct flights to smaller cities.
Today, local service carriers provide an important link in the logistics chain, connecting smaller communities with the larger transportation network. They play a vital role in ensuring that goods and people can move freely between different areas. Without them, many businesses would struggle to reach their customers and get their products to market.