How and Why Aviation has Changed
In terms of aviation, the 80's and early 90's spoiled us. There were a dozen major airlines, falling all over themselves and each other, racing to carry as many people as they could, at any cost.
Even if it meant operating at a loss to do it. This was a boon for the flying public as it meant connections everywhere, to hub cities and smaller communities on major airlines.
During this period, from Paducah you could fly to Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, Louisville, Evansville, and even Frankfort. to give you an idea how far and wide airlines were flying.
Then in the mid to late 90's the winds began to change, and the flight paradigm began to shift as airlines were starting to go under, or operate an unsustainable levels.