By DAVE McMILLION
USAirways Express flights from Hagerstown to Baltimore, used by about 25,000 people a year, are expected to be eliminated starting Tuesday, USAirways and Washington County Regional Airport officials said Friday.
The decision follows problems with the Baltimore flights that started last September, said Airport Manager Carolyn Motz.
The flights were cancelled for a week that month because of crew problems, Motz said.
Motz said the elimination of the flights has nothing to do with the local airport, but rather problems with Mesa Airlines, the New Mexico carrier that operates the service.
Mesa Airlines is one of two "express carriers" that operate similar to franchises to run the USAirways Express service locally, Motz said. Motz said she was told that Mesa is experiencing a crew shortage due to training problems.