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Airport to announce new passenger service

July 26, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

Washington County Regional Airport will announce a new airport passenger service on Monday, according to a release from Airport Manager Carolyn Motz.

Officials would not elaborate, but last month Motz said she was trying to schedule direct flights from Hagerstown to Newark, N.J., and to Philadelphia.

Motz also said she was trying to restore flights from Hagerstown to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, which were discontinued in December.

A press conference is set for 4 p.m. Monday at the airport with airport officials, the Washington County Commissioners and representatives of Chautauqua Airlines Inc., the release said.

Chautauqua Airlines, a US Airways Express Carrier, is the only commercial passenger service at the airport.

Chautauqua flies from Hagerstown to Pittsburgh six times a day. The airline currently has flights to Newark, N.J., from cities other than Hagerstown.

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In 1997, Chautauqua carried 53,378 passengers to and from Hagerstown, said John Presburg, vice president of marketing and planning for Chautauqua.

About 25,000 people a year were using the Baltimore service, Motz said.

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