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Boston-Maine flights start

December 27, 2001

Boston-Maine flights start



By JULIE E. GREENE
julieg@herald-mail.com


Daily flights to Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Hagerstown Regional Airport will begin on Dec. 28.

Boston-Maine Airways of Portsmouth, N.H., a division of Pan American, received certification this week from the Federal Aviation Administration to provide passenger air service to Baltimore from Hagerstown and Cumberland, Md.

The flights will fill "a niche the market has clamored for," Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said Thursday.

After decades of providing flights from Hagerstown to Baltimore, USAirways stopped the service in December 1997, Motz said. That's when USAirways stopped having a hub at BWI just as Southwest Airlines was making its presence known at BWI, she said.

USAirways still offers daily flights from Hagerstown to Pittsburgh.

Boston-Maine will provide three round-trip flights Monday through Friday to Baltimore, spokesman Dan Fortnam said. There will be two round trips a day on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.

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A round trip, from Hagerstown or Cumberland, will cost $59, Fortnam said.

The route is called the Clipper Connection. The planes are British Aerospace Jetstream 31s, which are 19-seat twin turboprops, Fortnam said.

People can start booking flights Saturday morning by calling 1-800-359-7262.

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