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Airport in discussions with third airline

January 23, 2002

Airport in discussions with third airline



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said Tuesday she is involved in talks with officials of an airline about offering passenger service at the airport. An announcement on the matter could be made in the near future.

She refused to elaborate and would not identify the airline involved in the talks.

Motz told the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday that one of the goals of a proposed marketing plan for the airport was to get a third air carrier.

Hagerstown has daily flights on USAirways Express to Pittsburgh.

Boston-Maine Airways of Portsmouth, N.H., a division of Pan American, recently started taking passengers between Cumberland, Md., and Baltimore-Washington International Airport, with stops in Hagerstown.

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The plan calls for developing a strategy for expanding the existing airlines' service, Motz said.

The marketing plan was presented to the Washington County Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting.

Other marketing plan goals include:

-- Preparing for the extension of the main Hagerstown Regional Airport runway from 5,450 feet to 8,000 feet. The work would include having educational presentations for community groups.

The cost of the extension, including studies, is estimated at $62 million. That includes funds to build two adjacent underpasses to carry U.S. 11 under the runway.

-- Using advertisements to promote the airport under the three-line identifier HGR and continuing to promote use of the airport's Internet site, www.FlyHagerstown.com.

-- Investigating a strategy to acquire additional property adjacent to the airfield for airport improvements and/or relocations, as well as property for the expansion of existing or prospective businesses.

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