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Try for third airline fails

August 14, 2002|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

Hagerstown Regional Airport's proposal to bring in a third airline and start service to Philadelphia has fallen through, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said Tuesday.

Two airlines fly out of Hagerstown - the US Airways Express goes to Pittsburgh and the Pan Am Clipper Connection links Baltimore, Hagerstown and Cumberland, Md.

Shuttle America took over the US Airways Express from Chautauqua Airlines in May. Boston-Maine Airways began the Pan Am Clipper Connection last December.

Earlier this year, when Chautauqua Airlines still had the US Airways Express franchise, the airport talked to Shuttle America about starting a Hagerstown-to-Philadelphia route, but the plan didn't work, Motz said.

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Instead, Shuttle America took over the US Airways Express from Chautauqua Airlines, Motz said.

She said the airport is not planning to try again for a third carrier.

"That's it for right now," she said. "We have to show the world - or show the airlines, if you would - that we're going to fill up (the planes) we have."

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