Plans call for a year-old air service from the Cumberland, Md., and Hagerstown airports to Baltimore-Washington International Airport to continue past June even if the state subsidy is eliminated, an official with the airline said Wednesday.
Dan Fortnam, vice president of sales and marketing for Boston-Maine's Clipper Connection, and Carolyn Motz, Hagerstown Regional Airport manager, said Wednesday they are confident the airline will be financially self-sufficient by the time the current subsidy runs out June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
The state subsidy was slashed from the budget released last Friday by Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
The Maryland Aviation Administration recommended against continuing the state subsidy for Boston-Maine Airways past June 30. The three times a day flights from Cumberland and Hagerstown to BWI and back have not drawn enough customers to be independently profitable, according to a report the agency sent to state legislative leaders and the governor.