A US Airways Express carrier that planned to leave Hagerstown Regional Airport will receive a $650,000 annual federal subsidy to stay there through September 2007.
Air Midwest, which operates as US Airways Express at the airport, will provide three round trips per day from Hagerstown to Pittsburgh International Airport in 19-seat Beech 1900D aircraft. It currently offers two daily flights.
U.S. Sens. Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski, both D-Md., announced the subsidized service Friday.
Subsidized service is available to airports designated as Essential Air Service facilities.
The Essential Air Service program, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, ensures smaller communities maintain a minimum level of passenger service.