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County airport commuter service is up in the air

September 26, 2007

Hagerstown Regional Airport provides commuter airline service, rental cars, charter flights, flying lessons and space for about 50 businesses.

The airport's commuter airline provider, Air Midwest, which offers two daily USAirways Express flights to and from Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, was scheduled to leave the airport on Sept. 30. No carrier was immediately identified to replace Air Midwest.

U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., introduced a bill in August in the Senate that would force Air Midwest to continue flights to the airport by extending for five years the Essential Air Service program. The program subsidizes airlines that fly to airports in small communities.

Charter flights are available through Falcon Air at 301-491-2263.

People interested in learning to fly can schedule discovery flights or lessons through Eagle Air. To contact Eagle Air, which also rents aircraft, call 301-797-2288.

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The airport is off Exit 10A of Interstate 81 on Showalter Road, north of Hagerstown. The phone number is 240-313-2777.

The airport's Web site is www.flyhagerstown.com.

The airport is extending Runway 9-27 to 7,000 feet. The $60.2 million project is expected to be completed in December 2007.

Other services

· Car rentals - Three rental car agencies provide service at Hagerstown Regional Airport. They are Avis, Budget and Hertz.

· Pilot services - There are about 50 business operations at the airport, including Northrop Grumman, Sierra Nevada and Earth Data.

· Rider Jet Center - The center operates as a fixed-base operation where pilots can get fuel, file flight plans, purchase supplies and rest. The center's phone number is 301-791-9119 or 1-866-FBO-4-HGR.

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