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Hagerstown airport adding service to South Carolina, Florida

March 29, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • Phil Ridenour
Phil Ridenour

Hagerstown Regional Airport will be adding air service to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lakeland, Fla., starting June 23, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said Tuesday.

Direct Air & Tours of Myrtle Beach, together with Sky King Inc. of Sacramento, Calif., will offer services between the airports twice a week, starting June 23, according to a filing with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

On the filing, Direct Air & Tours was listed as the charter operator and Sky King was listed as the carrier.

Direct Air proposes to fly between Lakeland, Hagerstown and Myrtle Beach on Thursdays and Sundays, according to the filing.

It also proposes to fly between Lakeland and Niagara Falls, N.Y., and between Lakeland and Springfield, Ill., on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, the filing said.

Passengers will fly on a 150-seat 737-400, according to the filing.

Local officials Tuesday would not respond to questions about the new service.

Ridenour said he would not confirm what airlines were coming to Hagerstown.

An announcement will be made at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the airport regarding the new air service, Ridenour said.

Commissioner William B. McKinley, who represents the Washington County Board of Commissioners on the Airport Advisory Commission, said discussions about the announcement were held in closed session, and he was not at liberty to disclose details about it until after the news conference.

County Administrator Gregory B. Murray also declined to confirm details about the service.

During the “commissioners’ comments” portion of a county commissioners’ meeting Tuesday, Commissioner John F. Barr mentioned that there would be a “great announcement” at the airport Wednesday morning. Barr said he regretted that he would be unable to attend because he will be at a board meeting of the Maryland Association of Counties in Annapolis.

Barr also would not confirm details about the announcement.

Direct Air “is an indirect air carrier providing public charter air flights, and offering all-inclusive vacation, golf and entertainment packages,” according to its website, www.visitdirectair.com.

The airline currently flies to 16 cities, including Allentown, Pa., Fort Myers, Fla., Pittsburgh and West Palm Beach, Fla.

The airline’s website said the company began providing scheduled public charter flights March 7, 2007, and highlights its low cost.

Sky King Inc. was founded in July 1990, according to its website, www.flyskyking.net.

The website said Sky King expanded in 2004 from a private charter company for sports teams, entertainment groups and major corporate executives to include scheduled service out of several East Coast airports.

Staff Writers Julie E. Greene and Heather Keels contributed to this story.

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