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New air service to Dulles delayed

November 01, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The first day of air service from Hagerstown Regional Airport to Dulles International Airport has been postponed from Thursday to Monday.

Phil Ridenour, the director of Hagerstown Regional Airport, said the delay was caused by the storm that hit the East Coast earlier in the week.

David Hackett of Sun Air said last week that the storm could hamper plans to start service in Hagerstown if it prevented the airline from moving its planes to the area during the past weekend.

Hackett couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Cape Air ended its flights between Hagerstown and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday as planned, Ridenour said.

The plan, as of last week, had been for Cape Air to stop its service on Wednesday and Sun Air to begin its service on Thursday.

With Cape Air leaving and Sun Air not yet starting, Hagerstown is down to one commercial air carrier for the rest of this week — Allegiant, which flies to Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida.

When Sun Air starts on Monday, it will have two daily flights each way between Hagerstown and Dulles.

Planes will be scheduled to leave Dulles at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and arrive at Hagerstown 50 minutes later.

Planes will be scheduled to leave Hagerstown at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and arrive at Dulles 50 minutes later.

Starting Dec. 2, Sun Air expects to increase from 14 flights a week to 24 flights a week. There will be four each weekday and two apiece on Saturday and Sunday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved Sun Air to serve both Hagerstown and Lancaster Airport in Lititz, Pa., through Sept. 30, 2015, through a federal subsidy program for communities that are not close to major airports.

During the storm, flights to and from Hagerstown were canceled on Monday and Tuesday. Also, the first Cape Air flight on Wednesday was canceled because of freezing rain, Ridenour said.

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