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By DON AINES | | February 26, 2013
There was some good news mixed with some uncertainties when Hagerstown Regional Airport Director Phil Ridenour briefed the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. On the good side, Allegiant Air, which operates twice weekly flights to Orlando from the airport, had nearly 4,800 passengers between Jan. 4 and Feb. 25, Ridenour said. Its planes were at 93 percent of capacity on departures, or 154 passengers per flight, he said. Departures averaged about 88 percent of capacity last year, he said.
January 2, 2012
As 2011 drew to a close, The Herald-Mail took a look back at some of the stories we wrote about during the year. These are the final stories, which provide a glimpse of the story, and what happened next.   Fort Ritchie awaits impact report The story: Agent Orange was among the herbicides tested at the former Fort Ritchie Army base in 1963, according to U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs documents that surfaced in February.
By HEATHER KEELS | | March 30, 2011
Hagerstown Regional Airport officials said Wednesday that they are counting on the community to help retain the airport’s new, twice-weekly jet service to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Lakeland, Fla., which is slated to start June 23. “We’re ecstatic about this service to these two popular destinations. However, we are depending on you folks in the community and the Tri-State area to fill these seats and make this work,” Airport Director Phil Ridenour said at a news conference in the airport terminal Wednesday morning.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | | March 29, 2011
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.
August 20, 2011
Direct Air (to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Lakeland, Fla.) - June 23, 2011- Aug. 21, 2011 Cape Air (to BWI) - March 2009 to present Allegiant Air (to Orlando) - November 2008-July 2010 Air Midwest (US Airways flights to Pittsburgh) - May 2004-September 2007 Shuttle America (US Airways flights to Pittsburgh) - May 2002-May 2004 Boston-Maine Airways (to BWI and Cumberland) - December 2001-June 2003 Chautauqua Airlines (US Airways flights to Pittsburgh)
By HEATHER KEELS | | June 23, 2011
Direct Air's inaugural flight into Hagerstown Regional Airport Thursday was about an hour behind schedule, but with a bluegrass band, sheet cake, a contest and speeches by local officials, outbound passengers had plenty to keep them busy. The flight was the first of what will be twice-weekly service between Hagerstown Regional Airport and Lakeland, Fla., with stops in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Local officials heralded the service as not only a convenient travel option for area residents, but a chance to partner with Lakeland, Fla. — a central Florida city midway between Tampa and Orlando — to cross-promote tourism between Florida and Western Maryland.
By HEATHER KEELS | | March 22, 2012
Washington County officials this morning officially announced that Allegiant Air, which previously provided air service out of Hagerstown Regional Airport, will again offer flights between Hagerstown and Orlando. County, airline and airport officials made the announcement Thursday morning at the airport, although the information already had been posted on the airport's website.   The nonstop jet service between Hagerstown and Orlando, Fla., via Orlando Sanford International Airport will begin May 25, a release on the airport's webpage said.
June 25, 2011
Thumbs up: To baseball phenom Bryce Harper for injecting some baseball excitement into Hagerstown and the Tri-State area. We wish him luck as he climbs the professional baseball ladder. To Washington County Commissioners Terry Baker, John F. Barr and Ruth Anne Callaham for paying their own way to Florida on the first Direct Air flight out of Hagerstown Regional Airport June 23. To Dave Reeder, a longtime administrator in Washington County Public Schools, who left his job as director of secondary education to become superintendent of the Camp Hill (Pa.)
June 14, 2011
Commissioners adopt water resources element The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to adopt a new, state-mandated “water resources element” as an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan. County staff prepared the new element in response to a 2006 state law requiring counties and municipalities to analyze whether their water resources will be adequate for the land use proposed in their comprehensive plans. The amendment was the subject of a June 7 public hearing and was recommended for approval by the Washington County Planning Commission.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | February 28, 2013
Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr and Hagerstown Regional Airport officials were in Arizona this week to talk to Allegiant Air officials about additional flights in and out of Hagerstown, including Myrtle Beach, S.C., and more Florida destinations, Barr said Thursday. Airport Director Phil Ridenour told the commissioners Tuesday he would meet with Allegiant representatives Friday to discuss the possibility of opening a route from Hagerstown to Myrtle Beach. Direct Air had scheduled flights to Myrtle Beach that ended in 2011.
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