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By DAVE McMILLION | March 24, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Kay Baker flew in from Tyler, Texas, to see her niece. Steve Berner was able to get back to Hagerstown quicker to handle a family medical emergency. Kay Cannady came from Tulsa, Okla., to visit her granddaughter. The three passengers were among those who took advantage of the first day of commercial air service between Hagerstown and Baltimore being offered by Cape Air. Hagerstown lost commercial air service in September 2007 when a federal Essential Air Service subsidy expired.
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | June 27, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown Regional Airport's only provider of commercial airline service will be leaving the airport in September. Air Midwest will discontinue flights at Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sept. 30, when the company's $650,000 annual federal subsidy to provide service at the airport expires. Tom Bacon of Mesa Air Group, which owns Air Midwest, said it would not be profitable to continue flying to Hagerstown after the subsidy ends. "We've done the calculations, and it just doesn't make sense," Bacon said.
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 27, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Local residents likely will no longer be able to book flights through Hagerstown Regional Airport starting Monday. Air Midwest, which has flown US Airways commuter flights between Hagerstown and Pittsburgh for the last three years, has said it will leave the airport when its contract expires Sunday. Airport officials had not found a carrier to replace Air Midwest by Wednesday evening, according to Greg Larsen, Business Development Manager for Hagerstown Regional Airport.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | December 13, 2012
Sun Air is delaying its plan to expand commercial service at Hagerstown Regional Airport until early 2013, according to Phil Ridenour, the airport's director. The company started flying between Hagerstown and Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia on Nov. 5, four days later than the carrier first expected. The delay was attributed, in part, to delays caused by Superstorm Sandy. Only one passenger from the public flew any of the legs on the first two round-trips between Hagerstown and Dulles.
By HEATHER KEELS | February 15, 2008
Passenger service could return to Hagerstown Regional Airport within three months under a bill passed by the U.S. Senate to restore a federal airline subsidy, an airport official said. Maryland Democrats Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski said they expect President Bush to sign the legislation, which passed the House earlier this week. "This is really great news for the community, assuming that it moves forward, and we believe it will," said Greg Larsen, the airport's business development manager.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | August 9, 2011
Direct Air is ending its service out of Hagerstown Regional Airport on Aug. 21, but might come back next year, the company announced Tuesday. Direct Air started flying twice a week from Hagerstown to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lakeland, Fla., on June 23. Direct Air's imminent departure will leave Cape Air as the only local carrier. Cape Air flies between Hagerstown and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Ed Warneck, a managing partner for Direct Air, said the airline decided that Hagerstown could be a good "seasonal market" and hopes to resume service next spring.
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | December 1, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Hagerstown Regional Airport's slogan is "Ready for the Future," but the theme of Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the airport's new runway extension could have been "Acknowledging the Past. " Almost all of the event's 15 speakers thanked the dozens of former local and state officials who they said made the new 7,000-foot runway possible. "It's an honor to have all of them here," said Airport Manager Carolyn S. Motz. "So many people were a part of this.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 17, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Four companies have applied to provide commercial air service out of Hagerstown Regional Airport through a federal subsidy. Depending on which, if any, of the four is chosen, Washington County travelers might get a new link to Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City or Chicago. All four companies also applied to serve the Lancaster, Pa., airport. The Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy is available for carriers in Hagerstown, Lancaster and Brookings, S.D., because of their distance to larger airports.
By HEATHER KEELS | April 5, 2010
HAGERSTOWN -- Beginning Thursday, Cape Air will modify its schedule for flights between Hagerstown and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport to add an additional flight on Mondays and Fridays and offer one less round-trip flight on Saturdays and Sundays, airline spokeswoman Michelle Haynes said. "We heard loud and clear from the business community that they wanted more flights during the week as opposed to the weekend," Haynes said. Under the new schedule, on Mondays and Fridays, an additional flight will depart Hagerstown for BWI at 12:48 p.m. and depart BWI for Hagerstown at 2:15 p.m. That falls in the middle of the airline's other four daily flights.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | August 12, 2011
Now that a pitched battle over the Federal Aviation Administration has died down, several small airports that want to keep a federal subsidy - including Hagerstown Regional Airport - must state their case. An agreement Congress reached last week would exclude those 13 airports from the Essential Air Service program. However, lawmakers left the door open for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to approve further subsidies. A week later, there's no word of when the excluded airports can appeal or what LaHood will do. But Cape Air, which flies between Hagerstown and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport through an EAS subsidy, expects to stay in Hagerstown, based on what it has heard from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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