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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 17, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Hagerstown Regional Airport officials are expected to announce Wednesday that Allegiant Air, a Las Vegas-based airline that flies to U.S. vacation destinations, has agreed to provide commercial air service to Hagerstown. Allegiant Air will fly between Hagerstown and Orlando, according to a government official with knowledge of the agreement. Tyri Squyres, spokeswoman for Allegiant Air, said she would neither confirm nor deny the agreement but said Allegiant Air "would be very interested" in flying to Hagerstown.
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | August 8, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin kicked off his first official visit to Washington County on Tuesday with a press conference at Hagerstown Regional Airport, a facility that has benefited greatly since Cardin took office in January. "We're really pleased to have him here. He's done a lot for us," Airport Development Manager Gregory Larsen said as he arranged chairs at the podium just before Cardin spoke. Cardin, D-Md., spoke to a crowd of about 20 local officials and businessmen in the airport's terminal, announcing a $2.9 million federal grant that will be directed to the airport to help realign one of its taxiways.
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 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 13, 2011
Area residents now have another government-subsidized option for transit to Baltimore. With the help of a federal grant, BayRunner Shuttle has begun offering daily round-trip van rides between Western Maryland and Baltimore, including stops in Hancock and Hagerstown. The company’s 14-passenger vans pick up Hagerstown passengers in front of Sleep Inn and Suites, near the Park and Ride on Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive. They provide service to the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the BWI Amtrak train station and the Baltimore Greyhound bus station.
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 JOSHUA BOWMAN | April 15, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- It is unlikely that passenger airlines will take advantage of a federal subsidy to fly to Hagerstown Regional Airport before that subsidy expires this September, Airport Business Development Manager Greg Larsen said Friday. Larsen said if the airport contracts with a carrier by the fall it probably would be outside of the subsidy program. The Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy, which pays airlines to fly to communities far from larger hub airports, was to expire on Sept.
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.
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