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US $ 950,000 Grant To Be Used To Earn Next Air Service To Williamsport Regional Airport | News, sports, jobs

A funding stream of nearly $ 1 million could help keep commercial air traffic going at Williamsport Regional Airport.

The airport’s executive director Richard Howell confirmed that a US $ 950,000 Federal Small Community Air Service Program grant will go a long way toward helping another airline on board.

The local airport receives the second highest dollar amount awarded to a total of 22 destination airports.

“To qualify for it, you have to be a small hub”, he said.

Howell said the grant is part of funding the Williamsport-to-Washington DC and Chicago air service.

However, he did admit to continuing commercial service after American Airlines left Williamsport on its last flight in late September in an effort to find an alternative airline.

The surge in the COVID-19 strain Delta Variant in recent weeks could definitely hurt the entire aviation industry.

The problem of finding pilots to meet the demand for air services is another issue.

“If we don’t have service in October, it’s not because we have a bad market or we don’t sell seats.” he said.

Airport officials are currently in contact with various airlines to attract them to the local market.

“We had very fruitful discussions” he said.

One of those airlines is SkyWest, which provided what Howell called a letter of support to operate from Williamsport under the United Express brand.

“It was not a declaration of commitment” he said. “You wouldn’t be leaving Williamsport until next year.”

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