Director: One 'if' stands between airport, new airline service – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Dec 30, 2021
The Williamsport Regional Airport on Wednesday. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette
Airport Executive Director Richard Howell said Southern Airways Express may introduce at least three flights a day beginning in the spring.
“Right now, we are looking at pricing with United Airlines,” he said. “If they can help us out with pricing, it’s a done deal.”
Howell noted that United Airlines has a ticketing and baggage agreement with Southern Airways.
Under such agreements, flyers can have a more seamless experience connecting to larger flights, he said.
Earlier this year, United reached a deal with Southern Airways for passengers using the Lancaster Airport.
Howell said Southern Airways would fly nine-passenger Cessna Caravans between Williamsport and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. where the commuter airline has its Mid-Atlantic hub.
“They (the planes) are not big, but it’s a start,” he said, adding there remain issues nationwide with having enough pilots to fly planes.
“January, February and March is the slow time for air service,” he added.
Howell said he anticipates an official word on the commercial flights in January.
“We haven’t signed anything yet,” he said.
American Airlines ended flights to and from the local airport in late September, leaving Lycoming County without commercial service.
In the meantime, Howell said the airport will utilize federal funding for infrastructure improvements at the airport.
Just over $1 million was awarded the airport earlier this month under the Airport Infrastructure Grants program.
Sixty-two airports across the state shared in the $70 million allocation.
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