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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thompson Announces New Carrier for DuBois Regional Airport

Southern Airways Express Will Offer Flights to Pittsburgh and Baltimore

Bellefonte, PA –U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Southern Airways Express, LLC (Southern) a contract to provide commercial air service flights from the DuBois Regional Airport (DUJ) to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Baltimore/Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The service is offered under the DOT’s Essential Air Service Program.

“DuBois Regional has provided a service in keeping Clearfield, Elk, and Jefferson county travelers connected with the national air transportation system,” said Thompson. “The approach of offering a variety of flights to both Pittsburgh and Baltimore will provide a great opportunity for business and recreational travel to and from the area,” added Thompson.

Southern will provide DUJ with 19 weekly nonstop round trips to BWI and 19 weekly nonstop round trips to PIT. According to airport officials, specific details about further business ties to the airline will be released in the coming weeks. It is anticipated that Southern will keep the maintenance operations that service the current commercial carrier on site. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s contract with Southern will run for a two-year period, from Oct. 1, 2016 through Oct. 31, 2018.

“We are very excited about the future of commuter flights at the DuBois Regional Airport with Southern Airways,” said Clearfield-Jefferson Counties Airport Authority Board Member Dave Stern. “The airline plans to offer great prices on flights and has a strong reputation for reliability, which is vital for people in our area traveling for business.”

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

This is crazy, just shut that airport down and save a lot of money..
It serves a select few and costs the rest of us $thousands$ in tax money.

Anonymous said...

It costs you less than pennies, Collectively it costs ALL of us thousands. Good for all of us who fly, it isn't just a "chosen" few. PIT and BWI both would be nice for BFD. The success of the PIT connector from BFD would hopefully translate over to both airports. So if the Feds stopped funding these flights, where should they put that money? Send it to Afghanistan? Mexico? Spend it to stop the dreaded drug!!........marijuana??

Anonymous said...

This is awesome news!!! Love the BFD flights!