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Charlotte flight service set to begin

The Williamsport Regional Airport is in the midst of its marketing campaign to get the word out about flights to and from Charlotte, N.C.

Airport Executive Director Richard Howell reported to the Municipal Airport Authority Thursday that billboards are being used to market the new flight service and television advertising is set to come out next week.

Impact Advertising was hired by the Authority this summer to promote the flights to the public as well as the benefits of using the local airport.

The first flights to Charlotte from the airport will be Aug. 18.

Howell noted that planes from the airport were at slightly more than 50 percent capacity for passengers during July.

“I was very encouraged by that,” he said.

With COVID-19 having reduced air traffic this year, Howell said he would have expected the figure to be lower.

He noted that air fares are at very competitive rates at this time.

Howell said the airport has so far received $190,000 in CARES funding from the federal government.

The money can be used for a variety of purposes including development projects.

Overall, the airport will receive $17.9 million in the federal funding package.

A total of 63 airports will share in the $239 million airport aid plan.

Howell also reported that the Montour Street project is set to get under way in 2022.

The project involves extension of the street to the airport.

“The plan is to move forward with it,” he said.

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