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No commercial flights yet for Williamsport Regional Airport

The Williamsport Regional Airport on Wednesday. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

The Williamsport Regional Airport will not have commercial air service anytime soon, Airport Executive Director Richard Howell reported.

“The short version is no,” he said in response to a question posed to him about the return of commercial flights during the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority meeting .

He said talks are ongoing with carriers who could change that situation.

The airport has been without commercial flights since last fall when American Airlines ended flight service there.

Earlier this summer, it was reported during a Pennsylvania Transportation Advisory Committee listening session that pilot shortages are a key factor to the loss of commercial service for many community airports.

Howell reported that airport officials are still working through issues surrounding the hangar project.

A Montoursville Borough ordinance prevents construction of a building in a flood area, a problem that has drawn concern from private pilots.

Solutions to the situation, Howell said, include waterproofing the building or surrounding it with barricades or walls.

“We have to follow the borough rules,” he said.

In other matters, the Authority approved the audit of 2021 by Baker Tilly and a two-year lease agreement with Hertz.

The Authority also approved the final payment of $91,946 to Bronder Technical Services, Prospect, for the Taxiway B lighting project.

Howell reported that CARES Act grant funding for 2022 is at $835,655.

That brings the total amount to $4.44 million.

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