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For Immediate Release:

Commercial Passenger Service to continue at HGR

Contact:

Hagerstown Regional Airport
Richard A. Henson Field
18434 Showalter Road, Suite 1
Hagerstown, Maryland 21742-1381
Telephone: 240-313-2777
FAX: 301-791-2590
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(Hagerstown, MD April 15, 2005) -- The staff and Airport Advisory Commission at the Hagerstown Regional Airport are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation has decided in favor of the Washington County Commissioners' petition for the reinstatement of the Essential Air Service program eligibility. The process has been supported and nurtured by U. S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes along with Congressman Roscoe Bartlett.

Airport Manager Carolyn Motz stated that "This eligibility will help to assure that the citizens of Washington County and the surrounding quad-state region may continue to conveniently access the National Air Transportation system from Hagerstown Regional Airport for at least the next two years. During that time, the runway improvement program will be substantially complete, allowing Hagerstown to attract air carriers that utilize regional jets and operate beyond the hub and spoke system."

According to Greg Larsen, Airport Business Manager, the next step is for the airport to advertise for prospective airlines to operate a link to a hub airport. That process will take several months. During that time, the current airline, Air Midwest, will continue flights between Hagerstown and Pittsburgh, operating as US Airways Express.

Motz is urging the public to continue to fly on US Airways from Hagerstown. "The continued use of our lovely airport will only strengthen our case for airlines of the future to connect with our community."

For more information, contact Greg Larsen at (240) 313-2777.

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