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March 8, 2012

Airline wants out of Johnstown

Airport chairman: At least two others waiting to take its place

JOHNSTOWN — The airline providing commuter air service from Johnstown and Altoona airports today told the federal government it will not extend its contract for the service beyond June, a spokesman said.

“We provided notice that says we'd like to discontinue the service in 90 days,” Joe Williams said from Pinnacle Airline's Corp. in Memphis, Tenn., parent company of commuter-operator Colgan Air of Manassass, Va.

Williams quickly added that federal Department of Transportation regulations require Colgan Air to continue the service until another carrier is found, or for a reasonable period.

Local airport leaders say they are not concerned because at least two other carriers are preparing contract proposals for the service.

“We don’t think it it is going to be that disturbing,” said Richard Weaver, chairman of Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority.

“There is a request for proposals out on the commuter service.”

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