Southern Airways moves D.C.-area hub to BWI

From Mirror staff reports

JOHNSTOWN — Southern Airways, which in December began daily service connecting Johnstown to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., will move its D.C.-area hub from IAD-Washington/Dulles to BWI Baltimore/Washington beginning July 17.

The move is aimed to capitalize on lower fares of connecting flights at one of Southwest Airlines’ largest hubs. Baltimore is also the busiest airport in the capital region and offers low-cost rail connectivity from the airport to the heart of the nation’s capital.

“We believe our new flights to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport will be a superior complement to our popular flights to Pittsburgh International. After serving this community via Washington/Dulles for six months, we decided to survey our passengers and area business leaders. As a result, we discovered they prefer BWI as their gateway to the nation’s capital and beyond,” said Mark Cestari, executive vice president of business development for Southern Airways, in a statement.

“We will continue to work closely with our travel partners in Johnstown, as well as Cambria and Somerset businesses, elected officials and attractions, to bring the best level of air service to this region, at the very best value and lowest cost,” Cestari said.

These routes are part of the Essential Air Service program and were awarded to Southern Airways by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Johnstown has been a cornerstone of the non-taxpayer funded EAS program. Service there is possible only through the continued support of Senators (Pat) Toomey and (Bob) Casey, along with Congressmen (Bill) Shuster and (Keith) Rothfus. Without their support, residents would be forced to drive to Pittsburgh or Harrisburg,” said Stan Little, chairman and CEO of Southern Airways, in a statement.

Passengers who currently have tickets between Johnstown and IAD-Washington/Dulles for flights on or after July 17 will be contacted by the airline for re-accommodation options.

Passengers booked between Johnstown and Pittsburgh International Airport will not be affected by the change.