Silver Airways believes its decision to eliminate two important Altoona-Blair County Airport flights will help the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company better serve the airport.
While there apparently will be some benefits for the air carrier in regard to scheduling of flight crews and airplane maintenance, it is hard to envision the move benefiting Silver or the airport from a passenger standpoint.
Many business travelers prefer an early-morning flight to get them to their destination in plenty of time for meetings or other duties - then, a later-evening flight to get home, so they can be back at their places of employment the next day.
Not having to stay overnight at a hotel helps their companies from both a financial and work-production standpoint.
Meanwhile, there are many reasons why other travelers choose an early-morning flight over flights later in the day, something Silver needs to acknowledge.
Silver's decision will deal all of the people in question a disservice, making it necessary for many of them to use other modes of travel.
The airport authority is in an uncomfortable position. Although it opposes Silver's move, it would be wrong for the authority to be too outspoken amid its unhappiness, for an obvious reason.
Silver has been providing air service between the Altoona and Johnstown airports and the Washington-Dulles Airport since August 2012, when Silver was the only airline to come forward to offer the flights.
The current contract expires in 2014.
Silver has indicated a desire to continue providing the service beyond the current contract's expiration, but it has the option to change its mind if local officials bad-mouth it because of the decision in question.
Nevertheless, Silver's decision to abandon the two flights is not in Blair's or adjacent counties' best interests, and it must be hoped that Silver reconsiders, if not now then in the near future.
Regardless, Silver should carry out its stated plan to launch a marketing effort next month or in January to try to build ridership from the local air facility.
That marketing effort would be the first for the airport in a number of years.
Silver says eliminating the two flights will help it to better adhere to flight schedules and also would provide more time for airplane maintenance at Dulles, a component of greater safety.
Still, it's troubling that elimination of the flights will make the local airport less attractive to some travelers.
Silver will look like gold if it makes the flight cancellations, which take effect today, short-lived.