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

Commercial air service is not expected to return to the Williamsport Regional Airport until at least late summer, according to airport director Richard Howell.

The hope had been to have in place commercial flights by this month, with Southern Airways serving the area.

However, Howell confirmed at this week’s Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority meeting that it won’t happen now.

“It is kind of disappointing,” he said.

Southern had planned on flying nine-passenger planes out of the airport three times a day.

He explained that Southern decided to hold off from the Williamsport market after SkyWest Airlines announced plans to pull commercial flights from 29 cities.

That prompted Southern to look at some of those markets and reconsider plans for the local airport which has been without commercial service since American Airlines pulled out last fall.

“They (Southern Airways) are still interested in the market,” Howell said.

In other matters, the Authority approved agreements with Transystems to upgrade the sanitary sewer pump station and for repaving of the t-hangar taxi lanes and ramp areas.

Howell announced that CARES Act grant funding for 2022 amounts to $121,829. Total CARES funding is at $3.7 million.

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