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Commuter Flight Service Return Unknown Despite Grant

January 2nd, 2014 by WCBC Radio

The Potomac Highlands Airport Authority last year was awarded a $2.3 million Federal Aviation Administration grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway rehabilitation at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport- however when or if commuter flight service ever returns to the local airfield remains an unknown.  The federal grant will fund the relocation of runway thresholds, acquisition of six new parcels of land and the removal of dangerous runway obstructions at the airport. This is the largest grant the authority has received thus far and will also help jump-start the engineering phase of the runway rehabilitation project, which will likely begin early this (2014) year.  The airport has not had service from a major airline since US Airways Express carrier Air Midwest left in September 2001 – and Airport manager Ryan Shaffer was asked recently about the possibility of a return of flight service.


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