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Southern Airways, which in January began daily service connecting Morgantown, W.Va. to Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., will move its D.C. area hub from IAD-Washington/Dulles to BWI Baltimore/Washington beginning July 31.
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.
“Our Southern Airways service is off to a ‘wild & wonderful’ start here in West Virginia, thanks to the excellent support and cooperation we have received from the city of Morgantown, the Chamber of Commerce, WVU, the local hospitality community, and most of all our loyal, local, hometown airport flyers,” said Mark Cestari, executive vice president of business development for Southern Airways. “We believe our new low-cost flights to BWI Baltimore/Washington Airport, the capital region’s fastest-growing and most user-friendly gateway, will be very popular with both business and leisure travelers.”
These routes are part of the federal Essential Air Service program and were awarded to Southern Airways by the U.S. Department of Transportation. “Morgantown is our busiest non-hub departure city in the Southern Airways system, and service there is possible only through this important federal program. Without it, passengers would be forced to drive to Charleston or Pittsburgh,” said Stan Little, Chairman and CEO of Southern Airways.
Passengers who currently have tickets between Morgantown and IAD-Washington/Dulles for flights on or after July 31 will be contacted by the airline for re-accommodation options. Effected passengers may also call 1-800-329-0485.
Passengers booked between Morgantown and Pittsburgh International Airport will not be effected by the change.
Southern Airways’ Morgantown flights arrive and depart from Morgantown Municipal Airport. All flights are on nine-seat turbo-prop aircraft, so boarding lines are never long. This, along with free parking at the airport, and Southern’s free baggage policy are among the many conveniences that passengers enjoy when flying from Morgantown.
Tickets are on sale at the airline’s website, www.iFlySouthern.com, as well as major online travel sites. Tickets may also be purchased through Southern Airways call center at 1-800- 329-0485.
For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Todd Smith (t.smith@iFlySouthern.com 615-202-7944) or Southern’s chief marketing officer, Keith Sisson (k.sisson@iFlySouthern.com 228-313-9920).