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Williamsport Regional Airport will not have commercial air service anytime soon, airport executive director Richard Howell reported.

“The short version is ‘no'” he said in response to a question about the return of commercial flights at the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority meeting.

He said talks are underway with carriers that could change that.

The airport has had no commercial flights since last fall, when American Airlines ended service.

Earlier this summer, it was reported at a Pennsylvania Transportation Advisory Committee listening session that pilot shortages are a key factor in the loss of commercial service for many community airports.

Howell reported that airport officials are still working on issues with the hangar project.

An ordinance from the borough of Montoursville prohibits the construction of a building in a flood zone, a problem that worries private pilots.

Solutions to the situation, Howell said, are to waterproof the building or surround it with barricades or walls.

“We have to follow the rules of the district” he said.

In addition, the AMF approved the 2021 audit by Baker Tilly and a two-year lease agreement with Hertz.

The authority also approved final payment of $91,946 to Bronder Technical Services, Prospect, for the Taxiway B lighting project.

Howell said the CARES Act grant funding for 2022 is $835,655.

This brings the total amount to $4.44 million.

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