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Jamestown Airport May Offer Flights to Pittsburgh

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The Jamestown/Chautauqua County Airport may soon offer something the Erie airport does not....direct flights to Pittsburgh.
         
Right now, the only commercial flights from Jamestown are to Cleveland.  However, the provider of those flights wants out of its contract as soon as possible. But, two other regional carriers have submitted bids to the federal government to start air service to Pittsburgh.

Commercial air service to and from Jamestown is subsidized by the federal government as a way to stimulate industry and tourism in the area. While other airports are losing their subsidies, it looks like Jamestown will be keeping theirs by meeting minimum passenger levels.  It may take at least a month to learn if the federal department of transportation will approve one of the bids.

 If one of these carriers is approved, it could entice people from Erie to, perhaps, consider flying out of Jamestown. Erie passengers have not been able to fly into Pittsburgh since 2008.  With only a 45 minute drive to Jamestown, they could fly there once again, if the flights are approved.

"One of the nicest advantages that we have in our location, in relation to Erie, is that we're close by, we have free parking.  To go through security takes 5 minutes.   There's never a long line.   We have a wonderful restaurant.   There's all kinds of good reasons to be able to bring people here," said David Sanctuary, Airport Director.

Neither of the two regional carriers that bid on the Jamestown to Pittsburgh service are associated with any one airline.  But, by logging onto an Internet travel site such as Orbitz or Travelosity, that site would figure out any flight you would want, starting in Jamestown and connecting through Pittsburgh.
 


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