Governor Tom Corbett announced today that 20 airports will share $3.4 million in grant money. St. Marys Municipal Airport will receive $262,500 to build a parking lot.
This news comes on the heels of an order from the US Department of Transports ion to Silver Airways saying it must provide service at Bradford Regional for 30 more days.
In February, Silver Airways filed a 90-day notice of its plans to terminate air service at Bradford and four other small airports. In early June, The DOT stopped Silver from suspending service and asked for proposals from airlines interested in providing service to Bradford. In late June, DOT said the federal subsidy at Bradford would be terminated at the end of September because the average number of passengers at the airport is lower than 10, and because Bradford is within 175 miles of a larger airport.
Airport director Tom Frungillo has filed a request for a waiver to the passenger requirements and is still waiting for an answer. If the waiver is OK’d, DOT will choose a new carrier for the airport.