Area airport to begin non-stop service to Pittsburgh
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WOLF-TV) —
A new airline is coming to Wilkes-Barre International Airport early in the New Year.
Regional Sky plans to offer non-stop flights to Pittsburgh beginning in March.
"We're going from a five-hour drive to an hour long flight, which makes the connection between the two so much more effective,” Carl Beardsley, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Executive Director, said.
Scranton based Regional Sky plans to begin flying non-stop from Avoca to Pittsburgh twice a day.
"We're very excited. This year we were awarded, by the FAA and the DOT, our commuter airline certificate which gave us the opportunity to serve as a commuter air-lining,” Jim Gallagher, Regional Sky-Scranton President, said.
It's been more than a decade since the airport last flew to Pittsburgh.
“This is something we've been working towards for many years. Our business community has been requesting that we look at this, bring this back to the service here at the airport, and something we're very proud we're able to accomplish,” Tim McGinley, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Board Chairman, said.
It’s not cheap; about $400 round trip, including tax.
While anyone can fly, there's about 8 seats on a flight.
So, it's welcome news to businesses in the area whose employees travel.
"Whenever the business community is surveyed, or whenever we meet with them firsthand, we find that Pittsburgh service, direct service to Pittsburgh, or non-stop service to Pittsburgh, is always at the top of the list,” Beardsley added.
"It's gonna be very convenient for our team and our players. We're gonna back to forth to Pittsburgh. We'll use the service all the time. We think it's good for the community. But, from a business perspective, it does a lot of help for us,” Jeff Barrett, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins CEO, said.
But not everyone we spoke to is sure there's a need for the service.
"I'm sure there is for people who want to go to the games, but that's about it,” Peggy West, of Archbald, said.
And how about 4-hundred dollars round trip?
"I think that's expensive!” she exclaimed.
While flights don't begin until March, tickets go on sale beginning in January.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets, visit www.regionalsky.com