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UPDATE: Silver Airways Ending Flights From Wood County to Cleveland

By: James Sparvero, Todd Baucher Email
By: James Sparvero, Todd Baucher Email
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UPDATE 2/14/2014 5:00 PM

In 3 months, passenger service from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport will be discontinued.

A 90 day notice is being issued from Silver Airways that it's ending flights to Cleveland.

Service is scheduled to end May 15, but airport management says they're hopeful commercial flights will continue past that deadline

Silver has flown from Wood County to Cleveland since 2009.

The company says United Airlines ending its hub in Cleveland is one factor making it economically impossible to continue flying.

That's scheduled to happen in June, so according to MOV Airport management, it makes sense Silver would give their 90 day notice now.

However, they're hoping the airline re-bids to continue flights before May 15.

"Will Silver bid again? I'm hoping they will because of our 8,000 passengers we had last year," says airport manager Jeff McDougle. "It's the highest passenger load we had in over 7 years. So I think we can make a case that we are a strong airport. And I think Silver themselves realize that too."

McDougle also tells me he's confident Silver will continue services past May 15th.

He says a recent spike in passengers flying to Cleveland could influence Silver to stay in the Mid-Ohio Valley after all.

Whether Silver or another prospective carrier will fly to Cleveland is another story.

Commissioner Wayne Dunn of the airport board says Washington-Dulles could be the airport's new destination.

More optimism for the airport.

Management says it's nearly guaranteed, even without a commercial carrier, the airport will continue operations, serving private flights, and even the military.

UPDATE 2/14/2014 12:10 PM

In three months, passenger service from the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport will be discontinued.

Silver Airways issued a 90-day notice it is ending its flights to Cleveland from several cities, including Parkersburg.

The service is to end May 15th.

Silver has flown as United Express from Wood County to Cleveland since 2009.

A company spokeswoman cites factors making it economically impossible to continue flying from Wood County, along with markets in New York state and Pennsylvania.

The news comes weeks after United Airlines announced it was ending its hub in Cleveland, where connections were made from the local area.

"Business as usual" at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport - at least for the moment.

Big worries hover overhead, however, following United's announcement to pull out of Cleveland.

United Airlines will be making major cutbacks at Hopkins International and will stop using the Cleveland airport as a "hub".

That means most of the United flights coming through Hopkins will be eliminated.

Meanwhile at home, management says Silver Airlines flights at MOV Regional will not be affected - at least not until the United cuts in Cleveland happen.

"The United pull down of Cleveland, is going to happen by June," says airport manager Jeff McDougle. "At this point, we don't know what the impact will be for the traveling public for the Mid-Ohio Valley."

McDougle says most local passengers travel beyond Cleveland.

Come June, the fear is that a lack of connecting flights out of Cleveland will hurt business at our regional airport because passengers may have fewer choices in destinations.

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