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Commercial flights to fly from IPT for the first time since late 2021, two flights a day to Dulles Airport

Since 2012, Casey has fought and delivered vital funding to the northeast PA airport

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is applauding the return of commercial air service to Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT), an important transportation hub in North Central Pennsylvania. IPT has not had commercial air service since the departure of American Airlines in 2021. Service to begin in May with two flights per day to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Senator Casey has long fought to support and maintain critical air service to small and rural communities across the Nation.

“I have fought for the Williamsport airport, including by securing federal funding, because this airport is a lifeline for Lycoming County and the region,” Senator Casey said. “Thanks to the hard work of airport leadership, support from all levels of government, and the tenacity of this community, passengers will be able to fly in and out of Williamsport for the first time since the pandemic. Restoring air service will protect jobs and boost the local economy.”

Since entering office, Senator Casey has fought to ensure small and rural Pennsylvania communities retained access to air service, including Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT).

In 2012, Senator Casey delivered a $500,000 Small Community Air Service Development grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to Williamsport Regional Airport to recruit additional commercial air service and spur opportunities for economic growth in North Central Pennsylvania.

In 2021, as a result of Casey’s efforts, IPT received $950,000 from the FAA to retain air service amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The same year, Senator Casey voted in favor of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) which, to date, has invested $3.73 million in IPT to make key infrastructure, including a $700,000 grant to renovate the air traffic control tower. In September 2021, Senator Casey visited IPT to meet with the airport’s executive director, several county commissioners, and local stakeholders to discuss efforts to secure regional air service.