Southern Airways Express to move hub to BWI Airport, add new routes to Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Southern Airways Express, a small regional airline that flies nine daily round-trip flights at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, will move its Washington-area hub to BWI from Dulles International Airport and add new routes to Johnstown, Pa. and Morgantown, W.Va., officials announced Thursday.

The new routes will be the fifth and sixth at BWI for the Memphis, Tenn.-based airline, which now flies passengers aboard a nine-seat Cessna Caravan plane between the airport and Hagerstown; Altoona, Pa.; Lancaster, Pa.; and DuBois, Pa.

Founded in 2013, Southern Airways began flying at BWI in November and will move its hub to the airport July 31. The airline said it made the move in hopes of capitalizing on connections with low-cost flights at Southwest Airlines, which also has a hub at BWI.

The airport set a record in 2016 with 25.1 million passengers and passenger traffic has grown for 21 straight months through March 2017, the most recent month for which the data is available.

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