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Southern Airways brings Hagerstown, Altoona commuter flights to BWI

Southern Airways will begin flying to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in November with daily flights from Hagerstown and Altoona, Pa., the commuter airline announced Thursday.

Service from Hagerstown Regional Airport to Baltimore will start Nov. 19. Service also will start that day from Altoona-Blair County Airport in Altoona to Baltimore. Fares start at $29 each way, and tickets are on sale at the airline's website at www.iFlySouthern.com.

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Memphis, Tenn.-based Southern Airways operates large propeller planes such as the 14-passenger Cessna 208 Caravan and the 9-passenger Piper PA-31 Chieftan.

"At BWI Marshall Airport, we continue to add new airlines and service to new markets," said Ricky Smith, CEO for BWI Marshall Airport. "Southern Airways is a growing airline with a record of reliable service."

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As part of the move, the airline is switching its East Coast hub for Hagerstown to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport from Washington Dulles International Airport. Pittsburgh flights from Hagerstown will remain unchanged, the airline said.

The airline is switching half its daily Altoona flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to BWI as part of the move. Other Pittsburg flights from Altoona will continue.

Founded in 2013, Southern acquired Sun Air Express in February and rebranded the airline, which led to an 87 percent increase in travel from Altoona this year and to a 32 percent increase in travel from Hagerstown.

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