The Johnstown - Cambria County Airport Authority was discussing the future of commercial air service to this region because the Federal Aviation Authority wants to hear from local agencies before selecting a Commercial Air Carrier to receive the millions of dollars in federal subsidies that will be available after July First. While four air carriers have submitted proposals to provide air service to both the Cambria and Blair County Airports, the competition appears to come down to two carriers, the current service provider, Colgen Air, and a relatively new and growing company , Charter Air Transport. In the end, the Cambria County Board agreed to support the Colgen Air proposal. Company officials say their past service and the stability of the airline were what made the difference.
While the Board did not vote in their favor, the principals behind the Charter Air Transport proposal say they see a future for the sort of flexible, non-traditional air carrier service they are hoping to provide to this region. Even without the federal subsidy, Company officials believe this air service has a future serving our region.
The final decision on which air service provider will receive the multi-million dollar federal subsidy will be made in Washington by the F.A.A. That decision is expected well before the current air service contract expires June 30'th.