MARTINSBURG - The future of commercial air passenger service for this region has been set.
Flights from the Blair and Cambria county airports to the Washington D.C. area will continue at least for the next couple of years.
In recent months, four different airlines stepped up and said they would be interested in providing commercial air service to this region if they could land a big federal subsidy.
On Wednesday, Federal Officials announced that Colgan Air will get millions of dollars to continue at least its current level of service.
Colgan Air, operating as United Express, currently provides 18 commercial flights each week between the Blair County Airport in Martinsburg, the Cambria County Airport near Johnstown, and Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C.
That service will now continue for at least the next two years with the help of an annual federal subsidy of more that $3.3 million.
The money will come from the Federal Transportation Department's program to provide what is called " Essential Air Service."
Colgan Air landed the federal contract in part based on how that airline has served this region over the past couple of years..
Colgan Air will continue to use the 34 seat Saab 340 aircraft and offer multiple flights to and from Dulles airport each day.
Competing airlines proposed using different aircraft and flying to Pittsburgh and Cleveland as their primary destinations.
That was why Colgan Air got plenty of support from local officials and many of the people who currently fly in and out of the region.
CLICK HERE to view the release sent out by the U.S. Department of Transportation.