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Changes taking off at Jamestown Airport

There's a new airline flying out of Jamestown offering connections to Pittsburgh.

Sun Air Express will be offering 24 weekly round trips to and from Pittsburgh and the connections available there. The air service is replacing Silver Airways which has been cutting its array of destinations. Most of its flights from Jamestown went to Cleveland. The flights are subsidized out of Washington under the Essential Air Service Program.

County Manager of Airports and Parks Bill Tucker says the air service is important to the county and its economy.

"Chautuaqua County Airports have been in operation for over 75 years and throughout that time they have always provided tremendous service to our residents and to our commercial air passengers," Tucker said.

"With the transition from Silver over to Sun Air, we're continuing that transition and we're making a very convenient and necessary air travel service available to our residents."

There is service to Buffalo and its connections at Buffalo Niagara International. Tucker says tourism and economic development have to offer commercial air service as part of the package to attract and keep businesses and tourists.

The service will start with eight-passenger Piper Navajo planes.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.