Southern Airways Express (Courtesy Photo)

Southern Airways Express (Courtesy Photo)

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Nonstop flights between Pittsburgh International Airport and Harrisburg will return in October after more than eight years.

In October, Southern Airways Express will start offering three daily flights to Harrisburg on weekdays and one each on Saturdays and Sundays.

The company bought out Sun Air Express in February and already offers flights from Pittsburgh to Altoona, Bradford, Franklin and Lancaster in Pennsylvania, as well as to Hagerstown, Maryland and Jamestown, New York. Those flights are offered under the federally subsidized Essential Air Service Program, which is meant to connect secondary airports to major markets like Pittsburgh.

The Harrisburg flights won’t be subsidized, however.

Southern Airways’ CEO Stan Little says the company wants to be Pennsylvania’s airline.

The flights will feature nine-seat aircraft and generally cost between $129 and $199.

 

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