Thursday, November 01, 2012

Lancaster Airport (KLNS), Pennsylvania: Sun Air's start here delayed to Monday

People eager for long-awaited service to Dulles International Airport will have to wait longer.

Sun Air has delayed the start of service between Lancaster Airport and Dulles from Thursday to Monday.

It's the second postponement of Sun Air's launch here. Initially Sun Air was targeting an Oct. 15 start.

"They're having trouble getting their approvals from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)," said Dave Eberly, airport director here.

"There's all kinds of procedural stuff they need to have in place. They just didn't start early enough," he said today.

Meanwhile, Cape Air is ending its service between Lancaster and Baltimore-Washington International tonight, as previously announced.

Capping three-and-a-half years of service, the last Cape Air flight is set to arrive here from BWI at 7:05 p.m., Eberly said.

Eberly said Sun Air needs to have extensive documentation approved by the FAA before the first flight of its nine-passenger Chieftains.

Every procedure from de-icing to maintenance record-keeping to flight checks has to be spelled out, Eberly explained.

"They have to have the same paperwork as the big boys. It's the same documentation if you're flying 300 people or nine people," he said.

Plans are for two flights a day initially. The 55-minute flights will depart Lancaster at 6:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Returning flights will depart Dulles at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. The flights will double to four on Nov. 15.

The one-way fare initially is $45 if booked on Sun Air's website,

Sun Air, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has won a $2.5 million annual federal Essential Air Service subsidy to provide service here.


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