| Central Penn Business Journal
Is Southwest's HIA departure significant?
When Southwest Airlines Co. last week announced it was pulling its AirTran Airways flights from Harrisburg International Airport, the news was received with barely a sigh.
Except for a Dillsburg resident who formed a small petition.
AirTran flew 100,000 people between HIA and Orlando last year. Southwest has been consolidating its services after its merger with AirTran last year, and HIA was one of six airports the company is dropping.
Obviously, no one wants to see reduced services or our regional brand tarnished, and airlines pulling out of airports might be perceived as a bigger problem.
Is it significant to the airport or this region that Southwest is pulling out? Should the business community be getting behind an effort to keep Southwest here?
Christopher Passante is the editor of the Central Penn Business Journal.