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SARAA awards nearly $800,000 in new contracts; traffic down in June

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The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority awarded four contracts this week totaling $796,330.

“So far in 2014, SARAA and our partners have invested more than $4.6 million into the regional economy as we work to maintain and improve the infrastructure at all of our facilities,” said SARAA Chairman Fred Sembach. “Operating safe and efficient facilities for our tenants is a core focus of the airport authority.”

The contracts were awarded in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation. The projects awarded were:

• Improvements to Harrisburg International Airport checked baggage system, $104,500, G&S Mechanical USA Inc., Wichita, Kan.

• HIA firehouse generator, $108,930, Shannon A. Smith, Myerstown

• Construction of parallel taxiway at Franklin County Regional Airport, $567,900, Valley Quarries Inc., Chambersburg

• Emergency response professional services, $15,000, Glace Associates Inc., Camp Hill

In other news, 118,659 passengers passed through HIA in June, a 2 percent decline over June 2013.

Both Frontier (10,938) and Allegiant (8,462) served more passengers in June than during any previous month since they began service in 2012, SARAA said in a news release.

“Frontier’s new summer seasonal service to Chicago-Midway in addition to its popular service to Denver and Orlando increased June passengers by 20 percent,” Sembach said. “Allegiant’s 13 percent increase in traffic is due to flying larger aircraft to both Orlando-Sanford and St. Petersburg/Clearwater.”

Overall airport traffic remains about 1 percent behind 2013, the release said. United discontinued flights to both Cleveland and Newark, Sembach said, which resulted in a monthly 20 percent loss in traffic.

“This has negated all growth by the other airlines and may continue for the rest of 2014,” he added.

John Hilton

John Hilton

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