September Traffic Up; New Service To Pittsburgh and Franklin

September 2016 Traffic up nearly 12 Percent

September was the fifth consecutive monthly traffic increase at Harrisburg International Airport as 105,489 total passengers used the airport, which is an 11.8% increase compared to September 2015. All five HIA airlines posted September increases led by Allegiant (76%), American (17%) and Air Canada (12%). So far in 2016, 894,273 passengers have accessed the region via the airport, which is an increase of 0.4% compared to 2015.

Non-Stop Service to Pittsburgh Begins Monday

Today, nearly two million people a year use the PA Turnpike to drive between the Harrisburg and Pittsburgh regions. Beginning Monday, there will once again be an option to fly!

For the first time since 2008, the Harrisburg and Pittsburgh regions will be connected by air as Southern Airways Express begins daily nonstop service to Pittsburgh International Airport on Monday, October 31, 2016. “We are thrilled to be connected with Pittsburgh once again,” said Timothy Edwards, Executive Director, Harrisburg International Airport. “Southern’s service has great appeal to business travelers who need to make a quick trip to/from Pittsburgh. Flying gives them time to relax and be productive rather than spending more than 7 hours driving to/from Pittsburgh round trip.”

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Normal PIT-MDT Weekly Schedule, effective 10/31/16:



Note: connecting service to PIT is also available on weekday over Franklin

Non-Stop Service to Franklin Begins Tuesday

For the first time ever, there will be nonstop air service between Harrisburg and Northwestern Pennsylvania as Southern Airways Express will begin weekday nonstop service to/from Venango Regional Airport on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Venango Regional Airport is located about 2 miles from Franklin, and about 10 miles from Oil City, PA, in the heart of the natural gas region of Pennsylvania. Located along Route 322, Southern’s nonstop service to Franklin provides much faster and easier access to locations throughout northwestern Pennsylvania saving hours of driving in each direction.

With rental cars available at the airport, locations throughout Venango, Clarion, Mercer and Crawford Counties are now just a short drive away from the airport. In fact, downtown Erie, normally about a five hour drive from Harrisburg, is just a 75 minute drive from the Franklin Airport. As a result, getting to Erie from Harrisburg now can done in about three hours versus the five hours prior to Southern’s new service.

Additionally, Venango Regional Airport is in very close proximity to some large colleges in Western Pennsylvania. Grove City College (22.5 miles), Slippery Rock University (26.5 miles), Allegheny College (29.6 miles), and Clarion University (31.3 miles) are a short drive to the airport, allowing for local students from Cumberland, Dauphin, York, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties a quicker way home for holidays and other events.

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FKL-MDT Weekday Schedule, effective 11/01/16

Franklin Service

Note: connecting service to PIT is also available on weekday over Franklin

Comparing Driving to Flying between MDT and FKL

Franklin Pit Drive Chart



SARAA Invests $630,000 into Airport to Maintain and Improve Airport Facilities
Today the SARAA board authorized the investment of more than $686,000 into multiple projects and equipment purchases to maintain and improve the facilities at Harrisburg International Airport. Projects include design work for the rehabilitation of Airport Drive at HIA, the purchase of a cargo van, an articulating boom lift, a fiber-optic testing kit for internet services, parking garage maintenance, boiler maintenance, carpet replacement in the baggage claim area, and a roof replacement at Building 514 (Vehicle Storage & Maintenance). These investments are essential to the maintenance of airport facilities so that the tenants, employees and passengers continue to enjoy a safe, comfortable and convenient airport experience.