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THE FUTURE OF AIR SERVICE IN NORTHERN MAINE IS THE TOPIC OF UMFK's FALL BUSINESS BREAKFAST

October 20, 2011

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold a business breakfast for the St. John Valley community on The Future of Air Service in Northern Maine on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 a.m. in Nowland Hall on the UMFK campus. 

Tickets to the breakfast are priced at $10 per person, and must be reserved by Thursday, November 3.
 
Scott Wardwell, airport director at Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle will be the guest speaker. Wardwell’s presentation will focus on the challenges of, and opportunities for, providing airline service in the local area.
 
Last month, Colgan Air, which operates as U.S. Airways Express in Presque Isle, petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to end service between Boston and Presque Isle. However, a replacement carrier must be found before Colgan Air ceases operation; potentially sometime in 2012.
 
Colgan Air receives $2.6 million annually in federal subsidies to provide regular flights between Presque Isle and Logan Airport in Boston under the DOT’s Essential Air Service program.
 
Essential Air Service is a federal government program enacted to guarantee that small communities in the United States, which, prior to the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, were served by certificated airlines, maintained commercial service.  Its aim is to maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service to communities that otherwise would not be profitable.
 
For further information, or to reserve tickets to the business breakfast, please call 834-7557.