New crew base at HIA to create more jobs,
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — More Midstate jobs are on the way, as Harrisburg International Airport is just three days away from having its first airline crew base in addition to a decade.
Even though you can’t buy a ticket on Piedmont Airlines, the name and logo are the same as a former major airline that, through a series of mergers, became part of American Airlines. .
But today? “Piedmont is a regional airline owned and operated by American Airlines. They fly 50-seat regional jets every year, 145 from here to Chicago, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Boston,” HIA spokesman Scott Miller said.
Planes painted in American colors, piloted by Piedmontese, who will now have the crew base here. “That means they will live here,” Miller said.
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Made possible by the fact that starting on Sunday, their journeys will begin and end in Harrisburg. “Whether they’re flying into Philadelphia or Charlotte or any of the other hubs, they’ll start and end here,” Miller said.
Good news for a region that is doing quite well economically, but is losing some good jobs with the departure of the head offices of Rite-Aid and Harsco. So the news from Piedmont?
“The more employees based here, the better it is for the local economy. More people are living here, buying homes, buying food, buying gas, going to stores, getting involved in schools in the community,” Miller said.
About sixty pilots and air hostesses join the Piedmontese engineers, who already live here, because the airline already has what is called a maintenance base.
“Planes fly here daily. They go through routine maintenance checks. They’re cleaned, they’re repaired, and they’re well maintained in a shed here,” Miller said.
One thing the crew base doesn’t, at least not necessarily, is more flights and lower fares. For now, American’s flight schedule is similar to before. It’s just that the pilots and flight attendants working on those flights can now be our neighbors.