New PIT to AVP Flights Take Off

Sept. 5, 2018

Southern Airways Express,has completed the takeover and expansion of the air service between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Pittsburgh International Airport.

Southern operates more than 50 daily flights to/from Pittsburgh International Airport and has recently announced record passenger counts in the Pennsylvania cities of Lancaster, DuBois, Franklin, and Johnstown. Southern also recently completed a rarity in commuter aviation by completing 99.3 percent of all of its scheduled flights for the last 120 days.

"As Pennsylvania's hometown airline, we are proud to add Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to our growing network throughout the Commonwealth and the mid-Atlantic region," said Southern’s Chairman and CEO Stan Little. “We believe these fast, frequent, and affordable flights will be well-received by business and leisure flyers in both Northeast Pennsylvania and throughout the Pittsburgh region."

Southern is providing two non-stops in each direction, with weekday departures from Pittsburgh at 8:15 A.M. and 4 P.M. Flights departing from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are at 10:10 A.M. and 5:55 P.M. There is one flight in each direction on both Saturdays and Sundays.

"We know there is a market for this service," said AVP Executive Director Carl Beardsley. "We at the airport will do everything possible to work with the local business community and all of our travel partners to ensure its success."

"We are confident that twice-daily weekday service and reasonable fares will get people out of their cars and into our comfortable and roomy aircraft," said Southern Airways Chief Commercial Officer Mark Cestari. "We not only believe that this route will be popular with the business community, but also with students and sports fans that want easy access to the Steel City.”