Augusta airport getting new airline

Posted Nov. 23, 2010, at 6:40 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Augusta State Airport is getting a new airline.

Beginning Dec. 1, Cape Air will be offering service between the Maine capital and Boston, replacing Colgan Air as the airport’s airline.

According to the Kennebec Journal, Cape Air’s nine-passenger Cessna 402s will replace the 34-passenger Saab 340-Bs that Colgan now flies out of Augusta. Cape Air’s Web site says most of the flights will cost $49 or $59.

Cape Air plans to employ 10 to 12 workers in Augusta, depending on the season.

Andrew Bonney, vice president of planning for Hyannis, Mass.-based Cape Air, said he was unsure how many of those workers currently work for Colgan but knew at least some were making the transition from Colgan to Cape Air.

One Colgan worker making the transition will be Nancy Witham, station manager, who Bonney said the company has already “heard wonderful things about.”

Augusta State Airport Manager John Guimond said he believes nearly all the Colgan workers in Augusta will also work for Cape Air.

“It will be the same people, so it’ll be a seamless transition,” said Guimond. “They’ll be ready, absolutely.”

The airline plans to offer four nonstop flights between Augusta and Boston during the summer, and three nonstop flights in winter. The flight is generally just more than an hour long.

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