Your flights from Erie Airport are about to get a lot quicker and smoother

Powerful changes are coming to flights in and out of the Erie International Airport. American Airlines will no longer fly a turboprop plane in and out of the airport, but this means more comfortable flights for passengers.

Turboprop planes are a thing of the past.  It's been in the system for years, it's been a workhorse around the state and around the country for a short haul.  American Airlines will be replacing the planes with all jet flights.

George Doughty, Executive Director of the Airport Authority tells us, "The dash 8 is no longer serviceable. Airplanes wear out eventually. They can always be kept flying, but the cost of doing that, doing the maintenance that would be required, is prohibitive. The airplanes then get retired. The jets they're going to replace it with are relatively new and they'll be around for awhile longer."

But, through the transition process, American Airlines will be going from two flights a day to Philadelphia to one "until toward the end of December and then it will go back up to two and stay at two until indefinitely, as far as we know," says Doughty. 

While they feel safe on both, most passengers prefer the speed and comfort of a jet.  Kathleen Ballard says, "it's more modern... [the] technology is probably better; they're quieter."

"It's a stronger force..." says Bilal Ansari.

The jet planes also offering more seats and quicker flights. Doughty says, "the jets do take probably 20-30 minutes off of the flying time because they're obviously faster."

Sunday will be the last turboprop flight. The changes go into affect next week.


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