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Colgan Air Dropping Bridgeport, Morgantown Airports

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BRIDGEPORT -

Colgan Air, which operates United Express flights out of the Morgantown Municipal Airport and North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport has filed notice with the Department of Transportation to cease its operations out of those airports as well as the Raleigh County Memorial Airport, according to a release from Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office.

The North Central West Virginia Airport has already put out bids for the route and is in talks with a new airline to take it over, Interim Director Rick Rock said.

"We were expecting it to occur," Rock said. "Colgan was making a business decision. The company has been having financial difficulties and couldn't sustain operations."

Rock said Colgan began serving the airport in Bridgeport in 2008.

Colgan will be required to fly the route until another carrier comes in, in accordance with the Essential Air Service, Rock said.

"The route was profitable so I'm sure we will find an alternative," he said. "It's important for the community to see the value in having air service and for it to support it when possible."

In the release, Rockefeller said he will work to help find the alternate carriers.

"I've repeatedly stressed that rural air service is not a matter of convenience for West Virginians. It's a necessity. I believe in the value of our airports as engines of economic growth," Rockefeller said in a written statement.

Colgan operates United Express flights from Bridgeport to Morgantown and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.