SELINSGROVE — Penn Valley Airport is expanding its services with private charter flights to more than 5,000 destinations in the U.S. and Canada.
Montoursville-based The Liberty Group, owner of Energy Aviation which manages the airport in Snyder County, has invested more than $2 million to bring the service offered by IPT135 Charter to the area, said general manager James Taylor.
A six- to seven-passenger aircraft is now available for charter flights.
“This is an incredible tool for the local businesses,” said Taylor. “Time is money. If a company had a meeting or is trying to land a contract in a neighboring state, they only had two choices for a meeting that may only last an hour until now.”
Bruce Witkop, chairman of the Penn Valley Airport Authority that owns the facility, said there are always requests for charter services.
“There is definitely a need. No one offers that in our area,” he said, adding that he expects business owners, individuals and students to take advantage of the service.
County Commissioner Peggy Chamberlain Roup said the airport is vital to the area’s continued growth and economic development and needs to continue to receive support.
“The Penn Valley Airport is the Valley’s diamond in the rough. Offering private charter service makes that diamond shine a little brighter,” she said.
Private charter service will expand the quality of life, agreed Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz.
“It’s a better alternative than driving hours” to an out-of-state meeting, he said.
Taylor said the private aircraft charter provides 24-hour, 365-days-a-year service at travelers’ convenience.
A roundtrip fare to Charlotte, N.C., would be $6,208, or about $1,034 per seat for a 1-hour-and-40-minute, one-way flight, Taylor said.
“We are not limited to airports that serve the airlines (and) can access more than 5,000…