On Wednesday, Silver Airways first day of operations, the airline experienced flight delays at Altoona-Blair County Airport that left passengers frustrated. The delays came when the aircraft had to undergo a mechanical inspection due to a storm in the region. Then the aircraft needed to undergo maintenance after hitting a bird while landing at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. Vice President of the arirline, Mickey Bowman, said it was a bewitching kind of day.
Bowman also made assurances that despite the rocky start, the airline, which is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is committed to keeping an on-time flight schedule. One passenger, Gail Boyles, was waiting for a flight with her daughter and said when she was a high school student in the 1960s she used to work at the airport. She said it was much busier then. Airport officials say they hope that Silver Airways makes a strong effort to build ridership and attract people who currently drive to other airports.
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