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4 bid for Johnstown airport's commuter service

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Four airlines want to provide federally subsidized commuter service at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport in western Pennsylvania.

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Colgan Air provides service to Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., where Johnstown-area travelers can connect to national and international flights. That contract expires June 30.

Colgan Air is bidding to continue but Gulfstream International Airlines, of Orlando, Fla., and Charter Air Transport, of Cleveland, and Sovereign Air Inc., of Belcourt are also bidding under the Essential Air Service subsidies program.

The companies bid by offering a menu of flights and then saying how large of a federal subsidy they require. The subsidy requests range from $1.1 million to $3.9 million.

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