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The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority approved a $1.4 million budget for this year and transacted other business at its recent monthly meeting.

The spending plan, covering the costs of operating Williamsport Regional Airport, includes an overall increase of 5% for salaries and employee benefits.

Airport chief executive Richard Howell noted that healthcare spending alone rose 2.5%.

About $660,0000 in CARES Act funding is expected to fill a gap in the budget.

Julie McManus of World Travel International, tenant of the airport, asked the council to consider reducing the company’s rent.

Lower use of the airport compared to previous years is hurting the business, she told the board.

In the past, several flights came and went from the airport, she noted.

With the withdrawal of American Airlines in September, there are no more commercial flights.

Pandemic further hurt business, says McManus

“We lost 97% of our business in 2020”, she said. “Our business has suffered.

Frank Pellegrino told McManus his request would be taken under advisement.

In other matters, the board reappointed Pellegrino as chairman of the board and agreed to retain Scott Williams as counsel.

Howell said CARES funding is $1.55 million in 2021.

This brings the total CARES dollars for the airport to $3.61 million.

The Board of Directors has approved Baker Tilly US to perform the 2022 audit.

An executive session was held following the meeting to review property issues.

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