Letters to the Editor

After Dash 8's retired, what's left for airport?

Your story about US Airways and the possibility of losing service here was spot on.

I travel a lot and usually out of Hilton Head Island Airport. Over the past four years of living and traveling from here on a regular basis, the frequency of flights being delayed for maintenance issues -- or canceled entirely -- has increased. Over the past year, an average of about one-third of my trips from Charlotte were either delayed or canceled due to maintenance.

Case in point: Recently, we were flying back from New York, and upon landing in Charlotte, we were notified that our connection from Charlotte to Hilton Head was delayed from 4:10 to 5:40 p.m. The earlier scheduled flight from Charlotte to Hilton Head originally was scheduled for a 2:50 p.m. departure, but was delayed until 3:30 p.m. for maintenance. So we changed to the earlier flight.

The 2:50 flight finally left at 5:20 and the 4:10 flight was canceled for maintenance. While we sat at the gate for two hours, there were two other Dash 8 flights canceled due to maintenance issues and five others delayed for maintenance.

US Airways doesn't have another plane available or in the pipeline that could serve Hilton Head.

The interim runway step can't accommodate the regional jets, so why are we even bothering with it? Once the Dash 8's are gone, we're on U.S. 278 driving to the Savannah airport.

Ric Gorman

Hilton Head Island