Florida-based Silver Airways arriving at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in 2018. Far left, Airport Manager Brad Madeira greets Kurt Brulisauer, Silver’s senior vice president of ground operations. FILE PHOTO

Airline owes airport almost $14,000



TRENTON — Hancock County intends to explore collection efforts against Silver Airways, which hasn’t paid the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport for services rendered since June of 2020. Silver Airways offered daily nonstop service between Bar Harbor and Boston for the past two summer seasons. However, the airline’s contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide service at the Trenton airport expired Oct. 14, Airport Manager Leroy Muise said. Cape Air took over the contract on Oct. 15.

Muise said the airport has not received payments from Silver Airways for the months of July, August, September and October. The total due is $13,697. That figure stems from fees for passenger enplanement, aircraft landing, rental space on the electronic road sign and ground service equipment rental, Muise said. The overdue payment came up at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners.

Muise told the board he would try again to reach the airline’s chief executive officer. “I think we should reach out to legal, see what their recommendation is,” said County Administrator Scott Adkins. Commissioner Paul Paradis motioned to authorize Muise and Adkins to research collections from Silver, which was supported by commissioners Bill Clark and John Wombacher. Silver Airways did not respond to requests for comment.

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