ELLSWORTH — Two air carriers — including one affiliated with Jet Blue at Logan Airport in Boston — are being proposed to service the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton.
The Hancock County Commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 17 to propose to the U.S. Department of Transportation that co-bidders Cape Air of Hyannis, Mass., and Peninsula Airways (PenAir) of Anchorage, Alaska, be awarded the contract.
Colgan Air last fall petitioned federal officials to end its flights to Bar Harbor, Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle, and to Plattsburg, N.Y.
However, Colgan is not allowed to leave until a replacement is found.
Airport Manager Allison Navia said Cape Air and PenAir are a good fit for the Bar Harbor airport in terms of price and flight schedules.
They were among four bidders vying for the airport’s subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts.
“It’s going to be excellent,” she said. “It’s exactly what we need.”