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Maryland Watch

February 18, 1997

Salisbury Airport courting Continental

Officials at Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport will begin negotiations this month with Continental Airlines about expanding express service there.

USAir Express/Piedmont now runs 167 weekly flights from the airport. But a recent airport study shows that Salisbury-area travel agents book nearly half of their airline ticket sales with non-USAir carriers.

Airport Manager Robert L. Bryant will meet with Continental officials in Texas next week to discuss the feasibility of Continental Express' operating daily flights from Salisbury to Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

Newark International is Continental's second largest hub airport and the one to which many Delmarva residents must drive when flying that airline, Bryant said.

The Salisbury airport, vital to business travel and the region's economy, had two airlines in 1989 when USAir and United Express served a combined 144,000 passengers.

United Express closed that year when parent company Presidential Airways, affiliated with United Airlines, declared bankruptcy. USAir now serves about 130,000 passengers annually.

Williams Scotsman gross profits up 29%

Williams Scotsman Inc. reported yesterday that its fourth-quarter gross profits rose 29 percent to $23.1 million on the strength of acquisitions and overall operating improvements.

The Baltimore-based company, the nation's second largest lessor of mobile office units, also said it generated earnings before interest, taxes and noncash charges of $20.7 million, a 33 percent gain, on revenues of $50 million, a 21 percent jump from the comparable 1995 quarter.

For the year ended Dec. 31, Williams Scotsman reported gross profits up 26 percent to $85.6 million, and earnings before interest, taxes and noncash charges rose $74.5 million, a 33 percent gain. Revenues for the year rose 23 percent to $195.1 million.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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