JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown Airport needs a new airline carrier, and manager.
Sam Arcadipane resigned Friday from his position as manager of county parks and airports.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan confirmed that Dave Sanctuary, former parks manager, will act in Arcadipane's place for the time being.
As manager, Arcadipane was in the process of finding a new carrier for the airport after Silver Airways Corp, a subsidiary of United Airlines, announced termination of airline services from Jamestown, effective in May.
"Sam has done a great job while he's been with us," Horrigan said. "He's helped us with the airport and provided some good leadership. This is a very difficult time with the changing contracts."
Silver has been offering one-way flights between Jamestown and Cleveland for $49.
"I encourage all area residents to continue flying out of Jamestown so that we can keep our passenger count as high as possible for new carriers to respond favorably to the pending new (request for proposal)," Horrigan said.
"Once we finalize the new (Essential Airline Service) carrier we will be sure to minimize any disruption to the flying public," Horrigan continued.
Arcadipane was the third manager of county parks and airports since 2011, and was appointed in 2012 after Tim Dills resigned to expand his role as a professional pilot.
Arcadipane could not be reached for comment.