Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017
VICENZA, Italy — A weekly chartered passenger flight from Aviano Air Base to Germany for onward flights to the United States has been canceled, the base announced this week.
The Italian leg of the Patriot Express rotator has been cut for fiscal 2017 after an audit by the U.S. Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command, the base said in a statement. The rotator’s last flight was Wednesday.
Patriot Express flights between Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and Baltimore International Airport are continuing, however.
Cutting the Aviano leg will mean servicemembers on permanent change of station orders and their families will have to fly on commercial airlines from the U.S. into and out of Marco Polo International Airport in Venice. Servicemembers will be responsible for the cost of shipping a pet, which will be more expensive than what the Patriot Express flights charged.
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