Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

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  Travelers board the Patriot Express rotator at Aviano Air Base, Italy, on Sept. 28, 2016. Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, the Patriot Express rotator mission will no longer be available into and out of Aviano Air Base.  R.J. Biermann/U.S. Air Force
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Travelers board the Patriot Express rotator at Aviano Air Base, Italy, on Sept. 28, 2016. Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, the Patriot Express rotator mission will no longer be available into and out of Aviano Air Base. R.J. Biermann/U.S. Air Force

Patriot Express flights from Aviano to Germany cut for fiscal 2017

by: Nancy Montgomery | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 30, 2016

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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