Sun Air Express (6G, Fort Lauderdale Int'l) has been awarded essential air service contracts by the US department of transportation to operate between Victoria, TX and Houston Intc'l and from Baltimore Thurgood Marshall to Hagerstown and Lancaster, PA. It will replace Cape Air (9K, Hyannis) in Baltimore and Colgan Air (9L, Boston) in Houston (which had operated the route as United Express until June 30) and plans to use 9 seat Piper Chieftains on these new subsidized routes.