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Mohawk Airlines has until the end of next month to move its maintenance operations from the Oneida County Airport, airline officials announced.

The county notified the airline that it has until July 31 to vacate the 12,000-square-foot maintenance hangar it rents at the airport, which serves the Utica-Rome area. County officials said Mohawk owes about $80,000 in back rent from 1987 and 1988 and $8,000 in overdue rent from May and June of this year.

However, Mohawk President Robert E. Peach said the rent owed for both months was paid June 15. He said the remaining debt is owed by Catskill Airways, which is not associated with Mohawk.

Mohawk took over Catskill's routes, planes and employees in October 1989, but never bought the company, Peach said.

"Mohawk has never owned Catskill. Mohawk never will own Catskill and, therefore, Mohawk is not going to pay Catskill's bill," Peach said.

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