Airline Looks To Fly From North Country To Chicago, Washington

Airline Looks To Fly From North Country To Chicago, Washington

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Could this be the future for Ogdensburg and Massena airports? A regional airline, SkyWest, wants to fly United Express flights with jets from both. Chicago and Washington D.C. are the destinations.

“Stop and think about it for a moment. You could be in Chicago or in Dulles faster than you can drive to Syracuse,” said 
Wade Davis, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority executive director.

SkyWest recently began flying the same type of flights out of Plattsburgh. The only big jets now flying in the area are leisure airline Allegiant's from Ogdensburg.

“Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority has taken the lead on this issue and recommended the award to SkyWest. Ultimately the decision maker is U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation),” said Davis.

SkyWest and three other airlines are competing to be Ogdensburg and Massena providers under a program the U.S. Department of Transportation subsidizes. Massena is looking at its choices.

“Each one of them, the four, have asked to come up and make a presentation. So we're going to work hard and fast to get them up here and see what they have to offer,” said Massena Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy.

Boutique Air, operating now at Massena, is one of the others putting in a bid for both airports. Cape Air, operating at Ogdensburg, did the same. Silver Airways is the fourth bidder.

The Ogdensburg airport completed an $18 million dollar expansion project two years ago. The Massena airport is now making big improvements to its main runway. It looks like those projects are beginning to pay off.

And it could pay off for consumers as well because of the federal subsidy tickets are usually cut-rate. 

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